Midland Faculty

Welcome from Midland Faculty

We support over 4000 members, Fellows, Associates and Associates in Training in:

  • Birmingham
  • Coventry
  • Dudley
  • Hereford
  • Sandwell
  • Shropshire
  • Solihull
  • Staffordshire
  • Walsall
  • Warwickshire
  • Wolverhampton
  • Worcester

We are proud to be the designated faculty supporting military GPs applying for Fellowship, many of whom are stationed abroad and don't have a 'home' faculty. We rely on our members to play an active role to promote the College's aims and objectives. We develop initiatives to support demographic issues and the needs of GPs and patients alike. We would be delighted to hear from you if you would like to become involved with the Faculty.

Get involved

We hold our annual general meeting and first Board Meeting in June of each year. We then hold our regular Board meetings in September, November and February. All local members are welcome to attend and we especially welcome students and foundation doctors to attend as observers.

Board meeting dates for 2021/22

  • Last meeting of 2020/21 - Thursday 11 February 2021 via Zoom
  • Annual General Meeting and First meeting - Thursday 10 June 2021 - venue TBC
  • Second meeting - Thursday 9 September 2021 via Zoom
  • Third meeting - Thursday 4 November 2021 via Zoom
  • Fourth meeting - TBC February 2022

Upcoming events

We organise many educational events from monthly evenings to preparation courses.View details of this and all other Midland Faculty meetings, social events and educational courses

Our blog

Read our latest blog post to find out more about our key projects, local events and highlights of our work.

Your Faculty Board

Faculty Officers

 Midland veteran GP

Professor Robin Simpson, Chair

Martin Wilkinson Provost MidlandsMartin Wilkinson Provost


Faculty Board Officers

  • Dr Jamie Hynes - Vice Chair
  • Dr krishnaveni Sivakumar - Hon Treasurer
  • Dr Emma Parry - Hon Secretary
  • Dr Samuel Finnikin - Hon Secretary

Faculty Board members 

  • Dr Irene Afreh-Mensah
  • Dr Adnan Ahmed
  • Dr Thuvarahan Amuthalingam
  • Dr Jodie Blackadder-Weinstein
  • Dr Preanka Chandan
  • Dr Peter Clegg
  • Dr Sarah Cousins
  • Dr Sue Davies
  • Dr Maisun Elftise
  • Dr Samuel Finnikin
  • Dr Sunania Ghosh
  • Dr Aaliya Goyal
  • Dr Mina Gupta
  • Dr Sarah Hillman
  • Dr Dominic Horne
  • Dr Jamie Hynes
  • Dr Nazish Kanwal
  • Dr Kathleen Kentebe
  • Dr Katharine King
  • Dr Zirva Khan
  • Dr Ramya Kotha
  • Dr Jogisha Kukadia
  • Dr Jonathan Leach
  • Dr Alex Lee
  • Dr Sophie Lumley
  • Dr Rahul Maheshwari
  • Dr Ayesha Mahmud
  • Dr Vinothini Manivasagam
  • Dr Mary McCarthy
  • Dr Faraz Mughal
  • Dr Kamran Naseem
  • Dr Aysha Naz
  • Dr Shahid Merali
  • Dr Sajjad Mirza
  • Dr Mitch Muayad
  • Dr Onyi Okonkwo
  • Dr Emma Parry
  • Dr Ryan Prince
  • Dr Hina Razzak
  • Dr Narinder Sahota
  • Dr Bilal Salman
  • Ms Judy Samuel
  • Dr Krishnaveni Sivakumar
  • Mrs Sue Shortland
  • Dr Pamela Smith
  • Dr Kate Thomas
  • Dr Anwar Tufail
  • Dr Deepika Yadav

Military Veterans Accreditation Scheme

There are around 2.4 million veterans in Great Britain. 

Veterans were older, with a significantly higher percentage aged 75 and over (47%) than non veterans (8%). Almost two-thirds of veterans were estimated to be aged 65 and over (60%).
In addition, 18,000 service people move back into civilian life every year, including 2,000 who leave on medical grounds. However, there is evidence that veterans are not always aware of the dedicated health services available to them and GPs are unsure of how many veterans are registered with their practices and need more guidance on how to meet the health needs of this patient group. In line with this, there is a need to improve the identification and coding of military veterans in GP computer systems, with a linked aim of further increasing the understanding of the health needs of veterans amongst clinical and administrative staff.

To help address this and improve the treatment and care of veterans, the Royal College of General Practitioners Midland Faculty and NHS England launched a pilot to encourage GP practices in the West Midlands to become a veteran friendly accredited practice. The scheme is voluntary and requires interested practices to meet specified criteria and provide evidence that they are supportive of veterans' healthcare. As part of this, practices need to identify and flag veterans on their GP computer system and have a lead for veterans’ issues within the surgery. This individual lead is required to undertake dedicated training, attend NHS England hosted armed forces network meetings, stay up to date with the latest research and innovations and ensure that the practice is meeting the health commitments of the Armed Forces Covenant

Being accredited means that a practice can better identify and treat veterans, ensuring they get access to dedicated care where appropriate and improved epidemiological data can be captured to improve future health provision. Accredited practices are provided with a suite of material to help increase their understanding of healthcare for veterans and to promote accreditation. This includes a certificate and poster for display in waiting room / patient areas, a top tips healthcare leaflet for veterans and a GP top tips leaflet for armed forces healthcare.

After the success of the pilot in the Midlands, we are pleased to confirm that the scheme has now become a national initiative and will shortly be rolled out across the country.

If you are interested in becoming a veteran friendly accredited practice or would like further information, please see the Veteran friendly GP practices page.

College Tutors

We have three College Tutors covering Central, South and North Midlands

  • Dr Alexandra Lee (Central)
  • Dr Deepika Yadav (South)
  • Dr Zirva Khan (North)

Faculty Events

We organise a large number of educational events covering various clinical topics such as joint injections and minor surgery as well as clinical skills. We also have a programme of well being events including How to reduce stress in the consultation and Yoga for GPs.  Details of forthcoming Midland Faculty meetings, social events and educational courses can be accessed via the Upcoming Events box below.

Faculty Initiatives

Awards and prizes

The faculty present the following awards and prizes for presentation at the annual Faculty Awards Evening:

  • The Annual Robin Steel Vocational Training Award
  • The Professor Elizabeth Hughes Award for the contribution made to GP training from a secondary care consultant
  • The Michael Drury Award for non-GP contributors to General Practice Education
  • The Clare Boothroyd Memorial Award for excellence in General Practice
  • The Dr Martin Wilkinson Award for Innovation
  • Three AiT Awards
  • Four Quality in General Practice Awards

Please contact midland@rcgp.org.uk for more information 

Contact us

RCGP Midland Faculty
Birmingham Research Park
97 Vincent Drive
B15 2SQ

T: 0203 188 7683 / 7684  M: 07342 998757
E: midland@rcgp.org.uk

Opening hours

Office opening hours 08.00-14:00, Monday to Friday


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