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 and 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 2019/20:

  • Thursday 13 June - AGM and first meeting - Edgaston Golf Club, Church Road, Birmingham
  • Thursday 5 September 2019 -second meeting - Hallmark Strathallan Hotel, Hagley Road, Birmingham
  • Thursday 14 November 2019 - third meeting - Hallmark Strathallan Hotel, Hagley Road, Birmingham
  • Thursday 20 February 2020 - fourth meeting - venue TBC 

Upcoming events

We organise many educational events from monthly CPD evenings to CSA preparation courses.

View details of this and all other Midland Faculty meetings, social events and educational courses.

Our blog

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

Your Faculty Board

Faculty Officers

Professor Veronica Wilkie, Midland FacultyProfessor Veronica Wilkie, Chair

Dr Stephen KellyDr Stephen Kelly. Provost

Faculty Board Officers

  • Brig Robin Simpson - Vice Chair
  • Dr John Cosgrove - Hon Treasurer
  • Dr Jamie Hynes - Hon Secretary
  • Dr Samuel Finnikin - Hon Secretary
  • Dr Dilsher Singh - Education Convener

Faculty Board members 

  • Dr Sapna Agrawal
  • Dr Archana Anandaram
  • Dr Karthik Bhat
  • Dr Maria Ceustemont
  • Dr Sabina Chowdhury
  • Dr Neil Broome
  • Prof Steve Field
  • Dr Samuel Finnikin
  • Dr Dominic Horne
  • Dr Jamie Hynes
  • Dr Preanka Karabanda
  • Dr Jonathan Leach
  • Dr Alex Lee
  • Dr Mary McCarthy
  • Dr Sajjad Mirza
  • Dr Alistair Moffat
  • Dr Faraz Mughal
  • Dr Emma Parry
  • Dr David Rapley
  • Dr Heathr Ryan
  • Dr Krishnaveni Sivakumar
  • Dr Pamela Smith
  • Dr Parin Solanki
  • Prof Helen Stokes Lampard
  • Dr Ryan Prince
  • Dr Anwar Tufail

Military Veterans Accreditation Pilot

There are around 2.4 million veterans in Great Britain. 

Veterans were older, with a significantly higher percentage aged 75 and over (47%) than nonveterans (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 (RCGP) Midland Faculty and NHS England have 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.

To date more than 100 practices have signed up with efforts continuing to encourage more practices to become accredited. There are also plans to roll the pilot out elsewhere across England in a national project. If you are interested in being accredited or would like further information, please contact Ruth Bishop at ruth.bishop@rcgp.org.uk.  

Faculty Events

Message from Dr Dilsher Singh, Midland Faculty Education Convenor

I have been in Midlands since 2007 and have trained in GP training scheme locally and then have enjoyed working across the region in various practices initially as a locum, then settled as salaried GP in inner city practice and now a GP partner in a super-partnership. My clinical interest includes Cardiology and having pioneered a successful Community Cardiology service, I am keen to support educational needs of primary care colleagues to develop portfolios careers to develop a future proof workforce.

I have had wide educational portfolio ranging from teaching undergraduate medical students (Univ of Birmingham, Imperial College London) to post graduate education as a current Training Programme Director of Walsall GP training scheme. I have held regional (First5 GP lead RCGP Midland faculty 2012 to 2018) and national roles (RCGP National First5 Lead CPD, Education and revalidation 2015-17) in teaching and training. I have received RCGP Midland faculty award for ‘Quality of educational training’ (2015) and then ‘Clare Boothroyd award’ for outstanding professional contribution to General Practice (2017).Having delivered various successful regional courses including conferences, I aim to utilise all my experience to drive the educational portfolio in our midland faculty through developing new courses and initiatives that support GPs at various stages in their careers.

All suggestions to improve our educational portfolio are welcome and we are keen to explore technology including webinars to reach to our members.

Other courses and 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. 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 organises 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

Support to AiTs

We have appointed an AiT training lead to develop services and representation for AiTs. If you have any suggestions for development please contact Dr Sapna Agrawal sapna.agrawal@nhs.net 

Regular GP Trainee meetings are held for local trainees to discuss any issues or problems they may be facing. Please contact us for meeting dates.

Contact us

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

T: 0203 188 7683 / 7684 / 7685
E: midland@rcgp.org.uk

Opening hours

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

Your local Faculty Administrator is Bianca Omahoney
Your Education Administrator is Barbara Ingram
Your Events Administrator is Ruth Bishop

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