North East London Faculty

Welcome from North East London Faculty

Welcome from North East London Faculty where we care for doctors and our patients [PDF].

We support over 1900 members, Fellows, Associates and Associates in Training in the City of London, the north-eastern parts of inner London and parts of the Thames corridor stretching into South Essex.

The area reflects a wide range of socio-economic diversity and inequality from deprived urban to affluent. The area is also ethnically diverse with a mobile population, including refugees and new immigrants. The needs of our doctors mirror those of the population they serve.

As a Faculty, we bring together GPs from all backgrounds to share best practice and develop innovative ways to support each other and our local communities.

If you live and/or work in one of the CCGs in this NEL Faculty Map [PDF] then as a RCGP member please join our board and be the GP you want to be.

Faculty Board meetings - Get Involved

North East London Faculty Board meetings take place four times per year, in June, September, November and February. They take place just before the RCGP's Council meetings. 

We rely on members to play an active role locally, promoting the College's aims and objectives and the Board is one of the places where things happen. The North East London Faculty Board meetings take place four times per year, in June, September, November and February before the RCGP's quarterly Council meetings.
For more information please email Faculty Administrator, Michael Coyne at:

A full list of the North East London Faculty Board members is provided at the foot of this web page.

Health equity for doctors and patients

Fairhealth Deep End project website

The RCGP NEL Faculty covers areas of significant ethnic and social diversity with some of the most disadvantaged and deprived boroughs in the UK worst affected by COVID-19.

Evidence shows that patients in deprived areas with complex problems consult more often, feel less enabled and their doctors feel more stressed after consultations.

The ‘Deep End’ refers to GPs who work in the deeper end of the social gradient of health. Strategies have been tested to support GPs and Primary Care teams to minimise the impact on themselves of the macro-economic inequalities in the care they provide. The most important ‘Deep End’ messages are the need for generalism, which is most needed by patients with complex multimorbidity; and collegiality, the power of practices ‘marching in the same direction’.

Although these strategies are not a substitute for rightful resources, they have been shown to enable GPs through advocacy, learning, support and research and have been widely accepted by GP teams working in the Deep End programme in Glasgow; Dublin; other UK areas in the Fairhealth network and more locally in West London.

It is predicted that there will be an increased burden on primary care from ‘long COVID-19’ and the economic impacts, which will result in widening inequalities and a further burden on capacity and resources and the need to ‘put equity at the heart of health systems’. Funding and working conditions in primary care have worsened with an increase in early retirement, loss in retention and low recruitment into General Practice. Blame culture and organisational abuse (defined as ‘neglect or poor professional practice as a result of the structure, policies, processes and practices within an organisation or system’) is prevalent but under-reported in our general practice communities.

The Fairhealth and Deep End programme is a resilience initiative, in that it targets the causes of low morale by building confidence, connectivity and control in those most at need, and does so by developing these aspects in a practical way within places. The focus on people means that it not only creates a platform for systems to use, but that it does so in a way that can be flexed across scenarios and local contexts enabling a vision for Marmot Informed’ Primary Care Networks and liberating the abilities of clinicians to effectively advocate on behalf of their patients. This movement is a multi-faceted intervention that uses communities of learning to address workforce retention, leadership potential and grass-roots capacity for change in that it uses the structure of PCNs and Integrated Care Systems as a building block.

In our NEL Faculty we have started conversations with our Integrated System Partners NCL and NEL, our two medical schools UCL and QMUL, HEE, NHSE with the aim of establishing this social movement into each of the 13 Boroughs in our Faculty footprint. To become more involved in the NEL Faculty Deep End Group contact

Visit City and Hackney Trainers' Workshop for useful resources.

Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) statement to our RCGP members and communities

Collage of people holding Black Lives Matter bannersThe RCGP NELondon Faculty has taken a stand in support of the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd in the USA.

Our Faculty is one of the most ethnically diverse and geographically encompasses some of the most disadvantaged Boroughs in England. In addition, our community has been disproportionately affected by Covid-19.

For years our members and patients have experienced and continue to experience macro and microaggressions. This can no longer continue.

In consultation with members of the Faculty Board and our wider community we have proposed a national programme for the RCGP to address systemic racism and inequalities at every level, including the environment and in line with the
Marmot Review Fair Society, Healthy Lives.

We hope to maintain trust with our community and to develop leadership over the next 1, 3, 5 years to deliver on these values.

As a start read our Twitter feed where we have taken the knee to our colleagues, patients and communities.

Faculty Leaders in long term Sustainable Healthcare

The RCGP NEL Faculty has led the way in sustainable healthcare by offering scholarships to support the next generation of leaders for sustainable healthcare in collaboration with the Greener Practice.  In February 2020 five scholarships were awarded to GPs to attend a courses at the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare. Dr Deepa Shah, one of the leadership scholars, said:

“The course was excellent in helping me understand how to get sustainability incorporated in practice and into quality improvement frameworks. It was fantastic to also meet some inspiring individuals and get ideas of how healthcare could move forwards with a positive footprint.”

Sustainable healthcare group shot.

Photo is from left Dr Tamsin Ellis, Dr Rita Issa, Dr Radhika Shah, Dr Emma Radcliffe, Dr Wei Shen Szetho

The climate crisis is also a healthcare crisis. The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change reports climate change as ‘the greatest threat to global health of the 21st century’ but also the greatest opportunity. Without mitigation and adaptation, there will be an increase in health inequity especially through negative effects on the social determinants of health especially in the poorest communities.

North East London is characterised by some of the highest levels of deprivation (see Infographic document) and sub-optimal air quality contributing to some of the worst outcomes for children. Recent exposure to air pollution increases the risk of hospitalisation or death from stroke. Health professionals are mobilising for clean air. There is strong evidence that promoting green spaces(965 KB PDF) can improve physical and mental health and social wellbeing as well as improving overall air quality.

Healthcare itself has a significant environmental impact; the NHS is responsible for ~5% of all UK environmental emissions. In primary care pharmaceuticals account for the highest proportion of emissions with inhalers contributing to 3.5% of the NHS’s overall carbon footprint.

In October 2020 the NHS became the first healthcare service in the world to commit to net zero carbon. The report also explains the links between Covid-19 and a greener recovery: “There is an interrelationship between the pandemic and the environment, which reinforces the need to minimise our impact on the environment and be prepared for climate change.”

The RCGP is supporting a sustainable primary care vision  and promotion of the Green Impact for Healthcare Toolkit for primary care teams and patients.
If you’d like to join our growing wonderful world of sustainable GPs in North East London and create a vision for a greener NEL Faculty contact Dr Tamsin Ellis email:

NE London and NC London Primary Care Awards

Primary Care Awards Nominees 2020We were overwhelmed by nominations of gratitude for our awards to value people, who deliver care in our NHS General Practice communities in North Central and East London that comprise our RCGP NEL Faculty patch.

These nominations revealed the quiet, inspiring and most remarkable work that is done minute-by-minute, day-by-day by generous people working in our General Practice communities.

So why does gratitude matter?

It matters because the evidence shows that enhancing appreciation in organisations at different levels (individual, relational, organisational, inter-organisational) promotes performance, positive relationships, healthy workers, and healthy organisations.

Ninety people, from all roles in the General Practice Team, were recognised for their care but we know in this new world where numbers don’t necessarily tell the truth, that pretty much all of the 10,000 people who work in our NEL Faculty area, are deserving of this expression of gratitude.

And these 90 people were nominated long before the COVID-19 wind of change, brought an eerie intensity to our work in primary care, calling on all of us to step into new roles with more love and courage in how we work each other and with our patients.

For each person nominated we wish to shout out: 'Thank you for your generosity of spirit and for your care in making our world a kinder place!'

Dr Liliana Risi Provost RCGP NEL Faculty


Faculty AGM and Dinner, 15 October 2019

Professor Angela Coulter speaking at the annual general meetingThe AGM theme focused on reasons why we need to care about Shared Decision Making delivered eloquently by Prof Angela Coulter. This led to stories of hope and joy over the past three years in the NEL Faculty, told by the outgoing Chair Liliana Risi.

View the Silence in London video about courage and love. There has been a distributed model of leadership in the Faculty over the past three years with most roles being shared. Now taking the Faculty forwards into the future with love and courage are two new Co-Chairs Kaindon Kugathas and Sabir Zaman.

Guests included representatives from our two key partners East London Health & Care Partnership and from North London Partners for Health and Care and Barts and the London Medical School.

We remembered three of our colleagues who sadly passed away in 2019:

  • Dr Martin Huddart, Former Chair of RCGP NE London Faculty
  • Dr Lotte Newman, Former President of RCGP and former Chair of RCGP NE London Faculty
  • Dr Jackie Ketley 

New members at the annual general meetingOn the evening, the Faculty recognised and celebrated the new RCGP Members and Fellows, Medical Student Awards and Provost Awards. [PDF]

Bee Ororo from Key Changes brought her soul singing to us in celebration.

There are many reasons why we wish to be involved in the RCGP Faculty. Most importantly it is because we all need belonging, competency, autonomy and to be understood so that we can keep our patients and ourselves healthy, happy and safe. Caring for our patients and caring for ourselves, in order to care for our patients, continues to be the mission statement for the NEL Faculty and this was much in evidence at our joyful AGM Celebration.     

Upcoming events

EASE (Educational And Support Evening)

We deliver four free Education And Support Evenings (EASE) per year for AiTs and First5s, providing an opportunity to network and gain CPD. The EASE events take place in May, August, November and February.   

Our next EASE is on ‘Dermatology Emergencies, Top 5 Lesions and Getting Started in Teledermatology’ Webinar, Wednesday 16 July, 7:30 – 8:30 pm
We are pleased to welcome our speaker, Dr Victoria Swale, Consultant Dermatologist, Locum Consultant, Dermatopathologist, Royal Free Hospital, London

You can read more and register for this EASE by clicking on the below list of events.
View all learning and social events in North East London

RCGP Fellowship

Due to technical issues the Fellowship Online system is temporarily out of action until the problem is resolved. We will keep you informed of the situation in the coming weeks.  Please accept our sincere apologies.  We thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter. For further queries please contact:

T: 0203 188 7406




We award fellowship in recognition of a significant contribution to medicine, and general practice in particular. Fellows are ambassadors for RCGP.
Fellowship is an honour and mark of achievement recognising a significant contribution to:

  • health and welfare of the community
  • science or practice of medicine
  • aims of RCGP, or any organisation which benefits general practice

More information 

  • For more information view the Fellowship page.

Your Faculty Board

Faculty Officers

Dr Kaindon Kugathas
Dr Kaindon Kugathas - Co-Chair

Dr Sabir Zaman
Dr Sabir Zaman - Co-Chair and Council Rep

Dr Liliana Risi
Dr Liliana Risi - Provost

  • Honorary Secretary, Vacant at the moment
  • Dr Helen Stedeford, Honorary Treasurer
  • Dr Nazmul Mohsin, Learning/Education Lead
  • Dr Ken Aswani, Council Representative 
  • Dr Aleksandra Fryzman-Fenton - Chair, Faculty Fellowship and MAP

Faculty Board Members

  • Dr Christiana Aride 
  • Dr Lisa Collins 
  • Dr Janakan Crofton 
  • Mrs Sylvia Debreczeny - Lay member 
  • Dr Dimple Devadas
  • Catherine Dominic, Student Rep, Barts GP Society   
  • Khadija Gitay - Lay Member
  • Dr Shani Gray - First5 Lead 
  • Dr Anwar Khan - International Representative and CSA course Lead
  • Dr Simon Ormerod
  • Miss Chandni Patel 
  • Dr Saravanamuthu Poologanathan - Deputy Council Representative and International
  • Dr Craig Seymour 
  • Dr Freddy Shaw
  • Dr Ann Telesz

Contact us

RCGP North East London Faculty
30 Euston Square

T: 0203 188 7406 

Opening hours

Office opening hours: 09:00 am to 17:00, Monday to Friday.

Your local Faculty Administrator is Michael Coyne.

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