South East Thames Faculty

Welcome from the South East Thames Faculty. We support over 2,000 members, Fellows, Associates and Associates in Training in Kent and East Sussex as well as the outer fringes of South East London. The Faculty provides a number of educational and social events for our members as well as a Student, AiT and First5 bursary to attend the RCGP Annual Conference (2 day ticket price only), BSMS and KMMS student prizes. The Faculty can also award 'seed corn' research funding up to £1,500.

Get involved

Upcoming events

We run a number of educational courses and a few social/networking events throughout the year. Many of these contribute to CPD and professional development and some are either free to all or have reduced rates for AiTs. All events postponed currently.

View all learning and social events in South East Thames

Next board meeting and AGM

The Faculty Board meets four times a year. Being a part of our Faculty gives members the chance to contribute to shaping the future of general practice and having input into RCGP Council. All local members are welcome to join Board meetings and the AGM, and take part in the discussions.

Later Career and Retired Members Event - Future Engagement

The Later Careers and Retired Members (LCARM) Group was formed in 2018 to provide support and advice for any member starting to plan for their later careers and beyond into retirement beyond clinical practice. Dr Ian Jutting is the LCARM Lead for South East Thames Faculty. The RCGP hosts a National Later Career and Retired Members Committee which Ian attends as our Faculty lead.

During the Covid pandemic, several of our retired members have returned to help provide support during the emergency, in various roles such as the NHS111 National Covid Clinical Assessment Service, Test and Trace Service, NHS Covid Vaccination service and Health Education England. We have been sharing their experiences in our meetings. The Faculty has also hosted several other meetings of wider interest including a series on Wellbeing hosted by Dr Linda Miller and a further meeting hearing about the new Kent and Medway Medical School in Canterbury. If you would like further information, please contact the Faculty Administrator.

Local training and development

Research funding

October 2021

We are pleased to offer 'seed corn' research funding. Up to £1500 will be awarded annually for pre-protocol, scoping or pilot work. It is hoped that the award, together with appropriate mentorship, will enable a novice researcher to make a credible bid for definitive project funding or a personal research fellowship to an external funding agency. The award is normally for general practitioners but other applications would also be considered as long as non GP applicants can demonstrate that the research will benefit day to day general practice. Please contact us for more information.

Research Interest Groups

October 2021

The Faculty is keen to develop research interest groups and will provide some financial support for meeting co-ordination. To establish a research interest group in your locality please submit a proposal outlining the aims, potential members and a programme of activities for the first year. Applications should be sent to the Faculty Office and should not exceed two sides of A4.

Awards and prizes

RCGP South East Thames and South West Thames and Brighton and Sussex Medical School Student Prize

October 2021

For Brighton and Sussex Medical School students only, the RCGP South East Thames and South West Thames Faculties are sponsoring a competition whereby the BSMS tutors invite their top twenty students to submit a reflection, on one side of A4, giving their thoughts of general practice. The tutors short list the entries and then invite the two faculties to agree the awards. The Faculties could then publish the winning entries in their e-bulletin to members. First prize is a cash prize of £200, second prize £100 and third prize £50. Details for 2022 to be announced.

Meet your faculty


Who we are

Faculty Officers

Dr John Neden. Chair (Interim)

Dr Debbie Taylor. Provost

  • Dr Siva Nathan - Co-Vice Chair and Council Deputy
  • Dr Ian Jutting - Co-Vice Chair and Later Career and Retired Members' Lead
  • Dr Awadh Jha - Honorary Secretary
  • Dr John Neden- Co-Honorary Treasurer
  • Dr Kate Neden - Co-Honorary Treasurer and Council Representative
  • Dr Jane Roome - Education Lead

Faculty Board members

  • Dr Joshua Getty - Joint First5 Representative
  • Dr Sarah Thurgood - Joint First5 Representative
  • Dr Heather Mcfarlane - AiT Representative
  • Prof Harm van Marwijk - Research Lead
  • Dr Win Phag-Udom - International Representative
  • Lorna Priddle - Lay member
  • Mr Cornelius Tan - KCL Student Representative
  • Farazi Kirk - BSMS Student Representative
  • Lavanya Natarajan - KMMS Student Representative

Contact us

RCGP South East Thames Faculty
30 Euston Square

Telephone: 020 3188 7543

Office opening hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Your local Faculty Administrator is Katie Biring.

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