South East Thames Faculty

Welcome from 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 First5 travel bursary to the RCGP Annual Conference, prizes to AiTs and BSMS student prizes. The Faculty can also award 'seed corn' research funding up to £1,500.

Get involved

The Faculty Board meets four times a year. The next meeting will be held on Thursday 8 February 2021 (remotely via Zoom). 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 (Oct 2021 to be confirmed) and take part in the discussions.

The remaining Board meetings for 2021 will be delivered on the following dates:

  • Thursday 24 June
  • Thursday 16 September

We hope to deliver the AGM face to face, but please check here for updates.

If you have any queries, please contact us at for more information. 

Faculty Welcome Pack

Please see the South East Thames Faculty Welcome Pack [PDF] designed in particular for AiTs as they become fully qualified although its content may also be of use to the wider membership.

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  

Your Faculty Board

Faculty Officers

John Neden

Dr John Neden. Chair (Interim)

Dr Debbie Taylor

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

Faculty News

The next Faculty Board meeting will be held on 24 June 2021 (remotely). When we were in a position to resume face to face meetings, they were previously held at the Holiday Inn Maidstone / Sevenoaks, London Road, Wrotham Heath, Kent TN15 7RS, and so we hope to continue at this venue.  

If you would like to discuss any item covered or would like an item to be considered at a future meeting, please contact us.

Faculty Annual Walks 2021 - To be confirmed

Educational Events

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. Many 'retired' members go on to actively engage in other activities such as clinical support roles, coaching, mentoring, writing or further education as well as being involved in diverse voluntary roles. The RCGP wants to reach out to all members in this group. 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. Dr Monica Aquilina is the National LCARM Chairman.

Face to face meetings have ceased since March 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We have held several free Zoom events covering topics of interest to our Later Career and Retired members and non-members but open to all, both within and beyond our Faculty area. It is planned to arrange some further Zoom events this year and later, when circumstances permit, to hold some actual meetings and events.
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.

First5 Conference Travel Bursary

As part of our support for new GPs (First5s), we are delighted to provide a travel bursary to the RCGP Annual Conference of up to £400 to members in good standing in the first five years post-Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT).

The successful applicant will be expected to write an account of the RCGP Annual Conference for the Faculty bulletin and to join the Faculty Board for one year as a First5 representative.

Please contact us for more information about the application process.

Bursaries for Kent Surrey and Sussex Associates in Training

For KSS Associates in Training only, the RCGP South East Thames Faculty is pleased to provide one travel bursary of £200 towards the cost of attending the annual RCGP Primary Care conference held in the autumn. This award is managed by HE KSS.

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

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 cheque for £200, second prize £100 and third prize £50.

Research and Development

Research Funding

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

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.

Contact us

RCGP South East Thames Faculty
30 Euston Square

T: 020 3188 7543

Opening hours

Office opening hours: 09.00 to 17.00, Monday to Friday.

Your local Faculty Administrator is Katie Biring. 

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