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 18 June 2020. 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 attend Board meetings and the AGM (also 18 June 2020) and take part in the discussions.

If you would like to attend, please contact us at for more information.

The venue for the meeting is:

Holiday Inn Maidstone/Sevenoaks
London Road
Wrotham Heath
Kent TN15 7RS 

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

Read our latest quarterly e-bulletin (Autumn 2019) to local members with details of local news and events.  

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

Dr Siva Nathan South East Thames Faculty Chair
Dr Siva Nathan. Chair


Dr Debbie Taylor

Dr Debbie Taylor. Provost

  • Dr Rachel Duncan - Co- Vice Chair 
  • 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

Faculty Board members

  • Dr Joshua Getty - AiT Lead
  • Dr Damayanthi (Damy) Kuhanendran - Communications Lead
  • Dr Alistair Howitt   
  • Prof Harm van Marwijk - Research Lead
  • Dr Martin Mueller
  • Dr Win Phag-Udom - International Representative
  • Lorna Priddle - Lay member
  • Meghana Mandala - medical student
  • Shamarah Mathurin-Charles - medical student       
  • Dr Jackie Tavabie
  • Dr Sarah Thurgood -  First5 Lead
  • Dr David Whillier - Deputy Council Representative

Faculty News

The next faculty board meeting will be held on 18 June 2020 immediately after a short AGM which will start at 8pm at the Holiday Inn Maidstone/Sevenoaks, London Road, Wrotham Heath, Kent TN15 7RS. All members are invited to attend board meetings and the AGM. Those wishing to attend are requested to advise the faculty office,

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 2020 - postponed

The first walk for 2020 is scheduled for Saturday 2 May and will be in the Shipbourne (near Tonbridge) area. Parking on The Common, Shipbourne (Upper Green Road) opposite the church and Chaser Inn - TN11 9PE. The walk starting point is at the Lychgate of St Giles' church at 9.45 am for a 10.00 am start of this five and a half mile circular walk on which glimpses of bluebells should be visible. After the walk a pub lunch will take place at The Chaser Inn - free to S E Thames Faculty members and their guests/family.  

Faculty Annual Lecture and Social 2019  

South East Thames annual lectureThe 2019 Annual Lecture and social took place on Thursday 10 October at the Hadlow Manor Hotel, Hadlow, near Tonbridge, Kent TN11 0JH. 

The guest speaker was Professor Martin Marshall, RCGP Vice-Chair (External Relations) and RCGP Chair-Elect, who spoke around the theme of "Re-thinking Medicine". 


We also received a short presentation from Dr Anna Romito, Undergraduate Programme Director at the new Kent and Medway Medical School.


Faculty Annual Lecture and Social 2020

The 2020 Annual Lecture and Social will take place on Tuesday 8 September at the Holiday Inn Maidstone/Sevenoaks, London Road, Wrotham Heath, Kent TN15 7RS.

The lecture will be given by Dr Peter Toon on "The Flourishing Practitioner".

Details and booking

The event is the faculty's main social for the year, with plenty of time to socialise over a sit down hot buffet before the lecture. It is a free event for members and their guests but booking is required for catering purposes.


Educational Events

Later Career and Retired Members Event - Future Engagement

We are holding our first event for later career and retired members on the evening of Wednesday 14 October at the Hadlow Manor Hotel, Hadlow near Tonbridge TN11 0JH. 

The meeting will consist of a working supper with active participation through table top exercises and feedback. It will address clinical working in the later part of your career, career choices and options, planning for retirement and life after retirement.

  Full details and booking.

Allergy Across The Ages - cancelled

In conjunction with the Allergy Academy this full day event aims to equip health practitioners with the skills and confidence necessary to diagnose and manage allergic disease in the community across children and adult patients. 24 June 2020 at the Marriott Hotel, Bexleyheath.  Full details and booking


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 David Bushell. 

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