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 (and Annual General Meeting) will be held on 20 June. 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 and take part in the discussions. If you would like to attend, please contact us at sethames@rcgp.org.uk for more information. The venue for the meeting has yet to be determined but is likely to be in the Maidstone area.

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.

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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

Alastair Howlitt, South East Thames Faculty Provost
Dr Alistair Howitt. Provost

  • Dr Rachel Duncan - Vice Chair 
  • 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 Ian Jutting - Later Career and Retired Members' Lead
  • Dr Martin Mueller
  • Dr Win Phag-Udom - International Representative
  • Lorna Priddle - Lay member
  • Meghana Mandala - medical student
  • Shamarah Mathurin-Charles - medical student
  • Dr Amrita Sen Mukherjee - Jt First5 Lead
  • Dr Aarthi Ravishankar - Deputy AiT Lead
  • Dr Jackie Tavabie - Co-Education Lead
  • Dr Debbie Taylor
  • Dr Sarah Thurgood - Jt First5 Lead
  • Dr David Whillier - Deputy Council Representative
  • Professor Patricia Wilson - Research Lead

Faculty News

The next faculty board meeting (and AGM) will be held on 20 June 2019 at 8pm at a venue in the Maidstone area to be agreed. All members are invited to attend board meetings and the AGM. Those wishing to attend are requested to advise the faculty office, Sethames@rcgp.org.uk

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 Walk 2018

South East Thames Faculty Walk 2018The 2018 annual walk took place on Sunday 12 August and comprised a four mile circular walk starting at Linton village car park (south of Maidstone at ME17 4AW).

It included the Boughton Monchelsea area before returning to Linton village for a pub lunch at The Bull.

Faculty Annual Walk 2019

The 2019 Annual Walk is taking place on Saturday 8 June. It will be a six mile circular walk - the Coldrum Trail - starting at the carpark at Trosley Country Park (Waterlow Road, Vigo Village, Meopham, Kent DA13 0SG). Lunch will be at a nearby hostelry (further details to follow) and will be free to S E Thames Faculty members and their guests.

Faculty Annual Lecture

The 2019 Annual lecture and social  will place on Thursday 10 October from 6.30pm at the Hadlow Manor Hotel, Hadlow, near Tonbridge, Kent TN11 0JH. The guest speaker is Professor Martin Marshall, RCGP Vice-Chair (External Relations) who will speak around the theme of "Re-thinking Medicine". 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

Wellbeing for AiTs and First5 GPs

A free wellbeing May 2019 event designed for AiTs and First5 GPs - limited to 30 delegates - focussing on the wellness of young GPs will take place on Wednesday 15 May at the Mercure Hotel, Pembury, Tunbridge Wells. The three main sessions will cover exercise, nutrition and stress/burnout, with practical sessions on exercise (with examples of moderate and high intensity exercises) and stress/burnout (with examples of ways to relax and de-stress such as yoga, tai chi or meditation).

Mental Health: Addiction and Personality Disorders

Working with the Priory Hospital Group we are holding a half day educational event in Brighton on 1 May focussing on addiction and personality disorders as they present in general practice. Participants will learn how to recognise and manage both presentation and ongoing care in the community and know what support is available for both clinicians and patients in this process. 

Essential Dermatology 2

Held jointly with the South West Thames Faculty, and working with the Primary Care Dermatology Society, the Faculty is offering the follow up, but also stand alone, Essential Dermatology 2 one day event, centred on the essential information to enable GPs and dermatology nurse practitioners to cope with the vast majority of conditions encountered in day to day general practice. It will be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Gatwick RH6 0BA on Wednesday 26 June 2019.

Paediatric Allergy 2019 - GP Study Day

In conjunction with the Allergy Academy we are holding an event on 26 June at The Spa Hotel, Tunbridge Wells. Focusing on paediatric allergies, topics to be covered include: coughing and wheezing in children; managing rhinitis and when to refer school children; medical management of allergic rhinoconjunctivitis; aero allergens; food allergy and asthma; seasonal eczema and environmental triggers. Full details and booking here. 

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 (Sethames@rcgp.org.uk) 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. 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
London 
NW1 2FB

T: 020 3188 7543
E: sethames@rcgp.org.uk

Opening hours

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

Your local Faculty Administrator is David Bushell. 

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