South London Faculty

Welcome from South London Faculty

We support over 1950 Members, Fellows, Associates and Associates in Training throughout the South London area. One of our main priorities is to engage with all members, especially new members. We recognise the need for support and advice during the transition from registrar to principal in the first year of College membership, and so we are developing networking and social events to assist with this. You can find out more by emailing us and keeping up-to-date with the latest newsletters and events. 

Get involved

We hold quarterly board meetings in February, June, September and November, to discuss a range of topics surrounding general practice and what further support could be offered to GPs at all stages of their career. We also have representation on College Council to feedback on issues discussed here. We have various subcommittees, including an Educational Subcommittee who steer the ever-evolving education program and Members Engagement Subcommittee who looks after more broad needs of all GPs in all career stages, their wellbeing, leadership and mentoring/peer support groups. We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to develop local engagement and innovative ideas for how we can support our local GPs.

New Faculty Board Positions - Expressions of Interest Invited

Are you looking for a new challenge? Would you like to lead on issues important to you at a local level? South London Faculty Board are seeking expressions of interest to join them in two new and exciting roles: EDI (equality diversity and inclusion) Lead and Climate Change & Sustainability Lead. Click on the relevant role to read a role description. If any of these roles interest you and you are a member of our Faculty, email the Faculty Administrator, Lucy Kwapisiewicz to find out how to apply for the position

Board Meetings (virtual) and AGM dates 2021

22 September at 19:00 - 20:30
16 November at 19:00 - 20:30

Faculty Annual General Meeting - 4 November at 18:30pm (RCGP, 30 Euston Square)

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting our AGM and Awards dinner 2021 in face to face form. Our venue will as always be RCGP and we look forward greeting all faculty board members, awards winners, new MRCGPs, FRCGPs and guests to this special evening. Event will take place on Thursday, 4th of November from 6.30pm onwards. Keynote speaker this year is Lee Townsend creator of Lenses of Croydon (, a self-funded photography group for all skill levels.
Title and focus of the talk will be revealed in due course. Here is a quote from the speaker to give you the taste of what’s to come:
“I know what it’s like to be disadvantaged and getting accused of being lazy when you just didn’t know the measures. Now I help people in the community to believe in themselves and know they are enough and get their voice heard.”
Registration page will soon become live so do watch this space for the updates.

AGM Awards 2021
The South London Faculty of the RCGP is also pleased to announce that we are planning a major awards ceremony celebrating excellence in primary care in the South London area. Winners of 5 awards categories (Collaborative Project of the Year, Outstanding Educator Award, Non‐Clinical Team Member, Quality Improvement Project of the Year, GP Trainee of the Year) will be announced ahead of time and awarded at the AGM on 4th of November. Nominations for all categories will close by 12th September 2021 and panel of 4 judges will go through all of the submissions. Each winner will be awarded a trophy, certificate and a Free place at the AGM Dinner. Read more about the Awards and categories HERE


Faculty Updates

Our key aim for the forthcoming year is to work on our role, with many wise and experienced members, of improving the care of our patients through more partnership working. We are reaching out to local Training Hubs to offer quality assurance of training or advice on primary care education, and if any of you have influence in Training Hubs, PCN and federations, and think you may want help with some form of training, please do get in touch to see if we can help at a local or national level.

We also have enhanced the role of Faculty representation at Council, and as a Board hope to gain more grass roots views on issues or motions to present to the national RCGP Council. Please do get in touch as Dr David Mummery would be happy to put something forward if it is an issue you are passionate about and feel the RCGP could be doing more.
We were about to launch a campaign to 'Get to know your local Headteacher', as an attempt to improve the health of our younger patients, when COVID hit. Hopefully we can progress this with your help next year, and as a Faculty Board we hope to look at a range of activities or resources we can draw upon to improve the health of our school-age patients.

Upcoming events

South London host a variety of exciting courses and events. When COVID-19 started we have been one of the first faculties to host virtual talks for its local members. Over the course of last year and early 2021 we delivered a series of talks and events covering varied topics like End of Life Care, Ethics, EASE clinical talks, Wellbeing and series of interesting speaker talks offered by local Later Career and Retired Members Group. Our next talk is on 21st of July and it is 11th South London LCARM Forum: What I know at 60 that I wish I'd known at 30 . This time we are going to consider what we have learned in our many years of practice - and life. It has been a rather implicit subject in quite a lot of our meetings and we aim to bring all that experience to light. Several LCARM members will kick off the discussion and hopefully a lively discussion will follow.
Another, more inspirational talk is one organized by our Education Lead, Dr Catherine Millington-Sanders and with with well renowned Dion Johnson, The Womanologist. In this interactive talk, Dion will share three powerful keys to unlock a whole new dimension of influence and impact for those leading their people forward to a new normal in challenging times like these, without the need to sacrifice their health, energy, ethics, enthusiasm or self-esteem. Come expecting stories, strategies and a good dose of Straight-talk to help you step into your authentic power and influence. Book your space HERE.

View all learning and social events in South London 

Your Faculty Board

Faculty Officers

Dr Rafik Taibjee

Dr Rafik Taijbee - Chair

  • Dr John Spicer- Provost
  • Dr Ellen Wright - Vice Chair
  • Dr Soleman Begg - Honorary Secretary
  • Dr Tabassum Khandker - Honorary Treasurer and
  • Dr Alexander Lai and Dr Grant Sue - First5 Leads 
  • Dr Catherine Millington - Sanders - Education Lead
  • Dr David Mummery - 2nd Council Representative
  • Dr Steve Mowle - Council Representative

Faculty Board members

  • Monica Aquilina - Faculty Lead for Later Career and Retired Members (LCaRM)
  • Devina Maru - AiT Rep
  • Meera Kumar - AiT Rep
  • Alex Drewett - AiT Rep
  • Aarti Ravishankar - AiT Rep
  • Johannes Driessen - AiT Rep
  • Gerard McHale - AiT Rep
  • Agalya Ramanathan - AiT Rep
  • Margaret Atim-Oluk - AiT Rep
  • Sethuparvathy Jayakumar - AiT Rep
  • Christianne Guillotte - AiT Rep
  • Alisha Patel - AiT Rep
  • Sait Mohammed Salik - AiT Rep
  • Grant Su - First5 Rep
  • Frances Germain - First5 Rep
  • Matilda Esan - First5 Rep
  • Yasmin Rahman - First5 Rep
  • Rathy Ramanathan - First5 Rep
  • Gautam Narayan - First5 Rep
  • Anushka Mehrotra - First5 Rep
  • Rebecca Morris - First5 Rep
  • Nathan Brown - First5 Rep
  • Dana Khoriati - First5 Rep
  • Mark Justice - Lay Representative
  • Waqaar Shah - International Representative, WONCA
  • Maria Drakou - EASE Event lead
  • Aya Ayoub - JIC Rep
  • Lillie Wylie - KCL Student Rep
  • Induja Bandara
  • Kheelna Bavalia
  • Anirban Gupta
  • David Wheeler
  • Agnelo Fernandes
  • Grace Bottoni
  • Mark Free
  • Judy Roberts
  • Val Wass
  • Linda Bello
  • Nabila Alam
  • Bernadette Veiras
  • Kuru Nwaogwugwu
  • Sivatharshini Ramalingam
  • Kumaran Prabu
  • Mark Pickering

Faculty Initiatives


WONCA 2021

The South London Faculty offers two bursaries of £500 for South London Faculty members to attend the WONCA Europe and WONCA World conference each year. As WONCA 2020 was postponed our winners will attend conferences this year and will provide an update on their experiences on upcoming Faculty AGM on 4th November. The new WONCA applications will be open in 2022 and more details will be available here towards the end of the year. 

Cash Prize

We offer two cash prizes to nominated AiTs from Kings and St Georges each year. The prize is presented at the Faculty AGM.

RCGP London AiT / First5 Committee

This organisation has been established about 10 years ago to represent the interests of GP Trainees across London. It is supported by all three RCGP London Faculties (North East, North & West and South London). Current Committee Chair is our own South London First5 Lead, Dr Alexander Lai. Pan-London Committee recently delivered great Workplace Wellbeing talk, Myth-busting Appraisal 2021 and recently Life after VTS session on the 12th June. Next First5 focused event is on 29th of July and main host and speaker, Dr Alexander Lai will talk about Workload Management & Problem Solving. If you wish to join the Committee and influence discussions and local events/talks please get in touch. Committee hosts four meetings a year and next one is on Thursday, 20 May at 7pm.For more information please contact Faculty Administrator.

Contact us

RCGP South London Faculty
30 Euston Square

T: 020 3188 7404

Opening hours

Office opening hours: 09:00 – 17:00 Monday – Friday

Your local Faculty Administrator is Lucy Kwapisiewicz.

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