South West Thames Faculty

Welcome from South West Thames Faculty

A warm welcome from South West Thames Faculty. We provide support to over 2100 Members, Fellows, Associates and AiTs in Surrey, West Sussex and the outer fringes of South West London. As well as a full range of educational and social activities, we run a revalidation programme for local members in collaboration with the South-East Thames Faculty and Health Education England Ken, Surrey and Sussex.

Get involved

We hold four Board meetings a year (in February, June, September and November) to develop our engagement events and activities as well as discussing issues relevant to our members, which we feed back to the College Council. We rely on members to play an active role locally, promoting the College's aims and objectives. It is essential to raise and maintain awareness of demographic issues and the needs of GPs and patients alike, so that we can support these.  If you would like to find out more about becoming more involved with the faculty we would be delighted to hear from you.

Below are dates our 2021 Faculty board meetings and 2021 AGM. The meetings are open to all interested members, and are delivered remotely.  The meetings run from 7pm till 8pm.

Tuesday 9 February

Tuesday 15 June

Tuesday 14 September

Thursday 11 November (AGM)

Please note: We hope to deliver our November 2021 AGM face to face, new members and new Fellows have a complimentary place at the AGM.

If you are interested in any meetings, please get in touch at

Virtual meetings delivered:

With the great work of our Faculty Education Leads; Dr Raisha Nurani and Dr Sam Samaratunga, the Faculty have delivered a series of topical events virtually to our members:

  • COVID-19: First lessons and observations in primary care
  • The varied life of General Practice: A talk aimed at First Five GP's interested in the opportunities available in General Practice
  • 1st Later Career and Retired Members (LCARM) Event
  • The Impact of Genomic Medicine in Primary Care: now and the future
  • The New Appraisal Talk
  • CPD talk - NICEr for women: managing bleeding problems in primary care

Virtual meetings coming up:

Thursday 3 December 19.30 - 20.30 - Strategies for dealing with your upcoming RCA exam

The SW Thames faculty are pleased to announce our new, upcoming webinar on strategies to deal with the upcoming RCA exam hosted by Dr Raisha Nurani (Faculty Education Lead). The webinar will be held with Dr Marilyn Graham; RCGP examiner as well as Dr Nirja Joshi; a First 5 GP who recently sat the RCA exam.

Register for dealing with your upcoming RCA exam

Tuesday 8 December 19:00 - 21:00 - Wellbeing Session

The SW Thames faculty are pleased to announce our new upcoming evening course of 3 sessions focused on your wellbeing as a clinician hosted by Dr James S Thambyrajah (Vice Chairman). Our guest speakers will be: Dr Claire Hennigan, Dr Duncan Shrewsbury and Dr Rachel Morris. 

Register for wellbeing session

What our board members are doing..

Dr John Nichols

There are two medical opinions on Nutritional Medicine and the use of nutrition supplements that go back to my student days that are both wrong:

  1. You don't need to take vitamin and mineral tablets if you eat a well balanced diet.
  2. You can take vitamin and mineral tablets if you really want to. They may not do you any good but they can't do you any harm. The truth of the matter is rather complicated. For instance, taking folic acid vitamin tablets is officially recommended when trying to get pregnant. To find out why both statements are wrong, you might want to check out the book by John Nichols (Provost of SW Thames Faculty 2014-17).

An Introduction to Nutritional Medicine - where Darwin meets Hippocrates

This book imagines a meeting between Charles Darwin and Hippocrates – the ancient Greek father of Medicine. My supposition is that any dialogue between these two great thinkers should be quite sensational.  It presents a short dialogue between the two at the start of each chapter to act as an introduction  to the topic discussed. With the help of Darwin and Hippocrates, the book covers some of the main areas of the large topic of Nutritional Medicine and especially some of the more controversial issues such as the use of nutritional supplements, the efficacy of probiotics and when to categorise a food as “junk food.” Any lay reader who wants to know what constitutes Nutritional Medicine (as opposed to Homeopathy and Herbalism) should find this book a useful introduction to the subject. For those who want to read up the subject in greater detail, the appendix includes a comprehensive reading list

Dr James Thambyrajah

Dr Thambyrajah (First5 Lead of SW Thames Faculty 2017-19) has written an article on Skin lesions for Guidelines In Practice, view James' work on "Skin lesions: what’s the diagnosis?"

Further information

For further information please contact our Faculty Administrator:

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

Paul Alford

Dr Paul Alford, Chair

Professor Simon De Lusignan, RCCP South West Thames Faculty Chair

Professor Simon de Lusignan, Provost

  • Dr James Thambyrajah, Vice Chair
  • Dr Leslie Cambell, Honorary Secretary
  • Dr Muneeb Choudhry, Honorary Treasurer
  • Dr Jaspreet Dhillon, Council Rep
  • Dr Sam Samaratunga Co-Education Lead
  • Dr Raisha Nurani Co-Education Lead

Faculty Board members

  • Dr Hannah Field - AiT Representative
  • Dr Sarah Carrod 
  • Dr Charles Elliott 
  • Professor Paul Grob
  • Dr Chris Hughes
  • Dr Jonathan Inglesfield
  • Dr John Nichols
  • Mrs Stephanie Shepherd - Lay Member


Faculty News

Faculty Initiatives

Current Research

Commit To Change is a pilot project run by Surrey University and NHS Kingston CCG. Its aim is to help people achieve health goals by making online 'commitment contracts'. Participants either take part for free or give money to a charity of their choice if they fail to carry out their commitments.

The John Lasserson Award

Dr John Lasserson MRCGP was the Honorary Treasurer of our faculty for many years. He was a GP in an outer suburb of London and also worked as a GP trainer for 25 years. He took great pride in practising clinical care to the highest standard, and encouraging others to do the same. We are pleased to have, together with his family, established an award in his name.

The John Lasserson Award is presented annually to the highest scoring trainee of the GP examinations from the South West Thames Faculty. The award consists of £300, and a framed certificate.

Faculty Audit and Research Grant

We are awarding small grants of up to £200 to GPs and practice nurses to help with the cost of practice audits and small-scale research projects. This scheme is designed to cut through bureaucracy and paperwork and make small awards available to grass roots GPs and practice nurses.

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 on general practice. The tutors shortlist the entries and then invite the two faculties to agree the awards. The faculties will 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.

Contact us

RCGP South West Thames Faculty
30 Euston Square

T: 020 3188 7453

Opening hours

Office opening hours: 09:30 to 16:30, Monday to Friday

Your local Faculty and Events Administrator is Katie Biring.

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