South West Thames Faculty

Welcome from South West Thames Faculty

A warm welcome from South West Thames Faculty. We provide support to over 1900 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. We are currently looking for new AiT representatives to join the Board; if you would like to find out more about becoming more involved with the faculty we would be delighted to hear from you.

Upcoming events

Join us for our free Diabetes and Digital Transformation evening! Tuesday 5 February at University of Surrey, Guildford.

  • Technology innovation in the care of patients with diabetes
  • TheBEAT diabetes project
  • An Important new local research project which will influence the way you care for your patients with diabetes

It can be argued forcibly that Type II diabetes will bankrupt the NHS, thus there is currently a great deal of interest in the way changes in lifestyles can benefit the health and happiness of patients with diabetes. The Test bed project is a governmentally funded initiative to explore ways in which leading emerging technologies can combine to improve care within the NHS.

The BEAT diabetes project is being led by North East Hampshire and Farnham CCG and was one of only seven successful bids out of a national field and is the only successful bid from general practice. Three leading international technologies have combined in a collaborative venture to provide potential benefits in the field of mental health ,lifestyle changes ,and the support and consolidation of behavioral change on a long-term basis.

This project has been developed jointly by the North East Hampshire and Farnham CCG, the University of Surrey and the South-West Thames Faculty.
The lead investigator Dr Sarah Carrod, members of her team will describe what is proving to be a very exciting local research project. We would like to give your patients the opportunity to register to take part and benefit from this tremendous opportunity to improve their diabetic care. It is intended to roll this project out throughout practices in Surrey and Hampshire

As this is a community facing project it will be of great interest not only to general practitioners but also to their staff involved in diabetic care together with local pharmacists and local hospital doctors.

The meeting will be held at the University of Surrey in Guildford at 8pm. light refreshments will be provided, we anticipate considerable interest so please book your places early. please book online here or email let Katie Biring at to let us know how many places you wish to reserve, they will be allocated on a first come basis so please book soon.

We hope to see you there.

We are also excited to have an education talk on Sports Medicine, by Marcus and Tim McEwan - Tuesday 17 September 2019 at 8pm - bookings open soon We also have a evening presentation on Urology on Thursday 13 June, more details to follow.

We are keen to support the educational and training needs of our AiTs. We are also involved in other educational and career development events throughout the year. 

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

Professor Simon De Lusignan, RCCP South West Thames Faculty ChairProfessor Simon de Lusignan, Chair

Howard Bloom, Faculty ProvostDr Howard Bloom, Provost

  • Dr Jonathan Inglesfield, Vice Chair
  • Dr Leslie Cambell, Honorary Secretary
  • Dr Paul Alford, Co-Honorary Treasurer
  • Dr Muneeb Choudhry, Co-HonoraryTreasurer
  • Dr Jaspreet Dhillon, Council Rep

Faculty Board members

  • Dr John Flower
  • Dr Husein Oozeerally
  • Professor Paul Grob
  • Dr Malcom Harvey
  • Dr Chris Hughes
  • Dr Mark Jopling
  • Dr Hana Patel
  • Dr Sam Samaratunga
  • Mrs Stephanie Shepherd - Lay Member

Faculty News

Below are dates of next years Faculty board meetings and AGM. The meetings are open to all interested members, and are held at the University of Surrey, Guildford, GU2 7XH. 

Board meetings 2019:

  • Tuesday 5 February + Talk on Diebetes and Digital Transformation
  • Thursday 13 June + Talk on Urology
  • Tuesday 17 September + Talk on Sports Medicine by Marcus and Tim McEwan

Faculty AGM and Dinner 2019:

Thursday 14 November 

Please contact the faculty office ( should you wish to attend board meetings, if you would like to discuss any item covered or would like an item to be considered at a future meeting.


We are pleased to announce that we offer Two bursaries of £200 enabling a GP trainees and GPs in all stages to attend the RCGP Annual Conference on 4-6 October in Glasgow.

Please send an application/short brief (500 words) why the board should select you, up on success the members should contribute to the board by attending a board meeting and telling them of their experience. 

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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