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 2020 Faculty board meetings and 2020 AGM. The meetings are open to all interested members, and are held at the University of Surrey, Guildford, GU2 7XH.  The meetings run from 7pm till 8pm, with the exception of our AGM which starts at 6.45pm and closes at 9.30pm.

Thursday 11 June 2020

Thursday 8 September 2020

Thursday 12 November 2020 - The evening consists of a welcome drink, canapes and a 2 course meal, alongside a fascinating talk by RCGP Chair Prof Martin Marshall.  More info and bookings will be online soon.  

Please note: New members and new Fellows have a complimentary place at the AGM.

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

Upcoming Evening Events 

Following the board meetings, at 8pm we have fascinating talks, which are complimentary.

The first talk of 2020 meetings was on 11th of February on PCNs and our guests speakers were: Dr Nav Chana who presented his view on the primary care home model and its development into primary care networks and how to provide great care and second speaker Dr Charlotte Canniff  and her colleagues from the patch described how they have worked to implement ‘primary care home’, an innovative approach to strengthening and redesigning primary care which was developed by the NAPC and also touched on their pilot project. 

Our next talk is on 11th of June and our guest speaker will be: Dr Simon de Lusignan who will discuss Coronavirus. This talk will take place virtually via Zoom and all are welcome to join!

Upcoming Day Events:  


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. 

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) here

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?" here


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 (Deceased)

  • 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
  • Dr Sam Samaratunga Co-Education Lead
  • Dr Raisha Nurani Co-Education Lead

Faculty Board members


  • Dr Sarah Carrod
  • Dr Charles Elliott - AiT Representative
  • Dr Hannah Field - AiT Representative
  • Dr John Flower
  • Professor Paul Grob
  • Dr Chris Hughes
  • Dr Mark Jopling
  • Dr John Nichols
  • Mrs Stephanie Shepherd - Lay Member
  • Dr James Thambyrajah

Faculty News

Faculty AGM and Dinner 2019:

  • Thursday 12 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.

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 Chesnei Monrose

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