Thames Valley Faculty

Welcome from Thames Valley Faculty

A warm welcome from Thames Valley Faculty. We are a group of volunteer RCGP members who provide local networking, education and support for members in the area. We cover Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire, supporting around 1850 members, Fellows, Associates and Associates in Training. As a Faculty, we have a particular interest in supporting our members' CPD and professional development and provide a range of education courses, all tailored to local needs. 

Upcoming events

We run many education courses and social/networking events throughout the year. Many of these contribute to CPD and professional development. In 2019, Members can expect to see events focused on First5 development, as well as events promoting GP Resilience and Wellbeing. 

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Your Faculty Board

Faculty officers

John Rawlinson Chair

Dr John Rawlinson. Chair

  • Dr Rupal Patel - Honorary Secretary
  • Dr Ian Wood - Honorary Treasurer
  • Dr Lee Aye - Education Lead
  • Dr Shamila Wanninayake - Council Representative

Dr Sue Rendel. Faculty Provost

Dr Sue Rendel. Provost and Fellowship Representative

Getting involved

We meet four times per year, in February, June, September and November to progress our local engagement activities and discuss issues pertinent to our members, which are then fed back to the College Council. All local members are very welcome to attend Board meetings and participate in these discussions – we are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us develop our local engagement programme. Our next meeting will be held in September 2019 at The DoubleTree Hilton, Newbury- details below. 

Read more about the role of a board member.

Faculty News

NEW for 2019 - Bursaries and Grants

As part of our commitment to support new GPs (First5s), we are delighted to offer four bursaries of £300 each for attendance at the RCGP 2019 Annual Conference.  This offer is open to all those soon to complete their training, or in their first five years post-qualification.  This year's Annual Conference will take place in Liverpool on 24-26 October 2019 and applications are invited via a submission of no more than 500 words, to Priority will be given to those who have not yet attended Annual Conference and will be offered on condition that successful applicants will return to a future Faculty Board Meeting to share their experience. Deadline for applications: 31 July 2019.

Board meetings

Our next Board Meeting is at 7pm on Wednesday, 11th September 2019, atThe DoubleTree Hilton Hotel, Newbury. All members of the Faculty are invited to attend Board meetings - please contact us at for more information, and to express interest in attending.

Faculty AGM & Dinner

Our 2018 AGM was held on 13 November 2018 at The Oxfordshire Hotel near Thame. We welcomed Professor Amanda Howe, previous President of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) from 2016-2018, as speaker.

She spoke on "Surviving and Thriving – why GPs value international perspectives as part of the day job", which prompted much debate and discussion.

Our 2019 AGM and dinner will be held on 12 November 2019 at The Oxfordshire Hotel near Thame.  We are delighted to welcome Professor Martin Marshall as our keynote speaker, RCGP Vice Chair and Professor of Healthcare Improvement at UCL. All Faculty Members are welcome.

Faculty Events

We run an extensive education programme for all of our Members. Feedback from our events, from both delegates and speakers is universally positive. Details of the next few events can be accessed using the 'Upcoming Events' box on the right of this screen.

Faculty Education Lead - Dr Lee Aye

Our Education Lead, Lee, is a GP Training Programme Director for Buckinghamshire VTS, with a record of achievement in planning, delivering and maintaining standards in an educational programme. He is an active member of his practice education team, with a record of innovation and identifying new opportunities. Your ideas on educational activities within Thames Valley Faculty will be very welcome, and you can contact Dr Lee Aye

First5 support

We are organising our programme of evening First5 EASE (Educational and Support Evenings) events for groups in Oxford and Buckinghamshire which are free of charge to members.

For regular updates, see our First5 Facebook page - you can join the group.

If you are interested in setting up a CPD group in another area of the Faculty we’d be happy to provide advice and support - please contact the Faculty Office at

Contact us

RCGP Thames Valley Faculty
30 Euston Square

Faculty Administrator: Nicola Husbands

T: 020 3188 7706

Opening hours

Office opening hours: 09:00 - 15:00, Monday to Friday

Your local Faculty Administrator is Nicola Husbands.

Your Faculty Events Administrator is Sarah Wright.

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