North East England Faculty

Welcome from North East England Faculty

Welcome to North East England Faculty. We are a group of volunteer GPs and allied health professionals working in primary care that aim to provide education and support to members locally. We cover North East England from the Scottish border to Teesside and East to the Cumbrian border. We support around 1900 RCGP members and offer a huge range of CPD opportunities.

Get involved

Our Faculty Board meet four times per year, we are currently meeting via Zoom due to COVID-19 restrictions, February, June, September and November where we discuss local activities and issues of importance to our members. Our Council representative then feeds back to the College Council on matters concerning RCGP membership and wider general practice policy. 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.

Upcoming events

We run a huge range of education courses and social/networking events throughout the year. If you have any ideas or suggestions or would like to become more involved in your faculty please get in touch.

View our exciting programme and book your place on an upcoming event

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 

  • Dr Lily Lamb – Faculty Chair
  • Dr Alan Fortune – Provost 
  • Dr Arvind Rajagopal - Vice Chair
  • Dr Rachel Taylor - Honorary Secretary
  • Dr Robert Lambourn – Honorary Treasurer
  • Dr  Sam Bethapudi - Council Representative
  • Dr Iain Lawther - Education Lead
  • Dr Charlotte Ratcliff - AiT Lead
  • Dr Georgina Sowman and Dr Matthew Sawyer - Sustainability Leads

Faculty Board members

  • Dr Robert Carter
  • Dr Kym Merritt
  • Dr Melissa Haskins
  • Dr Eugene Tang
  • Dr Raj Bethapudi
  • Maria Towart - Practice Nurse Lead
  • Emma Peters - GP Society Lead
  • Dr Richard Cruttenden F2 Lead
  • Anne Everden – Lay Representative
  • Sheinaz Stansfield – Practice Manager Representative

GP Recharged 2020 

We have had to postpone our plans for this exciting event. Once we are allowed, proceeding with caution we will send out invitations to our 5th GP Recharged conference. The programme is currently being prepared but we have a fantastic selection of speakers!  We aim to promote positivity and celebrate innovation in General Practice. The conference will be is open to all GPs AiTs First5 medical students and the wider practice team including practice managers and practice nurses.  

As well as our fantastic speakers, GP Recharged always offers a great opportunity to network and share local good practice. Feedback from previous years has always been extremely positive, this event is not to be missed!

About us

We have an excellent relationship with AiTs and First5 in the area and support the delivery of lectures in the Newcastle area. These are supported by local AiTs and First5 RCGP members. If you would like to be involved in these lecture or have an idea of topic or potential speaker please email the Faculty office.

Our 2021 programme is quickly filling up and we have a fantastic array of courses coming this year. Our widest selection covers Men's Health and Dermatology and we are please to announce that we will be reproducing the 6-8 Week baby check course which was fully booked. We are sure there is a course for you. Take a look at the events page or email the Faculty office for more information.

Faculty News

Members are invited to join the Faculty board meetings to observe or apply to join the board. If you would like to discuss an item please let us know so that it can be considered by the board prior to the meeting. Your opinion matters to us especially with all the changes happening in general practice at present, your Faculty can help.

You will be receiving regular e-bulletins from the faculty. If you have articles or items to add to this please email the Faculty office.

Faculty Board Meeting Dates

The last Faculty Board meeting was held on Monday 14 September 2020;

Our next meetings for 2020 will be held at 19:00 on the following dates:

  • Monday 16 November 2020

The AGM and Andrew Smith Lecture will be taking place on 10 November 2020 and our guest speakers are Professor Amanda Howe, RCGP President and Professor Martin Marshall. This will take place via zoom. Andrew Smith Lecture and NEE Faculty AGM

All members are welcome to observe these meetings, please confirm your attendance by email.

AiT and First5 Meeting Dates

Events are currently being organized for 2021 and are always looking for new exciting speakers and topics. If you have a specific interest educational topics please let us know.

Please see the events page for upcoming lectures which are free to members.

Faculty Events

The North East England Faculty strives to support continual professional development and are pleased to provide support and help covering a wide variety of topics. We deliver a number of excellent educational training courses throughout the year including Paediatrics, Gastroenterology and Joint injections. Details of forthcoming meetings, social events and educational courses can be accessed via the Upcoming Events box on the right. We are currently developing our joint injections and ophthalmology workshops. We also run four/five Clinical Skills Assessment courses per year for the Health Education North East. We are pleased our events administrator has been able to develop and deliver several new events with many more to come in 2019, Mrs Sharon Sudder, these will include dermatology, cardiology and several other clinical topics. 


We have an active Fellowship committee who regularly review applications and encourage members to apply for Fellowship. If you wish to self nominate or nominate someone else please contact the Faculty for further advice. We can provide guidance and support you through the process. The Faculty currently have three nominations which are under discussion.

Ten Core Roles for Faculties

Faculty boards are made up by a number of dedicated GPs and lay representatives who work voluntary towards the Colleges vision, purpose and priority goals.

Contact us

RCGP North East England Faculty
9 Holborn Street
DL16 6QN

T: 0203 188 7698 / 0203 188 7699

Opening hours

Office opening hours:

08:15 to 17:00, Monday and Tuesday
08:15 to 15:00, Wednesday – Friday

Your local Faculty Administrator is Clare Bartram.
Your Faculty Events Administrator is Sharon Sudder. 

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