South Yorkshire, North Trent Faculty

Welcome from South Yorkshire North Trent Faculty

South Yorkshire North Trent Faculty (SYNT) supports over 1100 members, Fellows, Associates and Associates in Training in the South Yorkshire area, which covers Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster, Chesterfield and Worksop. As a Faculty, we offer excellent CPD courses and professional training courses. Alongside supporting our local GPs, we also strive to be the first point of contact for our members. Members of the Faculty contribute to shaping the future of general practice by having a say in issues pertinent to GPs which is then fed back to College Council.

We are made up of a wide range of members from medical students from the Sheffield GPSoc, foundation doctors, AiTs, First5s right up to retired members. This year we introduced a climate change champion, we are the first Faculty to have this position on the Board.

Get involved

We rely on members to play an active role locally, promoting the College and the Faculty aims and objectives but also to bring ideas to the Faculty about how we can continue to improve the services that we offer. All members are welcome to attend Faculty board meetings which take place four times a year at the Holiday Inn, Rotherham.  

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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

Karen Forshaw, ChairKaren Forshaw, Chair


Amar Rughani. Faculty ProvostAmar Rughani. Provost


  • Laura Smy, Vice Chair
  • Rahul Kacker, Honorary Treasurer
  • Gregg Bingham, Honorary Secretary
  • Janet Hall, Council Representative

Faculty Board members

  • Dr Anita Campbell - Retired and Pre-retirement representative
  • Dr Dominic Patterson
  • Dr Prabhu Shanmugam
  • Dr Alan Shirley
  • Dr Chris Myers
  • Dr Emmanuel Okeleke
  • Dr Martin Billington
  • Dr Ivan Appelqvist
  • Dr Caroline Mitchell
  • Dr Kate Rowell
  • Dr Suman Thullimali
  • Dr Ben Jackson
  • Dr Sarah Mitchell
  • Dr Laura Smy
  • Dr Honey Smith – Climate Change Champion
  • Dr Aarti Bansal - Climate Change Champion
  • Dr Karen Forshaw - Mid-Career GP Representative
  • Dr Demi Atoyebi - National AiT Representative
  • Dr Lydia Fairhurst (Dep Ait)
  • Dr Emma Wong (First5 Lead)
  • Dr Gregg Bingham (First5)
  • Jazmine Bailey - GP Soc Representative
  • Silmiya Hafeel - GP Soc Representative
  • Ria Agarwal - AHP Rep
  • Maria Walsh - AHP Rep
  • Ann Dawson - Lay Representative
  • Katherine Green - Lay Representative
  • Professor Chris Burton - Professor of Primary Medical Care, Sheffield University
  • Rachel Pickering - Management and Administration Representative
  • Nicky Normington - Management and Administration Representative

Faculty News

The Faculty has Facebook and Twitter take a look and like us! 

First5 support


Dr Emma Wong is the South Yorkshire North Trent Faculty First5 Lead and can be contacted via the South Yorkshire North Trent Faculty office at

Faculty Board meetings

The next Faculty Board meeting will be held online. All members are invited to attend the Board meetings. If you would like to discuss any item covered or would like an item to be considered at a future meeting, please contact us.

The next Faculty Board meetings in 2021 will be held on:

  • Tuesday 22 June 2021
  • Tuesday 21 September 2021
  • Tuesday 16 November 2021

There will also be an Annual General Meeting on 20 May 2021.

Each Faculty is represented by a Faculty Board, made up of a number of dedicated GPs and lay representatives who work voluntarily towards the College's vision, purpose and priority goals.



The Faculty actively encourages its members of five years plus standing to consider putting themselves forward for Fellowship. We have a Faculty Fellowship Committee (FFC) within the Faculty, led by our Provost, Dr Amar Rughani. The FFC can offer advice and support through the faculty office.

Recently we have welcomed new fellows

  • Dr David Crichton, elected at SGM18
  • Dr Alan Birks, elected at SGM18
  • Dr Sudeep Kumar Chawla, elected at SGM18
  • Dr Caroline Mills, elected at AGM18
  • Dr Veronica Benedicta Grant, elected at AGM18

Please contact us if you would like to discuss this further.

What is Fellowship?

Membership by Assessment of Performance (MAP)

If you are going through the MAP process and would like any advice, please contact us and we will be happy to offer you support through our MAP Lead.

Faculty Events and Professional Development

We strive to offer a varied education programme.

Details of forthcoming South Yorkshire North Trent Faculty meetings, social events and educational courses can be accessed via the Upcoming Events box on the right or selecting the RCGP events link below. The RCGP South Yorkshire North Trent Faculty are proud to host a number of excellent educational training courses throughout the year including a comprehensive Musculoskeletal and Minor Surgery training programme. If you have any particular training requirement that is not included in our education programme then please contact the faculty office, we may be able to help. We can offer one-off training packages to groups of 15 or more for GPs, trainees or a mixture of practice staff.

Professional development programme  

RCGP events available to book now.

Faculty Initiatives


We are extremely keen to encourage research in our area. 

White Rose

In addition to the services we provide to members locally, we have joined with Humber and the Ridings and Yorkshire Faculties to consider an education programme that meets the needs of members across our Region.

More details of the White Rose joint initiative, and upcoming events can be found above under RCGP events.

Contact us

RCGP South Yorkshire North Trent Faculty Office
The Outset
Sankey Street

T: 020 3188 7785

Opening hours

Office opening hours: 08:30 am to 16:00, Monday to Friday

Your local Faculty Administrator is Antonia Ford

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