North West England Faculty

Welcome from North West England Faculty

Welcome to the North West England Faculty. We support over 2,900 members, Fellows, Associates in Training and students in Central and Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria. The Faculty has an active leadership role in the GP Excellence Program supporting its practices and GPs.

We have developed links with outside stakeholders (for example HENW, The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, Local Cancer Care Networks, Local Clinical Allergies Network and Social Enterprise) which provide an excellent network within primary care.

As a Faculty, we offer excellent CPD and professional training courses. Along with supporting our members, we pride ourselves on recognition. Each year we host an Annual Awards Dinner to celebrate exceptional achievement and to recognise and reward all the hard work and innovation at all career stages.


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Upcoming events

We run an extensive educational programme including several social/networking events throughout the year. Many of these contribute to CPD and professional development

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Faculty Officers

Dr Alison Lea

Dr Alison Lea. Chair

Mark Gabbay. Faculty Provost

Professor Mark Gabbay. Provost

  • Dr Jane Wilcock - Vice Chair
  • Dr Emma Pimlott - Honorary Secretary
  • Dr Harish Thampy - Honorary Treasurer
  • Dr Narveshwar Sinha - Council Representative

Faculty Board members

  • Professor Jacky Hayden CBE
  • Dr Richard Brown
  • Dr Carem Chen

Co-opted members

  • Dr Ishaan Saxena - AiT Lead
  • Dr Victor Utomi - AiT Deputy
  • Dr Alice Hartley - Foundation Lead
  • Paula Lea - Practice Manager
  • Vacant - First5 Lead
  • Vacant - Student Representative
  • Vacant - Lay Representative

Get involved

Our Faculty Board meets four times per year in February, June, September and November and is made up of GP volunteers and Lay representatives. We also have representation from local Medical GP Societies, First5 and AiTs. All members are invited to attend. If you are planning on joining one of the meeting please email the Faculty or call 0203 188 7791.

  • Tuesday 17 September – Rusholme curry mile
  • Tuesday 12 November – AGM & Awards Dinner Manchester United
  • Tuesday 19 November – Virtual skype meeting

We rely on our volunteers to play an active role locally, give views, feed information from local groups and shape the future of local general practice through the North West England Faculty board. The board feeds into the RCGP Council at a national level where the thoughts and views of local GPs and their representatives are put forward. We strive to improve the services that we offer.

The board have several opportunities for you to become more active with the local faculty. Officers of the board, council representative, AiT and First5 representative.

We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to get involved and help shape our Faculty Board. Please email if you're interested in finding out more, about how you can get involved.

Faculty news and social media

To find out the latest news, events and offers, follow us on social media, @RCGPNorthWestEngland @NWERCGP and if you have any local news you think we should hear about let us know! You can also contact us at the local office on

Upcoming events

The Faculty offer a wide range of events throughout the yearincluding Minor Surgery, Joint Injections, Six to Eight Week Baby, Cervical Cytology, Dermatology,  Ophthalmology and more. We also run a series of CPD events designed for GPs.

We also run a range of social events which are often free to attend for members. AiT events, First5 events and an annual awards dinner are a few.

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Faculty initiatives

Peer groups

RCGP NW England has a number of peer groups that you can attend free of charge. If you would like to set up a peer group in your area please contact the Faculty office for advice and support.

Annual Awards Celebrating General Practice 00 November 2020

The North West England Faculty Annual AGM and Awards Evening is held every year at the Manchester United Football ground. We encourage all local GPs to consider the awards to the entire PHCT. This is your time to celebrate the very best examples of innovation, dedication, and leadership taking place in general practice.

The nomination process is simple. An application pack can be downloaded below. Deadline for submission is generally late September early October. Please view the link below for the full information about the awards and how to nominate.

If you have any questions, please contact the Faculty office.

Annual awards currently available to all general practice employees across Central and Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria.

  • GP Award
  • Practice Manager Award
  • Practice Team Award
  • Practice Nurse Award
  • Long Term Service Award
  • Research Award
  • Audit Prize

NWE Faculty Awards application pack [PDF]


Each year, RCGP North West England Faculty set aside a bursary fund to support local GPs and primary care trams with additional training and development. There bursaries are available to all RCGP members and thier primary care teams.

Associates in Training Support

Associate in Training

We work in collaboration with the North Western Deanery to support the network of GP Educators in their delivery of the GP Curriculum to North West Trainees. We are very lucky to have pro-active AiTs.

  • VACANT - AiT Lead
  • VACANT - AiT Deputy

AIT Leads offer a supporting role as mentors so if you are an AiT in the North West England area and need a bit of support or advice please contact the NW England Faculty office and we will put you in touch. We are currently looking for interested First5s to come together and create a small working group. If you are interested or would like to find out more information, please contact the office at

  • AiT Conference 2020 - This jam-packed event promises to be a great chance to meet and network with fellow trainees and gain new knowledge, tips and ideas from the workshops.

MAP Lead - Dr Judy Ream

To contact please email nwengland.

First5 support

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We are currently looking for interested First5s to come together and create a small working group. If you are interested or would like to find out more information, please contact the office at

There is a First5 closed Forum to enable First5s to network and discuss concerns please see link First5. Updates will be posted here.

We are happy to announce "Ask the Expert" CPD Evening Meetings are now up and successfully running. We will be running one a month. Email Faculty office with any questions.

  • Welcome Pack 2019 [PDF]
  • CPD Evenings [PDF]
  • Peer Group Information [PDF]

The variety and amount of electronic resources out there can be both overwhelming and difficult to navigate in searching for relevant information, Below is a collection of commonly used and established resources that may help you in findinganswers to your PUNS, DENS or just general learning.

First5 appraisal and revalidation

First5 career

HENW Career Advisor, TBC 



Fellowship is an honor and a mark of achievment recognising a significant contribution to:

  • health and welfare of the community
  • science or practice of medicine
  • aims of RCGP, or any organisation which benefits general practice

Full details of applying for fellowship can be found at RCGP fellowship. If you are unsure about any part of fellowship or want to know more about the process contact the NW England Faculty for more information or visit the RCGP fellowship page.

The faculty actively encourages its members of 5 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 Mark Gabbay. The FFC can offer advice and support through the faculty office.

RCGP National News

Put Patients First Campaign to increase GP budgets

In response, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the National Association for Patient Participation (N.A.P.P.) have launched Put patients first: Back general practice – our

campaign to improve patient care by increasing funding for general practice from 8.4% to 11% of the UK NHS budget by 2017. For more information or to get involved with the Campaign.

Contact us

RCGP North West England Faculty
Bank Quay House
Sankey Street

Opening hours

Your local Faculty Administrator is Kimberley Hough.
Office opening hours: 08:30 – 16:00, Monday to Friday

T: 0203 188 7791
F: 0203 188 7781

Your local Events Administrator is Antonia Ford.
Office hours: 08:00 – 16:30 Monday to Thursday

T: 0203 188 7784
F: 0203 188 7781


Amy Holden
Regional Engagement Manager North England
Faculties and Devolved Councils

T: 0203 188 7790
M: 07740 248 996

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