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 and Associates in Training in Central and Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria. The Faculty has an active leadership role in the GP Excellence Program supporting practices and GPs. 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.

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. 

Get involved

Our Faculty Board meets four times per year in February, June, September and November and is made up of GP volunteers, including representatives from Manchester Medical GP Society, First5 and AiT committees, as well as representation for Fellows and an Education Lead. We rely on members to play an active role locally, promoting the College and the Faculty aims and objectives but also, we rely on you to bring your ideas to the Faculty board about how we can continue to improve the services that we offer. All members are welcome to attend Faculty board meetings. Faculty Board meetings are held in various locations across the North West for the benefit of our members. We're 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.

Upcoming events

We run many education courses and social/networking events throughout the year. Many of these contribute to CPD and professional development. 

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Our blog

Want to keep up to date with the latest North West England news? Check out our blog!

Your Faculty Board

Faculty Officers

Dr Alison Lea




Dr Alison Lea. Chair

Mark Gabbay. Faculty Provost

Professor Mark Gabbay. Provost

  • Dr Farrah Sheik – Honorary Secretary
  • Dr Gordon Mackinnon – Education Lead
  • Dr Harish Thampy – Honorary Treasurer

Faculty Board members

  • Dr Timothy Ballard
  • Professor Jacky Hayden CBE
  • Dr Emma Pimlott
  • Dr Ishaan Saxena, National AiT Representative
  • Dr Zuber Patel, Sub Faculty Representative
  • Mrs Moira McLoughlin, Lay Representative
  • Dr Narveshwar Sinha – Deputy Council Representative

Getting involved

We rely on members to play an active role locally, promoting the College aims and objectives. It is essential to raise and maintain awareness of demographic issues and needs of GPs and patients alike, and develop initiatives to support these.

If you would like to find out more about becoming involved with the faculty we would be delighted to hear from you.

Faculty News

The faculty is excited to announce Mapping Uncertainty in Medicine written by NW England's own faculty members Avril Danczak, Alison Lea, Geraldine Murphy.

Annual awards and prizes

The Annual AGM and Awards Evening was held on Tuesday 18 November at the Manchester United Football Club. Congratulations to last years winners!! 


GP Award Dr Arun Kumar Jha
Practice Manager Louise Wright
Practice Team Croston Village Surgery
Faculty Service Award Dr Bill Ward
Long term service Award Dr John Hampson
Long term service Award Dr Dave Webborn
National conference poster 1st Bethany Marshall, MMS
National conference poster 2nd Alison Haigh and Elizabeth Pearce, mms

First5 support

Dr Harish Thampy and Emma Pimlott are the North West England Faculty First5 Facilitators and can be contacted via the North West England Faculty 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. One a month alternating between the north and south of the faculty area. First5s will be informed by email of the programme from September or you can email Antonia Ford with any questions.

Faculty Board

All members are invited 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, please contact us.

If you are planning on attending the meeting please email nwengland or call 0203 188 7791.

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.

North West England Faculty Board vacancies

The Faculty board is still looking to recruit Sub Faculty Reps for the following areas: Bolton, Blackpool and Bury and North Manchester.


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; Dr Rob Stokes; Dr Paul Milne; Dr Alisdair Carter; Dr David Knapper. The FFC can offer advice and support through the faculty office.

In the past 12 months we have welcomed 8 new fellows

  • Dr Jeremy Tankel 
  • Dr John Hopwood
  • Dr Sirfaz Hussain
  • Dr Gerry O'Shea
  • Dr Sheila McCorkindale
  • Dr John Anthony O'Malley
  • Dr Alexander Gaw
  • Dr Gen Tat Wong

We have an active Committee that regularly reviews applications for Fellowship. Further details about the process.

Fellowship Committee Vacancy

The Faculty Fellowship Committee has a vacancy. The Committee receives and considers nominations and applications for Fellowship from existing Members of the College who work or live in North West England. It meets in person or by teleconference at least twice a year. You should be a Fellow of the College and interested in the subject. Previous experience in assessment (whether as a GP Trainer, examiner, or other role) would be an advantage, but is not essential. There is no remuneration for the post, but expenses can be claimed. 

If you are interested in the vacancy, please ring Kimberley Hough on 0203 188 7791 or email for more information, or to arrange a chat with the Committee Chair Professor Mark Gabby.

Associates in Training Support

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 have an vacant seat open for a North West England Faculty AiT Lead.

MAP Lead - Dr Judy Ream

Education Lead - Dr Gordon Mackinnon

To contact any of the above please email nwengland.

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

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

T: 0203 188 7780
F: 0203 188 7781

Pam Hartford
Regional Engagement Manager North England
Faculties and Devolved Councils

T: 0203 188 7792
M: 0750 001 6341

Your local Events Administrator is Antonia Ford.

T: 0203 188 7784

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