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 2100 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, as well as our usual offering of skills-based educational events, Members saw events focusing 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

  • Honorary Secretary - currently vacant
  • Dr Ian Wood - Honorary Treasurer
  • Dr Lee Aye - Education Lead
  • Dr Shamila Wanninayake - Council Representative
  • Dr Salman Waqar - Honorary Secretary

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 our Board Meeting on 10 June 2020 - details below. 

Read more about the role of a board member.

Faculty News

Bursaries and Grants for 2020

We are delighted to offer six bursaries of £300 each for attendance at the RCGP 2020 Annual Conference.  This offer is open to all Members with preference given to those who have yet to attend Annual Conference.  Applications are invited via a 500 word submission detailing a little about the applicant and how attendance at Annual Conference will promote your professional development.  Deadline: 1 May 2020.  We will welcome all successful applicants to a future Faculty Board Meeting to share their experience.

Board meetings

Our next Board Meeting will take place at 7pm on 10 June 2020 at The Holiday Inn, High Wycombe. 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 Annual Dinner & AGM

Our complimentary 2019 Annual Dinner & AGM  was held on 12 November 2019 at The Oxfordshire Hotel near Thame.  We were delighted to welcome RCGP Chair Professor Martin Marshall as our keynote speaker. Professor Marshall spoke on "Practice, Politics & Possibilities" - there followed a lively and wide-ranging question and answer session.  This year's Dinner and AGM will take place on 10 November 2020 at the Oxfordshire Hotel, Thame.  More details to follow shortly.

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, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire which are free of charge to members.  Click on our events page for information on our next evening educational event.

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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