Severn Faculty

We support over 1700 members, Fellows, Associates and Associates in Training across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Bath and North-East Somerset and part of Wiltshire region. We provide local networking and education support to GPs and their peers in the area.

Latest Faculty updates

Choosing a career in GP

October 2021

Dr Chloë Gamlin, one of the Foundation Doctor Representatives, has written a blog post: Are you sure you want to be a GP?.

GP on Call Bike Scheme

September 2020

This scheme is an initiative originally developed by RCGP Wessex Faculty in conjunction with Cycle of Good. The idea is for practices across the Severn Faculty region to purchase a "GP on Call" bike. The bikes are old postal bikes which have been saved from landfill, recycled and rebuilt by offenders in HM Prisons across the UK. Offenders are given the chance to obtain a certificate of bike maintenance, boosting their skills, confidence and likelihood of gaining employment, which is a key step to preventing repeat offences. As this is a social enterprise, in addition to helping save the environment and boosting employment opportunities, when you buy a bike, you also give a bike. For every bike bought, another is sent to Malawi, where The African Workshop employ eight local people to repair and service the donated bikes from Britain. The bikes are then sold to Malawians who can travel to work, transport goods to market and travel miles to school or college. Bikes in Malawi can be life transforming and often mean an income for life.

To help launch this scheme, members of the Severn Faculty are able to purchase one of these bikes with a 50% subsidy paid by the Faculty. Please note that no profit is made by the RCGP on the sale of these bikes and they are purchased through a charity. Please email us to find out how to purchase a bike.

Get 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.

Upcoming events

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

View all learning and social events in Severn

Next board meeting

Board meetings scheduled to be held on 22 June 2022, 21 September 2022 and 16 November 2022 . All meetings will be held via online conference facilities for the foreseeable future. If you would like participate and discuss any item covered or would like an item to be considered at a future meeting, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Bristol Medical-Chirurgical Society

The Bristol Medical-Chirurgical Society aims to promote the exchange of views between health professionals through education and dialogue. Members consist of doctors and dentists, GPs and Secondary Care Specialists, medical students and retired Professors. For more information or contact the Society Administrator, Sam Walker:

Local training and development

Severn GP Trainee Careers Fair

8 March 2023 

The annual Severn GP Trainee Careers Fair is set to take place on 8 March 2023 at a venue to be confirmed. We will have a full programme of workshops throughout the day with a range of speakers on subjects like locum, partnerships, alternative career paths, pensions, appraisal and revalidation and includes key note speakers. We will also have GP appropriate sponsors. The day will be chargeable and the fee can normally be claimed back, following attendance, from the Trainee's study budget (subject to agreement – check with your Deanery for full clarification on this).

AKT and RCA preparation courses

February 2022

These courses have limited places and are reserved for Severn & Peninsula GP trainees (prepaid by their Deanery), and should be booked early via the website, to avoid disappointment. It may be possible for Non-Severn GP Trainees to book but they should, in the first instance, contact the faculty or check out our online booking system for availability.  Bookings will be taken via the RCGP website.

AKT - A one day RCGP course preparing for the Applied Knowledge Test of the MRCGP, to include methods of preparation, statistics for the MRCGP exam and a mock AKT paper.

RCA - These one day RCGP courses will include an introduction to MRCGP, what to expect and live RSA circuits in communication, ethical dilemmas and clinical cases.


February 2022

Fellowship is an honour and a mark of achievement recognising a significant contribution to health and welfare of the community, science or practice of medicine, and/or 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 Severn Faculty for more information.

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, coordinated by our Provost, Dr Jill Wilson who is also the Fellowship lead. The FFC can offer advice and support through the Severn Faculty office.

Awards and prizes

Severn Faculty RCGP Conference Bursary

We are pleased to announce that we have a number of tickets bursaries to award to Severn faculty members to attend this years’ RCGP Annual Conference, which is a joint conference with WONCA Europe taking place in London 29 June – 1 July 2022 at the ExCel Centre. Don't miss out on this exciting event. To apply for a conference ticket please contact us at to obtain the application form and return it to by the deadline of 4 April 2022. These bursaries are open for applications from all GPs, AiTs, Foundation Doctors and student members in the Severn faculty area.

Inspire Awards and Vibrant faculty awards

The Inspire Awards recognise voluntary contributions of our esteemed colleagues to the College and general practice as a whole. The Vibrant Faculty Awards celebrate innovations being delivered locally by Faculties to support members across all of our four nations. Please support these awards in 2022. Voting details will be circulated via the weekly news digest when details are announced.

GP Trainee Graduation Celebration

20 July 2022

Bristol Pavilion, Bristol

Meet your faculty

Who we are

Faculty Officers

  • Dr Kirsty Alexander, Chair (Joint)
  • Dr Matt Hoghton, Chair (Joint) & Senior International Representative
  • Dr Jill Wilson - Provost, Fellowship Lead, & Council Representative
  • Dr Sheila Pietersen - Vice Chair & Wellbeing Team Lead
  • Dr Martyn Hewett - Honorary Treasurer, FFC, Revalidation Lead & Wellbeing Representative
  • Dr Steve Holmes - Honorary Secretary, Deputy Council Representative & FFC

Faculty Board members

  • Dr Liz Alden - Swindon Representative
  • Dr Paul Atkinson – Gloucestershire Representative & Communications Lead
  • Dr Eve Barnes - Foundation Doctor Rep F1
  • Dr Jenny Cox - First5 Lead (Joint)
  • Dr Emily Cant - Junior International Representative
  • Dr Pam Curtis - Education Lead, South Glos Representative & Wellbeing Representative
  • Dr Jenny Doughty- Climate Champion & Sustainability Lead (Joint)
  • Dr Navindi Fernandopulle - Foundation Doctor Rep F2
  • Dr Chloe Gamlin - Foundation Doctor Rep F2
  • Dr Sam Gillett - First5 Lead (Joint)
  • Jenny Hepworth - Lay Representative (Joint)
  • Dr Alice James - AiT Rep, ST2
  • Dr Rupert Morgan - Foundation Doctor Rep F2
  • Dr Ify Odofin - EDI Lead
  • Dr Graham Rawlinson - Late Career & Retired Members Lead & FFC
  • Niamh Roberts - Student Representative
  • Dr Lindsay Smith - FFC
  • Dr Marcus Stevens - AiT Rep ST3
  • Dr Ollie Thomas - AiT Rep, ST1
  • Dr Will Wallage - Education Lead & AKT Course Tutor
  • Lisa-Jayne Wyatt Sherman- Lay Representative (Joint)
  • Dr Jess Wynter-Bee - Climate Champion & Sustainability Lead (Joint)
  • Dr Simon Thornton - University Representative
  • Vacancy - Bristol Representative
  • Vacancy - Nurse Representative
  • Vacancy - Severn Deanery Representative

10 core roles for faculties (approved by Council November 2013) [PDF]

Contact us

RCGP Severn Faculty
c/o UWE Glenside Campus
Rooms 2H001/2
Blackberry Hill
BS16 1DD

Telephone: 0203 188 7714/7715

Office opening hours: 8am to 4pm, Monday to Wednesday. 8am to 2.15pm, Thursday. 8.30am to 4.15pm, Friday.

Follow us

Facebook logoTwitter logo

Useful links

The item has been added to your basket.

Continue shopping

Go to basket

This item is out of stock.

Continue shopping

The item is out of stock.

Yes Continue shopping

An error occurred adding your item to the basket:

Continue shopping