North Wales Faculty

Welcome from the North Wales Faculty

We aim to provide the benefits of RCGP membership to colleagues closer to home. You are probably reading this because you already work in North Wales in which case you are also most likely to be enjoying the beautiful beaches and fantastic countryside that it has to offer!

The North Wales Faculty covers an area stretching from Barmouth to Flint and is one of the smallest Faculties with just over 350 members, Fellows and Associates in training. The Faculty Board is made up of local GP volunteers who provide local networking, education and support for members in the area - we are always open to ideas and welcome new members onto the Faculty Board. The Faculty Board discuss matters of importance to RCGP and feed these back to the College Council. Remember this is your Faculty, so please do get in touch if there are ways we can serve you better.

Our Board meetings are held four times a 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. We rely on our members to play an active role locally, promoting the College's aims and objectives.

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 the needs of GPs and patients alike and develop initiatives to support these.

Each year the Board meet quarterly, this year on 7 February, 5 June, 03 September and 18 November (this meeting includes the AGM). Here we progress our local engagement activities and discuss issues pertinent to our members, which are then fed back to Welsh Council and College Council.
Local members are very welcome to attend Board meetings and participate in these discussions, or just attend as an observer.

We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us develop our local engagement programme. If you would like to find out more about the Faculty and your local GP network we would be delighted to hear from you. We currently have the following vacancies:

AiT Representative
Lay Member Representative

For further information or to apply, please email nwales@rcgp.org.uk

Upcoming events

We provide education courses and networking events throughout the region and many of these events contribute to CPD and professional development.

If you have ideas or suggestions for what would benefit the membership locally please contact the Faculty- your views are important.

View all learning and social events in North Wales

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

Sioned Enlli, Chair

Dr Sioned Enlli, Chair

Dr Martin O'Donnel. Faculty Provost

Dr Martin O'Donnell, Provost 

Dr Alec Jones, Honorary Secretary

Dr Alec Jones, Honorary Secretary 

Peter Saul, Chair

Dr Peter Saul, Honorary Treasurer


Faculty Board members

  • Dr Paul Myres
  • Dr David Wood
  • Dr Kavita Verma - First5 Lead
  • Dr Tom Kneale - Education Lead & Local Advocate
  • Dr Dulal Banerjee
  • Dr Roger Ramsay
  • Dr John J Green
  • Dr John Thompson
  • Dr Blair Wallace - Foundation Doctor Representative
  • Mrs Shellagh Hughes - Patient 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. 


Wales Local Advocate Programme

The RCGP Wales Advocate Programme commenced in October 2017. There are seven experienced GPs acting as Advocates supporting the work of the College in Wales and helping to identify and develop strategic healthcare planning at LHB level. The GPs are available to support Health Boards providing a link to wider networks and sharing expertise and advice to inform service development. They work at both cluster and management level and are able to access examples of good practice in patient safety and quality, and access established networks and resources to share expertise and offer problem-solving advice. They are a valuable resource for NHS Wales.

For more information about the Advocate Programme [PDF] and your Advocates please contact Andrew Evans.


Faculty News & Social Media

To find out the latest news, events and offers, follow us on social media, @RCGPNWales 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 at nwales@rcgp.org.uk.

The next Faculty Board meeting will be held on Tuesday 03 September 2019, 8.30pm at the St George Hotel, Llandudno. 

All members are invited to attend faculty board meetings as an observer. If you would like to discuss any item covered or would like an item to be considered at a future meeting, please don't hesitate to contact us.

  • In line with our sustainability policy, all our communications are now distributed electronically. Please make sure we have your up to date email address.

Faculty Events

Future events include:

North Wales First5 Support & Welcome Meeting, 03 September 2019, 6.30pm at the St George Hotel, Llandudno - contact us for more details 

2019 GP North Wales GP Schools Session supported by the North Wales Faculty,  26 September 2019, 8.30am at  the Venue Cymru Conference Centre, Llandudno -  visit the North Wales GP Schools Session  web page for more information 

Blood Cancer Diagnosis ' Spot Leukaemia' Workshop, 20 November 2019, 12pm at the Optic St Asaph -Book Now

We are always striving to provide events and activities that are of benefit to members locally. Your views are important to us, so if you have any ideas or suggestions for future initiatives, or feedback on the services you have received from us, please contact us.

Details of further forthcoming North Wales Faculty meetings, social events and educational courses can be accessed via the Upcoming Events box on the right with more being added soon.


Faculty Initiatives

Fellowship

Fellow

So why should you think about Fellowship?

Unlike other Colleges, we do not award Fellowship as a reward for time served. It is a real statement of excellence and one that all members should aim for. It says something about you and your practice for which you can be justifiably proud. Colleagues and patients recognise this excellence.

It is awarded in recognition of a significant contribution to medicine in general and general practice in particular. Fellows should exemplify our motto "cum scienta caritas".

The Faculty currently has 30 Fellows and actively encourages its members of 5 years plus standing to consider putting themselves forward for Fellowship.

Now that the nomination process is online it is so much simpler. We have a Faculty Fellowship Committee (FFC), that can offer advice and support through the Faculty office. Please get in touch with any queries or visit the Fellowship link below for more information.

Mentoring

The All Wales Mentoring scheme aims to provide confidential support to newly qualified GPs.  If you would like further details please contact the Faculty Support Officer

 

North Wales First5 Group

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Are you North Wales GP within 5 years of qualifying MRCGP? 

The Faculty's main aim for 2019/20 is to revitalise and support First5s and mid-career GPs. We recently appointed a vibrant First5 Lead Dr Kavita Verma, who has enabled us to set up a North Wales First5 support group.

The aims of the group are:

  • Deliver peer support
  • Free learning & networking events
  • Provide useful evening events to help with career progression
  • Help with appraisal queries and CPD

The next meeting is taking place on the 03 September 18:30pm - 20:30pm at St George Hotel in Llandudno. 

Programme tbc

Places must be booked. Book now

 

Associates in Training

Access our AiT Handbook [PDF] which has everything you need to know as a Trainee from the very start of your training.

 

How to Survive as a new GP

Starting out as a newly qualified GP is exciting - the start of a stimulating and rewarding career. Bit it can also be tough. Overwhelmed, unsupported, isolated: these are words sometimes mentioned by those who have left their training posts and started out as independent general practitioners. What should be the beginning of an inspirational and fulfilling journey can be tainted by clinical uncertainty, time pressures and a lack of sense of direction.

Surviving as a new GP (PDF) is a concise guide that hopes to bridge the gap.


Contact us

RCGP North Wales Faculty
North Wales Medical Trust
Tyldesley House
Clarence Road
Llandudno
LL30 1TW

T: 020 3188 7697
E: nwales@rcgp.org.uk

Opening hours

Office opening hours: 09.30 – 14.30, Monday to Thursday 

Your local Faculty Administrator is Angela Thomas.

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