South East Wales Faculty

Welcome from South East Wales Faculty

A warm welcome from South East Wales Faculty. We are a group of volunteer RCGP members who provide local networking, education and support for members in the area. We cover Cardiff, Torfaen, Monmouthshire, Newport, Caerphilly, Rhondda Cynon Taff and the Vale of Glamorgan supporting over 1000 members, Fellows, Associates and Associates in Training. The Faculty has a particular interest in supporting our members' CPD and professional development and provide a range of education courses, tailored to local needs, as well as bursaries and awards to support and recognise innovation and development. 

Get 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 Welsh Council and College Council. 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 and to raise awareness of the demographic issues and needs of GPs and patients alike. If you would like to find out more about the Faculty and your local GP network we would be delighted to hear from you.

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 South East 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

  • Dr Isolde Shore-Nye - Chair
  • Dr Jane Fenton-May - Provost 
  • Dr Tom De Souza- Vice Chair
  • Professor Kamila Hawthorne - Honorary Secretary
  • Dr Jon Campbell - Honorary Treasurer 

Faculty Board members 

  • Dr Rowena Christmas - UK Council Representative
  • Dr Mair Hopkin - Welsh Council Representative
  • Dr Rob Morgan- Welsh Council Representative
  • Dr Lucy Downing - Welsh Council Representative
  • Dr Claire Campbell - Deputy Welsh Council Representative
  • Dr Anish Kotecha - First5 Representative and Education Lead
  • Dr Mari McDonald - First5 Representative
  • Dr Nicole Abel - AiT Representative
  • Eve Benfield - Student Representative
  • Yasmina Abdelrazik - Student Representative
  • Dr Suzanne Thickens - Local Advocate
  • Dr Roya Basir - Local Advocate
  • Dr Jassim Ali - International Representative
  • Dr Nazia Hussain
  • Dr Karen Gully
  • Dr Viv Nicholls
  • Dr Charlie Williams

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.

The Future of Healthcare in Wales

We all know how important general practice is to the future of healthcare in Wales.

General practice is struggling. Despite making 90% of the patient contacts in the NHS, GPs only receive 7.8% of the funding. Mounting paperwork, lack of money to spend on staff, buildings and IT, no time to discover new ways of approaching problems, an ageing population, and more people with complicated health problems, means that GPs are close to breaking point and patients are struggling to get appointments. In Wales, we need 400 more GPs by 2020 to plug the gap.

Our campaigning is working. So far in Wales, thanks to our campaigning, we have secured a primary care workforce plan and £123.5m for primary care. Help us protect general practice for the future.

All Wales Mentoring Scheme

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.

Faculty News

The next Faculty board meeting will take place February 2020 (location to be confirmed) includes a light buffet supper at 19:00. If you would like to be part of discussions and decisions involving CPD, College benefits and other opportunities in your faculty, please contact

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 and your Advocates please follow the link and/or contact Andrew Evans.

Faculty Events

Details of further forthcoming South East Wales Faculty meetings, social events and educational courses can be accessed via the Upcoming Events box on the right. 

Faculty Initiatives


We have a Faculty Fellowship committee to consider and support the nomination process. If you wish to join the Fellowship committee or know of a GP who would be suitable for a nomination please contact us.

What is Fellowship?

RCGP National Conference Bursaries

Each year the Faculty awards bursaries for 2 Students, 2 AiT's and 1 First5 GP to attend the RCGP National Conference plus £250 towards travel and accomodation.  2019 Annual Conference will be held 24-26 October at The ACC Liverpool. 

2019 recipients were Emilia Allwright, Eppie Taylor-Adams, Eve Benfield, Martina Neunie, Nicole Abel and Isolde Shore-Nye.

Student Prize

The student prize was awarded at the 2019 RCGP Wales Gala Dinner to Gwenllian Williams.

Contact us

RCGP South East Wales Faculty
4th Floor
Cambrian Buildings
Mount Stuart Square
Cardiff Bay
CF10 5FL

T: 0203 188 7764

Opening hours

Office opening hours: 08:45 – 15:15, Monday to Thursday  

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