Supporting you as a First5

Resources, support, and opportunities for early career GPs.

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Life as a new GP will be exciting, daunting, challenging, and full of firsts, but worth every moment. We are here to support you along the way with a variety of exciting opportunities and support programmes for early career GPs, with more new schemes to come.

General practice offers some amazing career opportunities, so stay open to them and don’t be afraid to try something new.

As a member of the RCGP, you are...

  • Supported by peers, experts, and leaders of the profession throughout your GP journey.
  • Able to advocate for and shape the profession you love by gaining a sense of pride and belonging to Team GP.
  • Equipped to be the best GP you can be.

Hundreds of events, courses, and conferences incl. One Day Essentials and Annual Conference.

Bespoke First5 CPD resources incl. our brand new First5 Pathway and learning library.

Award-winning eLearning, journals, and publications incl. GP SelfTest, BJGP and InnovAiT.

Dedicated careers support as part of our brand-new mentoring platform incl. GP Ready, QI and Research Ready programmes.

We offer resources, tips and support to help protect your health and wellbeing.

Your local First5 committee offers you the tools and resources you need to be a great GP.

Have a look at our GP Ready programme with dedicated videos to help you launch your career.

We also have a range of learning videos relevant to GPs throughout their First5 years.

First5 Committee

The First5 Committee is made up of elected First5 faculty leads throughout the UK. They are here to represent the interests of First5 members and through the First5 Chair, who has a seat at Council, act as the conduit for local matters to be raised at our national meetings.

Emma Wong - First5 Chair

I’m a F5 GP in Sheffield, having CCT’d in February 2021. Having worked as a salaried GP, and done some locum and OOH work on the side, I’m now a GP partner. I also represent F5 GPs in my Faculty region of South Yorkshire North Trent. As your rep, I’m keen that the transition from AiT to F5 is as painless as possible - it can be scary losing that safety net of debrief and the support you get from your VTS peers. As F5s, we have a national network of reps, who are a great source of information and advice, and can let you know what’s happening in your area. You can find your Faculty and introductions from your reps below, or on our member forum.

Sunday Agbese (the F5 Vice Chair) and I are keen to hear your views about what you feel would benefit F5s and what the College can do to support you - so if you do have any questions or ideas, please do feel free to ask them here or get in touch via email.

We look forward to meeting you all - and welcome again to our network.

Dr Udenyi Sunday Agbese - First5 Vice Chair

I got my MBBS from ABU Zaria which is the largest university south of the Sahara and north of the Limpopo.

I have experienced the practice of family medicine in a range of settings including Africa, America, and the UK. I have been a medical doctor for over 10 years and a member of the RCGP since Dec 2020. I am also a sessional GP working across Kent and London, driven by challenge, undeterred by obstacles, and committed to furthering standards of excellence. I believe in the Ubuntu philosophy, and bring these strengths and more to the First5 committee as Vice Chair.

Regional Representatives

Ebrahim Mulla - Leicester

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Thuva Amuthalingam - Midlands

I am a GP with special interest in dermatology, minor surgery and aesthetics working in Birmingham and Black country. I also work as a strategy consultant with a particular interest in digital health. As the STP First 5 network facilitator, I would like to promote a good work-life balance in general practice through self-care and portfolio careers in order to help recruitment and retention.

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Preanka Chandan - Midland

I’m currently First 5 Co-Lead Representative on the Midland Faculty Board and a salaried GP based in the West Midlands. I enjoy the diversity of General Practice and have a keen interest in Medication Education and Women’s Health. As part of my role, I would like to ensure colleagues have a smooth transition from being a AiT member to First5 GP and be a point of contact for any concerns or queries.

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James Waldron - Vale of Trent

I’m James Waldron and I’m Co-Lead for Vale of Trent Faculty. I live and practice in Nottingham since I moved here as a student and have loved it so much I have subsequently completed my training here and now have settled here. I believe the East Midlands is a great place to be. Nottingham feels like one of the best cities to live in the country with so much going on and so much development and excitement. The region is so diverse with ever developing urban areas contrasted with large rural communities makes it a varied and rewarding place to work and live. Twitter: @jammiestdodgers

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Joana Santos - Beds and Herts

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Clare Routledge - East Anglia

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Alice Cozens - East Anglia

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Muddasar Ahmed - East Anglia

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Rebecca Farndale - East Anglia

Vacant - Essex

Shani Gray - North East London

I work as a salaried GP in North London, am clinical lead for the digital care homes programme at North Central London CCG and am a medical education fellow at UCL. I completed a Darzi fellowship and PGCert in Healthcare Leadership prior to this so have a real interest in working across systems and learning about clinical leadership. My aims as a First5 rep are to 1) nurture and continue to grow a strong support network for GPs in NE London; 2) hold high quality, accessible educational events; 3) engage with important issues on social justice in primary care such as race and gender inequalities.

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Amrita Sen Mukherjee - South East Thames

I am a portfolio GP working in London and Kent specialising in Wellbeing. I am an EMCC accredited Coach and work to support people in a manner that allows them to achieve their optimum levels of wellbeing. I also work in medical education and have been received as a Member of the Academy of Medical Educators. My aim is to continue working in peer advocacy roles to improve diversity and inclusion.

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Alex Lai - South London

My work and values centre around connection, community, education and support. I specialise in mental health and the wellbeing of healthcare professionals and I’m the First5 Wellbeing Officer, happy to be contacted for advice or queries by clicking this profile. I currently work as a GP in South London, chair Wandsworth LMC, run The WorkWell Doctors and support GP trainees returning to practice for HEE. Together with my role as Pan London First5AiT Chair I aim to encourage inter-deanery education, collaboration and opportunities as well as expand the network of peer groups I have created, whilst advocating for First5 members to ensure they receive adequate support and resources from RCGP.

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Raisha Nurani - South West Thames

I am a Salaried GP working in South West London, with a specialist interest in Women's Health and Medical Education. I achieved my master’s in medical education in 2018 and have been working with my current VTS cohort as a Training Programme Director. I see my role as First Five Lead in Supporting my peers and giving us a platform to help support us through the nuances of being a new GP. I am hoping to really help foster a collaborative group where we can support each other and create partnerships that will help us throughout our career.

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Shanthala Mallaiah - Thames Valley

I work as a Salaried GP at the Berkshire HealthCare NHS Foundation Trust, WestCall. I Graduated in India at Mysore Medical College, have completed Diploma in Otolaryngology and done DRCOG. I also work for NHS 111 and Thames Valley Integrated urgent care. I do regular GP sessions for the University Medical Practice. I am a DMP for Non-Medical Independent and Prescribing course and support paramedics to become independent prescribers. I have been RCGP First5 Rep and then Co-lead since 2017. Together with my co-leads we have organised a successful First5 conference, ease events and webinars. I would continue to organise educational events, guidance, Peer support and career development post CCT.

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Grant Su - South London

I trained in South London and am currently a part salaried and locum GP in Brixton with an interest in dermatology and nursing home care. I'm looking forward to working alongside my colleagues to support newly qualified GPs to really hit the ground running in terms of practical tips, finding jobs and finance, further development and exploring career aspirations. I would like to focus on helping First5 GPs think about ways to enrich their working lives with interesting and innovative roles and how the RCGP FIrst5 and local faculty events and community can help achieve this.

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Sumera Angus - South London

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Harry Wyatt - North and West London

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Shan Prabhakar - Thames Valley

Shan Prabhakar I work as a Salaried GP at the Berkshire HealthCare NHS Foundation Trust, WestCall. I Graduated in India at Mysore Medical College, have completed Diploma in Otolaryngology and done DRCOG. I also work for NHS 111 and Thames Valley Integrated urgent care. I do regular GP sessions for the University Medical Practice. I am a DMP for Non-Medical Independent and Prescribing course and support paramedics to become independent prescribers. I have been RCGP First5 Rep and then Co-lead since 2017. Together with my co-leads we have organised a successful First5 conference, ease events and webinars. I would continue to organise educational events, guidance, Peer support and career development post CCT.

Sarah Thurgood - South East Thames

Diptarsi Sen - Thames Valley

I am a portfolio GP, currently working in a salaried role for six sessions with special interests in Paediatrics and Dermatology. I was privileged to be elected to become an AiT co-Lead representative (2017-20) where I represented all GP trainees from Thames valley. I hope to focus on the following key areas over the next couple of years: Promote educational events which will increase our insight into things that matter specifically to us such as GP partnerships, development of the new primary care workforce and management of finances. Work to improve First5 representation in various working groups within the RCGP. Communicate issues that directly impact First5 GPs with stakeholders within the RCGP, and most importantly, promote well-being and welfare of First5 GPs

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Rebecca Saveker - Military

Currently serving as a Regimental Medical Officer in Catterick, I have just returned from operational deployment as the Senior Medical Officer for Op SHADER. I maintain a keen interest in medical education and pre-hospital emergency care and am one of the leads for the military Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief Special Interest Group. As a First 5 rep, I aim to develop the education opportunities for new military GP’s, and the relationship between the College and the Defence Medical Services to allow sharing of knowledge and opportunities to benefit both.

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Daniel Hawkins - Military

My name is Dan Hawkins and I am the Royal Navy First 5 Rep.  I currently work at HMS Collingwood, a large naval training base in the Portsmouth area. As a deployable GP, I have been lucky to travel all over the world, and in the last year alone have been fortunate enough to serve in Antarctica, Brazil and the Caribbean – definitely a ‘life less ordinary’. My main aims as a First 5 Lead are to help to evolve the links between military GP’s and the RCGP, as well as improving access to meaningful CPD that can be accessed by our GP’s who are deployed overseas and often in austere environments.

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Jane Archer - Military

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Vacant - Rural

We are always looking for talented GPs. Get involved to help us improve our First5 offer.

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Matthew Fortnam - Humber and the Ridings

I work as a GP Partner in Hull, working as an eight-session partner for Haxby Group, which supports a range of diverse communities across Hull, York and Scarborough. Prior to that, I graduated at the Hull York Medical School in 2012 and have subsequently worked in the area in a variety of settings, giving me a good insight into the challenges of healthcare provision in the locality. In my role as GP Partner, I also have a role within the local Workforce and Training Hub, hosted by Haxby Group.  I also recently became a GP trainer and helped present the Next Generation GP Programme in the locality. My main area of interests therefore include medical training and education, leadership and tackling health inequalities which is what has driven me to continue in my work as RCGP First5 Rep for the Humber, Coast and Vale.

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Azza Elghonaimy - Yorkshire

I am the Yorkshire Faculty lead. I live and work in the West Yorkshire region. I completed my training as LTFT in May 2017, during which I also completed my DCH. Initially, I was the First5 lead for Bradford and the Faculty Vice-chair prior to taking up the role in June 2019, I am also the RCGP First5 Co-lead for Community and Conference. I aim to support my peers in their early years post CCT via; guidance, wellbeing support, organising various CPD/non-CPD events, and finally voicing any suggestions or concerns on behalf of my peers. Please do get in touch if I can be of any help.

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Ish Saxena - North West England

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Dornubari Lebari - Cumbria

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Bohan Wang - Mersey

I am a full-time salaried GP based in Liverpool. I have completed my training in 2018. As a First 5 rep I would like to facilitate organising events that will provide support and network for newly qualified GPs in the region.

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Emma Wong - South Yorkshire and North Trent

My name's Emma, and I'm a salaried GP in Sheffield. I graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2015, and have worked across South and East Yorkshire. Prior to taking on the First5 Lead role, I was the SYNT Faculty AiT Representative. I also help deliver the Next Generation GP Programme in the region (a great resource for First5s). As your rep, I'm here to help you through the first 5 years post qualification - whether that's making sure the College is providing you with the tools and educational resources you need, organising socials, or just being a sounding board for advice on the region. I'm keen to improve links between the different local areas in the Faculty, and we do have a WhatsApp group for communication - please feel free to join this if you'd like to be kept up to date.

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Lynsey Rae - North East England

Uwadiae Ima-Edomwonyi - North West England

Jonathan Fee - Northern Ireland lead

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Douglas Naismith - North East Scotland

My name is Doug Naismith. I am a salaried GP at Alford Medical Practice in Aberdeenshire. I am passionate about student teaching and promoting general practice. It is so important during this time of rapid change that we are involved in the conversations so that our opinions are heard.

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Anna Buckland - South East Scotland

I am a salaried GP in South Edinburgh. I also do some sessional GP work and out-of-hours shifts. I have an interest in child health. As part of the first 5 committee, I hope to organise events that open up opportunities and inspire newly qualified GPs in developing their careers.

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Katherina Tober - South East Scotland

I am currently employed as a salaried GP in Edinburgh and also do regular out-of-hours work. I am passionate about education and leadership and I work for the University of Edinburgh teaching medical students and organising and delivering the undergraduate medical curriculum. During my tenure as First 5 lead I would like to enhance the visibility of the work of the College by improving communication and collaboration nationally and also want to encourage First 5s that currently there are great opportunities to get involved in changing and shaping the future of the College.

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Monica McGeough - West Scotland Lead

I am a salaried GP working in Paisley, a large town outside of Glasgow and I also currently work as a Vocational Studies Tutor for Year 2 at the University of Glasgow teaching clinical and communication skills. At my practice I organise educational sessions for the team, as one of my interests is in medical education. Being part of the First 5 committee and now as a co-lead I plan to build on that interest in organising relevant educational events which allows engagement of First5's and provides support in the early years post CCT.

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Daniel Simpson - North Scotland

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Sam Gillett - Severn

I am a Sessional GP in the Bristol region, and have interests in sustainability and expedition and wilderness medicine.  My aim as First5 co-lead is to facilitate interesting events for First5 GPs in the Severn deanery and promote the benefits of RCGP membership.

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Lucy Williamson - Tamar (maternity leave until October 2022)

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Leka Satkunananthan - Severn

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Jennie Cox - Severn

I work 6 sessions a week as a GP in North Bristol, where I started after completing training in Somerset in July 2019. Prior to GP training, I worked in T&O, and am enjoying bringing some of my surgical and musculoskeletal skills into my clinical work & with local sports teams. I am working as joint deputy education lead as well as joint first 5 lead in Severn. I am also involved in the local Next Generation GP scheme, working with AIT and early career GPs. Outside work I am slightly busier, with 2 young children! I enjoy running, swimming, yoga and knitting.

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Sarah Burns - Wessex

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Sarah Michaels - Tamar

I'm an 8-session salaried GP at Launceston Medical Centre, just moved here from London. Special interests are neurodiversity (I'm autistic) and gastroenterology. In my former life I was an actress (studied Drama at Exeter uni), secretary and personal trainer. I love fitness, musicals and electronic dance music. For my sanity I hope to reduce my GP workload by 2 sessions a week and have a successful aesthetics clinic. I'd like to have a supportive gang to share ideas, and to help shape an improved future of general practice.

Sarah Allen - South East Wales

My name is Sarah Allen. I am a newly qualified GP this year and I am working in a Locum post in South East Wales. I am very interested in developing my teaching skills and hope to complete a PgCert in Medical Education. I have an interest in children and young adult mental health. During my time in the First5 role I hope to create a network of first5 GPs in Wales, to hold regular informal supportive meetings and to ensure that First5s are supported from within their practices.

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