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RCGP English Faculties Records

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 2134 AFE
Held at: Royal College of General Practitioners
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Full title: RCGP English Faculties Records
Date(s): 1953-2001
Level of description: Fonds
Extent: 10 metres
Name of creator(s): Royal College of General Practitioners.


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Royal College of General Practitioners was founded on 28 February 1952. It was decided early on to have regional faculties to relieve the College council of local responsibilies connected with activities of the College. These activities would largely deal with undergraduate education, postgraduate education and research, working in close liaison with local medical schools and universities. The faculties are a resource which generate social and professional contact with peers, and facilitates contact between GPs and those who work in local primary health care. Many faculties are seen as local providers of general practice education. In addition, many produce newsletters designed to keep members informed on local initiatives and provide a medium for members to exchange information and ideas. Faculties mirror the organisation of central Council, the governing body of the College. Each is run by a Faculty board and has a chairman, honorary secretary, treasurer and a number of elected members. At least one representative from each Faculty sits on the College Council.

The first faculty North East England was formed on 4th April 1953. On 28th March and 2 May 1953 statements were published in the BMJ and Lancet on proposed regional faculties in London, Home Counties (South); Home Counties (North); Thames Valley (Oxford); East Anglia (Cambridge); South-West (Bristol); Midland (Birmingham); North Midland (Sheffield); East and West Riding (Leeds); North-West Regional (Manchester); Merseyside (Liverpool); North-East Regionanl (Newcastle); Welsh (Cardiff); South-East Scottish (Edinburgh); West Scottish (Glasgow); East Scottish (Dundee); North-East Scottish (Aberdeen); North Scottish (Inverness) and Northern Ireland (Belfast).

By 1969 the number of faculties had grown to twenty in Great Britain and fifteen overseas and currently [2001] there are 31 faculties in Great Britain.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records generated by faculties in English regions, including correspondence with central departments.

A FE A Midland
Records of Midland Faculty. [Existing faculty, 1998]

A FE B North Midlands
Records of North Midlands Faculty.
The North Midlands Faculty, based in Sheffield, was renamed the Trent Faculty in 1975. At some date after this a subfaculty in Leicester was created. Trent Faculty ceased to exist in October 1983, when the area was divided between three faculties, Sheffield, Leicester and Vale.

A FE C Sheffield
Records of Sheffield Faculty.
[Existing faculty, 1998]. The Sheffield Faculty was one of three faculties which replaced the Trent Faculty in 1983. See AFE B (North Midlands, Trent Faculty).

A FE D Leicester
Records of Leicester Faculty.
The Leicester Faculty was one of three faculties which replaced the Trent Faculty in 1983. A Leicester subfaculty existed previously.
(See AFE B (North Midlands, Trent Faculty) for other documents relating to this area before 1983.)

A FE E Vale of Trent
Records of Vale of Trent Faculty.
The Vale of Trent Faculty (Nottingham) was one of three faculties which replaced the Trent Faculty in 1983.
See AFE B (North Midlands, Trent Faculty) for documents relating to this area before 1983.

A FE F East Anglia
Records of East Anglia Faculty.

A FE G Wessex
Records of Wessex Faculty.
This faculty was established in 1964, covering the counties of Dorset, Hampshire, including the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands and southern part of Wiltshire (these areas previously being parts of the South East England and South West England faculties).

A FE H South West England
Records of South West England Faculty.
Part of the faculty merged with part of South East England Faculty toform the Wessex Faculty in 1964.

A FE J Tamar
Records of Tamar Faculty.
The Tamar Faculty was formed in 1980

A FE K Severn
Records of Severn Faculty.
Severn Faculty was formed in 1980.

A FE L North West England
Records of North West England Faculty.

A FE M Yorkshire
Records of Yorkshire Faculty.
The Humberside (previously Hull and East Yorkshire) Subfaculty of the Yorkshire Faculty became a separate faculty in 1988.

A FE N North East, North England
Records of North East England, later North of England Faculty.
[Existing faculty, 1998]. The North East England became the North ofEngland Faculty in November 1973. A subfaculty was formed in Cumbria in 1976, which became a faculty in 1984.

A FE P Cumbria
Records of Cumbria faculty
Cumbria was formed as a subfaculty of the North of England Faculty in 1976. It became a faculty in 1984. See A FE N. A FE Q Merseyside and North Wales, Mersey
Records of Merseyside and North Wales Faculty, subsequently the Mersey faculty. [Existing faculty, 1998]. The Merseyside and North Wales Faculty was founded in 1954. From November 1987 when the North Wales subfaculty achieved full faculty status, it became the Mersey Faculty.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

By faculty.

Conditions governing access:

Access is at the discretion of the Royal College of General Practitioners. Requests for access should be made in writing to The Archivist, Royal College of General Practitioners, 14 Princes Gate, Hyde Park, London SW7 1PU.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright is vested in the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Finding aids:

A database of all of the College archives, down to individual file level is maintained by the Archivist. The database can be searched in the College library.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Deposited through transfer to central department or by individual faculty officers.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Creating faculties

Allied Materials

Related material:

College archives:
Central Departments

London and Home Counties Faculty Records

Ireland:Faculty Records

Scotland:Faculty Records

Wales:Faculty Records

Overseas Faculty and College Records

Research Unit Records

Oral history video collection.

Private papers:
John Hunt, Lord Hunt of Fawley papers

John Horder papers

Professor Patrick Byrne papers

Sykes papers
Papers and correspondence relating to Yorkshire faculty, medical education of GPs, including University of Leeds department of general practice.

Aitken papers
Includes material relating to Trent faculty.

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

A History of the Royal College of General Practitioners edited by John Fry, Lord Hunt of Fawley and RJFH Pinsent (1983); The Royal College of General Practitioners Forty Years On (RCGP, 1992); 14 Princes Gate - Home of the Royal College of General Practitioners by Stephen Pasmore and John Horder (RCGP, 1987).

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Claire Jackson, College Archivist, Royal College of General Practitioners.

Rules or conventions:
National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997; ISAD(G), Second Edition, 2000.

Date(s) of descriptions:
July 2001

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