The Royal College of Physicians' (RCP's) Northern regional office, based in Newcastle, is here to support local physicians, provide educational events, administer the approval of consultant job descriptions and help develop and maintain regional networks.

The Northern region covers North East England and North Cumbria and is bordered by the North Western and Yorkshire RCP regions.

Upcoming events:

Contact information

Regional office

Anne McSweeney, regional manager
Tel: +44 (0)191 223 1247

Royal College of Physicians - Northern regional office
Education Centre, Room 131
Freeman Hospital
High Heaton
Newcastle upon Tyne  

Office opening hours: Monday–Thursday, 8.30am–4.30pm

    Regional advisers

    Regional advisers are the link between local hospital physicians and the RCP and are vital in carrying out specific duties that maintain the quality of local services. Your local regional advisers are:

    Dr Simon Panter
    South Tyneside General Hospital, South Shields

    Dr Dawn Ashley
    University Hospital of North Tees, Stockton-on-Tees

    College tutors and associate college tutors

    RCP college tutors (CTs) and associate college tutors (ACTs) provide valuable and important support to the RCP, their trust and health education board by overseeing and supporting trainees through their education and training. Contact your regional office for more information.

    Student and Foundation Doctor Network (SFDN) representatives

    The SFDN is made up of 20 medical student and foundation doctor representatives located across the UK, plus a network chair, who act as RCP ambassadors in their regions. Contact your representative by visiting the Student and Foundation Doctor Network representatives website.

    Trainees Committee (TC) representatives

    The RCP Trainees Committee (TC) is comprised entirely of medical trainees, and reflects the RCP’s commitment to encouraging physicians-in-training to develop active roles in shaping the future of medicine.

    Email  with local and national issues you think TC should be aware of or that you would like more information about.

    New Consultants Committee (NCC) representatives

    The NCC aims to meet the interests and needs of doctors at an important stage in their career while also giving new consultants an opportunity to feed into the development of RCP policy and to contribute to its work. Contact for more information.

    Chief registrars

    For more information on the Chief Registrar scheme and find out who the regional Chief Registrars are contact or visit the chief registrar website.

    SAS Regional Representatives Network

    The SAS Regional Representative Network has been created to ensure that SAS doctors’ needs, views and interests are represented within the regional teams and to increase their active involvement with the RCP. It gives SAS doctors the opportunity to develop leadership skills and to make a difference to how the RCP thinks and develops. For more information visit Specialty, associate specialist and staff grade (SAS) doctors

    Contact for information about current SAS regional representatives vacancies.

    Job description approvals

    For the approval of job descriptions within the region please contact:                

    For help and advice on the job description approval process please consult the information on Advisory Appointments Committees (AAC)

    RCP membership benefits

    As a member of the RCP you have access to a wide range of benefits to help you excel in your career, including:

    • exclusive member discounts on conferences, workshops and learning tools
    • a regional and international network to support you wherever you’re based
    • access to our member-only video archive, where you can watch educational content from RCP events and earn CPD points
    • free access to our online CPD diary, saving you £150 per year.

    For more information or to join, visit Join the RCP.