December is traditionally a time of celebration and I hope you are all able to get some time off with your families during the holiday period. Like many of you, I will be ‘celebrating’ Christmas by working overnight on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, our patients’ illnesses and injuries are no respecter of the calendar. […]
Diary of the first week as President
Dr Adrian Boyle Sunday 2nd of October (still Vice President of Policy)I travelled up to Birmingham for the Conservative Party Conference and attended a health event led by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. The event was in a small hot, noisy room overfull of people lobbying anyone in government, a good […]
EMJ interview with new RCEM President, Adrian Boyle
Adrian Boyle, EM Consultant in Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge, succeeded Katherine Hender-son as President of RCEM at the AGM held on 4 October 2022 during the Scientific Conference in Belfast.
The EMJ Supplement caught up with him last month to ask about his hopes and aspirations for the next three years. We also found out about rowing and Tilly the dog.
Reflections on a Presidency and playing Cassandra
This will be my last EMJ supplement as President. I have been reflecting on the three years and on the questions, I get asked regularly; have I enjoyed my time, and will I miss it? It is a huge honour to be elected President of your College and the role is unendingly interesting. I have had the opportunity to meeting a wide variety of people and have tried to influence for good. It will be up to others to decide how successful I (and my team) have been.
Beds not tents. Emergency ambulance patients made to wait in tents because our hospitals are full
Writing in the Health Service Journal, RCEM President, Dr Katherine Henderson explains why the use of tents in front of EDs to facilitate ambulance handovers are dangerous for patients.
RCEM Presidential Election 2022 – meet the candidates
The RCEM Presidential Election 2022 is now open for voting to all Fellows. We are pleased to have three excellent candidates – Dr Adrian Boyle, Dr Ian Higginson and Dr Martin McKechnie. Below each candidate sets out their manifesto and why you should vote for them. Members eligible to vote can cast there vote using […]
The state of Urgent and Emergency Care and the question of the Clinical Review of Standards
This newsletter is England focused because it deals with the performance metrics debate. I hope it will still be of interest to those of you in the devolved nations struggling with many of the same issues. I last wrote to you specifically about the Clinical Review of Standards when the consultation document was published and […]
Health inequalities: what can we do in Emergency Medicine?
May 2021 – Many of you will have heard me say we are the safety net of the patient but cannot be the safety net of the system. There has been general agreement with this sentiment but what does it mean in the current environment peri-pandemic? How much of a safety net are we and where and how was the system failing such that we do clinical (and non-clinical) care that should be managed elsewhere?
Emergency Medicine in a changing world
December 2020 – Will we have a safer more responsive emergency care system when we come out the other side of Covid? I have to believe we can, but it needs us to keep pushing. It is entirely possible that we will be in a third wave before the much-anticipated vaccine has any significant impact on our ability to deliver healthcare and as every week goes by the challenges for the health service increases.
One year on and the going is tough
November 2020 – The Royal College of Emergency Medicine is the professional voice of Emergency Medicine. As such our core role is in promoting and influencing the shape of the standards and systems that EM clinicians’ practice to and in. When you read this, I will have been President for a year.