President’s Blog January 2017

The first day of a new calendar year seems to ‘hard wire’ into many of us a need to reflect and also look forward – hopefully with optimism, a healthy dose of sceptism and almost certainly with plenty of stoicism when it comes to working in the Emergency Dept! Factoid of the Month – the […]

President’s Blog November 2016

And so it begins! A new presidency, with its heady mix of hard work, sweat, excitement and a little trepidation. Similar perhaps to a busy late shift in the Emergency Department. That late shift also in many senses is a microcosm of the strengths, opportunities and frustrations of our specialty at present. It reflects the […]

President’s Blog August 2016

August 2016 and with only 6 weeks left of my tenure as president there must be many counting the days! Having written forty of these monthly missives I am conscious of the burden I have placed upon my readers; an idiosyncratic mixture of college policy, opinions on national EM challenges interspersed with personal experiences, anecdotes […]

President’s Blog July 2016

Recently the college published a key report entitled ‘Why does winter in A&E get worse every year’. The report is on our website but appreciating that time is a scarce commodity I have summarized some of the key messages here. A similar summary was recently published in ‘The House’ magazine  – a publication circulated to […]

President’s Blog June 2016

Is the NHS offering patients a failed channel management strategy?   This month we have a guest blog from Gordon Miles, chief executive officer of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM), who has noticed that some of the urgent care plans proposed by NHS agencies have been tried elsewhere… I frequently spend time in […]

President’s Blog May 2016

With the weather warming and evenings lightening so too should our mood and I am delighted to be able to announce that recruitment and retention are at their highest level for five years. This is a huge endorsement of trainers up and down the country leading by example and providing great role-models for EM trainees. […]