President’s Blog December 2015

We had a ball! Hot off the press as I write, the Inaugural Dinner of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine held last night was undoubtedly the highlight of the year. Two hundred and fifty guests, VIPs, alumni, giants of the specialty, front line clinicians from all countries of the U.K. and Ireland with our […]

President’s Blog November 2015

Although you are reading this in November, as I write I have just returned from the RCEM Annual Scientific Conference in Manchester. It was quite an event! Our largest ever conference with more than 750 delegates, it showcased world-class speakers and the value, benefit and outcomes of emergency medicine research. So popular were many of […]

President’s Blog October 2015

My last newsletter spoke of the pressing issue of how terms and conditions are central to maintaining and increasing the current EM workforce. At the time of writing (August 30th) I am preparing for my next meeting with the Secretary of State and shortly after the Prime Minister’s Special Advisor. In order that these meetings […]

President’s Blog September 2015

Before I begin writing each newsletter I read the previous one to minimise repetition and hopefully ensure I cover new ground, thereby maintaining the readers attention. I was struck on this occasion by how prescient were the remarks of the August newsletter. As ever the newsletter was scripted almost two months ahead of publication to […]

President’s Blog August 2015

August, and for some the prospect of a well deserved holiday; whilst for others the sense of déjà vu, as we explain the bones of the carpus, ‘reveal’ the secret of good medicine is in taking the history and pointing out that the discovery of CRP is not on a par with the discovery of penicillin! I […]

President’s Blog July 2015

July – and the prospect, for most, of some well deserved R&R, accompanied by the new intake of foundation doctors, core and higher trainees. Importantly this year will see not only 100% recruitment into year one  but an expansion of posts by almost 100, thus creating over 300 ACCS posts. Even more importantly there has […]

President’s Blog June 2015

Writing in the middle of a General Election campaign reminds me of the words of Nils Bohr ‘Prediction is very difficult – especially if it’s about the future’ The campaign to date has focussed heavily on health and in particular NHS funding. The annual deficit forecast by NHS England’s Chief Executive, Simon Stevens is at […]

President’s Blog May 2015

As we move into May I suspect that many readers will have grown tired of campaigns. As we await the result of the forthcoming General Election in the UK, it seems prudent and indeed even refreshing to set aside issues of policy, disagreements and matters of contention. Instead I thought I might reflect on some […]

President’s Blog March 2015

February 4th 2015 will be one of the few dates I will be able to recall in later life.  A telephone call at 11am followed by a letter stating: ‘Permission to use the title Royal is granted by the Sovereign, acting on the advice of her Ministers.  following careful consideration of your application, I am […]

President’s Blog February 2015

Those of you who suffer to read my regular ‘copy’ as the publishers refer to it, will be used to the format of updates of College activity. This month I thought I might adopt a more autobiographical perspective, reflecting on some of my personal experiences of the last 18 months. In consequence, dispel any notion of enlightenment and […]