President’s Blog December 2014

My second Christmas as President of the College – what will Santa bring? My list of CEM10 goodies will continue to dominate my expectations though, in a manner similar to my children with their Advent Calendars, the rate of progress can be frustrating. Top of the list of frustrations are the current proposals for reform […]

President’s Blog November 2014

I hope this epistle finds you well. As I write on the Monday afternoon after the busiest weekend my department has ever had, I confess to being a little war-torn. An almost 20% rise in attendances with an even greater rise in the proportion conveyed by ambulance is an exhausting experience for my ED team, and I know […]

President’s Blog October 2014

October and the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness! We are approaching the first anniversary of the launch of the ‘College 10 priorities campaign’ and we can celebrate a major achievement – namely a substantial increase in the numbers of doctors recruited to both CT1 and CT3 posts via the HEE funded expansion in ACCS EM […]

President’s Blog September 2014

September – children back to school and for those of us juggling family and work life, the sense of a ‘return to normal’. Next week will be the Annual Scientific Conference and AGM held in Exeter, the very heart of the West Country and only 30 miles south of Taunton, the regional centre! This year […]

President’s Blog August 2014

August!  And with it a new cadre of doctors, an increase in barbecue related burns and dare I hope; a Test match win for England? I have now compiled a dozen of these short epistles and to those of you who have read them my thanks and apologies! The challenge is always to be topical […]

President’s Blog July 2014

With Summer in full swing (hopefully) I trust most of you will be looking forward to some well earnt holidays with family or friends. The College is gearing up for a number of key events this Autumn, of which the most exciting will be the Exeter conference. This will be a great opportunity to update […]

President’s Blog June 2014

Those readers who regularly following my musings in this column will be surprised to learn that out of apparent  randomness occasional linkages and connections may appear. Thus it is, that as I report a very successful CPD conference in Cardiff these same readers will react with some surprise to the news that I met the […]

President’s Blog May 2014

Another busy month for the College and more encouraging signs of progress in delivering the #CEM10 agenda. We have had meetings with the CQC promoting our ideas for inspection standards in Emergency departments, Monitor to argue the case for urgent tariff reform and HEE to finalise arrangements for the new EM ACCS posts and the […]

President’s Message April 2014

Easter is upon us, and as I write this newsletter from the archipelago of small hills surrounded by water that was once the county of Somerset I can only hope that it has stopped raining. My regular train journeys to London now begin with an impressive ride across the Levels with flood waters stretching as […]

President’s Blog March 2014

And so to March, and with it the hope that Winter is behind us. Of course there is actually very little difference in patient numbers and pressures in the Winter when compared to any other season. It is however often the case of a ‘straw breaking the camel’s back’ and indicates how fragile many systems […]