May 2018 – One of the real challenges and skills required for all of us in leadership roles, local or national, is to be able to have a clarity of focus. People regularly will and should challenge within teams – “Where are we going?” “How are we going to get there?” “What should we focus on to make sure we are pushing in the same direction?”
April 2018 – Spring has definitely arrived (I write this as most of us dig ourselves out of the snow after the Beast from the East!) and we can reflect on the continuing challenges that face our Emergency Departments and our staff. It is certainly a marker of the dedication, commitment and sheer ‘can do’ attitude that has allowed us to somehow maintain safety and provide decent care to our patients.
March 2018 – The joy of daffodils appearing, lightens the heart and the spirit! Spring is here and no doubt it gives a certain sense of pleasure that you can put your ‘seasonal affective disorder’ lamp away for another year.
Feb 2018 – Numbers are a funny thing! You can make such a clear judgement about some, but others take more time to decipher and understand what they mean and what the consequences really are. This month is all about numbers!
Jan 2018 – Welcome to 2018. No doubt your New Year resolutions have been finely sculpted in your mind and your body is already beginning to see the benefits!
December 2017 – Welcome to this month’s reflections of College news and events. A month indeed to look back on 2017 and touch on some of the real highlights that have marked the College calendar as well as noting the ongoing battles that we face.
November 2017 – Firstly, by the time you read this I hope you will be reflecting on what will have been an excellent 50th anniversary celebration of our great specialty. We hope that many of you were able to participate in some way and that you captured some great memories.
Oct 2017 – Historic moments in time tumble all too regularly it seems into our lives in different ways. Yet for us in Emergency Medicine in the UK and Ireland this month can be viewed truly as one we should spend a few moments in order to savour, reflect and also to look forward.
Sept 2017 – Predicting the future has always been a tricky business as events of the last 12 months or so have proven. Writing this blog requires a small modicum of peering into the future (by about 4-6 weeks or so) but I try hard to stick to the facts I am fairly certain about.
August 2017 – August is of course a month of holidays, heat (even in Yorkshire!) and the heady atmosphere of welcoming the most junior doctors into the joys of working with us in the Emergency Department.