Acute and emergency care: prescribing the remedy – The College of Emergency Medicine – 16 July 2014

Posted on July 22, 2014. Filed under: Acute Care, Emergency Medicine | Tags: |

Acute and emergency care: prescribing the remedy – The College of Emergency Medicine – 16 July 2014

“We are all too aware that the urgent and emergency care system has been under pressure for some time with increasing emergency admissions, rising levels of acuity and a lack of effective alternatives to the emergency department. This growing pressure is not sustainable and there is a risk that the quality of patient care will be compromised. Significant measures are needed to avoid an annual crisis and to build a resilient system which is fit for purpose.

Given the continuing challenges experienced by patients and those working in acute and emergency care services the College of Emergency Medicine convened an emergency summit with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Surgeons and the NHS Confederation. On 4th March 2014 key policy makers, opinion formers and leaders in acute healthcare were brought together to develop solutions to the challenges and to strengthen the system for future service demands.

Acute and emergency care – prescribing the remedy contains the consensus recommendations of this summit. The consensus nature of the proposals reflecting, the needs of patients whether ill or injured, the elderly and children is unique.

This report co-authored by the College of Emergency Medicine, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Surgeons sets out 13 recommendations for Government, national bodies, commissioners, providers, professional bodies and clinicians, to take forward at local and national levels. Implementing these measures will help build an urgent and emergency care system that is sustainable and resilient to cope with future service demands.”

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The drive for quality – How to achieve safe, sustainable care in our Emergency Departments – College of Emergency Medicine [UK] – 14 May 2013

Posted on May 17, 2013. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality, Emergency Medicine | Tags: |

The drive for quality – How to achieve safe, sustainable care in our Emergency Departments – College of Emergency Medicine [UK] – 14 May 2013

“Emergency care systems in the UK & Ireland are facing their biggest challenge in well over a decade as they aim to cope with unsustainable workloads and a lack of sufficient numbers of middle grade doctors and Consultants in Emergency Medicine to deliver consistent quality care. Both the Care Quality Commission and NHS England have recognised the scale of the crisis and the need for urgent action.

In this report, the first of its kind, The College calls for fundamental change in the way we design, fund and run our emergency care systems. Ten recommendations are made across 4 domains that must be considered and adopted by national policy makers, commissioners, clinicians and Trust Boards in order to return our systems to stability and help deliver the quality of care that our patients expect when they seek our help in an emergency. ”

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Emergency medicine consultants – workforce recommendations [UK] – April 2010

Posted on May 19, 2010. Filed under: Emergency Medicine, Workforce | Tags: |

Emergency medicine consultants – workforce recommendations [UK] – April 2010

The College recommendations to expand the Emergency Medicine Consultant workforce are available here.

“The principal focus is to inform Acute Trusts, SHAs, commissioners et al of the urgent need to expand Emergency Medicine (EM) Consultant numbers and highlight the wide-ranging benefits.

The evidence quoted provides compelling support for the investment required and the dividends resulting – including patient safety, quality of care, productivity and crucially in the present financial climate, the affordability agenda from bed days saved, focused use of diagnostics (particularly imaging) and the expensive legal consequences of unsafe discharges. The current number of EM Consultants is woefully inadequate and the comparison with other specialties is telling.”  … continues

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A matter of emergency – a manifesto from the College of Emergency Medicine [UK] – April 2010

Posted on May 19, 2010. Filed under: Emergency Medicine | Tags: |

A matter of emergency – a manifesto from the College of Emergency Medicine [UK] – April 2010

“As the College of Emergency Medicine (CEM) we are committed to providing expert guidance and advice on UK Emergency Medicine policy. We wish to highlight areas where patient care and experience can be improved and would urge the next government to swiftly address these issues.”  … continues

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