From some members of the group, one hears stories of job satisfaction, whether working full or part-time, being made to feel a valued member of the team, opportunities to pursue special interests, a share of management responsibilities and adequate educational opportunities. These positions have non-standard terms and conditions of service and are looked on with disfavour by the BMA. It is hard to define exactly what a Consultant Emergency Physician does, because there are so many facets to the role. The work can be of a high intensity, and in busy departments can be unrelenting. One also needs to remember that to a certain extent, a job is what you make of it. Privacy Policy Tel: +44 (0) 20 7404 1999 Informatics The Staff Grade was introduced in 1988. Emergency Medicine International Training (EMIT) Programme, GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), Providing hands-on clinical care in Emergency Departments, Clinical Decision Units, clinics, and other settings such as the pre-hospital arena, minor injury units, Supervising clinical care provided by others in the same settings, Leading and managing Emergency Departments, most importantly ensuring that systems are in place to ensure that the quality of care is as good as it can be. We must also be excellent leaders, negotiators, clinicians and managers. Privacy notice, Copyright © The Royal College of Emergency Medicine Because we work at the interface of primary and secondary care, and possess skills which overlap with those of many of our clinical colleagues, there can be blurring at the interfaces with EM consultants sharing skills traditionally only found in in-patient specialty consultants. In addition Emergency Physicians might undertake roles supporting injury prevention. Research, What is Emergency Medicine? Emergency Physicians are specialists  in resuscitation and the initial management of trauma, “minor” injuries, major incident management, front door diagnostic and treatment strategies, and short stay / observation medicine. Emergency Physicians spend their whole clinical life working in teams, and therefore tend to be self-selected team workers. Emergency Physicians therefore need to be up to adapting to the needs of the NHS today. Over the years, other groups of colleagues have had new contracts and new pay deals, while this group has not. This is an essential day for medical students, foundation doctors and anyone else considering a career in emergency medicine. You will need to enjoy working in a skilled multidisciplinary team, be committed to the concept of quality, look forward to supervising and teaching a wide range of learners, and want to contribute both clinically and managerially at many levels across a variety of organisations. As the NHS matures, Emergency Medicine increasingly demonstrates its contribution to patient care and its essential place in the system. Clinical Audit & Improvement Our specialty is developing, as our health care system is changing, and as medicine increases in its complexity. Training & Exams In addition some Emergency Physicians choose to sub-specialise in areas such as paediatric emergency medicine, toxicology, acute medical emergencies, critical care medicine, prehospital medicine, and sports medicine. Today’s consultants are to some extent working to define their role. Being a Consultant Emergency Physician is a challenging job. Working as an SAS A high-pressure, fast-paced, and diverse specialty, emergency medicine requires a broad base of medical knowledge and a variety of well-honed clinical and technical skills. There is a high management and teaching workload compared to most other specialties, since the essence of successful departments is a strong quality framework, led by Emergency Physicians along with their nursing, management and other colleagues. Current examples include advanced airway management and procedural sedation, the use of focused ultrasound, care of “minor injuries,” and care for patients with acute “medical” problems both within Emergency Departments and on Clinical Decision Units. This is a very difficult question to answer. BMJ Careers The new contract certainly offers some improvements, but not all the improvements many had hoped for, and requires careful study. At the other end of the scale, there are stories of lack of appreciation from senior colleagues, solely shop-floor working, especially anti-social hours, and no educational or training opportunities. It is not all doom and gloom. 7-9 Bream's Buildings, Chancery Lane, London, EC4A 1DT The key to success in fulfilling our potential will lie in building relationships based on mutual respect. RCEM Learning, Alerts Getting involved in the design and provision of emergency care within the health community as a whole by working with Primary Care Trusts and other health care providers. You will have to work hard, but you certainly won’t get bored. In 2002, the BMA established SASC, the Staff and Associate Specialists Committee, to represent the needs of this group of doctors. Known as "first responders", these healthcare professionals are specially trained to quickly assess an emergency situation and stabilize and transport the victims to the hospital emergency department if needed. Membership The Careers Group organises an annual Emergency Medicine Careers Days at the College. National terms and conditions of service are not clearly defined and it is recommended that such posts should be converted to Staff Grade posts. Can I move onwards and upwards from one of these posts? Working as a Consultant GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)  This is a lengthy process, but several of our Associate Specialist doctors have stayed the course and have now been appointed to consultant posts. The consultant contract wasn’t designed with Emergency Medicine in mind, and it can sometimes be difficult to reconcile the realities of the consultant working life with a job plan seeking to compartmentalise time into well-defined categories, with limited recognition for working antisocial hours, and the perception that “direct clinical care” can only be provided facing the patient. Because Emergency Medicine is a 24/7 specialty, Emergency Physicians tend to work at least some shifts in the evenings and weekends. Emergency medical technicians and paramedics work the "front lines" of emergency medicine. FASSGEM Washington, DC, 20001-2399. However, if you are looking for a specialty where you are a specialist in emergency and acute care, seeing patients of all ages and with a huge variety of presentations, and with the opportunity to sub-specialise in a number of exciting fields, then becoming an Emergency Physician could be for you. Room hire EC4 One way around this has been to introduce new grades of doctor, e.g. Specialty Response to COVID-19: Several specialties have released guidance around their application cycle. Clinical Standards What are these jobs like? For those with less experience, who would like to move from a SAS post into the new speciality training system, it is too early to say exactly what degree of difficulty would be encountered. These doctors are senior clinicians, responsible to named consultants, although they frequently work at the same level as their consultants, as do a number of Staff Grade doctors. Background to the College In recent years, many trusts have faced restrictions on the allowed proportion of Staff and Associate Specialist doctors at the same time as needing more medical staff. Patron: HRH The Princess Royal Registered Charity Number: 1122689 Registered Charity Number in Scotland: SC044373 They see patients of all age groups with a full spectrum of undifferentiated physical and behavioural disorders. Should I consider one of these jobs? This broadens the expertise available in Emergency Departments. One could argue, however, that our core role is to work towards the provision of the highest standards of emergency care in Emergency Departments, hospitals, and in the wider health community. Ut enim ad minim, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 100 The Associate Specialist grade (initially entitled Medical Assistant grade) was introduced in 1964 and re-named in 1981. Emergency medicine focuses on the immediate decision making and action necessary to prevent death or any further disability both in the pre-hospital setting by directing emergency medical technicians and in the emergency department. To view the full programme, please click here. Clinical Assistants (part-time medical officers) are doctors working on a sessional basis. Policy Terms of Website Use Emergency medicine focuses on the immediate decision making and action necessary to prevent death or any further disability both in the pre-hospital setting by directing emergency medical technicians and in the emergency department. Non-Standard Grades: The job now is very different to how the job was 10 years ago, and it may well be different again in 10 years. For Patients