Rights, Privileges & Further Information

Retiring Fellows & Revalidation

For the purposes of subscriptions, the College defines retired members as ‘members who are retired from NHS work and do not have a licence to practice’.

If they continue to revalidate and therefore equip themselves for employment they will continue to pay the normal membership subscriptions even if they have retired from their full time NHS post. If income from medical practice is less than the lower income rate (£35K) then there is a 50% reduction available for these members.

Those members who has ceased to revalidate and are therefore ineligible to continue to work as a medical practitioner may choose one of the following retired fellow options:
(a) An annual reduced fee as a retired Fellow or
(b) Pay a single ‘one-off’ life Fellowship fee.

Either of these choices would have an optional EMJ subscription of £78.00 per annum in addition to the membership subscription.

Retired Fellows who are working in other areas (medico-legal or other speciality)

It will be necessary for you to seek guidance from the GMC on how to remain as a specialist in your field.

Use of College Post-Nominals

Members and Fellows are reminded that only the Post-Nominal letters authorised by the College are MRCEM and FRCEM as set out below:

Member Category Post-nominal
Fellow by Examination FRCEM
Fellow by Election FRCEM
Fellow Ad Eundem FRCEM
Honorary Fellow FRCEM (Hon)
Member by Election MRCEM
Member by Examination MRCEM

Use of these post-nominal letters is restricted to those members and fellows who have paid their annual subscription.

Useful Documents

Diploma Ceremonies

Every year a diploma ceremony is held on the first Thursday of December to recognise and celebrate the achievements of those doctors who have passed the FRCEM and the MRCEM and those ACPs who have recently credentialled. Invites will be sent to all eligible graduands in the summer before the ceremony, where graduands will have the opportunity to book for themselves and their guests. Please note, guest numbers may be restricted due to venue capacity but all key information regarding this will be included within the initial invite.

The next ceremony is due to be held on Thursday 2 December in London at Central Hall Westminster. Those doctors who passed their FRCEM or MRCEM, and those ACPs who credentialled between 1 June 2019 and 31 May 2020 will be eligible attend. If you passed your exams or credentialled after this time, you will be invited to the next ceremony.

RCEM Awards

Alison Gourdie Memorial Fund

A research grant of up to £1,250 is available to Junior Doctors, Consultants within five years of appointment and members of professions involved in the provision of emergency medical care.

Or alternatively contact:
Dr Ian Higginson, Registrar
The Royal College of Emergency Medicine
7-9 Breams Buildings, London EC4A 1DT

Tel: 020 7404 1999
Fax: 020 7067 1267

To apply please email Gareth.Davies@rcem.ac.uk. Applications must be received before 31 August 2020.

Maurice Ellis Award

The Maurice Ellis Award recognises his pioneering work in the field of Emergency Medicine. It may be awarded every two years and presented at an appropriate event in the Royal College of Emergency Medicine calendar.

An award will next be made in 2018. Please read the nomination criteria for more information.

William Rutherford International Award

This award by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine recognizes the inspiring work of one of the specialty’s ‘founding fathers’, William Rutherford. The award can be made every fourth odd-numbered year beginning in 2009 and information about the award, nomination criteria and how to nominate someone will be published here on the College website.