William Rutherford International Award
This award by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) recognises the inspiring work of one of the specialty’s ‘founding fathers’, William Rutherford. William Rutherford was a pioneer of the specialty of Emergency Medicine but his dedication to service also took him to work as a doctor in rural India for 20 years. It was after his return from there, in 1967, that he became surgeon in charge of the Accident & Emergency Department of the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, where he worked until his retirement in 1985.
William died in December 2007 when he was in his 80s. The RCEM decided to establish an award to commemorate his life and his work, particularly recognising his work in troubled times and in areas of deprivation.
The William Rutherford International Award is made annually to an individual that has demonstrated evidence of excellence in emergency care or humanitarian activities within low- and/ or middle-income countries or settings.
The award will consist of an invitation to the recipient, as well as a collaborator of the recipients, from a low- and/ or middle-income country or setting, to co-present their work at a national RCEM conference. The Global Emergency Medicine (GEM) Committee has the responsibility for proposing the recipient to Council and liaising with the recipient.
The recipient will choose the collaborator and present her/ his details to the GEM committee for approval. The recipient and collaborator would be provided with a budget from which conference registration, accommodation and travel costs to the UK can be reimbursed.
Potential candidates can be nominated by Fellows or Members of the RCEM. The nominee must also be a Fellow or Member of the RCEM.
Nominations for the 2021 awards are now open!!
The closing date for applications for the 2021 award is 5pm on 16th June 2021.
To apply please download the nomination form
Criteria for this award:
The recipient should demonstrate evidence of excellence in any of the following activities within low- and/ or middle-income countries or settings:
- Establishing of, contributing to, leading, and/ or supporting of existing or new emergency care or humanitarian programmes, services and/ or systems
- building of, contributing to, and/ or supporting of emergency care or humanitarian capacity
- and/ or establishing of, contributing to, leading and/ or supporting of educational and/ or training activities in emergency care or humanitarian settings
- The recipient should not have already received a similar award from another organisation, unless it is felt by the proposer that by receiving this award it would help to publicise and further expand or improve the humanitarian work of the recipient.
For more information about the award please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Global Emergency Medicine Committee
Previous recipients of the Award
The College was delighted to announce that Dr Stevan Bruijns was chosen as the winner of the fifth William Rutherford International Award, for his great achievements in furthering Global Emergency Medicine. The William Rutherford International Award Lecture was given virtually at the ASC, the lecture was introduced by Dr Bruijns and delivered by Dr Henry Sawe, Assoc Prof or Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine Department at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. All 2020 nominees were invited to present their work along with their overseas collaborators - Dr Charlotte Hardy & colleagues in Uganda, Dr Jenna Broome & colleagues in Sierra Leone, Dr Natalie Roberts & colleagues in Niger.
The College was delighted to announce that Dr Barry Klaassen was chosen as the winner of the fourth William Rutherford International Award, for his work in Emergency Medicine in Malawi. The award was presented to Dr Klaassen at the College's annual scientific conference in October in Gateshead at the Sage. Matron Feggie Bodole was nominated as Dr Klaassen's chosen collaborator and they jointly presented their work.
(Prior to 2017 the award was made every four years)
The College was delighted to announce that Dr Najeeb Rahman was chosen as the winner of the third William Rutherford International Award, for his work in Emergency Medicine across a number of different countries. The award was presented to Dr Rahman at the College's annual scientific conference in October in Liverpool at the ACC. Dr Rahman spoke about his international work at the SAARC Study day on 13 December at RCEM, Octavia House.
The College was delighted to announce that Dr Alison Beadsworth was chosen as the winner of the second William Rutherford International Award, for her work in Emergency Medicine across a number of different countries. The award was presented to Dr Beadsworth at the College's annual conference in September at Twickenham Rugby Stadium.
The College was delighted to announce that Professor Elizabeth Molyneux was chosen as the winner of the first William Rutherford International Award for her outstanding work in international emergency care. Prof Molyneux was presented with her award at the College's autumn scientific meeting at Imperial College London. Prof Molyneux also presented an overview of her work in a plenary session at the Conference.