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Awards For Quality In Emergency Medicine

Awards For Quality In Emergency Medicine

Featuring Annual awards, Clinical Excellence awards, Clinical Studies Group, Alison Goudie Memorial Fund, Maurice Ellis award & the William Rutherford award.

Showcase of good practice 2021

Following the incredible amounts of work all departments have put in, this year we would like to celebrate and showcase good practice from across the country.

We would like to see applications covering work that has a focus on staff or quality in the Emergency Department highlighting how this work is transferable or can be replicated elsewhere. This should be focussed on work that has happened this year (2021).

Emergency departments can submit up to three applications providing they cover different aspects of work.

Judges will pick up to ten applicants who will go on to present at one the College’s fortnightly Clinical Leaders Zoom calls. Presenters can be as creative as they wish during their 10-minute slot. For example, some may choose to use PowerPoint presentations, pre-recorded videos or panel discussions.

Entrants will be required to

  • Provide a 300-word abstract summarising the work you want to showcase and how it is replicable.

The closing date for applications is Monday 20 September 2021 at 12:00 (BST).

Showcase of Good Practice Guidance

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If you have any questions about the Showcase of Good Practice, please email: events@rcem.ac.uk or call 0207 067 1263.

Clinical Excellence Awards Round 2021 (ACCEA)

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/advisory-committee-on-clinical-excellence-awards

This year’s round is now open and closes on 18th March 2021

The College will support, if requested to do so, new applications as well as renewals.

In addition, should applicants wish their submission to be reviewed before final submission to ACCEA, a senior Fellow of the College will be happy to help.

Please send completed applications, either for review or for support to Gerardine Beckett: gerardine.beckett@rcem.ac.uk by 5th February 2021.

If you have any queries about the process, there is full guidance on the ACCEA website, however, Gerardine will also try to answer any queries where possible.

Clinical Studies Group – Awards & Competitions

The College’s Clinical Studies Group runs various awards throughout the year. Details of awards and competitions can be found below, along with details on how to enter.

RCEM Emergency Medicine Undergraduate Essay Prizes 2022

This year RCEM are pleased to announce two categories of prize:

  1. The RCEM Undergraduate Research Essay Prize
  2. The RCEM Undergraduate Quality Improvement Essay Prize

Prizes include:

  • £500
  • Reasonable travel, accommodation and registration fee for the RCEM Scientific Conference 2022
  • One year membership of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.

Applications are invited for the 2022 Royal College of Emergency Medicine Undergraduate Prizes. Applicants are required to be a medical student at a recognised teaching institution within the UK but are not required to be a member of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine. There will be two prizes awarded and the value of each prize will be £500.

The RCEM Undergraduate Essay Prize winners 2022 will be required to present their work at the RCEM Scientific Conference 2022 which will take place in Belfast from October 4-6th 2022. The prizes will in addition fund the winner’s reasonable travel, accommodation and registration fee for the RCEM Scientific Conference 2022 and a one year membership of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.

The essays should describe original Emergency Medicine research or quality improvement. This work should not previously have been published in a journal or presented at a major UK/international conference and with a clear applicability to EM. Each essay has a word limit of 1500 words including any tables, figures and headings entrants will be penalized for submissions in excess of this. Up to 2 figures/tables are allowed.

Essays must avoid any reference to any institution or anything that may reveal the author’s identity. Only one applicant can be considered per submission and applicants are not permitted to submit to both categories. The winning submission will also be considered for publication in the Emergency Medicine Journal.

Applicants must have played an important part in the relevant research/quality improvement and must have personally written the submitted work. The Awards will be determined by the Research & Publications Committee of the College of Emergency Medicine, with or without the advice of external assessors.

Applications along with a completed application form which both must be written in English should be submitted in Microsoft Word format electronically to Theo.Chiles@rcem.ac.uk by 17:00 Friday 25th February 2022.

For more information, contact:

Research Essay Prize

Dr Matt Reed, Emergency Medicine Consultant, Edinburgh on 0131 242 1340 or matthew.reed@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

Quality Improvement Essay Prize

Dr Edd Carlton, Emergency Medicine Consultant, Bristol on 0117 414 4985 or Ed.Carlton@nbt.nhs.uk

Application form available here.


Blue Sky Ideas Award

Do you have a fantastic research idea you are struggling to get off the ground? This section of the clinical studies group meeting is open to all clinicians or researchers to pitch a research idea (10 slides or equivalent) to the meeting. There will be open critique and review from ED research experts and advice on potential funding streams.

We invite applicants to consider the James Lind Alliance priority setting partnership when submitting their ideas. Other research ideas are welcome for open peer and professional review.

Please submit your research on a single page in PICO format:

  • P – Patient, problem or population
  • I – Intervention
  • C – Comparison, control or comparator
  • O – Outcomes

The closing date for submission of abstracts is 23:59 on Thursday 31 October. All abstracts will be reviewed, and the top scoring ones will be shortlisted for oral presentation. Applicants will be informed about the decision on their before the Emergency Medicine Research Engagement Day on Friday 10 January 2020 (details below).

All submission forms will be discarded 3 months after the event date. The information supplied in this form will be shared with judges. Your name and email address will be kept on record for 3 years so we can contact you about the outcome of this submission and when future opportunities to submit abstracts arise. Should you wish to remove your details from our database, please email events@rcem.ac.uk

Emergency Medicine Research Engagement Day (on behalf of the Clinical Studies Group)

Date: Friday 10 January 2020

Venue: RCEM, Octavia House, London

Programme: available soon

Abstracts: the call for abstracts will open on 12 September 2019. This includes applications for the Principal Investigator of the Year, Young Investigator of the Year and Blue Sky Ideas.

Registration: registration will open on 12 September 2019. Please click here to register your interest.

Young Investigator Award

One of the principle remits of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) is to advance education and research in Emergency Medicine. The Research & Publications Committee is chaired by Professor Alasdair Gray. Its remit includes research, publications and the administration of academic awards and prizes. The RCEM Clinical Studies Group was formed by the Research & Publications Committee in 2014 and makes annual awards to recognise outstanding contributions of RCEM Members and Fellows to research in Emergency Medicine.

Since its inception in 2006, the NIHR has significantly increased the scale of clinical research in the NHS, particularly through the Clinical Research Network. The enthusiastic engagement of NHS clinicians is an essential condition for sustaining and building on this success, particularly given the many competing demands on clinician time and resources. These co-branded awards will recognise outstanding contributions of NHS consultants and trainees in the conduct of clinical research in the field of Emergency Medicine. The ‘award winners 2019-20’ will be recognised by the award of a plaque and a certificate.

The winner(s) of the Young Investigator award will also be eligible for a modest financial award, which must be invested in the award holder’s future research. In addition, up to three applicants for each scheme will be named ‘outstanding contributors 2019-20′. The award winners and outstanding contributors will be asked to present a summary of their contributions to research at the Emergency Medicine Research Engagement Day on 10 January 2019 (details below). Applicants will be required to confirm that they are available to attend and make a short presentation. On top of this, the Trainee Emergency Research Network (TERN) is committed to demystifying and supporting Trainees to do research. We are therefore very excited to announce the TERN will offer the 2019-20 RCEM’s Young Investigator the opportunity to use the network to grow and share their research.

Eligibility

The award is open to both junior doctors who are pursuing a career in Emergency Medicine and consultants in Emergency Medicine who are within 5 years of obtaining their Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT). For junior doctors who do not currently hold a National Training Number in Emergency Medicine, the panel will look for evidence of commitment to pursuing a career in the specialty.

Criteria

The award will be made based on the following criteria:

  • Candidates should show evidence of an interest in becoming active in Emergency Medicine research. A record of achieving peer reviewed publications and a track record of designing and delivering research in Emergency Medicine is desirable but not essential.
  • The application must include a proposal for a research project to be undertaken. The candidate must show a clear commitment to completing that research and show evidence that it is feasible and deliverable. Desirable criteria include evidence of strong mentorship and institutional support, a proposal that is relevant to Emergency Medicine, the potential for the award to develop the academic career of the individual and to lead on to further funding, the methodological rigour demonstrated in the written proposal and oral presentation, and evidence of structured and realistic costings that represent value for money to RCEM.

Awards will be made at the discretion of the judging panel.

Applications

  • Applications should be made using the application form.
  • Applicants should note the word limit for each section of the application form.
  • Please send a completed application form plus a curriculum vitae to Holly Lyons at the contact details below.
  • Applications must be received by 23.59 on Thursday 12 November 2020. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged.
  • Applications will be assessed by a panel of representatives from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, the NIHR Clinical Research Network and lay representatives.
  • Successful applicants will be notified before the presentation event in January (details below). We will provide feedback for unsuccessful applicants on request.

For further information, please contact Holly Lyons at events@rcem.ac.uk.

Principal Investigator of the Year

One of the principle remits of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) is to advance education and research in Emergency Medicine. The Research & Publications Committee is chaired by Professor Alasdair Gray. Its remit includes research, publications and the administration of academic awards and prizes. The RCEM Clinical Studies Group was formed by the Research & Publications Committee in 2014 and makes annual awards to recognise outstanding contributions of RCEM Members and Fellows to research in Emergency Medicine.

Since its inception in 2006, the NIHR has significantly increased the scale of clinical research in the NHS, particularly through the Clinical Research Network. The enthusiastic engagement of NHS clinicians is an essential condition for sustaining and building on this success, particularly given the many competing demands on clinician time and resources. These co-branded awards will recognise outstanding contributions of NHS consultants and trainees in the conduct of clinical research in the field of Emergency Medicine. The ‘award winners 2019-20’ will be recognised by the award of a plaque and a certificate.

The winner(s) will also be eligible for a modest financial award, which must be invested in the award holder’s future research. In addition, up to three applicants for each scheme will be named ‘outstanding contributors 2019-20’. The award winners and outstanding contributors will be asked to present a summary of their contributions to research at the Emergency Medicine Research Engagement Day on 10 January 2020. Applicants will be required to confirm that they are available to attend and make a short presentation. On top of this, the Trainee Emergency Research Network (TERN) is committed to demystifying and supporting Trainees to do research. We are therefore very excited to announce the TERN will offer the 2020 RCEM’s Young Investigator the opportunity to use the network to grow and share their research.

Eligibility

Applicants must be Members or Fellows of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine. The awards are designed to recognise the contribution of research active clinicians rather than those who are already career clinical academics. Therefore, Members and Fellows who hold a substantive academic university appointment or an externally funded academic fellowship will not be eligible for this award.

Criteria

The award will be made based on the candidate’s contribution to Emergency Medicine research in the United Kingdom over the previous 12 months, including:

  • An outstanding contribution to the design, delivery, conduct and/or dissemination of research
  • An outstanding contribution to building research capacity in the specialty.

Applications

  • Applications should be made using the application form.
  • Applicants should note the word limit for each section of the application form.
  • Please send a completed application form plus a curriculum vitae to Holly Lyons at the contact details below.
  • Applications must be received by 23:59 on Thursday 12th November 2020. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged.
  • Applications will be assessed by a panel of representatives from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, the NIHR Clinical Research Network and lay representatives.
  • Successful applicants will be notified soon after. We will provide feedback for unsuccessful applicants on request.

For further information, please contact Holly Lyons at events@rcem.ac.uk.

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:
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 (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.

Nominations:

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 globalem@rcem.ac.uk

Global Emergency Medicine Committee

March 2020

 

Previous recipients of the Award

2020

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.

2019

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.

2017 – (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.

2013

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.

2009

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.

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