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Board & Committee Structure

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Corporate Governance

The committee is chaired by a Lay Chair and is responsible for assuring the administrative functions of the College, financial governance and responsible for HR issues within the College.

Education Committee

This Committee is concerned with setting standards in Emergency Medicine by examinations, eLearning, CPD and research.
The Committee is chaired by the Dean of the College.
Information about examinations can be found in the Exams section
Information about the EM Curriculum can be found in the Curriculum section
Information about Continuing Professional Development (CPD) can be found in the CPD section
Information about eLearning is available on RCEMLearning
Information about research is available in the Research section


The Global EM Committee was established in 2017 and is currently chaired by Dr Jason Long.
You can find out more about the committee’s work in the International Section

The International Education Sub-Committee was also formed in 2017 and is currently chaired by Dr Sundararaj Manou

Lay Advisory Group

The Lay Advisory Group was created in 2008 as part of the College’s new constitution, and it has been fully operational since February 2009. It exists to contribute a non-clinical perspective to College decision-making at every level.
The Lay Advisory Group (LAG) provides advice from a lay perspective on the standards of care and training in Emergency Medicine. The LAG is primarily a lay, not a patient representative group.
Unlike other Medical Colleges, the nature of emergency medicine means that RCEM does not represent patients with specific conditions. In light of this LAG acts as a critical friend to the College, offering strategic advice from a non-institutional perspective. However the College does champion the needs of patients’ safety in emergency medicine and from time to time LAG may provide or source the patient perspective on specific issues when required.
The LAG has an advisory role and reports to the Council, the Chair of the LAG sits on Council. The LAG remit covers the following:

  • Highlighting areas of patient concern to the Royal College and Council and advise on appropriate action
  • Ensuring that the Royal College takes into account the patient and public perspective in all appropriate activities.
  • Being a resource for the Royal College to enable the delivery of a professional service that meets the needs and aspirations of patients and the public.
  • Developing patient and public involvement in Royal College activities
  • Developing patient information and education in Emergency Medicine
  • Contributing to the development of Royal College policies
  • Ensuring that decisions are made according to the Royal College’s role in protecting the public interest, and in promoting high professional standards
  • Responding to requests for comments from Council, its Boards and Committees
  • Highlighting the work of the Royal College whilst safeguarding the Royal College’s reputation.

To fulfil this remit the Chair of the Lay Group liaises with the President and Chief Executive of the College to determine how best to utilise the skills and experience of the lay members, having regard for their time available and budgetary constraints. This includes involvement in College projects and Committee work on an issue by issue basis, as well as sitting on College Committees.

The role of the lay representative is to combine being a supportive member of a decision making panel, providing independent guidance and constructive challenges to current ways of thinking. All lay members are invited to act as individuals rather than on behalf of outside organisations, but they are encouraged to feedback information to those organisations with which they have links. The LAG has 12 members including representation from devolved nations.

Please contact the committee via Tamara Pinedo: or +44 (0)20 7067 4819.

Professional Affairs

Service Delivery Committee Cluster

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine is dedicated to achieving the highest standards of practice and patient care.


Careers Group

Co-Chairs Anna Buckley and Duncan Carmichael
This committee coordinates all activities aimed at developing, promoting and monitoring careers information for students and doctors in training grades on behalf of the College.

Further information and resources can be found here: Considering a career in EM

Informatics Committee

Chair – Dr Kirsty Challen
The Informatics Committee seeks to develop case-mix measures and high quality data collection and information technology systems for the specialty of Emergency Medicine.


  1. To develop case-mix measures and high quality data collection and information technology systems for the speciality of Emergency Medicine
  2. To advise the NHS, DOH, HCC, Connecting for Health, the Royal Colleges and other national bodies who have an interest in data collection and information technology in Emergency Departments.
  3. To develop and maintain the case-mix and information technology section of the College website

Information and resources about case-mix and IT can be found in the Informatics section on the Service Design & Delivery page.

For any enquiries please contact

Revalidation Committee

Chair Gillian Bryce
This committee coordinates College policy on revalidation and provides guidance to members and fellows with regard to revalidation.

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine’s role in revalidation, as with other medical royal colleges and faculties, is:

  • To set educational, professional and clinical standards for the specialty, thus encouraging good medical practice and standards of care
  • Develop and pilot methods to demonstrate a practitioner’s fitness to practice, both professional conduct and clinical competence, against the specialty standards
  • To be able to provide assistance to individuals that are struggling to provide supporting information to demonstrate fitness to practice
  • To have a system which will enable early identification of colleagues in difficulty throughout the 5 year cycle both at a local, regional and national level so that remedial action either locally or via the college can be implemented at the appropriate level
  • Facilitate approving, obtaining and recording of relevant high quality CPD in line with the requirements of revalidation

The College has established a Revalidation subcommittee of the Professional Standards Committee, under the direction of the Revalidation Chair Dr Gillian Bryce, to continue and complete specific work streams as well as develop a quality assurance framework for revalidation.

This committee will continue to develop several work streams including:

  • Developing guidance about the Specialty Standards Framework
  • Piloting the specialty elements of Revalidation
  • Developing appropriate multi-source feedback and patient feedback tools
  • Establishing e-learning assessments
  • Producing specialty specific guidance about appraisal
  • Quality Assuring the revalidation process
  • Develop a system of support for remedial problems/doctors in difficulty including local, regional and national support
  • E-portfolio and WBA development
  • Developing revalidation guidance for patients
  • ‘Orphan groups’– there are a number of doctors in the specialty that do not work in the NHS who are EM doctors, these areas need to be identified so advice can be given regarding revalidation
  • Providing detailed revalidation information on RCEM website for Fellows and Members
  • Developing CPD modules appropriate for supporting revalidation.

The subcommittee has Revalidation Advisers from each National/Regional area.

Service Design and Configuration Committee

Chair – Ed Smith
This committee supports members and fellows involved in emergency department service design and configuration.

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine is dedicated to achieving the highest standards of practice and patient care. Designing and delivering services is at the heart of delivering these standards. The Service Design & Configuration Committee works to support this.

Within these pages you can find:

  • Current key issues around service delivery
  • System integration and service reconfiguration
  • Commissioning and funding EDs
  • Delivering quality in the ED
  • Workforce including sustainable working
  • ED design
  • ED crowding (includes operational flow, and exit block)

For any enquiries about service design and delivery please contact Sam McIntyre:

Sustainable Working Practices Committee

Creating successful, satisfying and sustainable careers in Emergency Medicine

Chair – Saurav Bhardwaj

The Sustainable Working Practices Committee (SWPC) is focussed on improving sustainability of the working life of emergency physicians and improving the working conditions in the workforce in Emergency Medicine.

SWPC have created guidance in vital areas such as the RespectED anti-bullying campaign, the Wellness Compendium, and supporting wellbeing though difficult situations such as covid and the death of a colleague.

The Committee have also produced the excellent EMPower suite of guidance, which includes:

  • Returning to EM Clinical Practice, Skills Maintenance, Future Professional and Personal Development
  • A Practical Guide to Flexible Working and Good EM Rota Design
  • A Practical Guide for EM Clinical and Non Clinical Managers
  • A guide to engage and retain your established EM staff

Psychologically Informed Policy & Practice (PiPP)

The mental health and retention of frontline clinicians in emergency medicine are urgent areas of priority to the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM). The Psychologically Informed Policy and Practice development project (PIPP) aims to understand and begin to address some of the key issues that underpin these pressing problems, starting by meeting with key stakeholders and planning for change.

The challenges of COVID-19 have shone a spotlight on an already stretched workforce. This has had a considerable psychological impact on staff and has resulted in many staff considering reduced hours, changing careers or retiring early (RCEM, 2021). Previous research, that investigated the experiences and needs of emergency medicine doctors, has established sources of distress in the workforce and derived an empirically grounded model of psychological care (Daniels et al. 2021) that encompasses some of the basic needs which are unmet and a source of distress and frustration for emergency medicine clinicians.

This project will involve a collaboration between University of Bath, UKRI fundings body and RCEM, and will be led by Dr Jo Daniels (, Senior Lecturer and Clinical Psychologist at the University of Bath, with research assistance from Milly Robinson. This project will be delivered as part of a secondment to RCEM, and during this time, we aim to work with clinicians from all professions and grades to gather and analyse data to inform the development of policy and a care pathway, including drawing on our own programme of research, and work done in collaboration with the TERN network (CERA) COVID-19 Emergency Responsiveness Assessment ⋆ TERN (

Hear more about the research programme to date here, in a brief animation:
CoCCo Study – towards a model of psychological care in frontline doctors – YouTube

Quality in Emergency Care Committee

Chair – Dr James France

The Quality in Emergency Care Committee (QECC) is focussed on achieving a consistently high standard of care in all UK Emergency Departments, placing the specialty firmly at the centre of the current “quality agenda”. This will ensure that Emergency Departments continue to receive the resources they need, and are recognised for excellence in clinical care as well as time standards.

The committee aims to provide regular information and useful communications to Emergency Departments, supporting clinical quality and service improvement, providing guidance and administering relevant national audits.

Please note that until April 2014, the committee was named the Clinical Effectiveness Committee.


  • To develop Consensus Based Good Practice Statements for the specialty of Emergency Medicine
  • To set and monitor standards of Clinical Care, Best Practice and Clinical Procedures in Emergency Departments
  • To produce audit tools for Emergency Departments that will encourage uniform data collection and enable audit to be conducted in a systematic way
  • To develop and disseminate patient safety strategies for the specialty of Emergency Medicine
  • To develop and maintain the clinical effectiveness section of the RCEM website
  • To advise the NHS, DOH and other relevant organisations regarding the IT requirements for emergency medicine, both nationally and locally.
  • To advise the NHS, DOH, CQC, the Royal Colleges and other national bodies who have an interest in the quality of care and risk management in Emergency Departments.

RCEM Quality Strategy – Part A (January 2022)

Other Committees

The work of the QECC is split between a number of subcommittees. Please clink on the sections below for more information.

+ Best Practice Sub-committee

Chair – Dr James France


To develop consensus based best practice statements for the speciality of Emergency Medicine
To advise the NHS, DOH, HCC, the Royal Colleges and other national bodies who have an interest in good clinical practice in Emergency Departments.
To develop and maintain the best practice section of the College website.
The subcommittee has produced many excellent best practice guidelines which can be downloaded from the College Guidance page.

The subcommittee also reviews and endorses guidelines from other organisations that are relevant to Emergency Medicine. See the External Guidance page.

Many Emergency Departments have shared locally developed guidelines to help exchange best practice. These can be viewed on the Local Guidance page.

Find out more.

+ Safer Care Sub-committee

Chair – Dr Emma Redfern.

The QEC Safer Care subcommittee has been established to identify key themes and markers for patient safety, and develop and disseminate patient safety and risk management strategies for the specialty of Emergency Medicine (EM). The subcommittee will ensure that the College considers the safety of patients in all aspects of its work at all levels; National, Regional and Departmental.

Regular safety alerts and newsflashes are produced and distributed to ED safety leads. If you have any queries about safety in the emergency department, you can reach the administrator and committee Chair by emailing

+ Quality Assurance and Improvement Sub-committee

Quality Assurance and Improvement Subcommittee 

Creating platforms and tools to empower clinicians and departments at a local level to monitor and raise standards of care in priority areas of Emergency Medicine

Chairs: Fiona Burton and Dale Kirkwood

Secretariat Lead: Emily Lesnik – please get in touch with Emily if you have any questions or are interested to join us here –

An established group, we select three priority areas annually for national audit to enable departments to benchmark their performance against their peers. Over time this evolved to focus on local level improvement, benchmarking against themselves as the healthcare community, College and committee increasingly recognised that each department has its own unique population and resource challenges. Interhospital comparison and a ranking still has its place and roles in regulation but a heavy focus on that becomes problematic and demoralising at a local level. Focusing instead on improving services locally, for the population served mattered more than being the best and is more tangible and motivating. In 2018 the team moved to a Quality Improvement approach focusing on collaboration and best practice sharing. This has presented a whole host of challenges for the committee itself resulting in a need to apply the change methodology it promotes to its own inner workings to achieve its mission of improved patient care through greater empowerment and enablement of local departments to improve more effectively.

Key Objectives: Improve the quality of emergency care in high priority areas for patients by;

  1. identifying areas of need as identified by the latest evidence and research and engaging the membership to help set short to medium-term improvement objectives at a national level
  2. increasing enthusiasm and motivation of clinicians locally to evaluate priority areas of care and focus energy to tackle identified problems
  3. provide a high-quality platform and suite of QI tools to facilitate evaluation and analysis of local problems and enable more effective PDSA cycling
  4. establish and utilise a network of engaged clinical QI professionals to share best practice and collaborate to increase the pace of change locally

Aspiration objective: To reduce the care quality gap by focusing support on the lowest performing trusts and developing a deeper understanding of the barriers that might exist to provide excellent care for all

Environmental Statement: This committee is working alongside the Environmental SIG to integrate Sustainable QI into all our programmes. Considering the “triple bottom line” when calculating the true value of health care by considering the patient-centred outcome alongside the environmental, social and economic impacts when making decisions and recommendations.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion statement: We have integrated ethnicity data monitoring into our platform to form the start of a data set that will contain thousands of cases which can then be analysed to detect differences in care quality along gender, race and age lines. We have representation from the EDI committee at our programme development meetings and attend there’s to provide updates on this current body of work.

+ Invited Service Review Committee

Chair – Dr Ian Higginson.

RCEM undertakes reviews of emergency care services at the invitation of NHS organisations. A service review can help a failing ED to become good, and a good ED to become excellent.

Find out more

+ Mental Health Sub-committee

Mental Health Sub-committee

Chair: Mark Buchanan

This subcommittee works to progress and promote emergency mental health care.

+ Major Trauma Sub-committee

Chair – Vacant

To develop and promote consensus based best practice on major trauma.

Find out more.

+ Toxicology Sub-committee

Chair – Dr Johann Grundlingh.

To promote the latest evidence and develop consensus based best practice on toxicology.

Find out more.

+ Public Health Special Interest Group

Chair – Dr Ling Harrison.

RCEM has convened a new Special Interest Group looking at public health.

Find out more.

+ Same Day Emergency Medicine Special Interest Group

Chair – Dr Tara Sood.

RCEM has convened a new Special Interest Group looking at ambulatory emergency care.

Find out more.

+ Older People Special Interest Group

Chair – Dr Rachel Morris-Smith

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RCEM has convened a new Special Interest Group looking at care for older people.

Find out more on our clinical guidelines page


Resources & Minutes


Click on the links below to access resources for clinicians and departments:

Committee Minutes

Click on the links below for the minutes, publicly available from July 2015:

Contact Details

Please contact the QECC administrator with any queries:
Tel: 020 7067 1269

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