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Emergency Medicine Trainees Association


The Emergency Medicine Trainees’ Association exists to represent trainees in Emergency medicine and to facilitate dialogue between RCEM and trainees. All RCEM members who are part of a training scheme for Emergency Medicine, at ST1 or above, are considered members of EMTA.

A letter confirming RCEM support for the use of Professional Leave for College Activities by EMTA Representatives can be found here together with this Government Statement.

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EMTA Online 2021

This event is RCEM accredited for CPD
Event type: Live online event
Date: Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 November
Price: Click here for rates
Programme: View the programme
Registration: Book your place
Abstracts: Submit your abstract for the chance to present your work. We welcome submissions related to any of the new curriculum SLOs. The closing date for submissions is Thursday 16 September at 23:59 (BST). We will notify all successful and unsuccessful applicants by email from Tuesday 12 October. Click here to view the mark scheme.
Live event: Delegates will be sent joining instructions prior to the event.

EMTA surveys

EMTA undertakes annual and extraordinary surveys of trainees with the objective to obtain widespread, representative opinion on training, working environment and other matters relevant to trainees. These surveys are also published on the EMTA website along side blogs.

EMTA 2020 Survey

The survey was completed by 367 trainees with demographics broadly representative of the wider trainee body. It contains 59 questions and was available to all UK EM trainees to complete from March 8 to April 13 2020.

A deliberate decision was taken to continue to run the EMTA survey despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey still allows us to capture longitudinal data and comment on trends in the state of Emergency Medicine Training in the UK, and it was felt may even help to highlight where differences exist as a result of the pandemic.

Key Findings

  1. Around three-quarters of trainees plan on taking a locum or substantive consultant job after completing training, only 28.1% plan on working full time as a consultant.
  2. Most trainees felt that their educational supervisor was effective and added value to their training.
  3. Over one-third of trainees report having no access to SPA time, despite RCEM recommendations.
  4. The frequency of regional teaching found to correlate with the highest attendance is monthly. The frequency of local teaching found to correlate with the highest attendance is weekly.
  5. Nearly 1 in 5 trainees felt unable to drive home safely from work yet the vast majority had no access to somewhere to sleep after a night shift.
  6. The majority of trainees completing training in emergency medicine do not feel competent to manage paediatric emergencies.
  7. Bullying, harassment and undermining are described as ‘endemic’ and ‘widespread and accepted practice’ in UK emergency medicine. The data across the past three EMTA surveys and the free-text responses do not make for pleasant reading.

The survey is available here: EMTA Survey 2020.

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