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Global Emergency Medicine Committee

To be world-leader in the development of global emergency medicine that is clinically excellent, evidence-based, compassionate and equitable.

Global Emergency Medicine Committee

Our vision

For RCEM to be a world-leader in the development of global emergency medicine that is clinically excellent, evidence-based, compassionate and equitable.

Our Mission

  • To provide a network for members and fellows involved in global emergency medicine
  • To promote global emergency medicine activities to RCEM members and fellows
  • To connect with other emergency medicine associations globally
  • To encourage opportunities for practice, training and research in global emergency medicine
  • To support the development of resources for emergency medicine systems globally

Getting to know you

In order to support our members and fellows involved in global emergency medicine work, we would like to connect with you to gain insight into your work, to help with networking between teams and get you involved in setting the agenda for the committee.

You can connect with us in the following ways:

  • Email:
  • Twitter: @RCEMGlobal
  • Facebook: We now have a closed Facebook page for our members and Fellows involved with in global emergency medicine work – please email DM us on Twitter and we’ll add you, or join on the Facebook Page!
  • Your RCEM account: Just log into your account via the website and check the “Global EM Activity” box with the Communication Preferences section and we can keep in touch and send you updates
  • GEM Networks: We are actively trying to link regional groups of members that have an interest in GEM who might like to meet other like-minded individuals working in the same region (of the UK eg. East Anglia/Sussex/London). It would be a forum to share ideas and encourage each other in Global EM. If you’d like to find out more or to join, please email:

Getting to know us

The current members and fellows serving on the committee are:

  • Jason Long (Chair)
  • Hodon Abdi
  • Emily Beet
  • Nikki Biggs
  • Stevan Bruijns – 2020 William Rutherford International Award recipient
  • Gile Cattermole
  • Claire Crichton
  • Andrew Fryer
  • Shweta Gidwani
  • Hooi-Ling Harrison
  • James Hayton
  • Simon Horne
  • Richard Lowsby
  • Sa Narang
  • Derek Prentice
  • Najeeb Rahman – 2017 William Rutherford International Award recipient

Global health and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine: a cross-sectional survey of members and fellows

There is growing interest in global health participation among emergency care doctors in the UK. The GEM Committee undertook a survey of members and fellows of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine involved in global health to gain a better understanding of their interests, the work they are involved in, as well as the benefits and barriers of this work. A paper was published in the EMJ on the findings of this research and can be found below.

Policies and links

Global health map – connecting UK emergency care practitioners

The RCEM Global Emergency Medicine committee and The University of Manchester have been conducting an important piece of research to understand the Global Health (GH) engagement of those working in Emergency Medicine (EM) across the UK. This has contributed to a live mapping exercise linking regional GH work.

Many of you in emergency care are involved or interested in global health, whether that is in an area of access, resource and/or context-limited healthcare. This map will hopefully serve to bring your work closer together, encourage collaborative engagement and demonstrate the breadth of programmes and projects the UK emergency care community are a part of. This will create the potential for growth in UK global emergency medicine (GEM) and demonstrate commitment to a more sustainable model of working in GEM.

Please click the link or the map below to see more information on how to use the map and how to add your work.

International Opportunities

Visiting Observer Fellowships in Global Emergency Health

Enabling leading Emergency Clinicians from low and middle income countries to visit UK clinical centres where they can develop their knowledge and exchange good practice.

What is the Visiting Observer Fellowship Scheme?

This is a new scheme which offers short clinical observership placements within the UK National Health Service (NHS) to Emergency Medicine doctors from low-resource settings.

Placements will last for four weeks around September/October 2023. During this time, successful Visiting Fellows are invited to visit the RCEM UK head office and attend the RCEM Annual Scientific Conference.

During the attachment, the doctor is not given any responsibility and is not able to make clinical decisions or give clinical advice. The doctor will not receive or be required to obtain registration or a license to practice with the UK General Medical Council.

Judging criteria

We wish to make awards to the most suitable applicants who will be able to use their award to their own maximum benefit and, to an extent, to the benefit of the College’s international work. If no suitable applicant can be identified, then the award may not be made in any given year.

The judging panel will take into consideration the following criteria:

  • Generally, applicants not otherwise likely to be able to visit the UK
  • Quality of proposal with concise summary of their interests and needs
  • Plan for use of the Fellowship on their return home

The judging panel will be mindful of the requirement for:

  • No concurrent awards or scholarships
  • Letters of support from the candidate’s head of department – essential

Please send your application to  by 17:00 on Friday 16th June 2023.

Download the Observer Fellowship guidance and application form.

Global Placement Grant Scheme

Welcome to our Global Placement Grant Scheme for UK-based RCEM members and fellows!

Our Global Health placement grants offer RCEM members and fellows based in the UK, the opportunity to spend time in low-income settings, working to improve healthcare systems and or support programmes developing Emergency Medicine. By sharing their skills, knowledge, and expertise to help build capacity, develop sustainable solutions, and empower local healthcare providers to deliver high-quality care.

Whether you’re a trainee or have completed your training, we welcome applications from all backgrounds and levels of experience. We ask applicants to evidence that their selected placements are tailored to their skills and interests, and that the selected partner organizations evidences a project with a focus on sustainable impact. Where possible evidence of how this placement may offer a future opportunity for RCEM to support the development of EM in that particular setting.

Grants of £1,250 are normally awarded although in some extreme cases amounts above this may be considered if the rationale behind this is evidenced.  The Global Emergency Committee will review all applications and if successful confirm approval of the funds to support an international placement.

Longer term placements will be favoured due to the ability the building meaningful relationships in-country and in the interest of environmental sustainability.

If you would like to apply, please download the application form below and return it to by 17:00 on Friday 23 June 2023.
Global Placement Grant Scheme application form

Please see below the reflections of last year’s successful Global Placement grant winner who has recently returned from a volunteer programme with AFEM in South Africa.

Emma Gold’s placement was with the African Federation of Emergency Medicine (AFEM). AFEM is the BEC training credentialing body for IFEM for the African region. This is the most active WHO region in rolling out the BEC training. My role involved assisting in the logistical and technical support to countries that want to conduct BEC courses. I worked with the country focal point to support them through the credentialing process and facilitator progression. I manage the AFEM BEC training tracking database and have been strengthening the existing records of completed training.

Events and opportunities of Global EM and Health interest

If you would like to apply for endorsement of EM development activities in LMIC, please review the process and criteria document found here.

Please complete the application form found here and send via email to

Educational Standards Framework for Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) approved Fellowships in Humanitarian Medicine and Global Health

The GEM Committee are working towards making Fellowships in Humanitarian Medicine and Global Health more accessible to UK doctors and have created a framework for educational standards, this document can be found here .

Helpful papers around international fellowships can be found below:

If you would like to share opportunities that are in line with these standards, please email

Global EM Resources

RCEM Global EM Handbook

A guide for Emergency Physicians undertaking Global Emergency Medicine work abroad has been produced by the GEM Committee and can be downloaded below.
This handbook provides a brief introduction to global emergency medicine and working overseas in an emergency care setting for those that may be new to the field or for those that are considering volunteering abroad. It aims to signpost to a range of helpful resources and provide an idea of some current opportunities.

Download the Global Emergency Medicine Handbook

RCEM Global Guide for GEM Fellowships

A practical guide for supervision of a GEM Fellowship program within a UK Emergency Department been produced by the GEM Committee and can be downloaded below.

Increasing numbers of UK ED are offering fellowships in Global EM (GEM). These positions are being taken by doctors across various grades including junior positions after foundation year 2 (FY2) training, intermediate specialist training (ACCS level), more senior ST4 and post CCT fellowships. So far, there has not been a standardised framework for these posts.

The aim of this GEM fellowship guide is to provide a suggested practical framework for organising a GEM Clinical Fellowship programme within a UK Emergency Department.

Download the RCEM Global Guide for GEM Fellowships

Further helpful papers around GEM fellowships can be found below

Core Curricular Elements for Fellowship Training in International Emergency Medicine

Experience with the core curricular elements for international emergency medicine fellowships

Information for trainees about going out of programme can be found here

If you would like to share opportunities that are in line with these standards, please email

GEM Endorsement

Are you holding or know of any EM development activities in LMIC or Low-Income settings and would like to apply for endorsement from the College?

Please find the GEM Endorsement criteria and process guidance and application form below:

RCEM FEM Endorsement criteria and process

RCEM GEM Endorsement Application form

Rapid Fire Evidence Reviews with AFEM

In collaboration with colleagues at the African Federation for Emergency Medicine we present rapid-fire evidence reviews where we conduct literature reviews on key topics related to COVID-19 . Presentations are accompanied by written summaries.

Review 6: Treatments for COVID 19 [MP4]

[PPT] [Written Summary ] NOVEMBER 2020

Review 5: Maternal and child health [MP4]

[PPT] [Written Summary] NOVEMBER 2020

Review 4: Public Health and Epidemiology in COVID-19 [MP4]

[PPT] [Written Summary] AUGUST 2020

Review 3: COVID-19 Virology [MP4]

[PPT] [Written Summary] JULY 2020

Review 2: COVID-19: The impact on Healthcare Workers [MP4]

[PPT] [Written Summary] AUGUST 2020

Review 1: HIV, TB & BCG [MP4]

JULY 2020

Helpful resources

A list of other helpful resources have been compiled by the committee and can be downloaded here.

RCOG Global Health Toolkits

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) have a range of Global Health Toolkits. The toolkits have been written by experts in the Obstetricians and Gynaecologist fields but they are currently at trial stage. RCOG are looking for piloting opportunities so if any members are interested please contact RCOG on

Trainee Experiences

Trainees have previously taken time out of training – either as OOPT or OOPE, or sometimes as a career break between posts. This time can be invaluable for new professional and personal experiences.

If you have taken time out of training for Global Health work and are interested in sharing your experiences, we would love to hear from you!
Please contact

Further information about going Out Of Programme.

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