10 February 2020
Dr Paul Kerr has officially taken up the post of Vice President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine Northern Ireland.
Dr Kerr, a Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Ambulatory Care in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, officially took up the role on 10 February 2020.
He has previously served as Vice Chair of the RCEM Northern Ireland National Board and replaces outgoing Vice President Dr Ian Crawford, who completed a highly successful term in post.
Dr Paul Kerr said: “I am honoured to be taking up the post of Vice President.
“I would like to acknowledge the hard work of my predecessor, Dr Ian Crawford, for working tirelessly to keep the pressures facing our Emergency Departments on top of the agenda. Thank you so much for your hard work in supporting the speciality and the membership over the past almost two years.
“I am looking forward to representing the speciality and the wider emergency medicine family in Northern Ireland. With the restoration of the Northern Ireland Assembly, I hope to engage with the Department of Health policymakers to ensure our Emergency Departments obtain necessary resources and practical solutions. We must try to mitigate the growing problems faced by the healthcare requirements of a growing and ageing population. The crowding we see in our Emergency Departments is an area of huge concern that I will seek to discuss with policymakers as soon as possible.”
The College is pleased to welcome Dr Kerr to his new role and wishes him every success in his term.