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Are you interested in Global EM?

Please let us know via your Member account!

We have added a ‘Global EM Interest’ box that you can tick when you log in to your Member account which is found on the ‘About you’ tab. This way we can keep you updated on GEM issues, events and you can help us work towards creating a real network for our Members with an interest in this area.

National Board Opportunities

+ Northern Ireland National Board

We have some fantastic opportunities for our membership to get involved with College work and sit on our Northern Ireland (NI) National Board. This is a great chance to have your say and make a difference.

We currently have vacancies for:

  • An Academic Lead
  • A Trainee representative

What will being part of the Board involve?
Members of the NI National Board will meet on a quarterly basis to raise awareness of important issues facing their Emergency Departments as well as:

  • provide a point of contact for Members and Fellows on College matters and all aspects of Emergency Medicine
  • communicate information from Northern Ireland to the College, and disseminate information from the College to its Members and Fellows
  • actively work to improve urgent and emergency care services across Northern Ireland by working closely with senior health officials, the Minister for Health of Northern Ireland and other key health and social care stakeholders.

Who can get involved?
We are looking for members of all categories who work in NI to support the work of the College. We want to ensure that the Board is truly representative of the different staff groups that make up the Emergency Medicine workforce and of the different Trusts in the nation.

What experience is needed?
No previous College experience is necessary – just an interest in representing your region and a passion for Emergency Medicine. We are particularly keen to engage with those who are new to the College.

What if I’m a Trainee?
We are looking for an Emergency Medicine Trainee who can act as the spokesperson for trainees on the RCEM NI Board and also act as a representative for NI on the Emergency Medicine Trainees’ Association (EMTA) Committee. The representative will attend committee meetings for both groups. They will communicate with Regional Trainee Representatives throughout NI and raise any relevant issues with both the RCEM NI Board and EMTA, as well as communicating relevant information from these committees back to trainees. Through this work, they will ensure that projects and work produced by EMTA are as relevant and applicable in Scotland as the rest of the UK.

How can I get involved?
To apply, please fill out an Expression of Interest form, explaining why you would like to get involved in the Board and send it to the email below.

The Expression of Interest form can be found here.

If you are interested in applying or have any questions, please contact tamara.pinedo@rcem.ac.uk

Regional Board Opportunities

+ Yorkshire & Humber Vice Chair - Call for Nominations – Closing Date Friday 06 January 2023

Yorkshire & Humber Vice Chair

Call for Nominations – Closing Date Friday 06 January 2023

RCEM is looking for a Yorkshire and Humber Regional Vice Chair!

Vice Chairs work closely with Regional Chairs, strengthening networks, engagement, and representation within a region.

You will be a key contact for members and help Regional Chair Sally-Anne Wilson to best represent the region’s successes, challenges and needs. You will also work closely with the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Board and RCEM’s Policy team, actively supporting workstreams and regional networks. Your contribution as Vice Chair will strengthen the College’s ability to flag the unique challenges emergency departments in Yorkshire and Humber face.

Once a Regional Chair completes their term or steps down, the Vice Chair succeeds them. This role is thus ideal for someone who would like some time before taking on the role of Regional Chair.

Role Requirements

If you are a Fellow, work in a substantive consultant role in the Yorkshire and Humber region and you are interested in representing your region, developing your career and your influencing skills then we would be delighted to hear from you.

Application Process

The application process is non-competitive, and you do not need prior experience to apply for this role.

To apply, please complete a nomination form, with a personal statement and signatures from two colleagues who are happy to support your application.

In the event that multiple eligible candidates apply, a ballot of regional members will be conducted. In this instance we will share your statement with voting members.

For further information please see the job description, application guidance and FAQs, here.

The nomination form can be found here.

As we head into Winter, representation has never been more important. Get in touch with us if you are interested and share this call out with your networks and anyone you know that would be suited to the role.

If you are interested in the role or have any questions, please feel welcome to get in touch with Daisy Harmer at daisy.harmer@rcem.ac.uk.

+ South East Coast Vice Chair - Call for Nominations – Closing Date Friday 06 January 2023  

South East Coast Vice Chair

Call for Nominations – Closing Date Friday 06 January 2023

RCEM is looking for a South East Coast Regional Vice Chair!

Vice Chairs work closely with Regional Chairs, strengthening networks, engagement, and representation within a region.

You will be a key contact for members and help Regional Chair Sarah Honess to best represent the region’s successes, challenges and needs. You will also work closely with the South East Coast Regional Board and RCEM’s Policy team, actively supporting workstreams and regional networks. Your contribution as Vice Chair will strengthen the College’s ability to flag the unique challenges emergency departments in the South East Coast face.

Once a Regional Chair completes their term or steps down, the Vice Chair succeeds them. This role is thus ideal for someone who would like some time before taking on the role of Regional Chair.

Role Requirements

If you are a Fellow, work in a substantive consultant role in the South East Coast region and you are interested in representing your region, developing your career and your influencing skills then we would be delighted to hear from you.

Application Process

The application process is non-competitive, and you do not need prior experience to apply for this role.

To apply, please complete a nomination form, with a personal statement and signatures from two colleagues who are happy to support your application.

In the event that multiple eligible candidates apply, a ballot of regional members will be conducted. In this instance we will share your statement with voting members.

For further information please see the job description, application guidance and FAQs, here.

The nomination form can be found here.

As we head into Winter, representation has never been more important. Get in touch with us if you are interested and share this call out with your networks and anyone you know that would be suited to the role.

If you are interested in the role or have any questions, please feel welcome to get in touch with Daisy Harmer at daisy.harmer@rcem.ac.uk.

+ South Central Regional Chair - Call for Nominations - Closing date Friday 6th January 2023

South Central Regional Chair

Call for Nominations – Closing Date Friday 06 January 2023

RCEM is looking for a new South Central Regional Chair!

Regional Chairs play a crucial and rewarding role in advocating for their region and representing their members in the College and key decision-making. Chairs provide leadership and act as a voice and conduit for members.

RCEM’s South Central Regional Board will support you as Chair. In addition, you will work closely with RCEM’s Policy and Communications teams, who will support you in your role to develop regional networks and relationships with local policymakers and the media. Your contribution as South Central Regional Chair will strengthen the College’s ability to flag challenges faced by emergency departments in South Central and beyond, aiding members and patients.

Role Requirements

If you are a Fellow, work in a substantive consultant role in South Central and you are interested in representing your region, developing your career and your influencing skills then we would be delighted to hear from you.

Application Process

The application process is non-competitive, and you do not need prior experience to apply for this role.

To apply, please complete a nomination form, with a personal statement and signatures from two colleagues who are happy to support your application.

In the event that multiple eligible candidates apply, a ballot of regional members will be conducted. In this instance we will share your statement with voting members.

For further information please see the job description, application guidance and FAQs.

The nomination form can be found here.

As we head into Winter, representation has never been more important. Get in touch with us if you are interested and share this call out with your networks and anyone you know that would be suited to the role.

If you are interested in the role or have any questions, please feel welcome to get in touch with Daisy Harmer at daisy.harmer@rcem.ac.uk

+ Applications Open for Regional Boards

Applications Open for Regional Boards

We have an exciting opportunity for members to get involved in College work!

We are now recruiting members to join our new Regional Boards that are being set up in the South Central, South East Coast, East of England, and Yorkshire and Humber regions.

What will being part of a Regional Board involve?
Members of each Regional Board will meet on a quarterly basis to raise awareness of important issues facing their Emergency Departments as well as their experiences more generally, and to share learning and advice that can be disseminated back to those working in the region. These Boards will also serve as a way of supporting the Regional Chair in campaigning for better standards of healthcare for both patients and Emergency Medicine staff.

Regional activity is becoming increasingly important as all parts of England will soon be covered by Integrated Care Systems, which will bring more decision-making to a local level.

Who can get involved?
We are looking for members of all categories who work in any of these parts of England to represent their region and support the work of the College. We want to ensure that these Regional Boards are truly representative of the different staff groups that make up the Emergency Medicine workforce and of the different Trusts in each region.

What experience is needed?
No previous College experience is necessary – just an interest in representing your region and a passion for Emergency Medicine. We are particularly keen to engage with those who are new to the College.

How can I get involved?
To apply, please fill out an Expression of Interest form, explaining why you would like to get involved in a Regional Board and send it to the email below.

You can find the Terms of Reference document here which will provide more information on the purpose and scope of the Board.

The Expression of Interest form can be found here.

If you are interested in applying, please contact Daisy Harmer at daisy.harmer@rcem.ac.uk or if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Committee Opportunities

+ RCEM Guidelines for Provision of Emergency Medicine Services (GPEMS) – Steering Group Vacancy - Closing date 28 February 2023

THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE

RCEM Guidelines for Provision of Emergency Medicine Services (GPEMS) – Steering Group Vacancy

Role profile: Guidelines for Provision of Emergency Medicine Services Steering Group Member

Accountable to: RCEM Executive Committee

Key working relationships:

  • Steering Group
  • RCEM Executive Committee
  • Project Manager
  • External Stakeholders

Role purpose: RCEM is looking for a GPEMS Steering Group member. You will be involved in steering group meetings, writing guidelines, editing and working with other members.

Committee remit:
GPEMS will be the definitive reference source for planning and delivery of UK Type-1 Emergency Medicine Services. The document will assist healthcare managers with service design and delivery, and give senior EM clinicians clarity about their roles and responsibilities.

There is currently a vacancy on the steering group – applications are invited from all College members and fellows.
The steering group members will meet approximately once a month from March 2023 until the publication of the final output (currently scheduled for summer 2024). They will be expected to lend their relevant expertise to help deliver a complex but extremely valuable piece of work.

To apply
If you are interested in applying to join the steering group, please email a cover letter explaining your interest and experience and your CV to Theo.Chiles@rcem.ac.uk by 17:00 28th February
For further information regarding the application process please contact:
Theo Chiles (email: Theo.Chiles@rcem.ac.uk)

What can you expect from us?

  • The chance to influence EM policy and produce cutting edge new guidance
  • Meet and work with new consultants/EM staff with similar values
  • Opportunities to get involved in EM study days, presentations and represent RCEM at stakeholder events
  • To work closely with RCEM to raise the overall quality of care in EM
  • Support and guidance in the role from the RCEM Research Manager and President
  • This is an honorary post and while no financial honorarium is offered for the postholder, the College will reimburse all post related expenses (e.g., travel to meetings, lunch)

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What can we expect from you?

  • You are currently working in a UK type-1 ED (all roles are very welcome to apply)
  • You will attend steering group meetings (mainly virtual)
  • You will take ownership of drafting new guidance or working as part of a small writing team
  • You will help edit drafts from other writing groups
  • You maintain an excellent knowledge of current UK guidelines.

Download a PDF version of this vacancy

+ Wales - Sustainable Working Practices Committee Member

RCEM Sustainable Working Practices Committee Member – Welsh Representative (1) – Honorary post

The College is looking for a member to join the Sustainable Working Practices Committee as a representative from Wales.

Role profile: Sustainable Working Practices Committee member (Wales rep)

Accountable to: Sustainable Working Practices Committee Chair

Key working relationships: The Sustainable Working Practice Committee is part of the Service Delivery Committee, led by a Council member of RCEM, which also undertakes work relating to service design and configuration, paediatric emergency medicine, informatics, pre-hospital emergency medicine, remote and rural emergency medicine, and ambulatory care. The role will also work closely with staff in the RCEM Quality Team.

Role purpose:
RCEM is looking for a Sustainable Working Practices Committee (SWPC) member, representing the Welsh region. You will be involved in committee meetings, creating guidance documents, writing supplements, attend events pertaining to the wellbeing of clinicians, and working with other SWPC members.

Committee remit:

  1. To devise a strategy and work programme for approval by the Workforce Committee focussed on improving sustainability of the working life of emergency physicians.
  2. To devise a strategy for improving the working conditions in the workforce in emergency medicine.
  3. To devise a strategy for assisting emergency physicians with remediation, advise on revalidation issues and oversee the work of the AACs.

What can you expect from us?

  • The chance to influence EM policy and produce cutting edge new guidance
  • Meet and work with new consultants/EM staff with similar values
  • Opportunities to get involved in EM study days, presentations and represent RCEM at stakeholder events
  • To work closely with the RCEM Quality to raise the overall quality of care in EM
  • Support and guidance in the role from the RCEM Quality Team and the SWPC Chair
  • This is an honorary post and while no financial honorarium is offered for the postholder, the College will reimburse all post related expenses (e.g., travel to meetings, lunch).

What can we expect from you?

  • Attend four SWPC meetings (currently virtual, in-person for two likely in the future)
  • Attend regional board meetings and deliver regional updates to the committee
  • At times you may be invited to attend other meetings to represent the College
  • Be involved in helping to design and report on SWPC guidance documents and events.

Person Specification

Practical experience and skills: The role would suit a current consultant in EM who has a demonstrable interest in sustainable working practices, working in Wales.

How to apply: To apply for the position please send a single A4 page personal statement to Rosely.Solomon@rcem.ac.uk by 5pm, 30th of January 2023. Please ensure your personal statement covers your relevant experience and how you meet the person specification below. Please note that the interviews are likely to be carried out via ZOOM or telephone call.

Please ensure your personal statement covers your relevant experience and how you meet the person specification below.

Please note that the interviews are likely to be carried out via ZOOM or telephone call.

Essential – Practical experience and skills

  • Fellow of the College
  • Current substantive consultant in emergency medicine
  • Demonstrable interest in sustainable working practices
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of revalidation
  • Evidence of continuing personal development
  • Working as an EM clinician in Wales
  • Able to feed back from Welsh regional boards and other groups

Personal Qualities

  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritise and work to tight deadlines
  • Self-motivated and innovative
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Professional manner and appearance
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to motivate others to perform to deadlines by using influencing skills
  • A commitment to upholding the organisation’s values

Desirable

  • Experience of serving on AAC panels Record of successful implementation of initiatives to improve sustainable working
  • Excellent knowledge of developments in the emergency medicine field
  • Computer literate: MS Excel, Word
  • Ability to motivate others to perform to deadlines by using influencing skills.

Download a pdf of this vacancy

+ EMLeaders Communities of Practices (CoPs) - Closing date Monday 28 November

Want to try something new?

Want to invest in yourself?

Want to work with colleagues from around the UK, and learn from each other?

EMLeaders Communities of Practices (CoPs)

The EMLeaders Programme is looking to create and support a Community of Practice (COP) in the coming months focused on embedding leadership learning across Emergency Departments in the UK.

The EMLeaders CoPs will provide people with an opportunity to develop their own leadership and facilitation skills; and to share their skills knowledge/ abilities with each other, as well work with their local EMLeaders School Faculty teams.

The aim is to increase the skills and knowledge within regions to support leadership learning on the shopfloor across the multi-disciplinary team.

We are seeking applications from ACPs, EMSAS, ST6 trainees and consultant level.

You will receive:

Those within the cohort will receive training and development to support them so that by the end they will:

  1. Have a sound understand of the aims and objectives of the EM leaders programme, understands how leadership fits into the relevant Curriculum and how they can develop these skills in the workplace.
  2. Be leadership champions and role models by having a consistent ‘leadership language’ and behaviours from which the multidisciplinary clinical workforce in the ED can learn from.
  3. Feel able to confidently work on the shop floor through the implementation of leadership training.

Communities of Practice – Dates

29 November 2022, 15 February and 22 March 2023

31 March 2023 for a joint Development Day

You will need to be available on one of the following cohort group dates.

Further reading and learning will be required outside and in-between these dates. 

Application Process

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send your CV and 500 word statement outlining your relevant experience and what you would like to gain from the opportunity to training@rcem.ac.uk.

Please discuss with your appropriate Supervisor/Lead in advance of your application and include their letter of support along with your application.

Closing date is Monday 28 November 2022.

The EMLeaders SLWG will review applications and contact will be made in December 2022.

Download a PDF copy of EMLeaders Communites of Practices vacancy

EMTA Opportunities

Opportunities to join the Emergency Medicine Trainees’ Association (EMTA) There are no vacancies with EMTA at present.

Other Voluntary Roles

Other voluntary roles with the College, not board, regional or committee related.

+ RCEM / NIHR Associate Professor Scheme

Royal College of Emergency Medicine and NIHR Clinical Research Network Associate Professor Scheme

Role Description

The RCEM/NIHR Clinical Research Network Associate Professor scheme is aimed at recognising and supporting NHS clinicians who are delivering high quality research at a level which is broadly comparable with an academic clinical senior lecturer.

Key elements of the scheme led by the College in partnership with NIHR CRN include:

  • The scheme is advertised nationally and RCEM/NIHR CRN Associate Professor (or similar) title awarded jointly by the College and NIHR CRN for an initial period of three years, to NHS clinicians or clinical academics by a panel comprising College and NIHR CRN representatives.
  • Successful applicants will be provided with mentorship and support through the College and NIHR, including access to academic methodological support in trials and applied health, and dedicated development workshops.
  • The scheme has been running since 2018, when the first four appointments were made.

Person specification:

  • Clinicians from throughout the UK who are RCEM members or fellows are eligible to apply. For those from the devolved nations, engagement with the NIHR should be demonstrated; for example, conduct of an NIHR CRN portfolio study, involvement as a Co-Investigator on an NIHR grant or membership of an NIHR committee (including the CRN Trauma and Emergency Care Specialty Group). Formal confirmation of support for the application from the applicant’s employer and, where appropriate, local CRN Clinical Director is required.
  • Applicants are required to demonstrate excellence in research and leadership. The academic level required is broadly similar to that for a University senior lecturer / associate professor. The research element should be evidenced by papers, links to grants, and involvement in strategically important research programmes including delivery of NIHR Clinical Research Network studies and involvement with other elements of NIHR infrastructure or equivalent in the devolved nations. Leadership should be evidenced by, for example, developing emergency medicine research teams locally, involvement with the Royal College, NIHR, NICE, and/or specialty society.
  • Demonstrating funding for protected research time is required at the time of application. We note that potential applicants may already have time funded via a variety of NIHR research infrastructure and other programmes, including, for example, NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care and the Clinical Research Network and NRS Fellowships, local Charitable Trust funds or industry income. The minimum time required is 1PA of protected time for a minimum period of three years.
  • Applicants must set out how they plan to use their 3-year tenure to contribute to the work of RCEM and the NIHR Clinical Research Network, through (a) delivery of NIHR CRN research, and (b) building research activity and capacity in Emergency Medicine.

Role description

  • The award holder is expected to act as an ambassador for RCEM and the NIHR Clinical Research Network.
  • The award holder must contribute to the delivery of NIHR CRN research and to the goals of RCEM to increase research capacity and activity within the specialty of Emergency Medicine.
  • Specific objectives for award holders will be set out upon appointment after agreement with representatives of RCEM and the NIHR Clinical Research Network.
  • A set of performance metrics, tailored to the agreed objectives for each post holder, will be developed to ensure progress is monitored and supported. These metrics will form part of a review process.

The application form is here

Any queries please contact theo.chiles@rcem.ac.uk

Frequently Asked Questions

+ Are committee roles only for those who have been closely involved with the College before?

No, certainly not. Our committee roles are open to all Fellows, not just those who have worked in Emergency Medicine for years! This includes trainees. We are always keen to help those who have not previously had a role with us to get involved.

+ So, should I apply even if I have not been involved in the College before?

Absolutely! We are very keen to encourage those who have not been involved in the College to apply; if you have the skills and the passion, please do apply.
We can provide induction into College processes to support those who are not familiar with committees in the medical Royal College sector.

+ I have the passion and the skills but not enough experience, should I still apply?

Yes! You might think that you do not have the experience, but if you are working in the field of Emergency Medicine, you probably do!
Aside from clinical skills, Emergency Medicine requires a depth of interpersonal skills: management, communication, influencing skills for example. Emphasise the skills you have, and think about soft skills such as communication, leadership, and team working.

+ How should I go about writing my application?

To apply we ask you to write a one-page personal statement. This statement is an opportunity for you to explain why you are suitable for and interested in the role and detail your objectives for your time as a committee member.

Before you write your application, you should study the role profile in detail. Pay particular attention to the member specification aspect of the profile and ensure your application addresses the points outlined.

+ I am really interested in becoming a committee member, but I am not sure about the time commitment.

College staff are currently working remotely, and we will utilise video conferencing and other media to reduce the need for travel. We expect that duties will be primarily conducted from your normal place of work or from the comfort of your own home. Committee meetings take place 4 times per year on average.

+ Will my expenses be covered if there’s in-person meetings?

It is highly unlikely that there will be regular face-to-face committee meetings in 2021, however if RCEM decides to meet once it is safe to do so then travel expenses will be covered as per our Expenses Policy. RCEM staff member responsible for Regional Chair recruitment can provide more information.

+ Who can apply to the committee member positions?

For the committee member roles, we welcome applications from College Fellows working in the region advertised. We encourage all fellows to apply, regardless of how experienced you are or how long you have been a fellow for. For this SIG, we are encouraging SAS, Nurse, trainee and ACP grade EM staff to apply. You do not need to be a Fellow to join this SIG.

+ Can I ask my Trust to support me with time off?

Given the pressures the system is experiencing, we do understand that our Members and Fellows are needed for frontline services. However, there is often support provided to allow some recognition for College work, particularly as it can be developmental. In the past, the Chief Medical Officers have written to Trusts about this (see attached letter) and if you need help in how to approach your Trust for help please let us know.

+ Will I have any support from the College?

Absolutely! The College is always here to support you in the role and with all responsibilities and duties you may have. We can send out email communications on your behalf to all members in the region and those in the College more generally. We take responsibility for organising any meetings as well as setting up and providing guidance with regional press coverage. We want to ensure that you can carry out the role to the best of your abilities and are therefore happy to provide as much support as you need to fulfil the role effectively.

+ Do you have any questions that have not been covered?

Get in touch with us! We would be very happy to talk to you.
Email Alison Ives, Quality Officer: alison.ives@rcem.ac.uk

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