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+ EMLeaders – Committee Members x 5 - Closing date 06 June

We are seeking five members to actively support the EMLeaders work of the College. Membership is open to the multi-professional team – EMSAS, ACP, ST5/6 trainee and Consultant level.

The EMLeaders Sub-Committee is a Short Life Working Group (SLWG) of the Royal College. It reports to the Training Standards Committee, via the Chair, within the Education Directorate.

The SLWG will focus on the:

  • Delivery of the EM Leaders strategy
  • Evaluate the external report
  • Review previous sessions feedback and make decisions on future development
  • Design and implement Study Days
  • Work with Training Standards Committee, Global Emergency Medicine Committee and RCEM members of staff

Appointments are through self-nomination.

Applicants are required to outline, in no more than 500 words, your suitability for the role and a copy of your CV.

Selections will be made by the Chair of EMLeaders, a College Officer and the Associate Director of Training and International (or nominated deputies) and will be based on the strength of application and interview.

Download the role and person specification here.

Closing date: Monday 06 June 2022

All applications please to: training@rcem.ac.uk

Interviews will be held shortly thereafter.

+ South West Regional Board - Call for Regional Board Members! Closes 12 June

We are excited to share that RCEM is looking to set up a South West Regional Board

We are looking for people who are passionate about advocating for the South West and interested in getting more involved with the College and key decision making. You will be working with the support of the RCEM Policy team; this is an opportunity for you to develop your career and influencing skills. Your contribution will support RCEM’s ability to flag challenges faced by emergency departments in the South West.

The main purpose of the Board is to represent your localities, support the aims of the Regional Chair and the work of the College. Regional Chair Dr James Gagg’s vision for the South West Board, is:
“To work with local media (radio, TV, papers etc) as well as other opportunities in our communities, to bring an understanding of the issues and successes in urgent & emergency care closer to the population we care for.

To build a strong network for sharing good practice, research, and innovative solutions to our challenges.

To foster relationships with other regional boards.”

  • An education/training representative (i.e. an educational leader that encompasses all aspects of the above groups)
  • A research representative.

EMSAS, ACP and trainee reps will be sourced via their respective committees.

We are also looking for a substantive member of staff from each of the following trusts:

  • Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • North Bristol NHS Trust
  • Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
  • Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
  • Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
  • Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS
  • University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
  • Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

You do not need prior experience to apply for these roles. For further information, please see the RCEM Committee FAQs, here. The nominations form can be found here.

If you are interested or have any questions, please feel welcome to get in touch with Daisy Harmer at daisy.harmer@rcem.ac.uk
Finally, please share this call out with your networks and anyone you know that would like to get involved!

+ Quality Assurance and Improvement Committee Data Analyst - Closes 20 May

RCEM Quality Assurance and Improvement Committee

Data Analyst

 Quality Improvement Project (QIP) Topic Teams

Honorary post.

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine is looking for new members with experience of Data Analysis and Quality Improvement to join the Quality Assurance and Improvement Committee to assist the RCEM Quality Improvement Projects (QIPs)

Accountable to: Quality Assurance and Improvement Committee Co-Chairs, Dale Kirkwood and Fiona Burton.

Key working relationships: The Quality Assurance and Improvement Committee is part of the Quality in Emergency Care Committee (QEC), led by the QEC cluster lead. The Quality in Emergency Care Committee also undertakes guidance development and safety work relating to emergency medicine. The role will also work closely with the RCEM Quality Team and Quality Manager Emily Lesnik.

Committee remit:

  1. To develop clinical standards and National Quality Improvement Project (QIP) tools for measuring and improving the quality of care delivered by the speciality of Emergency Medicine
  2. To run the national QIP programme of the College and develop reports of the individual and comparative results for participating departments
  3. To advise the NHS, NICE, DOH, CQC, the Royal Colleges and other national bodies who have an interest in the quality of care in Emergency Departments.
  4. To develop and maintain the standards and QIP section of the College website
  5. To analyse data as part of the QIP programmes.

What can you expect from us?

  • The chance to identify and improve key areas of EM (Emergency medicine) practice, with your choice of topics to be involved in each year
  • Co-authorship of at least one national report per year
  • Meet and work with EM staff with similar values from across the UK
  • Opportunities to get involved in EM study days, presentations and represent RCEM at stakeholder events
  • To work closely with the RCEM Quality Improvement Projects and data analysis to raise the overall quality of care in Emergency Medicine
  • Support and guidance in the role from the RCEM Quality Team and the QA&I 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).

What can we expect from you?

  • Passion about improving care quality at a national level
  • Work collaboratively with the committee to develop measurable standards and dashboard charts
  • Help develop and test the QIP tools and analyse data
  • Work with the committee to improve the quality of care in Emergency Departments, including writing national reports
  • Participate in 4 virtual or face-to-face meetings in London of the committee per year
  • Attend at least one full QEC meeting per year
  • At times you may be asked to attend other meetings to represent the College
  • This role will be for three years, potentially renewable for a further three years.

Person Specification

Practical experience and skills:

Essential Desirable
Practical experience and skills  
  • Demonstrable interest in Quality Assurance and Improvement
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience of data analysis
  • Computer literate: excel, word
  • Record of successful experience in quality work
  • Knowledge of developments in the emergency medicine field
  • Evidence of continuing personal development
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
  • A commitment to upholding the organisation’s values
  • Ability to motivate others to perform to deadlines by using influencing skills

How to apply: Please submit a personal statement (max 250 words) outlining why you should be a member of the Committee and CV to emily.lesnik@rcem.ac.uk by 20th May 2022. Please ensure your personal statement covers your relevant experience and how you meet the person specification.

Download a pdf of this vacancy.

See FAQs

+ Mental Health Sub-Committee (1 member) - Closes 27 May

Mental Health Sub-Committee

The College is looking to recruit a new member with experience and interest in Mental Health in Emergency Medicine to join the Mental Health Sub-Committee.

Role profile: Mental Health Sub-Committee (MH) member

Accountable to: Mental Health Sub-Committee Chair, Quality in Emergency Care Committee

Key working relationships:
As a member of the MH Sub-Committee, you will be joining and engaging with other members of the sub-committee, the MH sub-committee is a part of the Quality in Emergency Care Committee (QECC). QECC undertakes work relating to Emergency Medicine in Best Practice (guideline development), Quality Assurance & Improvement, Safer Care, Geriatrics, Public Health, and other special interest groups. The role will also work closely with the RCEM Quality Team.

Committee remit: The Sub-Committee was created in 2016 to help improve delivery of Emergency Mental Health care in Emergency Departments. The committee undertakes training, guideline development and helps shape policy on Mental Health for the college. We have a strong advocacy role, working with other colleges, the police, government and other agencies.

What can you expect from us?

  • The chance to influence EM policy and produce new guidance
  • Meet and work with EM clinicians with similar values
  • Opportunities to get involved in EM study days, presentations and represent RCEM at stakeholder events
  • To work closely with other RCEM committees and SIGs to raise the overall quality of care in Emergency medicine, this is often very useful CPD
  • 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)

What can we expect from you?

  • Attend at least two committee meetings each year (meetings are currently as follows for the next 6 months)
  • 6th July ’22 – 10:00 – 12:00 (via Zoom)
  • 12th October ’22 – 10:00 – 12:00 (via Zoom)
  • Most members attend one other external meeting e.g., PLAN (Psychiatric Liaison accreditation network), CQC, National crisis ops group, Faculty of Liaison Psychiatry
  • Be able to offer the time commitment required to pro-actively support and input into the committee’s ongoing strategy and work streams via email and at meetings
  • Offer innovative ideas and actions to further embed MH into the ED
  • Champion MH work in your own ED and professional communities through promoting and encouraging the engagement with, and delivery of, MH interventions in the ED
  • Help with RCEM member queries concerning MH issues forwarded by RCEM staff
  • Collaborate and engage with relevant faculties, institutions, and agencies, to embed MH into emergency medicine, (such as Health Education England, NICE, academic institutions)

For more information, please email Catherine Hayhurst: MHChair@rcem.ac.uk

To apply, please email Alison Ives: Alison.Ives@rcem.ac.uk with a paragraph about your experience and why you are interested in the role.
Closing Date: Friday the 27th of May 2022

Person Specification
Practical experience and skills: The role would suit a current SAS grade/consultant in EM who has a demonstrable interest in mental health issues.

How to apply: To apply for the position please send a single A4 page personal statement to alison.ives@rcem.ac.uk by Friday the 27th of May 2022. Ensure your personal statement covers your relevant experience and how you meet the person specification below. Please note that this will be a points-based recruitment based on your personal statement and no formal interview will take place.

Essential Practical experience and skills

  • Member/Fellow/nurse/trainee/ACP/SAS/Consultant grade of the College
  • Demonstrable interest in MH with appreciation of the ‘bigger picture’ when addressing patient’s health needs
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Evidence of continuing personal development

Desirable

  • Knowledge of MH developments in the field of emergency medicine
  • Involvement in MH interventions
  • Higher degree in a field relating to MH medicine
  • Computer literate: MS Excel, Word

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
  • A commitment to upholding the organisation’s values
  • Ability to motivate others to perform to deadlines by using influencing skills

Download a pdf of this vacancy.

See FAQs

+ Quality Improvement Projects: Pain in children – Closes 20 June

Pain in Children

(Honorary post)

The College is looking for new members with experience of Quality Improvement in Emergency Medicine to join the Pain in Children Quality Improvement Projects (QIPs) Team.

Accountable to: The Quality Assurance and Improvement Committee Chair and Pain in Children topic team lead.

Key working relationships: The Pain in Children (PIC) topic team is part of the RCEM Quality Assurance and Improvement Committee (QA&I). This is directed by the RCEM Quality in Emergency Care Committee (QEC), led by the cluster lead Simon Smith, which also undertakes guidance development and safety work relating to emergency medicine. The role will also work closely with other EM specialists and the RCEM Quality Team.

Topic Team remit:

  1. To develop clinical standards and National Quality Improvement Project (QIPs) tools for measuring and improving the quality of care delivered by the speciality of Emergency Medicine
  2. To produce an annual report on the performance of EM departments.
  3. To run the national QIP programme of the College and develop reports of the individual and comparative results for participating departments
  4. To advise the NHS, NICE, DOH, CQC, the Royal Colleges and other national bodies who have an interest in the quality of care in Emergency Departments.
  5. To develop and maintain the standards and QIP section of the College website

What can you expect from us?

  • The chance to identify and improve key areas of EM practice, with your choice of topics to be involved in each year
  • Co-authorship of at least one national report per year
  • Evidence of participation for your appraisal
  • Meet and work with EM staff with similar values from across the UK
  • Opportunities to get involved in EM study days, presentations and represent RCEM at stakeholder events
  • To work closely with the RCEM Quality Improvement Projects to raise the overall quality of care in Emergency Medicine
  • Support and guidance in the role from the RCEM Quality Team and the QA&I 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).

What can we expect from you?

  • To attend and contribute to monthly topic team meetings.
  • To work on report drafts, recommendations, standards and data interpretation
  • Passion about improving quality at a national level
  • Work collaboratively with the committee to develop measurable standards
  • Help develop and test the QIP tools
  • Work with the committee to improve the quality of care in Emergency Departments
  • Attend at least one full QEC meeting per year
  • At times you may be asked to attend other meetings to represent the College
  • This role will be for three years, potentially renewable for a further three years.

What time commitment is expected for this role.

One-two days per month for meetings and working on documents, including:

  • Attendance at quarterly steering group and development QA and I meetings
  • Contribution at monthly topic team meetings 2-3 hours a month (chaired by the topic team lead)
  • Contribution to standards development, report writing, testing the portal and giving feedback and recommendations on the QIP data in between meetings over email (max half day per month)

Person Specification

The role would suit a current clinician in Emergency Medicine who has a demonstrable interest in Quality Improvement, specifically pain management/paediatrics. Please send your personal statement to Alison Ives: Alison.Ives@rcem.ac.uk by Monday, 20th of June 2022.

Essential Desirable
Practical experience and skills  
·         Member of the College (all categories of membership welcome) ACP and SAS posts only.

·         For the QI or clinical audit role: current experience working in local QI or clinical audit

  • Demonstratable interest in Quality Assurance and Improvement
  • Demonstratable interest in paediatric pain management within EM
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Record of successful experience in quality work
  • Excellent knowledge of developments in the emergency medicine field
  • Evidence of continuing personal development
  • Computer literate: excel, word

 

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
  • A commitment to upholding the organisation’s values
  • Ability to motivate others to perform to deadlines by using influencing skills

 

How to apply: Please submit a CV and personal statement (max 250 words) outlining why you would like to be a member of the PIC QIP to Alison.ives@rcem.ac.uk  by the 20th of June 2022.

Ensure your personal statement covers your relevant experience and how you meet the person specification.

If you have any questions or would like an informal chat about the role, please contact Alison Ives (Quality Officer at RCEM) at Alison.ives@rcem.ac.uk

Download a pdf of this vacancy. 

See FAQs

+ Best Practice Sub-Committee (3 members) - Closes 20 June

The College is looking to appoint three new members with experience of Best Practice in Emergency Medicine to join the Best Practice Sub-Committee.

Key working relationships:
Accountable to: Best Practice Committee (BPC) Chair, Quality Care Cluster Chair, RCEM Council.

Key working relationships:
This Sub-Committee is part of the Quality Care Cluster, led by the cluster lead Simon Smith, which also undertakes guidance, development and safety work relating to emergency medicine. The role will also work closely with the RCEM Quality Team.

Role responsibilities:
Undertake the production of written national guidance as agreed with the chair of BPC, solely or in collaboration with other committee members and interested parties.  Provide advice on topics related to best practice within emergency medicine as required by chair or other areas of the Quality and Effectiveness Committee (QEC).  Provide advice on areas of emergency medicine where Best Practise advice should be developed to the benefits of member s and fellows. Attend meetings of BPC and QEC.

Committee remit:

  • The Best Practice Sub-Committee (BPC) produces guidelines where clinical evidence is sparse, but there is a perceived clinical need by members / fellows. This work is almost unique among medical royal colleges.
  • Developing standards, training and tools for members and fellows,
  • Collaborating with other professional bodies nationally,
  • To advise DoH, NICE, CQC etc on best practice for Emergency Medicine,
  • Contributing to the work of QEC committee particularly through collaboration with Audit and QI planning, Best Practice guidelines and Patient Safety,
  • Publication of resources on the RCEM website.

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 Improvement Projects to raise the overall quality of care in Emergency medicine.
  • Support and guidance in the role from the RCEM Quality Team and cluster 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).

What can we expect from you?

  • Attend BPC meetings
  • Commit to guideline development work within agreed timeframes
  • Provide reasoned expert advice on areas related to the Best Practise of Emergency Medicine
  • Represent the best interests of members and fellows of RCEM with regard the development of Best Practise of emergency medicine.
  • Pragmatic approach to guideline production particularly in those areas where evidence maybe limited, but the subject is of concern to members or fellows.

How to apply: To apply for the position please send a single A4 page personal statement to Alison Ives, Quality Officer: alison.ives@rcem.ac.uk by  20 June 2022.  Please ensure your personal statement covers your relevant experience and how you meet the person specification.  Please note that the interviews are likely to be carried out via ZOOM or telephone call.

Person Specification

Practical experience and skills: The role would suit a Member of RCEM who has a demonstrable interest in Best Practice in Emergency Medicine.

Essential Desirable
Practical experience and skills  
o   Member of the College (all categories of membership welcome)

o   Demonstrable interest in Best Practice in Emergency Medicine

o   Excellent verbal and written communication skills

o   Evidence of continuing personal development

o   Able to work within a committee structure and listen to a variety of opinions

o   Record of successful experience in quality work

o   Excellent knowledge of developments in the emergency medicine field

o   Computer literate: excel, word

Personal Qualities  
o   Attention to detail

o   Ability to prioritise and work to tight deadlines

o   Self-motivated and innovative

o   Good interpersonal skills

o   Professional manner and appearance

o   Ability to work independently as well as within a committee structure; valuing differing opinions

o   Able to accept constructive criticism

o   A commitment to upholding the organisation’s values

 

o   Ability to motivate others to perform to deadlines by using influencing skills

 

 

+ Training Standards Committee - PEMISAC Co-Chair - Closes 6 May

The PEM Intercollegiate Sub-Specialty Advisory Committee (PEMISAC) Co-Chair is responsible for developing and leading on sub-specialty training in Paediatric Emergency Medicine. They will act as the RCEM Co-Chair for the PEMISAC Committee, working in collaboration with colleagues at the College and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH).

Responsibilities:
To Co-Chair the Paediatric Emergency Medicine Intercollegiate Specialty Advisory Committee (PEMISAC) jointly with the appointed Co-Chair from RCPCH

  • To review and maintain the syllabus for sub-specialty training in Paediatric Emergency Medicine and with delegated powers from Council decide on the content and nature of the syllabus
  • To prepare syllabus changes for submission to GMC via the Curriculum Advisory Group process
  • To lead consultations on proposed syllabus changes, as required
  • To ensuring syllabus changes meet the College’s Public Sector Equality Duty
  • To respond to external requests for syllabus changes
  • To lead on PEM (EM) Recruitment, supporting the Chair of TSC and the Recruitment Sub-Committee in the development and delivery of PEM sub-specialty recruitment and training
  • To lead on the development of selection materials including interview questions as required
  • To provide advice to trainees on recruitment and flexible training
  • To attend meetings of the Training Standards Committee which meets four times a year and support the work of the TSC, providing updates and reports on PEM sub-specialty training as required
  • To deputise for the TSC PEM Lead as required
  • To provide information as required for Specialty Reports to the GMC
  • To work in partnership with the Dean and Chair of Curriculum Sub-Committee to monitor the PEM Sub-specialty Training Programme of Assessment, reporting on trends
  • To lead on development and maintenance of ePortfolio system for EM PEM sub-specialty trainees, participating in project boards as required
  • To organise and attend training workshops and CPD events as necessary
  • To respond to relevant correspondence in cooperation with the Training Manager, Associate Director of Training & International, Chair of TSC and the Dean
  • To represent the College on PEM sub-specialty syllabus matters at meetings held by national bodies e.g.: The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC), The General Medical Council (GMC), and any other appropriate national body
  • Liaising with other Royal Colleges, Faculties and Intercollegiate groups.
  • In conjunction with the Dean, TSC Chair and Associate Director of Training & International to ensure equal opportunities are respected in all matters concerning the PEM sub-specialty syllabus and programme of assessment
  • In conjunction with the Dean and Associate Director of Training & International to ensure financial and ethical governance in all matters concerning the PEM sub-specialty syllabus and programme of assessment

APPOINTMENT

  • Eligibility: Current or recent member of the PEM Intercollegiate Sub-Specialty Advisory Committee (PEMISAC)
  • Appointment is through self-nomination. Applicants are required to outline, in no more than 500 words, their suitability for the role.  Selection will be made by all other non-competing members of the PEM Intercollegiate Sub-Specialty Advisory Committee (PEMISAC) and will be based on the strength of application. Appointments are subject to the ratification of TSC.

PLACE OF WORK

Duties will be primarily conducted in London and normal place of work.  It is anticipated that much of the work will be conducted by video conference, telephone and email.

HOURS OF WORK

  • It is estimated that this post will require 1 PA per week in addition to:
  • Four PEMISAC meetings (1 day each) per year.
  • Attendance at the TSC up to four meetings (1 day each) per year.
  • Attendance at the RCPCH Head of School & CSAC chair forums – up to four meetings (1 day each) per year
  • Up to 6 days a year attending meetings re recruitment and syllabus, as required

Anyone wishing to stand for the post will need to discuss this issue with their clinical colleagues and employers.  NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts are reminded that the NHS allows such special leave as it is in the interests of the NHS.

REMUNERATION AND EXPENSES

The post is honorary.  Reasonable expenses for travel and subsistence will be payable on production of receipts and vouchers.  As with all travel on College business, Sub-Committee members will be expected to travel in accordance with the College policy.

Person Specification

REQUIREMENT ESSENTIAL DESIRABLE
Fellow of RCEM in good standing  
On the GMC Specialist Register for Emergency Medicine with a licence to practice and no limitations on practice
On the GMC Sub-Specialist Register for Paediatric Emergency Medicine or can demonstrate equivalence
Consultant Emergency Physician in a current substantive post in UK or Republic of Ireland for at least three years
Experience in an educational leadership role such as Training Programme Director or Head of School
Understanding of GMC regulatory requirements
Up to date Equality and Diversity training
IT skills (proficient in Word and Excel)
Experience of chairing committees
Experience in examining in College exams

Short applications can be submitted to training@rcem.ac.uk

Closing date – Friday 6 May 2022

+ Training Standards Committee - PEM Lead - Closes 6 May

The Training Standards Committee is looking for a PEM Lead to develop and review the EM curriculum (in particular, Specialty Learning Outcomes 1 – 6) for Paediatric Emergency Medicine competences for DRE-EM, Intermediate (ST3) and Higher Specialist Training (ST4-6). They will also support the PEMISAC Co-chair, who is their de-facto deputy.

The PEM Lead will work with the RCEM PEM Intercollegiate Sub-Specialty Advisory Committee (PEMISAC) Co-Chair, other TSC Leads, the Training Standards Committee, the Dean, Lead PG Dean for EM, Schools of Emergency Medicine and RCEM Staff.

Responsibilities:

  • To report to TSC on the delivery and quality assurance of PEM training for all EM trainees
  • To support PEM training days and trainees’ event
  • To provide ad hoc advice within a reasonable time frame (e.g. 1 week) to trainees and trainers for the College, as directed by the Associate Director of Training & International and Training Manager
  • To attend the College Paediatric Advisory Group (PAG) to represent the views of TSC and provide PEM expertise on education and training matters
  • To seek advice and support from the Curriculum Sub-Committee on the Specialty Learning Outcomes 1 – 6
  • To work closely with other RCEM paediatric leads/TPDs
  • To support the PEMISAC Co-chair on PEM Sub-specialty Syllabus and Recruitment matters, as required
  • To provide information as required for Specialty Reports to the GMC
  • To organise and attend training workshops and CPD events as necessary
  • To respond to relevant correspondence in cooperation with the Associate Director of Training & International, Chair of TSC and the Dean
  • To represent the College on PEM matters at meetings held by national bodies e.g.: The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC), The General Medical Council (GMC), and any other appropriate national body

APPOINTMENT

  • Eligibility: Heads of School/Head of Training/Training Programme Director for EM and/or PEM in a school structure or devolved Nation.
  • Appointment is through self-nomination. Applicants are required to outline, in no more than 500 words, their suitability for the role.  Selection will be made by the Chair of TSC, a College Officer and the Associate Director of Training & International (or nominated deputies) and will be based on the strength of application and, if necessary, interview.  Appointments are subject to the ratification of TSC.

PLACE OF WORK

Duties will be primarily conducted in London and normal place of work.  It is anticipated that much of the work will be conducted by video conference, telephone and email.

HOURS OF WORK

  • It is estimated that this post will require 1 PA per week in addition to:
  • Four meetings of TSC (1 day each) per year.
  • Four meetings of the Paediatric Advisory Group (PAG) – (1 day each) per year
  • Up to 6 days a year attending meetings re recruitment and curriculum, as required

Anyone wishing to stand for the post will need to discuss this issue with their clinical colleagues and employers.  NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts are reminded that the NHS allows such special leave as it is in the interests of the NHS.

REMUNERATION AND EXPENSES

The post is honorary.  Reasonable expenses for travel and subsistence will be payable on production of receipts and vouchers.  As with all travel on College business, Sub-Committee members will be expected to travel in accordance with the College policy.

Person Specification

REQUIREMENT ESSENTIAL DESIRABLE
Fellow of RCEM in good standing  
On the GMC Specialist Register for Emergency Medicine with a licence to practice and no limitations on practice
On the GMC Sub-specialist Register for Paediatric Emergency Medicine or can demonstrate equivalence
Consultant Emergency Physician in a current substantive post in UK or Republic of Ireland for at least three years
Experience in an educational leadership role such as Training Programme Director or Head of School
Understanding of GMC regulatory requirements
Up to date Equality and Diversity training
IT skills (proficient in Word and Excel)
Experience of chairing committees
Experience in examining in College exams

 

Please apply by Friday 6 May with a short application submitted to training@rcem.ac.uk.

 

+ Sustainable Working Practices Committee Member – Northern Ireland Representative - Closes 20 June

Honorary post

The College is looking for a member to join the Sustainable Working Practices Committee as a representative of Northern Ireland.

Role profile: Sustainable Working Practices Committee member – Northern Ireland representative

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 to represent Northern Ireland. 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

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

To apply, please see the full Job Description and send your personal statement to Alison Ives alison.ives@rcem.ac.uk

Closing date: Monday 20 June 2022

+ Call for Regional Vice Chair for the South West

We are recruiting a Regional Vice Chair for the South West of England!

We are looking for a Fellow who is in good standing, and currently working in a substantive consultant role in the South West, who will represent the region and in time work with the Regional Chair to establish a regional board, influence local policymakers and the media, and support our members working in the region.

This role would be suited for someone who has strong communication, interpersonal, and organisational skills and is looking to develop their career and influencing skills. In return, we will provide you with support in carrying out your duties as Vice Chair and give you a full induction into the College. You do not need to have any previous College experience in order to apply!

You can find the job description and FAQS here. The nomination form can be found here.

If you are interested in applying or have any further questions, please contact the Policy Team at policy@rcem.ac.uk

+ Best Practice Sub-Committee Chair - Closes 20 June

Honorary post

The College is looking for a new member with experience of Best Practice in Emergency Medicine to join the Best Practice Sub-Committee as a chair.

Key working relationships:

Accountable to: Simon Smith, Quality Care Cluster lead, RCEM Council.

Key working relationships: As Chair, you will be leading and inspiring the Best Practice Sub-Committee members. This Sub-Committee is part of the Quality Care Cluster, led by the cluster lead Simon Smith, which also undertakes guidance, development and safety work relating to emergency medicine. The role will also work closely with the RCEM Quality Team.

Role responsibilities:
The Chair will chair committee meetings, coordinate guidance and policy in emergency medicine, and ensure the College is appropriately represented on national bodies that relate to best practice.

Committee remit:

  • Developing standards, training and tools for members and fellows.
  • Collaborating with other professional bodies nationally.
  • To advise DoH, NICE, CQC etc on best practice for Emergency Medicine
  • Contributing to the work of QEC committee particularly through collaboration with Audit and QI planning, Best Practice guidelines and Patient Safety.
  • Publication of resources on the RCEM website.

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 Improvement Projects to raise the overall quality of care in Emergency medicine.
  • Support and guidance in the role from the RCEM Quality Team and cluster chair.
  • This is an honorary post and while no financial honorarium is offered for the post holder, the College will reimburse all post related expenses (e.g. travel to meetings).

What can we expect from you?

  • Attend and chair all best practice sub-committee meetings (two London-based plus two virtual per year).
  • Making decisions on behalf of the sub-committee and escalating any concerns to the cluster lead.
  • At times you may be required to attend other meetings to represent the College.
  • Draft an annual Committee work plan for RCEM Council.

How to apply: To apply for the position please send a single A4 page personal statement to Quality Officer: quality@rcem.ac.uk by 20 June 2022.  Please ensure your personal statement covers your relevant experience and how you meet the person specification. Please note that the interviews are likely to be carried out via ZOOM or telephone call.

Attachment of Personal Spec and FAQs:

Person Specification

Practical experience and skills: The role would suit a Member of RCEM who has a demonstrable interest in Best Practice in Emergency Medicine.

Essential Desirable
Practical experience and skills  
  • Member of the College (all categories of membership welcome)
  • Demonstrable interest in Best Practice in Emergency Medicine
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience of chairing meetings
  • Evidence of continuing personal development
  • Record of successful experience in quality work
  • Excellent knowledge of developments in the emergency medicine field
  • Computer literate: excel, word
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
  • A commitment to upholding the organisation’s values
  • Ability to motivate others to perform to deadlines by using influencing skills
+ 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:

  • A representative from the Southern Trust
  • 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

+ 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 Kelly Sarsfield at kelly.sarsfield@rcem.ac.uk or if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

+ Global EM interest

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.

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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