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Mid Staffordshire Public Inquiry

Following the Public Enquiry into the events at Mid-Staffs hospital between 2005-2009, Robert Francis QC launched his full report and recommendations today at 11.30. Many of these recommendations have a direct relevance for members of the Society for Acute Medicine and others working in Acute Medical Units. We urge all of our members to read […]

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SAM Response to NHS Services, Seven Days a Week Forum

Sunday 15th of December For immediate release The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) welcomes the recognition of the importance of a consultant-led seven day service in hospitals as outlined in the NHS Services, Seven Day a Week Forum initial findings summary. SAM has always been a firm advocate of providing a seven-day service in acute […]

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Wards rounds in medicine: Principles for best practices

The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) supports the joint statement from the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Nursing calling for ward rounds to be made the cornerstone of patient care. SAM President, Dr Chris Roseveare said: “Communication is crucial in providing safe, high quality care for patients admitted to hospital in an emergency. […]

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In the news this week…17th of March till 23rd of March 2014

Headlines… Thousands of NHS staff rehired after being made redundant, ministers admit. (The Guardian, 17.03.2014) Thousands of hospital patients being moved at night. (The Telegraph, 18.03.2014) Death is ‘core business’ of Scottish hospitals, university study finds. (BBC, 19.03.2014) NHS complaints system far too complex, says watchdog. (OnMedica, 20.03.2014) Patients referred for ‘needless’ operations. (The Scotsman, […]

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Inaugural President of the Society for Acute Medicine is elected as President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

For immediate release 29th of November 2013 The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) warmly congratulates Professor Derek Bell as the incoming President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE). Professor Bell was the founding President of SAM in 2000, and was a key figure in the development of the speciality over the past decade.  […]

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National Early Warning Score

The Society for Acute Medicine strongly supports the implementation of the National Early Warning Score (NEWS) in all hospitals across the UK.  We believe that this will provide a major step forward in improving the quality and safety for patients admitted to hospital in an emergency and for those whose condition deteriorates during their hospital […]

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In the news this week…10th of March till 16th of March 2014

In the news this week…10th of March till 16th of March 2014

Headlines… Health managers call for an end to ‘sticking plaster solutions’. (OnMedica, 10.03.2014) ‘Worrying shortage of senior NHS nurses’. (BBC, 11.03.2014) Scottish Government ‘to take on tobacco firms’. (The Scotsman, 12.03.2014) A 1% pay rise – but not for staff on progression pay. (National Health Executive, 13.03.2014) ‘Early access’ drugs scheme launched for severely ill. […]

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SAM Response to NCEPOD Report

Strictly embargoed until Friday 22 November 2013 00.01 The Society for Acute Medicine response to NCEPOD report “Managing the flow? A report on aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage” The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) welcomes the report concerning aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage (aSAH) (link) published by NCEPOD today (22 November 2013) which recommends: Formal networks of care should […]

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SAM Response to NCEPOD Report: 'Time to Intervene?'

This highly important report has highlighted deficiencies in the care of a group of patients whose condition deteriorated after their arrival in hospital. The reviewers noted that the patient’s initial assessment was deficient in almost half of cases, with specific reference to the failure to involve more senior doctors in the management of this vulnerable […]

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Health and Social Care Bill

This statement has been produced to explain the position of the Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) in relation the Health and Social Care Bill. The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) does not support the Health and Social Care Bill; this position reflects the views of 94 per cent of respondents to a recent survey of our […]

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In the news this week…3rd of March till 9th of March 2014

In the news this week…3rd of March till 9th of March 2014

Headlines… Thousands pledge to ‘do something different’ for NHS. (BBC, 03.03.2014) Health service is ‘unsustainable’, NHS director warns. (The Telegraph, 04.03.2014) Consultants’ experience needs to be better recognised. (OnMedica, 05.03.2014) Ageing society means ‘fundamental shift’ in healthcare delivery. (National Health Executive, 06.03.2014) Patients should be told when mistakes are made, senior doctors say. (The Guardian, […]

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Seven Day Working for Consultants in the Acute Medical Unit

Introduction This statement has been produced by the Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) to explain why we believe that consultant-led care must be consistently delivered in all acute medical units (AMUs) in the UK, 7 days per week. Background The speciality of Acute Medicine was developed over the past decade to ensure that patients receive […]

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In the news this week…24th of February till 2nd of March 2014

In the news this week…24th of February till 2nd of March 2014

Headlines… NHS records ‘sold to insurers’. (HSJ, 24.02.2014) Outgoing President’s, Dr Neil Dewhurst, Statement on the NHS. (RCPE, 25.02.2014) Stafford Hospital: Health Secretary Hunt agrees to dissolve trust. (BBC, 26.02.2014) Stethoscopes ‘more contaminated’ than doctors’ hands. (ITV, 27.02.2014) Patients need to have control over their own information if care.data is to work. (Guardian Professional, 28.02.2014)

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“Acute medicine consultants are central to the delivery of seven-day consultant-led care.”

Strictly embargoed until Monday 18 November 00.01 SAM response to the AoMRC “Seven Day Consultant Present Care: Implementation Considerations” report: “Acute medicine consultants are central to the delivery of seven-day consultant-led care.” The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) welcomes today’s (Monday 18 Nov) publication of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges’ (AoMRC) report which describes […]

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Interface between acute medicine and critical care

After wide consultation, and as used in JRCPTB documentation the agreed definition of Acute Medicine ‘is that part of general (internal) medicine concerned with the immediate and early specialist management of adult patients suffering from a wide range of medical conditions who present to, or from within hospitals requiring urgent or emergency care’. The acute […]

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In the news this week…17th of February until 23rd of February 2014

Headlines… New chief urges rethink on workload of junior doctors. (The Herald, 17.02.2014) Paracetamol given reprieve in NICE arthritis guidance. (Nursing Times, 18.02.2014) Scotland bucks UK drink-related death trend. (BBC, 19.02.2014) Combating the dual burden: therapeutic targeting of common pathways in obesity and type 2 diabetes. (The Lancet, 20.02.2014) Patient data fears ‘scaremongering’. (OnMedica, 21.02.2014) […]

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SAM Response to CEM Report

Strictly embargoed until Tuesday 8 October 00:01 The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) response to the College of Emergency Medicine (CEM) survey results on emergency department workforce. The College of Emergency Medicine (CEM) publishes today (Tuesday 8 October) the results of their survey looking into emergency department workforce in the UK. Responding to the report, […]

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Relationship between AIM and EM

The specialties of Acute Internal Medicine (AIM) and Emergency Medicine work closely together in providing care to patients with acute medical presentations. The doctors trained in these two specialties have clearly defined and specific competencies which although complementary are not interchangeable. The Colleges believe that doctors should only practise in the areas in which they […]

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