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Acute News Spring 2014

Acute News Spring 2014 edition is here! Acute News brings you the most up-to-date SAM and acute medicine news. This Spring 2014 edition includes an excellent editorial by Dr Alistair Douglas, SAM President; a big announcement for Acute Medicine Awareness Week 2014; our Research Committee updates and more. *NEW* View a FlipBook version of the newsletter here. […]

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SAMBA’14 – Save the date!

SAMBA 2014 A big thank you again to those who contributed to SAMBA ‘13, the Society for Acute Medicine’s Benchmarking Audit. The audit has been a real success in that it attracted 43 units, data from over 1400 patients and contributions from nearly 100 Acute Physicians from all over the UK. You have probably seen the first […]

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Trainee Newsletters 2010

Starting with the 2010 editions, we have uploaded our trainee newsletters for your reference. Should you wish to see older newsletters please contact one of the trainee representatives but much of the information in the older newsletters has subsequently been superseded. The newsletters can be found in the Trainee Newsletters section of our document library.

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In the news this week…31st of March till 6th of April 2014

Headlines… Charge patients ‘£10 a month for using NHS’, study suggests. (The Telegraph, 31.03.2014) NHS facing biggest ever challenge, says new boss. (BBC, 01.04.2014) NHS Alliance says winter pressures are ‘a myth’. (OnMedica, 02.04.2014) SAM comment on RCPL 2012 Census of Consultant Physicians in the UK. (Society for Acute Medicine, 03.04.2014) Hospital watchdog finds ‘huge […]

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Society for Acute Medicine comment on King’s Fund, ‘Making our health and care systems fit for an ageing population’ paper

Press Release – Strictly under embargo until Thursday 6th March 2014, 00.01 Commenting on the King’s Fund, ‘Making our health and care systems fit for an ageing population’ paper, published today (Thursday 6 March) Dr Mark Holland,Vice-President of the Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) said: “As a geriatrician working in an Acute Medical Unit (AMU), […]

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“Let’s not overlook what acute internal medicine has achieved” says SAM President

For immediate release The Society for Acute Medicine comment on secretary of state’s speech “treating people as patients” Commenting on Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State’s speech “Treating people as patients” made yesterday (23 January 2014) at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, Dr Alistair Douglas, Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) President said: “We welcome the address […]

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Response to CEM report: Drive for Quality

Wednesday 15th of May 2013 The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) supports the call for fundamental changes to be made to our urgent care systems to enable hospitals to meet the challenges identified in the College of  Emergency Medicine’s new report : The drive for quality – How to achieve safe, sustainable care in our […]

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In the news this week…24th of March till 30th of March 2014

Headlines… Changes to hospital designs could reduce NHS costs. (The Scotsman, 24.03.2014) Emerging leaders: learning together to deliver future health care. (The King’s Fund, 25.03.2014) NHS urged to halve serious mistakes and save 6,000 lives. (BBC, 26.03.2014) Doctors often ignore NHS data on patient experience. (OnMedica, 27.03.2014) NHS England published new data on the progress […]

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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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