Chris was one of the first UK consultants to be appointed in the field of Acute Medicine at Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust in 1999. He was part of the group which led to the inception of SAM and was Treasurer up until 2007. Other roles include Training Programme Director for Acute Medicine in Wessex and Editor of the Acute Medicine Journal. He is married with two children and enjoys the occasional round of golf, as well as being a solid middle-order batsman for a local cricket team, when the English weather permits.
Alistair trained in Belfast and Edinburgh before being appointed as Physician and Nephrologist in Glan Clwyd Hospital in 1999. He developed an AMU there and in 2004 was Chair of the RCP Working Party Report on Acute Medicine. He is now Consultant in Acute Medicine and Nephrology at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School Dundee and is TPD for Acute Medicine and Clinical Governance Lead for Medicine. He has led the website redesign for SAM and works on the SCE Question Writing Group and Exam Board. He enjoys cycling, tennis, golf and weekends with his children Georgia and Alexander.
Immediate Past President
Philip was appointed as a Diabetologist and Endocrinologist with a special interest in Acute Medicine in 2001 at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust. He joined the Society soon after his appointment. Stimulated by the SAM meetings which provide a combination of interesting programmes and the ability to network with like-minded colleagues he decided to take an active part in the Society. He was initially elected to the executive committee as a non-executive member in 2003, and then became the Secretary in 2005 and Vice President in 2007 and thus President in 2009.
After qualifying in 1988 Mark was pretty sure he wanted to be a hospital physician. He undertook a variety of hospital SHO and Registrar jobs before choosing a Senior Registrar rotation in Geriatric Medicine in the East End of London. In 1999 he was appointed as a Consultant Geriatrician in his current Trust. He established a Falls Clinic and developed an interest in medical education, obtaining a Master’s in Medical and Dental Education (with Distinction) in 2004.
Deepak Bhatia has been consultant at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby since January 2012. In 2001, he was appointed as Consultant Physician in Acute Medicine at Hull Royal Infirmary. Between 2002 and 2007 he worked as Clinical Director in Acute Medicine at Hull Royal Infirmary. He is also chairman of SCE Examination Board and a member of the STC for the Yorkshire and Humber Deanery. Other than acute medicine he has a specialty interest in Gastroenterology. When not at work Deepak enjoys his time with Ragini, the two boys, cricket and tennis.
Chair Education and Training Committee
Mike Jones was appointed as Consultant Nephrologist in Dundee in 1992. Career progression included appointments as Deputy Medical Director, e-health Director and Consultant Acute Physician in NHS Tayside. In 2006 he undertook a new challenge, being appointed as a Consultant Acute Physician in NHS Lothian, based in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. He is a founder member and Past President of the Society, Vice President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, RCP representative on the Intercollegiate Acute Care Common Stem Training board and National Clinical Lead for the ACUMEN e learning project in Acute Medicine. Mike has a major interest in promoting better patient care through the development of Acute Medicine and postgraduate medical training.
Chair Research Committee
Louella Vaughan and Mike Jones (see above for profile)
Louella Vaughan is an active researcher in acute medicine. Previously Senior Lecturer in Acute Medicine with Imperial College London, her interests include the use of novel techniques for the risk stratification of the acutely unwell patient, medication safety and service improvement. She sits on the Society’s Research Committee and is the National Clinical Lead for the Hospital at Night e-learning for Health project.Louella is a consultant physician and honorary senior lecturer at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. She was appointment Chair of the Research Committee for the Society for Acute Medicine in October 2012.
Chair Communications Committee
Liz is a Consultant Nurse in Acute Medicine and has 21 years registered nursing experience, with 14 years spent in acute medicine. Liz is a Nurse Representative on the Society for Acute Medicine Council and the sole Editor of two multi-professional books and author of a toolkit in collaboration with the Department of Health. During 2010, she took up a part-time complimentary role as Post Graduate Clinical Dean working closely between the Heart of England NHS Trust Education Faculty and several universities. Throughout her career, Liz has spent time gaining experience in Intermediate Care the USA and on secondment to the Strategic Health Authority, gaining expertise in service development. Liz has recently travelled to Australia and Singapore to present her discharge planning research and during June 2012 her latest book, ’Timely Discharge from Hospital’ was published. Liz describes her passion as leading nursing practice with a particular emphasis upon developing nursing evidence through research. Two recent publications can be located on the SAM website; Coordinator role in acute medicine and AMU workforce planning toolkit.
Helen Pickard has a Masters degree in Advanced Practice and extensive experience in acute medicine nursing having worked within the speciality in various units across the country since its inception. She brings expertise in advanced nurse practitioner roles and advanced assessment skills. Helen has been working in an advanced practice role in acute medicine for eight years and is very keen to promote the development of new roles to promote effective teamwork and ensure safe and expedient care for patients within acute medicine.
James has specialised and worked as a pharmacist in acute medicine for nearly 8 years. Over that time he has developed and lead a 5 strong admissions pharmacy team with an expanding skill mix. Regionally he is involved in teaching on a range of topics for the College of Pharmacy Practice and Education (CPPE) and has taught on UK Clinical Pharmacy Association (UKCPA) emergency care study days. With his dual commitment to his emergency department he has also written articles on the strategic availability of antidotes and the emergency treatment of hyperkalaemia. James' key aims within SAM are to expand the pharmacy involvement in the society and to formalise the acute care as a specialist pharmacy role for the future.
Allied Health Professional Representative
Rachel Wicks studied as a Physiotherapist at Coventry University before working for Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Teaching Trust. From 2002 to 2011 she worked in South East London including as the physiotherapy team lead for acute medicine and rehabilitation at South London Healthcare NHS Trust. Since 2011 Rachel has worked for Barts Health NHS Trust where she manages the acute medicine service.
Medical Non-trainee Representative
Dr Trepte is an experienced acute physician. She has published on improved outcomes for patients when there is an increased consultant presence on the acute medical unit. Nicola Trepte was appointed as a consultant geriatrician in 2000 at Ipswich Hospital (having originally qualified as a GP in 1993) and in 2004 set up the new Acute Medicine Service single-handily for over a year. She was still able to publish the first data that showed the value of putting a consultant at the front door. Her AMU team now has 10 consultants and trainees and Nicky is Clinical Lead and co-chair for the Emergency Division.
Medical Non-trainee Representative
Nick Scriven has been a consultant in acute medicine at Halifax Hospital since 2001 and was appointed non-medical trainee representative on SAM’s council in April 2012. Nick was born and educated in Norwich and completed his studies at Leicester University. He then started working for the Nottingham registrar rotation for respiratory and general internal medicine. Nick is a keen Norwich City Football Club supporter and has a growing family with teenage children
Medical Trainee Representative
Kirk is an Acute Medicine trainee currently working at ST7 level in the Welsh deanery who is dually specialising with Intensive Care Medicine. He was appointed SAM trainee representative in 2011. His specialist area is echocardiography and is working towards completing his BSE accreditation. Kirk also has a keen interest in teaching and the law and is currently undertaking a Masters degree in Legal Aspects of Medical Practice.
Medical Trainee Representative
Ruth is an Acute Medicine trainee in the Yorkshire Deanery. She is studying for a Master’s degree in Leadership and Management at the University of Bradford as her Special Skill. Ruth lives with her husband and three dogs and has an active life outside of work including running, walking, cycling, and adventure racing.
Intensive Care Representative
Simon Fletcher has worked as a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for 16 years and is the Regional Advisor for Anaesthetics for Anglia as well as the chair of ACCS training committee. He is been active in SAM since inception through a close relationship with development of Acute Medicine in Norwich. He is the Clinical Director of Acute Medicine in Norwich, currently receiving considerable Trust support for expansion and development of the Acute Medicine service.