SAM commissioned the performance survey with the aim of finding out how the members thought they were doing and to identify areas where they could improve.
The majority of members – 61.2 per cent – indicated that they were fairly satisfied with what the Society provides, while a further 27 per cent said they were very satisfied. They are also happy with SAM’s performance in the areas of education and training, networking and internal communication, over 80 per cent of members rated the current service as fair or good (with the majority picking good).
Areas such as research and external communication were flagged as needing improvement and already the Society has begun work to address this need. SAM’s new Communications and Marketing Executive is working with the Council to raise the profile of the Society and, more importantly, the issues it believes affect patient care (see results here). The Council is also developing plans to raise the money needed to fund bigger and better research.
It’s clear that members would like to see SAM involved in health campaigns, over 50 per cent said they were very or extremely keen while a further 32 per cent were moderately keen. Suggested topics included raising awareness of conditions such as sepsis, stroke, meningitis or campaigning about alcohol or smoking related diseases. The Society is looking into possible campaigns to support, and if members have any specific suggestions please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Acute Medicine Awareness Week is currently in the embryonic stages; however, again, any ideas here would be welcomed.