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President's Spring Email Update May 2012

With summer just around the corner many SAM members will no doubt be hoping for a few months of respite – however brief this may be! SAM remains busy as ever – this email is designed to update you on some of the activity which we have undertaken since our last communication in March.

Dublin Conference

The 25th SAM conference, held in Dublin on 3-4th May was attended by over 350 delegates, mainly from the UK and Ireland; the meeting opened with a plenary presentation from the Presidents of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of London and Ireland and continued with a broad range of topics over the two days. Evaluation has been extremely positive, with over 95% of delegates rating the conference as ‘excellent ‘or ‘good’. We have received a number of very helpful comments and suggestions regarding future meeting programmes which will help the conference committee in their planning. We are hoping to continue the relationship we have developed with the Irish Acute Medicine programme and hope that many of our new Irish members will join us at our future meetings. For those who were not able to come to the meeting there will be a more detailed meeting summary in the SAM Summer Newsletter, which will be out next month.

6th International Meeting, Manchester, 11th-12th October 2012

Plans are well underway for our 6th International meeting, which will be held in the Manchester Conference Centre in October. This year we are planning symposia on heart failure and ambulatory care, as well as a broad range of other topics relevant to acute physicians. We have a number of high profile International speakers on the faculty, as well as experts from across the UK. Registration and abstract submission is already open. We will have considerably more space for poster display at this venue than was available in Dublin, where we could only accommodate 64 posters out of a very large number of high quality abstract submissions. There will also be oral presentation sessions for those abstracts which are deemed to be of particularly high calibre; we would like to encourage more submissions from nurses and allied healthcare professionals, as well as from junior doctors. Booking early will enable you to take advantage of the ‘early bird special’ discounts, which will help ease the burden on the study leave budget. We have applied for 12 CPD points for the meeting, which should provide good value for money.

Acute Medicine Awareness Day 20th June 2012

A large number of AMUs have already registered their participation in this event but it would be fantastic if even more of you can get involved. Information on how to do this can be found on the website, or you can contact our communications officer, Claire Charras, by email at This is a great opportunity to raise the profile of your Unit within your own hospital, and to raise some money for your Unit’s charitable fund. We are hoping to improve public awareness of the benefits which an AMU can provide, by highlighting some of the excellent work being done by AMUs across the UK. If you have not yet nominated your Awareness Day ‘champion’ please discuss this with your teams and register your unit by completing, and returning the forms available on the website. We will send you an information pack and some merchandise to help you to run your events on the day.

SAM Outstanding Achievement Award

At this year’s Spring conference we announced the launch of this award which is aimed at nurses, allied healthcare professionals and doctors in training. The award is for the individual who has undertaken a project which has made a major contribution to the development or practice of acute medicine. Details of how to enter are on the website and our intention is to present the first of these awards at the autumn conference.

‘A Day in the Life of AMU’

For those of you who have not yet responded, a reminder that the SAM research and audit group would like to invite all AMUs to take part in this national Acute Medicine audit project

Please clink on this link for more details:

New Faces on SAM Council

We are sorry to lose Alice Miller from SAM council following her excellent 2 year term as Trainee Representative. Alice is one of a growing number of Acute Medicine trainees who has been appointed to a consultant position this year, and we wish her well. Her replacement, Kirk Freeman joins Amy Daniels as the other SAM trainee representative. Kirk and Amy’s contact details can be found on the SAM website. Also joining us is Nick Scriven, Acute Medicine consultant from Calderdale Hospital, who joins Council after being elected, unopposed, to the role of Medical Non-Trainee Representative. James Allen was re-elected to his role as Pharmacy representative.

Claire Charras is providing maternity leave cover for our Press and Communications Officer, Sarah Hunter-Argyle, who we are hoping to see again in the autumn.

Following discussions at the recent Council meeting we would like to appoint a website lead who would develop and chair the website subcommittee and report directly to SAM council. Further details of this position can be found on the website and expressions of interest should be made to Mark Holland, SAM Secretary, by the end of June.

Use of Social Media by SAM

Many of you have already started ‘following’ SAM on Twitter and ‘liking’ us on Facebook. With the help of our Communications team we are dragging ourselves into the 21st Century by using these social media sites to keep members updated with relevant news. I am slowly learning that this is a fantastic way of disseminating information widely and the more of you who get involved, the wider we can spread awareness of acute medicine. For those of you who are familiar with Twitter, we are @acutemedicine, and you can follow ‘hashtags’ #SAM, #Acuteaware, and #SAMManchester to keep updated.

News from the Royal Colleges

SAM is well represented at the Royal College of Physicians of London (RCPL) and our former President and Education Subcommittee chair Mike Jones is the Vice President of the Edinburgh College. I have been attending the RCPL council and Acute Medical Care committee, on behalf of SAM, and have been able to contribute to recent discussions in relation to ‘Generalism’ in hospital medicine. The RCPL has established a commission ‘The hospital of the future’ to examine this and other issues, and SAM will be participating in a number of their work streams. The commission is due to produce its final report in Spring 2013, and I will keep you updated with progress. In my view, general medicine is a core component of the work of an acute physician; dual accreditation with AIM and GIM will provide the acute physicians of the future with the necessary training and experience to provide immediate and on-going care for ‘general medical’ patients admitted to hospital as emergencies.

Quality indicators and Standards

A number of AMUs have already started gathering and submitting data relating to the quality indicators which are published on the SAM website. Following discussions at the SAM Dublin meeting we have made some minor changes to the wording around this issue, although the key indicators remain the same.

Our full Quality Standards document, developed in conjunction with the West Midlands Quality Review Group, is nearing completion. We hope to be able to launch this on Acute Medicine Awareness day, June 20th 2012, and will be working with the department of Health to ensure that this is incorporated into commissioning guidelines which will be produced in the autumn.

7 Day Working

SAM is producing a toolkit with the RCPL on how 7 day working can be delivered in an AMU. Some of the details around implementation were discussed at the meeting in Dublin and sparked considerable debate, emphasising the variations in models of working across the UK. It is clear that many Units are already making great strides towards the goal of a 7 day 12 hours presence in the AMU; continued engagement of dually accredited GIM / specialist physicians in the acute medical take is going to be vital in order to achieve sustainable 7 day rotas in all hospitals. The toolkit should be published later in the summer. Along with Mike Jones, I will also be representing acute physicians on the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges’ commission on 7 day working, due to hold its first meeting shortly, which will be reporting directly to the Department of Health.

NICE Guidelines

The draft Headache guideline is out for consultation and as a NICE Stakeholder organisation we have an opportunity to contribute to this; the guideline can be accessed by the following link:

If you would like to contribute / comment on this please use the comments proforma available at the following link: and return this to us at so we can collate responses.

Responses need to be received by NICE by 7th June so please return your comments to us by the end of May.

Other Meetings

I would like to highlight two meetings being organised by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh which may be of interest to SAM members:

The ACUTE KIDNEY INJURY: UK Consensus Conference, will be held on 16-17 November at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh; abstracts for poster presentation are invited – deadline 31 August 2012. For further details contact Margaret Farquhar, or visit the website:

The RCPE is also hosting a one-day gastroenterology symposium on 2nd November; further information from Christine Berwick, or via the website:

Acute Medicine Journal

The next edition of Acute Medicine will be coming out in June. If you have recently changed address please contact the SAM administrator, Monika Smekot at to ensure that we have the correct details for you.

Chris Roseveare

President , SAM – 21/05/2012


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