Position Statements

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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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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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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SAM response to the Shape of Training report

Official response by Dr Alistair Douglas & Dr Mark Holland to Shape of Training report dating January 2014 is available here (PDF). The Society for Acute Medicine welcomes the Shape of Training report and supports the underlying principles of: The move towards generalism recognizing that acute medicine has many specialists who focus on the generality of acute medical […]

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