Life fellowships for top UK academics at international Acute Medicine Conference

Press release: strictly embargoed until 03/10/2013 00:01

Professor Sir Ian Gilmore and Professor Derek Bell will be awarded honorary Life Fellowships by the Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) at its 7th international conference in Glasgow today (Thursday 3 October).

The awards are in recognition of the enormous contribution that both have made to the development of the speciality over the past decade. Dr Chris Roseveare, SAM President said: “I am delighted to be able to present these awards to two of the most influential figures in the Society’s short history. Professors Bell and Gilmore both played pivotal roles in establishing acute medicine as an independent specialty and their support and guidance have been invaluable throughout the past decade”

Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, former President of the Royal College of Physicians and President of the British Society of Gastroenterology said: “It has been inspirational to watch acute medicine grow and come of age over the last decade as a direct response to the needs of patients. I am delighted and honoured to be recognised by the Society that has played such a major part in that success.”

Professor Derek Bell, who was inaugural President of SAM at its inception in 1999 and was the first academic chair of Acute Medicine, at Imperial College London appointed Professor of Acute Medicine said: “Acute Medicine provides a growing platform for the delivery of high quality patient care and clinical training and I am privileged to have been part of this journey and am delighted to have honoured with the Society’s Fellowship”.

The seventh international SAM conference highlights some of the key challenges which face the National Health Service, with presentations from the authors of two of the most significant documents over the past year. Robert Francis QC, chair of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry and Professor Tim Evans, principle author of the Royal College of Physicians’ Future Hospital Commission will both address the meeting, illustrating the important role which acute medicine and acute physicians have to play in implementation of their recommendations.

Dr Chris Roseveare will be succeeded as SAM President by Dr Alistair Douglas, consultant in Acute Medicine at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee at today’s Annual General Meeting.

Dr Alistair Douglas, consultant in acute medicine at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, who succeeds Dr Roseveare as SAM President at today’s Annual General Meeting said: “I look forward to working with talented, dedicated hard-working colleagues within SAM Council and the greater membership to continue to highlight the need to prioritise quality care for patients who are hospitalised with urgent need for acute medical care. There are many current and future challenges in a shifting NHS but it is a privilege to be part of an organisation committed to giving a voice to often unheard patients and staff.”


Notes to the editors:

  • Acute medicine (also known as acute internal medicine) is the specialty which deals with the immediate and early treatment of adult patients with a variety of medical conditions who present in hospital as emergencies.
  • The Society for Acute Medicine is the national representative body for the speciality of acute medicine and represents around a thousand members.
  • Dr Roseveare has been an acute medical consultant in a large teaching hospital since 1999.
  • Dr Alistair Douglas is a consultant in acute medicine and nephrology at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School in Dundee.
  • Acute medicine was recognised as an independent specialty in 2001.
  • A conference press pack can be downloaded here.
  • The Society for Acute Medicine conferences are organised by Eventage Ltd.

Claire Charras
Communications and Marketing Executive
Society for Acute Medicine
07 985 49 49 65

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