Response to NCEPOD Measuring the units report


The Society for Acute Medicine: Response to NCEPOD Measuring the Units report

This report highlights the growing problem of alcohol-related illness which will be well recognised by all staff working on acute medical units (AMUs).

Dr Chris Roseveare, President of the Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) said: ‘We are delighted that NCEPOD has emphasised the importance of a multi-professional approach to the management of this complex group of patients; along with early involvement of skilled, senior clinicians this is a key principle of acute medicine, and  is emphasised in our AMU quality standards document . It is vital that all staff working in the acute medical unit are provided with the skills and resources to recognise and treat patients with alcohol-related illness’.

The commitment of SAM to this issue has been reflected in the programme for the autumn international acute medicine conference in Glasgow which features a symposium devoted entirely to the challenges of alcohol on the AMU. The session, which will be chaired by Sir Ian Gilmore, will include talks from local experts Dr Ewan Forrest and Dr Adrian Stanley on alcohol withdrawal and alcoholic liver disease.


Note to 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 specialty of acute medicine and represents around a thousand members
  • Copies of Measuring the Units can be downloaded from the NCEPOD website as a PDF from 14 June 2013, or ring NCEPOD on 020 7251 906



Claire Charras
Communications and Marketing Executive
Society for Acute Medicine
Thursday 13 June: 07 985 49 49 65
Friday 14 June: 0131 247 3696   (Emilia Sosnowska)




Share this article: