Response to NHS England High quality care for all, now and for future generations report.

For immediate release: 17/06/2013

The Society for Acute Medicine welcomes the publication of NHS England’s new report addressing emerging principles from the urgent and emergency care review.

These principles are in line with SAM’s commitment to seven day working for consultants in acute medical units; early recognition and implementation of National Early Warning Scores across the UK as well as our commitment to the collaboration of emergency and acute care to develop ambulatory and admission pathways which ensure safe and effective high quality care for patients arriving in hospital in an emergency as highlighted in our response to the CEM report in May 2013.

The recent challenges in urgent and emergency care highlighted in the press accentuate the pressing need to review the system as a whole. The Society for Acute Medicine believes this consultation is a step towards this which calls for seven day working in acute medical settings, a strong multi-disciplinary team and the importance of onsite acute medical units in hospitals with A&E departments.

Dr Chris Roseveare, SAM President said: “This is a step in the right direction. It is vital to stress to the important and value of AMU in reducing crowing in emergency departments. As highlighted in the Royal College of Physicians Acute Care Toolkit 6 and previous SAM research, getting the right patient in the right bed the first patient significantly relieves the emergency department and ensure high quality care for patients. The Society for Acute Medicine is urging its members to take part in this engagement period.”

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.


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

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