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Speciality: Emergency Medicine

Programme Description
GMC Reference: SES/402

GMC Reference: SES/402

Emergency Medicine specialty training is a six year run throughout programme. The first two years are spent working for six month in each of the four ACCS specialties - Emergency Medicine, Acute Medicine, Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthetics. Following this the remaining years of training are spent working in either Emergency Medicine or Paediatric Emergency Medicine. 

Trainees may rotate through any of the hospitals in Lothian and Fife with a balance for each being struck between central and peripheral attachments. They are all within a one hour drive of each other.

Trainees in all ACCS training posts have a parent specialty. Recruitment is organised by this parent specialty and it is not possible to change specialty part way through the training programme. To change specialty trainees would need to apply through national recruitment to the new specialty.

A new curriculum for Emergency Medicine will be introduced in August 2021

Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

Trainees are encouraged to take a role in audit, research and quality improvement. 

There is an active emergency medicine research group, EMERGE which operates within the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. In 2019, this research group recruited more patients to clinical trials than any other department in the UK. Trainees are actively involved with the national trainee research group, TERN and can apply to become an EMERGE registrar. A number of trainees are or have recently completed higher research degrees, MSc, MD or PhD.

All departments have staff dedicated to Quality Improvement and trainees are expected to get involved in either their own or existing projects at an early stage of their training. All trainees need to compete and submit a Quality Improvement Project in higher training to gain their FRCEM qualification.

Through the course of the Emergency Medicine program trainees are expected to take on increasing management responsibilities both in the workplace but also in non clinical areas. All trainees need to complete a management portfolio in higher training. Opportunities exist within the region to attend formal management courses. Trainees are encouraged to apply to Chief Registrar roles with both NHS Lothian and Fife.


Where is the training delivered?
Training is delivered across:

Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline, Royal Hospital for Children and Young People, 50 Little France Crescent, Edinburgh, EH16 4SF, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, St Johns Hospital, Livingston, Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh

South East of Scotland –placements in Edinburgh, Livingston and Dunfermline:
Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (RIE), Emergency Department, Edinburgh
St Johns Hospital, Emergency Department, Livingston
Queen Margaret Hospital (QMH), Emergency Department, Dunfermline
Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC), Emergency Department, Edinburgh
Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Medicine, EM & Anaesthetics.
RIE, Medicine, Edinburgh
St Johns, Medicine, Livingston
Western General Hospital (WGH), Medicine, Edinburgh
QMH, Medicine, Dunfermline
RIE, Anaesthesia & ICU, Edinburgh
WGH, Anaesthesia & ICU, Edinburgh
St Johns, Anaesthesia & ICU, Livingston
QMH, Anaesthesia & ICU, Dunfermline

Contacts and Useful Links
Programme Type Deanery based or National: Deanery
Administration office South-East of Scotland
Lead Dean / Director Professor Adam Hill
Responsible Associate Postgraduate Dean or Assistant Director (GP) Mr Alastair Murray
Specialty or Sub-specialty Specialty or Sub-specialty: Specialty
Date of GMC recent approval August 2010
Associated Royal College - Faculty
Royal College of Emergercy Medicine (web site)
Curriculum and Associated Assessment System
Programme Administrator: Named Programme Administrator: Nicole Smith
Address: NHS Education for Scotland Glasgow, G3 8BW
Programme Director Programme Director Name: Dr Graeme McAlpine
Address: Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
Quality of Training Quality Management

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