School of Emergency Medicine

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Welcome to the School of Emergency Medicine.

Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine is an exciting and highly dynamic specialty which has grown rapidly over the past 40 years with consultants and trainees at the fore front and working together hand in hand with all the other specialties in hospitals. We work in fast moving, multidisciplinary teams that aim to deliver the highest standards of care to patients and as such have both the breadth of clinical skills and excellent non-technical human factors that are the foundations of modern medical practice.

 KSS School of Emergency Medicine

The KSS School of Emergency Medicine consists of the Head, Training Programme Directors (ACCS and Highers), Specialty Tutors, Educational and Clinical Supervisors, Training Managers, Administration Manager and all of the School’s trainees. HEE in collaboration with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine manage the School. The Head of School is managerially responsible to the Postgraduate Dean and professionally responsible to the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM). The Head is also the Chair of the ACCS and Higher Training committee and a member of the Training Standards Committee of the RCEM.

EM Training in Kent, Surrey and Sussex

We are committed to providing a high quality of training in many acute trusts across Kent, Surrey and Sussex and also dedicated to improving recruitment to training posts and retention by making the rotations more attractive and coherent.

Until 2014, the only route into emergency medicine training was through the Acute Care Common Stem (ACCS) – which gives training in emergency medicine, acute medicine, Anaesthetics and intensive care medicine. This leads to further training in any of the parent specialties – although trainees have to declare their intended future specialty at recruitment. Since 2014 all trainees appointed to ACCS with intention to progress in emergency medicine are offered either a run-through programme in emergency medicine – without the need to undergo further recruitment – or just a core programme.

Since 2014, it is also possible to transfer to emergency medicine training under the DRE-EM (Defined Route of Entry into Emergency Medicine) programme. This is particularly applicable to trainees who have completed core surgical training or have extensive experience in any of the ACCS specialties.

In addition to trust-based teaching sessions, there are regular School-wide regional training days. Trainees are supervised by an educational supervisor and EM college tutor who meets regularly with the head of school, fellow tutors and trainee representatives to be updated on the latest developments in training to ensure that high quality training occurs in every trust.

We are changing the configuration of both core and higher elements of the emergency medicine training programme to make them more geographically coherent, more attractive and family-friendly. At present all higher training programmes rotate through the teaching hospital and major trauma centre experience in Brighton.

Along with local departmental teaching there are regional training programmes for each of the different levels – ACCS, ST3/DRE-EM, ST4-6 – reflecting the relevant curricula. Each of these programmes also includes an annual research and quality improvement presentation day for trainees to showcase any extra academic work. Mock exams are regularly held for both MRCEM and FRCEM. We also run a Level 1 Ultrasound finishing school for those needing sign-off.

A flexible approach is provided to our trainees with regular approval for Out Of Programme activities both within the UK and overseas. There is also a strong emphasis on education and leadership with trainees being encouraged to undertake PG certificate or a diploma in medical education.

As a school we are committed to ensuring our local hospitals provide adequate training and supervision. You can feedback to us via a number of ways, including the trainee representatives, your clinical and education supervisors, via the relevant TPD. You are also required to complete a yearly trainee survey from the GMC which we can monitor the progress of our hospitals you are placed in.

Contacts for RCEM:

Contacts for training enquiries at the Royal College of Emergency Medicine are:

David Greening (Training Manager) –

Oonah Newbury (Training Supervisor) –

Rachel Boothby (for trainees with surnames beginning A to L) –

Zoe Rodkoff (for trainees with surnames beginning M to Z) –

Head of EM School, Dr Nandita Parmar –

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