BSUH Emergency Department recognised by prestigious award

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust has received another prestigious national award after being recognised as the ‘Emergency Medicine Training Department of the Year’ by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.

The Royal College announced the award earlier this month, recognising the Trust’s in-depth training and mentoring programme for junior doctors and medical students. Earlier this year, the Health Service Journal also acknowledged excellence in the Emergency Department (ED) with national awards bestowed upon them for halving patient waiting times and for improving patient safety by using prompt cards to support clinicians delivering emergency care.

ED consultants Dr Evan Coughlan and Dr Salwa Malik accepted the latest award on behalf of the Trust. Dr Coughlan said:

“This award recognises the huge investment of time and energy that the Emergency Department makes to help educate our medical students, junior doctors and nursing staff.

“We provide round-the-clock supervision and support for our trainees. Education, including one-to-one consultant teaching, is aimed specifically at trainees and tailored to their needs at all levels. We have also introduced multiple educational opportunities to allow our trainees to maximise their access to learning.

“Our view is that highly skilled doctors, who benefit from the best continuing professional development, provide the best possible care for the patients who come into the department. I think that we can all be proud of this latest award and celebrate the achievements it represents.”

Philip Rankin is a Clinical Fellow in Emergency Medicine and has worked at BSUH for the last four years and in the Emergency Department since 2016. Dr Rankin said:

“Our Trust is famous for the way that the Emergency Department makes continuing education a priority. Many junior doctors come here to benefit from opportunities that they can’t find elsewhere.

“Time is protected each week for study and education, and there are lots of brilliant study days open to all staff which allow every professions in the Emergency Department to learn together. Our innovative, award-winning, single clerking initiative and Acute Floor model brings doctors in emergency medicine and other specialties much closer together, improving the sharing of skills and knowledge.

“We are also supported to develop quality improvement projects which enhance clinical education, and have several education fellows who provide superb, shop-floor teaching sessions, benefiting the care of our patients and the experience of our colleagues.”

The Emergency Department team also frequently host doctors from Europe and China, and a number of the award-winning educational initiatives developed at the Trust are now being used by emergency medical professionals around the world.

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