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Musgrove emergency consultant becomes College President - 04 July 2013

Musgrove emergency consultant becomes College President - 04 July 2013

Musgrove Park Hospital Consultant Dr Cliff Mann has been elected as the new President of the College of Emergency Medicine.

Emergency Medicine Consultant Dr Mann, who was previously a registrar of the College, was elected to the position by the College’s Council. He will hold the position for three years.
As president Dr Mann will be responsible for guiding the strategic direction of emergency medicine nationally, liaising with national organisations such as NHS England, the Department of Health, the General Medical Council and the Care Quality Commission to drive forward improvements in the delivery of emergency medicine.
Speaking following his election Dr Mann said: “This is a very exciting and interesting opportunity that will hopefully match the challenge we face in emergency medicine today.”
Dr Mann said he had three priorities for his presidency. To highlight the workforce crisis in emergency medicine in recruiting doctors, to look at the configuration of emergency services across the UK and to focus on the care of frail elderly and patients with mental illness.
Dr Mann said: “There is a major problem in recruiting sufficient numbers of doctors to work in emergency medicine right across the country, which is one area we need to tackle right away. Focusing on this will link to how and where we need to provide emergency care as there are so many emergency departments across the UK, we cannot realistically keep running them all in the way we currently do.
“Finally caring for the frail elderly and those with mental illness will be a priority of mine. They make up a substantial amount of the patients seen in emergency departments so we need to be getting their care right.”
Congratulating Dr Mann on his appointment, Musgrove Park Hospital Chief Executive Jo Cubbon said: “Cliff has worked tirelessly here at Musgrove to improve the emergency care we provide to our patients and I know he will take this dedication to his role as president of the College of Emergency Medicine.
“Nationally, the last year has been particularly busy for emergency departments, which have experienced a large increase in the number of patients needing emergency care and treatment. It is crucial that nationally we investigate what happened to cause this increase and to look at how we can work better across the whole health and social care community to resolve this issue. Cliff will have a challenging role in leading this for the College, but I am sure it is one he will thrive in.”
For more information on the role and work of the College of Emergency Medicine visit www.collemergencymed.ac.uk/