Recent changes to RCEM membership structure and categories
From 2018 changes to the RCEM membership structure came into place affecting:
- Physician Associates (PAs), nurses and other registered healthcare professionals
- Senior doctors without MRCEM or FRCEM examination.
These changes were designed to improve the inclusivity of RCEM, reflect the makeup and team-based nature of the speciality, and also to further strengthen the College's brand and position as the representative body for Emergency Medicine in the UK.
- In response to ongoing changes in the EM workforce RCEM has led the way with our credentialing program for Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACPs). Associate Membership of the College is now open to nurses, paramedics and other registered healthcare professionals living and working in the UK. Additionally Associate Membership is also open to PAs, either in training or fully qualified. This will give both groups access to eportfolio and other RCEM training resources, contributing to the College's ability to train this valuable group of colleagues and further reinforces the fact that we all work in teams and not in isolation.
- There is no doubt about the valuable contribution made by senior doctors choosing a long-term career in our speciality, but who do not qualify for membership or fellowship by examination. This should be recognised. At the same time the criteria for Associate Fellowship do not reflect the high standards that many of our colleagues achieve. The requirements for Associate Fellowship have therefore been changed to reflect this for all new applicants from 1st April 2018. Full details are outlined under the Associate Fellowship sub category above. This change does not affect existing Associate Fellows. As part of these changes senior colleagues with appropriate paediatric qualifications will be eligible. This change is designed to recognise the evolution of Paediatric Emergency Medicine as a speciality.
- Additionally changes have been made to which overseas examinations are recognised as being equivalent to FRCEM. From April 2018 this will only be FACEM. This is relevant to colleagues seeking to join the College via the Fellowship ad Eundem route.