Manjeet Riyat

04/12/1967 to 20/04/2020

Manjeet RiyatManjeet Riyat, Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Royal Derby Hospital, sadly died on 20 April 2020. RCEM Vice President, Mrs Lisa Munro-Davies pays tribute.

Dr Manjeet Riyat, a Consultant in the Emergency Department at Royal Derby Hospital, died on 20 April 2020. A life cut short by Coronavirus and a dear friend and colleague lost all too soon.

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Manjeet is survived by his wife and two sons. Family meant all to Manjeet and he was fiercely proud of his family. His loss is also mourned by his many friends and colleagues from the world of Emergency Medicine both in the UK and overseas and, by all at RCEM who had the good fortune to work alongside him over the many years that he contributed to and later led on essential College activities within education and examinations.

In 2007 Manjeet was appointed as an Examiner for the RCEM. Over the 13 years that ensued he consistently contributed to the numerous diets of both the Membership and Fellowship examinations, undertaking the full range of commitments that this role demands. Always to the highest of standards, with absolute professionalism and unwavering fairness, Manjeet was a veritable stalwart amongst the College examiners and a hugely popular figure. Always with a positive outlook and good humour, focussed on ensuring that every consideration possible be given to support the candidates who he recognised as our future colleagues and the lifeblood of EM. These things mattered to Manjeet.

As of autumn 2014, Manjeet took up a post as a Senior Examiner with RCEM. He wanted to build on his existing experience and extend his contribution further in this regard. He had a passion for training and supporting young colleagues in developing their skills and careers and he used the role to the full to do this both for the benefit of RCEM and his own trainees.

In 2016 I was delighted to hand on the role of Lead Examiner for the Fellowship Examination to Manjeet. Having worked alongside him for several years in this capacity I knew that he was the ‘right man for the job’. His wish to support and develop others along with a constantly enquiring mind, sharp intellect and fierce focus on absolute fairness in all made him well qualified to face the challenge. I knew that the Fellowship, the candidates, the other examiners and RCEM were in safe hands with Manjeet at the helm.

His untimely loss is a tragedy. He will be greatly missed by many and the world of Emergency Medicine is a poorer place without him.

Dr Lisa Munro-Davies
Vice President, The Royal College of Emergency Medicine

In RCEMLearning's latest podcast RCEM Vice Presidents, Lisa Munro-Davies and Carole Gavin, and RCEM Dean, Jason Long remember Manjeet. You can listen to it here.

Susanne Hewitt, Manjeet's colleague at Royal Derby Hospital on his life and career:

Mr Manjeet Singh Riyat qualified from the University of Leicester in 1992 and went on to train in Emergency Medicine at Leicester Royal Infirmary and Lincoln County Hospital. During this time, and prior to the introduction of paramedics, he acted as team leader for the Accident Flying Squads at both hospitals. Manjeet was also one of the first Clinical Research Fellows in the UK and contributed to the birth of academic Emergency Medicine.

In 2003, Manjeet became one four Consultants in Emergency Medicine at the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary and was the first person from the Sikh community to be appointed as an Emergency Medicine Consultant in the UK.

Manjeet became Head of Service for the Emergency Department in 2006 and made particular contributions to clinical governance and patient safety. Manjeet also played a significant role as part of the Trust consultant body through his appointment as Deputy Chair and later Chair of both the Medical Advisory and Medical Staffing committees.

Manjeet’s passion for teaching and contribution to medical education was a constant thread during his career. As Derby College Tutor for Emergency Medicine, he oversaw the training of junior doctors from multiple specialties in the Emergency Department. Manjeet also spent 17 years serving as an educational supervisor to dozens of regional Emergency Medicine trainees and took particular pride in his work supporting trainees in difficulty for the Deanery.

Manjeet was an active Advanced Life Support, Advanced Paediatric Life Support and Advanced Trauma Life Support instructor and was instrumental in setting up ALS courses in Derby as Course Director.

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine appointed Manjeet as a College Examiner in 2007. His talent and commitment to high standards resulted in him being appointed as Senior Examiner in 2014 and then Lead Examiner for the FRCEM examination in 2016.

Despite his many achievements, Manjeet was most at home as a highly visible shop floor Emergency Medicine Consultant. He was consistently generous with his remarkable clinical knowledge to everyone in the team. He had that rare gift of maintaining constant joy in the intellectual challenge of clinical medicine combined with gentle kindness and compassion for his patients. He was a powerful advocate for the sickest patients and was well known for his fair, no-nonsense approach. By contrast, Manjeet could be relied upon to lift the mood with his dry humour and sense of fun.

Manjeet was enormously valued and much loved as a colleague, supervisor and mentor as well as for his wise council and discreet support in tough times. For many, Manjeet was considered the father of the current Emergency Department in Derby and many more will reflect on how his inspiration has shaped their own careers.

Finally, Manjeet was fiercely proud of his wife and two sons and often shared the achievements and exploits of the boys with equal good humour. He always kept sight of what is really important in life and set an example by living life in keeping with his high standards and strong values. He will be hugely missed.

Miss Susanne Hewitt
MBE MBChB(Hons) FRCS FRCEM
Consultant Emergency Medicine
Royal Derby Hospital

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