Annual Awards 2019

Set up in 2017, the RCEM Awards have been created to showcase excellence, celebrate success and share great practice for wider dissemination, to drive improvements in quality of care in the Emergency Department. 

Submissions for the 2019 Annual Awards has now closed. The deadline for application submissions was17:00 (GMT) on Friday 6 September 2019. If you have any questions, please contact events@rcem.ac.uk. 

Winners will be announced at the RCEM Diploma Ceremony on Thursday 5 December 2019 in central London. 

This year we are welcoming up to two submissions per emergency department in each category. 
 
The categories this year are:

This award will be nominated by trainees, specialty doctors or ACPs and will give evidence of a departments achievements in delivering a safe, positive learning environment that respects, supports and enables trainers and trainees with their continual development.

This would typically involve entrants demonstrating examples of, but is not restricted to, some of the following:

  • High quality regular formal teaching programmes undertaken in protected time and not compromised by service demands
  • Novel methods of educational delivery and evidence of their effectiveness
  • An inclusive MDT Learning environment readily accessible to and involving all learners which invites and is responsive to feedback
  • Wide coverage of clinical and non clinical curricula elements within teaching delivered
  • Evidence of maximising the educational potential of all clinical episodes
  • Evidence of bespoke training input to meet the individual needs of a wide variety of learners
  • Formal and informal recognition of progression in skills and knowledge
  • Job planning for trainers to enable dedicated teaching time (NB Participation in the RCEM Clinical Educators Pilot will not be considered as admissible evidence)

NB: Departmental success in the College Examination results will not be taken into consideration.

Entrants must be nominated by a minimum of any 2 trainees, specialty doctors or ACPs working within the department who are Members or Fellows of RCEM.

Furthermore, the application should be signed by the Director of Medical Education of the hospital to affirm the accuracy of the application and answers provided.

For this award give evidence of how your department has improved care using quality improvement methodology.

This would typically involve entrants demonstrating examples of, but is not restricted to, some of the following:

  • An action plan developed from your organisation’s baseline RCEM audit
  • A focused improvement plan / set of PDSA cycles resulting in a change in how care is delivered in one or multiple domains from the audit
  • Evidence of multidisciplinary working as appropriate
  • A re-audit to show an improvement in care has occurred with further review.
  • Evidence of testing multiple interventions
  • Evidence about how any change has been embedded and innovative / reproducible ways of doing this.
  • Evidence of objectively improving performance in a sustainable way.
  • Any evidence of changes in patient outcomes or incident or complaint reduction or compliments received from patients or other teams.

Entrants can be self-nominated for this award.

NB: Quality Improvement Projects written for the FRCEM Examinations are not eligible for entry into this category.

The Head of Department or deputy needs to sign the application affirming its accuracy.

Give evidence here of how your department has implemented a high-quality patient safety project.

This would typically involve demonstrating, but is not restricted to:

  • How they went about identifying the need to improve an important area of practice.
  • Evidence to support how the project was developed. according to good practice - e.g. RCEM quality improvement methodology or equivalent recognised quality improvement methodology.
  • What were the obstacles and constraints and how they were overcome?
  • How were any funding or resource issues resolved?
  • Steps taken to ensure staff engagement.
  • What benefits were achieved.
  • How were patients involved, including engagement from any patients adversely affected by previous practice?
  • How this helped to improve patient safety, including relevant metrics.

NB: Quality Improvement Projects written for the FRCEM Examinations are not eligible for entry into this category.

Applicants should be nominated by a departmental Fellow of the College for this award.

The relevant Clinical Director needs to sign the application affirming its accuracy.

For this award, give evidence of your achievements in delivering a service which has led to ongoing developments in patient experience.

This would typically involve, but is not restricted to:

  • Describing the strategic approach you have taken to embed improved patient experience in your department on an ongoing basis.
  • Evidence to support this work being core activity for your ED.
  • Evidence of methodologies used and why including any innovative approaches in the form of narrative feedback, surveys or online feedback.
  • Your approach to responding to complaints and critical incidents and how you have used these to improve patient experience.
  • Quality improvement indicators used to track patient experience.
  • Evidence based measures applied to the project.
  • Support for members of staff affected by patient experience feedback.
  • How the project enhances Emergency Medicine as a speciality.
  • Evidence showing that the patient experience has been improved.

Applicants should be nominated by a departmental Fellow of the College for this award.

The relevant Clinical Director needs to sign the application affirming its accuracy.

Other evidence for example patient feedback forms and cards or letters of thanks received from patients can be submitted alongside the form to supplement the application. All evidence received by the College will not be published so that patient confidentiality is not compromised.


Annual Award Category Guide (PDF)

If you have any questions about the Annual Awards, please email events@rcem.ac.uk or call 0207 067 1263.