Royal College of Emergency Medicine
The Royal College of Emergency Medicine is delighted to be co-hosting the 12th European Emergency Medicine Congress and looks forward to welcoming participants from all over the world to Glasgow which is renowned for its culture and hospitality.
The first meeting of the Casualty Surgeons Association (CSA) was held in the UK in 1967 and attended by 10 casualty surgeons. By 1972 thirty Consultant posts were established as an experimental pilot, creating a new specialty of Accident and Emergency Medicine in the UK. We were proud to host the first International Conference on Emergency Medicine in London in 1986.
During 1993 there was the inauguration of the Intercollegiate Faculty of A&E Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Dr David Williams was our first President. A merger with the British Association of Emergency Medicine in 2008 formed a new body, The College of Emergency Medicine.
A very important date for our college was 4th February, 2015 when we were granted the title Royal on 4 February by Her Majesty The Queen thus becoming The Royal College of Emergency Medicine. We are currently celebrating 50 years since that first meeting of the CSA with a host of events and activities across the country to mark the occasion.
The College is established to advance education and research in Emergency Medicine. The College is responsible for setting standards of training and administering examinations in Emergency Medicine for the award of Fellowship and Membership of the College as well as recommending trainees for the Certificate in Completion of Training in Emergency Medicine. The College works to ensure high quality care by setting and monitoring standards of care, and providing expert guidance and advice on policy to relevant bodies on matters relating to Emergency Medicine.
RCEM presently has over 6,500 Fellows and Members and staffing of 39. The last 10 years have seen massive growth in both the specialty of emergency medicine and the size of the college and this shows no signs of slowing.
2018 will be a very special year for RCEM in welcoming EUSEM to the UK for their congress for the first time, during a year which is our own 10th anniversary year and the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service in the UK.