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Lay Trustees | The Royal College of Emergency Medicine

This is an opportunity to join a new board of a young royal college at an exciting and challenging time in emergency medicine.

  • Location: Central London
  • Salary: Unremunerated

About the role

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine works to ensure high quality care for patients by setting and monitoring standards of care in emergency departments, as well as providing expert guidance and advice on policy to relevant bodies on matters relating to Emergency Medicine. We are 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 CCT in Emergency Medicine.

The College now numbers over 10,000 Fellows and Members registered internationally and we work to represent both our members and the interests of patients. Overall, we want to advance education and research in Emergency Medicine.

We have embarked on our new 2020-2023 Corporate & Business Plan focusing on improving patient care, supporting our membership to achieve sustainable satisfying careers, and delivering high quality care, and advancing the practice of Emergency Medicine through research and engagement in Global Health.

Our work is as vital as ever as even before the advent of the Covid–19 pandemic, over 18 million people attended NHS Emergency Departments in 2019 and with increasing numbers of people living longer with a range of complex medical needs, and our Health and Social Care services not being developed to address this need, our Emergency Departments are now the first port of call for many patients.

We are at an exciting time in our development and our governance change has meant we are now creating a new Trustee Board to take effect in July 2021, chaired by Dr Katherine Henderson.

With a new strategy and a new Board, we are looking for three new Lay Trustees to join us. Our new Trustees will be aligned to our vision to see excellence in emergency medicine. We are creating a new board and are committed to ensuring the diversity of our board so we expressly encourage applications from a wide range of applicants. This includes the categories protected by UK law (age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation), as well as socio-economic background and ways of thinking.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for a blend of skills, experience and diversity across the three Lay Trustees. We need to cover three specific areas of skills and experience though we do not expect one candidate to have all three, matching one of these is sufficient:

  1. Deep charity governance experience.
  2. International experience from living and working overseas.
  3. Strategic and broad commercial expertise.

We expect the time commitment to be about 8-10 days per year, we will plan to meet four times a year as a board and so the commitment will reflect preparation time for meetings, meeting with the staff and membership, a strategy away day and other key events with stakeholders.

For a confidential discussion please contact our Consultants at Peridot Partners:

Jennifer Horan | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070 497

Liz Holderness | liz@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07872 031 079

Closing date: Monday 7th June 2021

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Welcome from Dr Katherine Henderson, President

Thank you for expressing an interest in becoming a Trustee of The Royal College of Emergency Medicine.

The College is unique in the UK as being the independent professional body that is established to advance education and research in Emergency Medicine. That is the branch of medicine that is practised in NHS Emergency Departments in the UK.

The College is responsible for setting standards of training and administering examinations in Emergency Medicine. The College is also concerned with the quality of care and sets and monitors standards of care.  We provide expert guidance and advice on health policy to relevant bodies.

The ‘can do’ attitude of emergency medicine pervades the College in its approach and operations. Formed in 2008 we are one of the younger medical royal colleges and have rapidly grown to be the authoritative voice of the specialty and now number a membership of over 10,000, some 10% of whom work internationally.

We are at an exciting and challenging time in our life, our governance change programme has meant we are creating a new Trustee Board, to separate the Trustee duties from those of our Council, which will retain a speciality expertise and focus.

We are seeking to widen our pool of experience and expertise by drawing in new Trustees to help us on our journey.

I trust that you find the information pack, which contains details of the experience and expertise that we’re looking to bring onto our Board, of interest.

Dr Katherine Henderson FRCP FRCEM
President

About Royal College of Emergency Medicine

The College is established to advance education and research in Emergency Medicine. A major part of our work is to contribute to the development of emergency medicine doctors and other health professionals.

We are 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 Certificate of Completion of Training in Emergency Medicine.

We also work to ensure high quality care by setting and monitoring standards of care as well as providing expert guidance and advice on policy to relevant bodies on matters relating to Emergency Medicine.

Why Our Work Is Important

Last year, before the advent of the coronavirus pandemic, over 18 million people across the UK attended NHS Emergency Departments (A&Es).  Increasing numbers of people are living longer with a complex range of medical needs and as our wider Health and Social Care service has not been developed to address this need, Emergency Departments are now the first port of call for many patients.

In the UK, the emergency care system is not fit for purpose. Our Emergency Departments are inadequately resourced and the physical environment in most cases have been designed for a much smaller patient capacity. The wider hospital system is similarly inadequately resourced with insufficient workforce, acute bed capacity, and infrastructure to meet growing demand. Patient experience should be at the heart of any world-class health service, and yet these endemic pressures put patient safety at risk. To fix this, we are working to eliminate Emergency Department overcrowding as a priority.

Our Vision

Emergency healthcare should deliver truly high-quality patient centred care for all. High quality care is safe, effective, timely, efficient, equitable, and people centred. In short, our vision is to see excellence in emergency medicine.

Our Mission

With a worldwide membership of over 10,000, The Royal College of Emergency Medicine is the professional membership body for those working in emergency medicine in the United Kingdom. As the leading body for emergency medicine in the UK and internationally, we will work to achieve our vision by:

  • Improving patient care
  • Support our membership to achieve sustainable satisfying careers
  • Advancing the practice of Emergency Medicine through research and engagement in Global Health
  • Support our membership with the delivery of high-quality day to day care in Emergency Departments

Our new Board of Trustees

Currently we have 29 Trustees on our College Council and to adhere to Charity Commission best practice, we are creating a new smaller Trustee Board of up to 12 people to launch in July 2021. This Trustee Board will oversee the operation and direction of the Royal College.

The new Board will comprise:

  • President: Dr Katherine Henderson, who will be Chair of the Board of Trustees
  • Dean: Dr Will Townend
  • Treasurer: Dr Scott Hepburn
  • Vice President Membership: Dr Carole Gavin
  • Lay Group Chair: Ms Jayne Hidderley
  • Three Lay Trustees – being recruited through this recruitment and selection process.
  • Four from the College Membership, two nominated from the College Council and two appointed from the College Membership though a recruitment and selection process.

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    If you would like an informal conversation about the role you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

    Jennifer Horan | 07519 070497 | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk

    Liz Holderness | 07872 031079 | liz@peridotpartners.co.uk

    Please submit a CV and supporting statement (maximum 2 sides of A4) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification. Please include your interest and motivation in applying for this position.  Please also complete the Equality Monitoring Survey.

    Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Trustee – RCEM into the subject field.

    We will send an acknowledgement email within three working days from receipt. If you have not received a response, please contact Oliver Gardner on oliver@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07807 014772 or Kerry-Ann Charles on kerryann@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 398905.

    We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit.

    Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the job, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

    Timetable

    Closing date: Monday 7th June 2021
    Candidates informed of outcome: w/c 14th June
    Interviews: Wednesday 30th June and Friday 2nd July

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