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Acute Care Common Stem

Syed Gilani

In my capacity as the faculty lead for ACCS and the College tutor for Emergency Medicine. I would like to welcome you to our ACCS and Emergency Medicine training program at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust.

We are as a trust committed to providing the highest quality of training in all components of ACCS and Emergency Medicine training. The majority of our ACCS trainees and all higher trainees in Emergency Medicine will be based at the William Harvey hospital in Ashford.

You will receive intensive and high quality training in Emergency Medicine and ACCS relevant specialties by enthusiastic trainers who are very ably supported by our fantastic Education Centre staff. There is a generous study leave allowance and your attendance at regional training days will be assured.

There are 6 FRCEM consultants at WHH and 1 FRCEM consultant at QEQM, all QESP or equivalent qualified, one dual ITU/EM trained, which is ideal for ACCS trainees.

There is protected time for teaching in all ACCS specialties with twice-weekly teaching sessions in Emergency Medicine. The sessions are always led by consultants. 

We are a forward-looking trust and hold training and teaching at the core of our functioning. I hope your stay with us will be a rewarding experience for all of us.

Dr Syed Gilani, LFG Lead for ACCS and College Tutor for Emergency Medicine, William Harvey Hospital

Departmental Inductions

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Regional Training Days

Curriculum

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We welcome you to William Harvey Acute medicine department for at least 4 months of your ACCS training. We have a 40 bedded Acute medical unit for inpatient care and a well developed Ambulatory care unit with 6 trolley / arm chair spaces and three consultant rooms. You will have the opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary team of Consultant Physicians, Consultant nurses, Acute Care practitioners, and dedicated acute floor allied health care professionals like Pharmacists, Social workers and Therapists. 

You will be working in an adequately challenged – but very supportive – environment while dealing with up to 12 patients a day with diagnostic dilemmas. There will plenty of opportunities to become competent in procedures like usage of Ascites drain and chest aspiration kits. We have a number of these procedures done in ambulatory care on  a weekly basis. We have medical students, Physician Associate students and trainee Acute care practitioners. 

If you have an interest in teaching and training, you will have plenty of opportunities to do it. Focus of this posting will be for you to become confident in the usage of the range of diagnostic services available to you and prioritise their usage in a just way. You will learn how acute physicians manage a number of medical conditions in an ambulatory setting which used to lead to hospital admissions in the past. 

Christopher Parokkaran, Consultant Acute Physician, William Harvey Hospital Ashford



As part of your ACCS training you will complete a 4-month rotation in ICU. During your time in Intensive Care Medicine you will be helping to care for critically ill patients from both medical and surgical specialties. You will play a key role in a large but friendly and well supported team of doctors and nurses, with dedicated teaching time, exposure to practical procedures, point of care ultrasound and research.

Neil Richardson, Consultant in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine, William Harvey Hospital


Key Contact (Education Centre)

Danielle Bruce
Danielle Bruce

Ext. 722 3018

Useful links

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine - http://www.rcem.ac.uk 

RCEM Learning - https://www.rcemlearning.co.uk

e-Learning for Healthcare - https://www.e-lfh.org.uk

The Royal College of Anaesthetists - https://www.rcoa.ac.uk