Live and let die

Everyone dies. It’s a sad fact of life and a tough part of any healthcare professional’s day. Some deaths are unexpected, and hit us hard. Thankfully, there are those that we know are coming, and this gives us the opportunity to try to give that person a peaceful and comfortable end of their life, and for […]

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The weekend effect: Part 2 – a traumatic time!

If you haven’t already, listen to Ellen Weber and Chris Moulton talk about the background to the weekend effect. Click HERE. The UK Junior Doctors’ contract changes imposed by the government in order to shape their poorly defined ‘Seven Day NHS’ caused much debate and consternation surrounding the ‘weekend effect’, which seemed to be the […]

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Mistakes Were Made

This past month a pair of articles were published online in the EMJ concerning diagnostic error in the Emergency Department. This pair of articles, with the fabulous Hardeep Singh as senior author on each, attempt to describe the underlying foundations of error. These are particularly important in the context of the ongoing resource constraints facing […]

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Gallows humour at the hanging committee

Have you ever submitted to the EMJ or to any other journal for that matter? If so then you will know the fear and trepidation that results as you wait for the answer from the editor. Will your paper be accepted (hurrah) or rejected (boo). I’ve experienced much pain at the hands of editors and […]

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Saying I’m sorry. Iain Beardsell for EMJ

Like many of you, I suspect, many of my most “educational” experiences haven’t come from sitting in lectures, reading textbooks or even listening to podcasts. They have come simply from living life and all of the ups and downs that can be thrown at you. From witnessing the birth of your children, to a close […]

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Life Behind the Scenes. Life as a TV medical advisor with Iain Beardsell.

Like many of life’s opportunities it all started by accident.  I was having a corridor conversation with a past CEM President, John Heyworth, who was relating his previous day’s activities – “I had a meeting with the Academy of Royal Colleges, caught a bit of the Lords’ Test and then met a researcher from Casualty”. […]

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