The New First Critical Hours 2019

Focusing on the clinical management of patients presenting to the Emergency Department A revised programme building on feedback from faculty and delegates at previous Updates organised by Infomed Research and Training on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 January 2019, at the Park Plaza County Hall Hotel, 1 Addington Street, London SE1 7RY [maxbutton name=”The New First Critical Hours 2019″] [maxbutton name=”Map to Park Plaza County Hall, 1 Addington Street, London SE1 7RY”]

Course Advisors

Professor Tim Harris

Professor of Emergency Medicine

Tim trained in Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care and Pre-hospital Care in Australia and the UK. He is currently working in Doha and formerly at Whipps Cross University Hospital Emergency Department and The Royal London Hospital. He completed a post graduate Diploma in USS in 2008 and is the EM ultrasound lead for NE Thames. He is lead for research at RLH and for the London School of Emergency Medicine. His research interests are in critical care ultrasound, emergency airway care and resuscitation.

Professor Colin Robertson

Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Edinburgh

Colin is Professor of Accident and Emergency Medicine and Surgery at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland but now does most of his work in Asia, especially Singapore, Malaysia and India. He has worked in the specialty for over 35 years. His main research interests are in cardiopulmonary and trauma resuscitation, pre-hospital care and medical teaching. He has written or edited over 20 books including MacLeod’s Clinical Examination, the Cambridge Textbook of Accident and Emergency Medicine, and the Oxford Handbook of Emergency Medicine and over 200 papers and chapters.

Course fee:

NHS: £495 (inc. VAT)

Target audience

Aimed at Consultants, Registrars and Middle Grades in Emergency Medicine and Acute Medicine and Specialist Physicians with an Acute Medical ‘take’.

Full course programme

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  • Practical focus on the more difficult aspects of Emergency, Acute and General Medicine in the first critical hours.
  • A revised programme covering a range of relevant clinical topics selected on the basis of past delegates’ feedback and a survey of dozens of emergency/acute medicine practitioners/experts.
  • A new course format: every delegate attends every session, but the audience is divided into two groups, enabling greater discussion and interaction.
  • A Faculty of experienced specialists in their fields, from different hospitals in the UK, who can pass their expert knowledge to front-line clinicians.
  • Short interactive lectures followed by 30 minutes of case scenarios, discussion and Q&A.
  • Contributes to developing effective team management for doctors from a variety of backgrounds who are actively delivering emergency and acute care.
  • State of the Art lectures on Sedation and Sepsis.

What previous attendees have said

  • Very broad recap/update and very relevant to my practice. Relevant topics covering common pitfalls and good take home messages.
  • Very useful, easy to follow and well-structured lectures.
  • A course with interactive and passionate and engaging speakers.
  • Format – lecture and good clinical case scenarios, really good.
  • Excellent coverage, topics all relevant to ED/Acute medicine.
  • Separation into two groups encouraged interaction and enabled better engagement with presenter.
  • Very good interactive case discussions and good time keeping.
  • Definitely worth coming – practical discussions, clinical focus on difficult aspects.
  • This course will improve my confidence in dealing with acute problems at the ED.
  • Confirmed my current practice and provided me with updates to specific areas.
  • I will take this and reinforce departmental teaching.
  • Good quality presentations and good to have them on-line.
  • Most speakers were excellent, entertaining, inspiring with a good ability to answer.
  • Great update for me and better equipped to help juniors.
  • Organisation and timings excellent.
  • Well organised, excellent thought-provoking lectures.
  • Friendly atmosphere and speakers leading to a comfortable learning environment.
  • Topics well chosen – all relevant to day to day EM practice – evidence based medicine.
  • I gathered quite a few practice-changing learning points – happy.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, the attendee will have:
  • a comprehensive understanding of current evidence-based best practice and emerging issues in a range of clinical areas highly relevant to the day-to-day practice of emergency and acute physicians;
  • greater confidence in his/her clinical practice; and
  • identified skills and knowledge gaps, if any, relevant to his/her practice, and clear ways by which these can be addressed