Each year, one in five of the population attends an Emergency Department in the UK. They present with a wide range of emergency conditions, ranging from the ‘walking wounded’ right through to the most seriously ill or injured who require resuscitation. Their presentation is unexpected and often without warning.

Emergency Medicine has been developed as a specialty within the last 30 years. As such it is young and dynamic and continues to expand both in numbers of doctors and in continuing developments of service.

Whilst all departments will provide a core service for the patients who attend, some may have an extended role, for example, running observation wards, follow up clinics and occasionally hospital based ‘flying squads’. The Emergency Department must be considered to sit between the population at large and the inpatient facilities of the hospital. It is often used as the ‘shop window’ of the hospital.

There are close working links between general practitioners, the local ambulance service, inpatient hospital specialties and the Emergency Department.

With the great number of patients attending the department, close working between doctors and nurses is essential and opportunities for teamwork abound. 

Specialty attractions

Emergency Medicine is new, it is exciting and it is an expanding specialty.

It is the only hospital based specialty where a complete spectrum of illnesses and injuries are managed. Emergency Medicine doctors are generalists, in the broadest sense of the term, who specialise in resuscitation. A number also develop their own sub-specialty interests.

Due to the unpredictability of the workload and the immediacy of presentation of the cases, it is a specialty which attracts those who enjoy immediate decision making.

In addition, there is a high administrative workload in representing the department which results in an opportunity to mix both organisation of the service with the clinical application.

 To find out more about EM, please contact the following Head of School and Training Programme Directors:



Role Title



Emergency Medicine

Helen Chatwin

Head of School

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust


Acute Care Common Stem - Emergency Medicine

Jitender Monga

TPD/Lead for ACCS EM

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust


Acute Care Common Stem - Emergency Medicine

Sarah Crawford

TPD/Lead for ACCS EM

South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust


Acute Care Common Stem - Emergency Medicine

Kasyup Jamalapuram

Support & Development

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Emergency Medicine

Peter Doyle

TPD Emergency Medicine - ST3 South

The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust


Emergency Medicine

Alex Hart

TPD Emergency Medicine - ST4+ South

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust


Emergency Medicine

Adrian Marsh

TPD Emergency Medicine - ST4_North

Shrewsbury And Telford Hospital NHS Trust


Emergency Medicine

Muzamil Abbas

Lead for DRE-EM

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust


Emergency Medicine (non-specialty)

Beth Williams

TPD Emergency Medicine - ST3 North

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust


Emergency Medicine (non-specialty)

Satya Nishth Khare

TPD Emergency Medicine (Quality Lead)

Sandwell And West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust


Pre-hospital emergency medicine

Ali Raza Husain

TPD Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust


Emergency Medicine

Ali Al-Sharifi

TPD SIM and Education

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust


Emergency Medicine

Alexia Jones

TPD Wellbeing and LTFT

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust


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