Qualities of the Acute Physician
The Acute Physician will have the skills and training (competencies) to manage the acutely unwell medical patient. They will also have leadership skills, strong practical skills and the ability to improve the patient journey while in hospital.
In day-to-day practice the Acute Physician will combine these skills and abilities to produce high quality care for all patients with acute medical problems as well as supervising and teaching staff and students/trainees and developing new ways the patient can be cared for.
Large numbers of patients with acute and chronic diseases are admitted daily to acute medical units and many require changes to their medications; acute physicians are central to these prescribing decisions.
A Role with a Variety of Challenges
Acute Physician Consultants often run Rapid Access Acute Care Clinics; these provide an alternative to hospital admission. In addition a variety of conditions are also treated by Acute Physicians in ‘Ambulatory Care’ Clinics; patients attend on a daily basis for treatment and/or clinical review which previously would have required an in-patient stay.