President’s update July 2014

Following our Council meeting on the 2nd July 2014, I am pleased to say that we have reached the half year having made excellent progress in the Faculty’s strategic direction.

Raising Standards:

  • We have held our first ‘meeting of minds’ on Concussion Management and we have a draft action plan outlining various work streams, including the development of a consensus statement on the prevention, assessment and management
  • Our Clinical Advisory Group (CAG) are making great progress in producing position statements with several now in the pipeline, you can see our latest on Physical Activity in Adolescence here
  • We have a second version of our Behavioral Code for Sport Medicine now at the final stages and we hope to be able to publish it over the coming weeks

Service Development:

  • A Fresh Approach in Practice (aimed at CCGs and Health Boards) is now being promoted in order to raise awareness of the benefits of employing consultants in sport and exercise medicine in primary and secondary care for MSK conditions.
  • We are making progress in our discussions with Nuffield Health to create a network of services which will employ SEM doctors.
  • We are looking at SEM and its role in future hospital care with our Specialist Advisory Committee (SAC)
  • Our SAC is also looking at workforce/strategic planning
  • We are continuing to influence the landscape around undergraduate SEM teaching.
  • The Future of SEM in Scotland was a key topic at the RCP&S of Glasgow’s Triennial Conference in June, for which we produced a supporting statement.

Academic SEM:

  • The FSEM Royal College of Radiologists research fellowship has been approved and we are now at the stage of appointing

With summer in full swing, our Council members are now attending many key sporting events including the Glasgow hosted Commonwealth Games starting at the end of this month. Thanks to all our Council members for their support and dedication during what is a busy time for Sport and Exercise Medicine doctors.

Dr Roderick Jaques President of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine UK

Written by Dr Roderick Jaques