The Medicine CAG provides a response to patients who need emergency or urgent treatment.
Our CAG has four specialities: emergency medicine, acute/general medicine, clinical gerontology/geriatric medicine: and clinical toxicology. We work across 21 inpatient wards, two older persons assessment units and two large emergency departments. We provide inpatient, outpatient, out-of-hospital and ambulatory responses to support the emergency care, acute management and integrated care of patients with long-term conditions.
We work closely with other CAGs and departments including Respiratory Medicine, Therapies, Adult Community Services, Mental Health of Older Adults and Dementia, Addictions, Palliative care, Psychosis and Psychological Medicine.
Our CAG provides a large amount of education to undergraduates and postgraduates in medicine, nursing and allied health professions. We have a role in training a large number of doctors in acute, emergency and general medicine. This includes registrars, foundation, GP trainees, acute care common stem and core medicine.
We are developing our education agenda to enable our staff to develop and improve their skills. For example, we are working with South London and Maudsley colleagues and the Psychosis CAG to develop teaching and multidisciplinary training in managing patients with mental health and medical illness.
Our geriatric service has been highly ranked for teaching and service innovation and our psychiatric liaison team has won two national awards; the high trainee award and the educator award.
Key education achievements include:
- Shortlisted for the British Medical Journal Quality awards - Occupancy project Emergency Department St Thomas’ Hospital.
- Trauma Team Member and Leadership courses at KCH and GSTT to integrate knowledge and skills into local practice and develop high reliability multi-professional teams.
The research agenda of our CAG is broad, reflecting our various clinical specialties and the locations we practice in, namely primary, secondary, community and social care. The work is predominantly applied in nature and supported by the King’s College London Division of Health and Social Care.
Highlights of our research include the CAG having developed a multiprofessional forum for developing and discussing research proposals that meet quarterly; our Comprehensive Local Research Network (CLRN) recruitment has improved, particularly for studies in the care of the elderly and stroke, and we have attracted research income in the areas of toxicology, occupational health, stoke, geriatrics, primary care and public health.