About Us

The Bristol Royal Infirmary Emergency Department is proud to be a teaching department. We have a strong ethos of multidisciplinary working and appreciate that by working collaboratively as a team, whilst ensuring we are up to date with our practice is the only way to deliver the best care for our patients.

This website exists to support the teaching that takes place in our department. Whilst face to face teaching can’t be replaced, we hope that by placing summaries of topics covered that the key points can be spread amounts the team, these can be found in the ‘One minute Wonders‘ section, along with links to relevant resources.

Courses will also be listed, along with additional information and resources, this includes the ECG induction module that is part of the induction process for clinicians. Once you’ve watched the vodcast that accompanies this, have a go at answering the questions, and a certificate of completion and passing will be provided once complete. This can be used as evidence in your portfolio and during your appraisal meeting with your educational supervisor.

There are a a whole host of excellent e-learning resources out there, on our FOAMed page you’ll see descriptions and links to some of those that we recommend.

Over the next few months we will be populating our Evidence of Interest section, which will support the WhatsApp Critical Appraisal group.

A calendar that supports the teaching calendar found on the workspace will keep you up to date from home about all of the upcoming teaching that is scheduled and will include the following, in addition to further sessions;


Major Incident Management

Simon Steele is the Trust Resilience manager and summarises the key principles of major incidents, explains plans for major incident management locally, examines learning from recent UK incidents and the clinical response to a local UHB major incident.


Structured training aimed at EM trainees working towards RCEM Level 1 sign-off, focussed on portfolio management, theoretical learning and practical sessions.


Regular 1 hour sessions delivered by our local Psychiatry Liaison team alongside EM clinicians, aiming to cover core areas of practice in the ED.


Common Toxicological presentations including critical care and emergency management. Consideration of more complex antidotes and management plans.

Xray Teaching

Coverage of most common areas of plain film interpretation led by senior superintendent reporting radiographer, Simon Brown. Aim to introduce systems for effective radiograph interpretation.

10 Golden Rules

Andy Lockyer goes through 10 key rules for surviving life as an EM SHO

Musculoskeletal Myths

 An examination of the evidence around common musculoskeletal presentations, and a review of the pathophysiology, making complex potentially time-consuming fast flow presentations simpler.

High Impact User Team

 A summary of the background and principles of the HIU team, with a review of cases, along with a summary of how to access and interact with the team within the BRI ED.

Managing the ED

A review of the issues surrounding department management, including flow, resource management and maintaining standards.


Critical Case review in discussion format, with case summaries and senior-facilitated discussion.

Patients using IV drugs

: A review of the challenges of this patient group to enable effective assessment and recognition of atypical presentations and pathologies.

QIP Bronze Level QIP training

Trust-delivered training to assist in QIPs, looking at principles of projects and local resources available. Excellent for anyone engaged in a current QIP or audit project alongside regional education programs.


A look at Damage control principles in trauma care.

Chest Pain/ECGs

Professor Benger talks through common presentations and more challenging ECg interpretation.

Critical thinking and iagnostic Reasoning

Simon Laing looks at the processes and skills involved in decision making, critical thinking and diagnosis within the Emergency Dept.

Fellowship Reports

 BRI ED clinical fellows report back on their non-core EM activities


Finally during your time with us you will have CG days/ability to apply for study leave. A list of clinical specialty training days has been set up which lists points of contact from other specialities who can help you arrange days to gain more experience in other specialties or refresh skills that you may not have used for some time. These include; Anaesthesia , Central Venous Access, ENT, ITU, Maxfax, Ophthalmology, O&G, Psychiatry, BHI Chest pain service, Thoracic Surgery and Major Trauma. Please take a look at this list on the ED teaching white board, found in the corridor by the coffee room, which contains email addresses of those to contact.

We really hope you enjoy your time with us here at the BRI, please get in touch with any comments or suggestions that you have!

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