Dr Jane Fothergill





Consultant in Emergency Medicine, NHS Lothian.

Rota Master for SJH.

Jane graduated from the University of Bristol and completed her training in Emergency Medicine in London before becoming a consultant at St Mary’s Hospital/Imperial College London in 1991.  After 10 wonderful years there she moved to Scotland in 2001 and took up a Consultant post in Lothian.

Whilst at St Mary’s she was responsible for the creation of the Resuscitation Training Service. She directed the subsequent life support courses, including the first APLS course to be held in London; she was a member of the 6-person working group that wrote and set up APLS Courses for the UK.

She was the Lead Clinician for the £5.4M charitable appeal for the new Children’s ED at SMH, marking the hospital’s 150th Anniversary. Jane completely rewrote the SMH Major Incident Plan, which was successfully activated to care for the 55 most critically injured patients following the Paddington Rail Crash in 1999.

She was an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer from 1997 at Imperial College London and now at the University of Edinburgh Medical School. She Chaired the Medical School Admission Panels (including those for clinical students from Oxbridge). She was the last Honorary President of the SMH Medical Students’ Union.

She was the editor/author of the SMH Handbook of Medical Emergencies and subsequently the St John’s Hospital Emergency Department Guidelines, published on the Lothian intranet.

She was firstly Secretary then Chairman of The Training Standards Committee of The College of Emergency Medicine 2000-2007, & also a Member of CEM Council.

She was a National Panellist for EM Consultant appointments in Scotland from 2003 to 2009 and CEM representative on the Scottish Specialty Training Board for Anaesthetics & EM from 2006-11. She has been an FCEM examiner since 2004.

She was the sole UK adviser setting up training in the new specialty of EM in West Indies, and external examiner UWE in Barbados and Jamaica from 2001-2008 with trainee registrars on secondments for training at SMH and then SJH.

Jane continues to have a strong interest in specialty training in EM and on a more mundane level has never been able to hand over the task of preparing all the ED medical staff rotas during her 22 years as a consultant.

Her partner John keeps the home fires burning – literally, as they live 1000 feet up a remote Scottish hillside.  Walking with their 4 dogs, reading, enjoying good food and wine keeps them happy.  And they also have a house on the Greek island of Skopelos where they spend as much of the year as time allows.

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