Tributes to Former RCEM President Dr Clifford Mann

Nicky Broyd

February 22, 2021

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) has been paying tribute to its former President, Dr Clifford Mann, who died on Saturday.

Dr Cliff Mann/RCEM

He had cancer and had been cared for by nurses from his own department within the Taunton and Somerset Foundation Trust. His wife and daughters were by his side at his home when he died.

In his Linkedin profile he described himself as a "pragmatist - focussed on real world solutions". The current RCEM President, Dr Katherine Henderson, said: "Cliff has been an inspiration to so many in emergency medicine and beyond. During his presidency of RCEM his charm and determination opened doors everywhere and pulled emergency medicine into the spotlight.

"He was a medical leader who was always looking for pragmatic solutions to even the most wicked problems, committed to driving positive change in patient care and staff experience. He mentored many of us and helped us translate concern into active engagement and action.

"He will be missed immensely by all of us that have worked with him over the years. Our thoughts are with his family and close colleagues in Taunton. The EM world has lost a powerful advocate and a true friend, the NHS has lost a talented leader whose energy and integrity was deeply valued."

RCEM Chief Executive, Gordon Miles, added: "A light has gone out in the specialty where the lights are always on, and we are immensely saddened by his tragic loss."


Dr Mann was awarded an OBE for services to emergency medicine in the 2018 New Year Honours list.

He served as RCEM President 2013-2016, and was College Registrar 2010-2013.

He went to school in Bristol and attended the Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, London, 1980-1986.

In 2016 Dr Mann joined NHS England and NHS Improvement, where he spearheaded the rollout of Same Day Emergency Care.

He was also clinical co-chair of the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme.

During his time at RCEM and NHS England, he continued to practice as a consultant in emergency medicine at the Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.

NHS England Chief Executive, Sir Simon Stevens, said: "Cliff was an exceptional clinical leader, patient advocate, and source of wise advice, who stayed grounded in the pressurised realities of day-to-day emergency medicine while at the same time shaping and helping create a better future. His untimely death will be a huge blow to many, many people across the health service, and we will all miss him greatly."

NHS National Medical Director, Professor Stephen Powis, added: "Cliff was revered among A&E staff, both as an outstanding medic, but also as a leader and mentor who passed on his skills, experience and – most importantly – focus on the quality of care patients receive in what is often the most worrying moments of their lives."


Members and colleges have been leaving tributes on the RCEM website.

"Cliff was a legend within the specialty and an inspiration to so many of us," one wrote "Yet despite his amazing achievements he always put everyone at ease through his charming 'normalness'."

Another wrote: "RIP Cliff – simply the best!"


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