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Dr Malcolm Tunnicliff from 24 Hours in A&E on being England cricket captain and setting trends

24.01.14 Categories: 24 Hours in A&E, Helipad Appeal, Staff stories

Dr Malcolm Tunnicliff has been Clinical Lead for Emergency Medicine at King's College Hospital since 2011

What is your job title and how long have you worked at King’s?

Clinical Lead for Emergency Medicine, and Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Major Trauma. I’ve worked at King’s for nearly 6 years as a consultant.

What is your favourite thing about working in A&E and why?

Teamwork – more than any other speciality, Emergency Medicine requires good teamwork.

What is the most unusual situation you’ve come across at work?

Something unusual happens every day. This can range from incredibly rare illness or injury, to interesting characters and to interesting predicaments they find themselves in! I won’t go into details!

What’s the biggest external influence on the KCH A&E, and how does it affect it?

Everything! We are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

What do you think is the key to being a good doctor / nurse?

Communication, communication, communication.

What are your interests outside work?

My family and when time allows I’m a cricket addict and still play regularly. I also enjoy rugby (though I have retired from playing now-too many visits to ED I’m afraid!).

I also spend time working for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.

If you could have any job what would it be and why?

To be a successful captain of the England cricket team!

Has featuring in 24 Hours in A&E changed anything for you?

Yes! I get recognised by people both inside work, whom I may not have previously expected to meet, but also by people outside of King’s. I’ve been contacted by people from all over the world, including a doctor in Australia who enquired where I bought my safety glasses from!

I’ve also had the opportunity to take part in other media events. Appearing with Jen on the couch of breakfast TV live terrified us!

Do you find colleagues and/or patients act differently around the cameras?

I remember when we had finishing filming the first series, one of the directors told me that they got no useful action from the first week’s filming as everyone was conscious of the camera’s and mikes! After that he said the footage was great because we’d forgotten they were there! 

Who do you think has the hardest job in the hospital and why?

I wouldn’t single anyone out! Everybody works incredibly hard in their own areas.