The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh is extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Dr Clifford Mann OBE, former President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, who died at the weekend following a short illness. 

Dr Mann was hugely respected not only by his colleagues in emergency medicine but by many across the medical profession and beyond.

Professor Derek Bell OBE, past President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, said:

“Cliff was not only an excellent President but a colleague and friend to many of us. He was keen to support greater integration of services, worked closely across all professional groups and was keen to support change.

“He will be a missed greatly by the profession but will be remembered for his inspiration, his wonderful mentorship and his dedication to improving patient care.

“We send our deepest sympathies to his wife, daughters, his family and friends, and all of his colleagues.

Professor Angela Thomas OBE, Acting President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, said:

“On behalf of the College, I send our heartfelt condolences to Dr Mann’s family and all of his colleagues at the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.

"This past year has demonstrated just how crucial the Emergency Medicine department is as the front door of the hospital and our EM colleagues have demonstrated flexibility, adaptability, and cross-department working under exceptional circumstances, all of which were qualities that Cliff represented and promoted. I know he will be missed immensely.

Dr Katherine Henderson, current President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, said

“His death is a huge loss to Emergency Medicine and all his professional colleagues. He was a very effective in his role as President and it was he who encouraged me to go for being College Registrar which has ultimately led to me being President of RCEM. He was able to articulate the need to look beyond silo specialty working and made friends with many of his fellow presidents, friendships that have lasted.

“We will all miss him deeply.”

A full tribute can be found on the RCEM’s website, where messages of condolence can also be submitted.