Announcing the Winner of the Dr John Hinds Scholarship Award 2020

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Hinds winner Jun2020Craigavon, U.K. – 16 Jun 2020 - Today, the College of Paramedics, in association with Galen, the privately owned pharmaceutical sales and marketing company, is proud to announce the winner of the Dr John Hinds Scholarship Award 2020: Orla Morrow of Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, Belfast.

To qualify for the scholarship, entrants were required to write a case study, written to protect patient confidentiality, using original text and including all appropriate references.

As this year’s winner, Orla will now take up a fully-funded place on the much-coveted Anaesthesia Trauma and Critical Care (ATACC) course, broadly accepted as the most advanced trauma course available worldwide.

When told about her win Orla said: “To be honest, I can't quite believe I’ve won but I’m so happy and proud to have been awarded this scholarship. I’m looking forward to attending the ATACC course, where I can develop my knowledge and skills in order to help me provide the best patient-centred care to people suffering traumatic injuries in a pre-hospital environment. I’m also really excited about taking part in the simulation events to help me gain more confidence and ultimately change my approach to trauma care to promote better assessment and treatment.”        

One of the judges on this year’s panel, Bob Fellows, Head of Education at the College of Paramedics said, “The winning case study showed a logical, well thought through approach to a fall in a confined space. The subsequent assessment, diagnosis and management to definitive care was written in a way as to demonstrate compassion and the fullest commitment to the patient in a manner we could all learn from.”

The Dr John Hinds Scholarship is presented in memory of the late Dr John Hinds who was regarded as an inspirational leader by paramedics and emergency medical technicians, and indeed, by anyone with an interest in pre-hospital care across Ireland. A world-renowned critical care physician from Northern Ireland, Dr Hinds, whose untimely death occurred five years ago on 4th July 2015, selflessly gave a huge amount of his own time to educating and supporting paramedics and ambulance staff in his homeland.

“It gives us, as a family, such comfort and pride that the Dr John Hinds Scholarship Award continues to inspire and educate our current paramedics and first responders,” commented the late Dr Hinds’ partner Dr Janet Acheson. She added: “John had such enthusiasm for sharing knowledge and passing on his expertise so that his colleagues could gain new insights which would ultimately benefit patients and save lives. We sincerely hope Orla thoroughly enjoys her place on the ATACC course and would like to thank everyone at The College of Paramedics, the ATACC group and Galen for their continued support for the Dr John Hinds Scholarship Award.”

Dr Dennise Broderick, Galen’s Managing Director & President stated, “I wish to pass on my huge congratulations to Orla on winning this award and securing a space on the much sought-after ATACC course. This award is a fantastic opportunity for healthcare professionals to advance their personal expertise and gain access to a highly coveted training programme. Dr Hinds was an incredibly inspirational individual who dedicated his life to helping others and Galen is immensely proud to support this annual scholarship programme in his honour.”


Notes to editors

About College of Paramedics

The College of Paramedics is the professional body for all paramedics in the UK, whose role is to promote and develop the paramedic profession across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Membership is open to all UK paramedics, student paramedics and anyone with an interest in the paramedic profession and healthcare delivery. All members have access to a wide variety of learning resources which provide high quality continuing professional development (CPD) across a range of platforms and also at many events held around the UK.


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About Galen

Established in 1968, Galen is a privately owned pharmaceutical sales and marketing company, headquartered in Craigavon (Northern Ireland), with products in therapy areas including gastroenterology, pain management and dermatology.

As a subsidiary of Galen Limited, Galen US also has a growing presence in select conditions such as those requiring topical anaesthesia. The company plans to continue expanding its portfolio with selected speciality products on an international basis. By combining innovation in product development with competitive pricing, Galen aims to work in partnership with healthcare professionals and patients to create real, long-term value.

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About Almac Group

Galen is a member of the Almac Group. The Almac Group is an established contract development and manufacturing organisation providing an extensive range of integrated services across, and beyond, the drug development lifecycle to the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors globally.

Almac’s innovative services range from R&D, biomarker discovery development and commercialisation, API manufacture, analytical services, formulation development, clinical trial supply, IRT (IVRS/IWRS) through to commercial-scale manufacture, product development and marketing.

The international company is a privately owned organisation that has grown organically over the past five decades and now employs over 5,600 highly skilled personnel across 18 facilities including Europe, the US and Asia.

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About the ATACC Group

The ATACC Group is known for providing a wide variety of first aid, clinical and medical education courses and mass casualty and on-stage simulation around the world. From ‘Roadside to Critical Care’ our delivery is geared towards an integrated approach to provide an excellent patient experience and ultimately reduce mortality. We are passionate about delivering experiential learning and innovation across our educational offering. We are an accredited centre of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. The accreditation solidifies the achievements of our candidates and recognise their continued dedication to saving lives and professional development.

The Anaesthetic Trauma and Critical Care (ATACC) course was established in 1998 by Dr Mark Forrest and his medical colleagues. The course features a wide range of scenario-based training, lectures, skills stations and masterclasses. In order to provide candidates with the skills necessary to manage major traumatic injuries, from roadside to critical care. In addition to trauma skills the course gives candidates extensive opportunity to develop in leadership, crew resource management and command and control.

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