Friends of the Cancer Centre has recently awarded its prestigious scholarships for 2021.
The scholarships, named in memory of former colleagues who were themselves dedicated to personal development, in aid of enhancing patient care, are open to staff members across cancer services in Northern Ireland.
The scholarships are available to contribute towards a training or educational course, or travel related to such. Awards are given to those who our scholarships panel deem to have the most potential impact on patients receiving treatment for cancer.
The Dr Gary McGowan Scholarship is open to oncology trainees, and this year it is awarded to Dr Conor O’Neill. The scholarship will enable Conor to complete an MSc in Clinical Education, an enhancement to the already significant work Conor is doing in relation to the education of medical students.
The Pamela Lutton Scholarship is open to therapy radiographers, and this year’s winner is Cora Devine. Cora’s scholarship will enable her to undertake postgraduate modules in Health Promotion and Lifestyle Management and Research Evidence in Health Science. These modules will equip Cora to support her patients’ health and wellbeing during their treatment, and support continuous improvement in the Radiotherapy department.
The Pearl Ewing Scholarship is named after a former trustee of the charity, and is open to any healthcare professional working in cancer services. This year, Aileen McGurran and Joanne Lowe, Speech & Language Therapists at the NI Cancer Centre, have been given this award. This scholarship will enable them to undertake training in relation to the MBSimP (Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile) which is a tool used to interpret swallowing impairment, and also receive further teaching on evidence-based interventions to target these impairments.
We want to thank all those who applied for our scholarships, the standard was extremely high and our panel were hugely impressed, and offer our congratulations to our 2021 winners.