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SUPPORTING THE HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS OF TOMORROW  John Wilso Memorial Trust photo call in KN Cheung SK Chin InterSim Centre featuring 5 people (four men, one woman)

04 October 2021

Young health professionals of tomorrow will benefit from the latest developments in healthcare innovation thanks to a donation from the John Wilson Memorial Trust to Queen’s.

The £25,000 donation to sponsor the Learning Conversation Suite in the KN Cheung SK Chin InterSim Centre in Belfast helps provide a cutting-edge training facility for Queen’s Medical, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Nursing and Midwifery students.

The InterSim Centre is one of the few in the UK to truly champion simulation-based education with an interprofessional approach, which allows students to train together in interactive scenarios that closely replicate a wide range of clinical settings.

The John Wilson Memorial Trust was set up in memory of the late John Wilson, son of Ulster Carpets’ founder, George Walter Wilson, following his death in 2009. His son, Dr John Wilson, Chairman of Ulster Carpets and Trustee of the John Wilson Memorial Trust, currently works as a frontline NHS doctor and he can see the benefits of this type of training.

“The healthcare professionals that are now being trained at Queen’s will go on to care for thousands of patients in our community and we are delighted to be able to support this endeavour.

“Supporting the local community was something that was hugely important to my father and that legacy continues through the work of the John Wilson Memorial Trust.”

Teresa Sloan, Head of Health Fundraising at Queen’s University Belfast, said:

“We have a longstanding relationship with the John Wilson Memorial Trust. We are grateful for their continued generosity including the recent donation to the InterSim Centre.

“Sponsorship of the state-of-the-art Learning Conversation Suite in the centre helps us with our mission to promote excellence in education of the healthcare professionals to drive safe, effective and collaborative care now and in the future.”

The donation continues an ongoing commitment of supporting health and wellbeing initiatives. The John Wilson Memorial Trust has already funded a number of projects in collaboration with Queen’s including three PhD studentships, the purchase of a Robosep Machine in 2016 for MS Research as well as several gifts-in-kind.

To support health-related research projects at Queen’s, visit the Development and Alumni Relations Office website or contact Teresa Sloan, Head of Health Fundraising.

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Pictured (left-right) are: Professor Gerry Gormley – Inaugural chair in Simulation and Clinical Skills, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences; Dr Jamie Coburn, Queen's Graduate 2008 – 2013 – Medicine; Dr John Wilson, Chairman of the John Wilson Memorial Trust; Nick Coburn, Managing Director of Ulster Carpets; Teresa Sloan, Head of Medical Fundraising at Queen's.

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