Louise Wilson from Orkney is one of 6 people in the Scottish Highlands and Islands who have been awarded prestigious Churchill Fellowships offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel the world and research cutting-edge solutions to important topical issues.
Louise who is Director of Public Health at NHS Orkney, will travel to the Faroe Islands, Finland, Portugal and Sweden to explore approaches to enabling people living in rural areas to have a say on local health policy. She will use her findings to influence health policy in Scotland.
The other 5 award winners from the Highlands and Islands are:
- Lorraine Coe, a nurse from Near Tain, will travel to Japan to study new technology used in health and social care. She will use her findings to inform the development of care in rural Scotland.
- Clare Daly, an advocacy worker from Inverness, will travel to Canada and Norway to explore integration for migrants and refugees in rural areas. She will use her findings to inform support for migrants in the Scottish Highlands. Clare’s Fellowship is supported by The Linbury Trust.
- Leah Macaden, a nursing lecturer from Inverness, will travel to India, Singapore and the USA to investigate training for healthcare professionals working with people with dementia. She will use her findings to create new teaching modules for nursing students in the UK. Leah’s Fellowship i supported by The Burdett Trust for Nursing.
- Keri Langridge, a conservation worker from Nairn, will travel to France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain and Switzerland to study approaches to preventing cross-breeding between wildcats and domestic cats. She will use her findings to inform efforts to reintroduce wildcats to Scotland.
- Jon Macleod, an artist and crofter from the Isle of Lewis, will travel to Canada to study creative projects that are bringing economic regeneration to small island communities. He will seek to develop new initiatives in his own community that are based on his findings.
The grants total over £42,000. 150 from across the UK were selected out of an astonishing 1,800 applicants.
Julia Weston, Chief Executive of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT) said:
“Churchill Fellows are inspiring individuals who scour the world for fresh approaches to today’s crucial issues.
“It’s a unique chance to make change happen, and every UK citizen over the age of 18 can apply. The next round of applications will open on 16 May 2019.”
The next chance to apply for a Churchill Fellowship opens on 16 May 2019 and includes new categories on ‘Palliative and end of life care’ and ‘Physical activity: making moves for healthier lives’.