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University principal lecturer awarded honorary role with renowned medical regiment

Honorary Colonel of 355 Medical Evacuation Regiment and principal lecturer Ian Corrie

A principal lecturer from the University of Cumbria has been appointed as Honorary Colonel with a renowned British Army regiment in recognition of his leadership and coaching skills.

Ian Corrie, principal lecturer in nursing, health and professional practice at the University of Cumbria has been appointed as the Honorary Colonel of 355 Medical Evacuation Regiment.

Ian had been working closely with the reservist regiment, whose members have day-jobs elsewhere in health care, before being invited to take up the role which sees him attending and delivering leadership and coaching events to help develop and build resilience.

For the next five years, the honorary role will see Ian tasked with promoting the regiment and the role of reservists and supporting the regimental system that is the core of the British Army.

“I am excited to be given this opportunity to give something back and support those who put their lives on the line for us,” said Ian. “Reservists require commitment and resilience to balance the responsibilities of their military role and their day job, many of whom work in the NHS, and give up their evenings and weekends voluntarily to help others. It is privilege to be able to help them.”

355 Medical Evacuation Regiment is a British Army Reserve Regiment that is nationally recruited part of the Royal Army Medical Corps, and has a unique role within the Armed Forces. The regiment trains pre-hospital emergency care clinicians to deploy on operations and exercises around the world. As a specialist unit the regiment recruits reservists nationally, and training is undertaken throughout the UK and overseas.

Louise Nelson, head of department for health, nursing and professional rractice at the University of Cumbria, said: “This is excellent news. Ian certainly deserves the honour for all his effort and dedication he has displayed in supporting the Army Reservists.”

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