Mary Jane Cole, Physiotherapist and Senior Lecturer, Rehabilitation sciences honoured at drinks reception at 10 Downing Street.

Mary Jane Cole at 10 Downing Street

Mary Jane Cole made two visits to Gaza last year to support injured people during the recent conflict and provide training to local rehabilitation staff.  She was recently invited by the Prime Minster to 10 Downing Street to join other humanitarian workers at a drinks reception to acknowledge the work of UK clinicians and organisations providing relief aid and support following sudden onset disaster and epidemics such as Ebola in West Africa.

An appreciation was given by Justine Greening, Secretary of State for International Development and David Cameron. Both acknowledged the significant humanitarian contribution made by the UK.

Other attendees included Pete Skelton, Physiotherapist and Handicap International’s Rehabilitation Project Lead who also went to Gaza, Steve Mannion an orthopaedic surgeon who leads a module for conflict and catastrophe medicine at St George’s University of London and David Nott a general and vascular surgeon who regularly visits areas of conflict to perform emergency, most recently in Syria.

In her own time Mary Jane is working with physiotherapists specialising in amputee rehabilitation and Handicap International develop learning modules to equip therapists on the UK International Emergency Trauma Register (UKIETR) with relevant knowledge and skills required in a sudden onset disaster.