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Professor Malcolm Woollard

Posted: 19.07.2018

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The College of Paramedics is deeply saddened to have learnt of the passing of Professor Malcolm Woollard.  Over the past four decades, Malcolm has been a leader in paramedic practice and in the development and advancement of the paramedic profession.  He has made enormous contributions to paramedical services both here in the UK and globally through his research and numerous professional activities.

Malcolm Woollard, a Past-Chair of the College of Paramedics and one of its founding members, will be sadly missed by his many colleagues and friends who will always consider him to have been a stalwart and ground-breaker for the paramedic profession.

The College of Paramedics has previously recognised Malcolm’s contribution through being awarded a Fellowship in 2011 and a Lifetime Achievement in 2016 and will formally recognise his life’s work in an obituary in the next issue of Paramedic INSIGHT.

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Without doubt Professor Malcolm Woollard was one of the most innovative and visionary leaders of our profession. His insight and ability to contextualise the challenges faced by our profession and the direction it has taken have been major influences in putting paramedics firmly in the position they hold not only as care givers but as an integral part of the UK patient-care system. Never one to sidestep a challenge or discussion, Malcolm used every tool in his considerable armoury to further the education of paramedics and the care they are able to provide to patients. He will be sadly missed.  Thank you Malcolm for the leadership you have given to our profession.

Added by: gerry.egan@collegeofparamedics.co.uk on: 06.08.2018

I first met Malcolm during the implementation of the AMPDS in Derbyshire in 1993.  I loved his intellect and dedication to improving all things in UK EMS and Dispatch/Control Systems.  We travelled together many times, and he put me up at his house and with his myriad cats.  Malcolm actually moved to Salt Lake City and continued his work in moving forward the science of dispatch and was responsible for several successful American installations of the protocols.  We presented together at several conferences and one in Wales I clearly remember.  I once found myself with him in Abergavenny which I had heard about in a pop song as a teenager.  He introduced me to one of his mentors and the great professor Dr. Chamberlain.  I am very sorry to hear of his passing, but he moved the mark of EMS and dispatch forward a long way while he was on this planet.  I am toasting him as I speak…  Cheers to Malcolm, and all he stood for!!  ...Doc
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Added by: Ian Purchase on: 07.08.2018

Malcolm Woollard will always be one of the best known names in the ‘paramedic world.’  As a prolific researcher, an interesting and sought-after presenter, an educator and mentor, and a member of numerous significant committees and working groups, he had passion and commitment that was highly motivating to most people who had the good fortune to know him.  Malcolm was a visionary and through his knowledge, determination and articulation he was a pathfinder and leader who made an enormous contribution to the paramedic profession as we know it today.  You will be sadly missed Malcolm. 
Dave Hodge. Former Chief Executive of the College of Paramedics.

Added by: Ian Purchase on: 07.08.2018

I first met Professor Malcolm Woollard was in 2011, and the first contact was just an email to ask him accept me as his PhD student. It was always be my honour and appreciate to be his student at Coventry University. Although, the time being his student didn’t last long, he did influence me huge. I always remember he said to me “I am a professor, but I am a paramedic first.” He also taught me always to keep the perspective of paramedic to critic the every paper I might use.

I have been back to Taiwan 5years. I always kept his lessons as my motto in teaching the next generation EMS personnel.

The world will miss his work and effort in paramedic education. I will miss you, Malcolm.

Added by: Robert Hung on: 10.08.2018

Malcolm has been someone I have known and respected all through my career of forty years. He was a leading light in developing our profession to what we have achieved today and will be sadly missed. RIP Malcolm.

Added by: jean@jeancragg.com on: 13.08.2018

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