A UCLan physician associate student has been recognised for her commitment to study and a brilliant approach to patient care.
Abigail Ogden was awarded the Olu Orungun prize, which recognises exceptional qualities shown.
The Olu Orugun award is named in honour of one of the founding fathers of the West Cumberland Medical Education Centre.
Originally from Nigeria, Professor Orugun made his home in West Cumbria and was a much respected and loved consultant at West Cumberland Hospital for 23 years.
It was routine for him to go over and above what might have been expected, in order to provide patients with the very high standard of care which they experienced.
He was instrumental in helping to set up the activities of UCLan’s Medical School in West Cumbria and in ensuring that all students felt welcomed, valued and received an excellent educational experience.
Abigail said, “Although I never met him I feel very privileged and honoured to receive the Olu Orugun award. It has been a great experience, and I have loved developing my skills in West Cumberland Hospital where Olu worked.
“Over two years the physician associate programme has taught me a great deal, and I am looking forward to starting practice at the A&E department here in Whitehaven.
The Trust has been incredibly welcoming and being able to study this programme here at the National Centre for Remote and Rural Medicine at UCLan’s Westlakes Campus has been a fantastic opportunity – and I have made friends for life.”