NHS Lothian has a staff base of around 24,000 across acute hospital sites, primary care and community health. The Foundation contributes to the development of those staff through education and training support.
Dr Robin Mitchell was a Scottish-born emergency medicine specialist with an international reputation as an outstanding clinician and inspirational educator. He died in 2010 from pancreatic cancer and is remembered fondly through the establishment of the Robin Mitchell Memorial Fellowship.
In partnership with the Medic 1 charity, the Foundation is funding a bi-annual travel fellowship, enabling a Scottish Emergency Medicine Trainee to pursue a placement in a clinical centre of excellence that will advance their clinical knowledge and experience.
The Bursary was the brainchild of Mr David Steadman (A&E Consultant). Dr Rebecca Cranfield, a Year 5 specialist trainee based at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh was the first recipient of this fellowship. She travelled to Baltimore and Boston to two Level 1 Trauma Centres to study major trauma, aeromedical retrieval and emergency radiology.