International Paramedic Research Conference 2021: Malcolm Woollard Lecture by Dr Gregory Whitley

The first 24-hour international paramedic research conference was hosted by the College of Paramedics (UK), the Australasian College of Paramedicine and the Prehospital Care Research Forum at the UCLA Centre for Prehospital Care on the 30th November 2021.  

The first presentation was the Malcolm Woollard Lecture, titled “The Painful Truth”, delivered by CaHRU member Dr Gregory Whitley.  The Malcolm Woollard Lecture commemorates the life and outstanding contribution of the late Professor Malcolm Woollard FCPara to the paramedic profession, in particular Malcolm’s contribution to research and evidence-based practice.

Dr Gregory Whitley completed his PhD in 2020 titled “Pre-hospital pain management in children: A mixed methods study”.  He is currently a paramedic research fellow at the East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust, a lecturer in paramedic science at the University of Lincoln and a post-doctoral bridging fellow funded by Health Education England.

The session included a brief history of pain, a discussion around the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) definition of pain, consideration of some of the challenges and solutions to pre-hospital pain management, followed by The Painful Truth.  The session was closed with the following quote, attributed to Maya Angelou: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better”. Please click the link below to view the slides.

The presentation was recorded and will be available within the College of Paramedics CPD Hub [membership required]. If you have any questions for Dr Gregory Whitley, please contact via email:

Malcolm Woollard Lecture – The Painful Truth


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