Captain Lisa Irwin, Medical Mentor

Captain Lisa Irwin

Captain Lisa Irwin

Lisa’s Diary 2014

I am Captain Lisa Irwin, a 45 year old mum of three who is a Reserve Army Captain in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME). I have deployed twice before; the first time as a SSgt Artificer (Vehicle Mechanic running a workshop) and the second time, after commissioning, as a Female Engagement Team Commander (out on the ground in the Nad-e-Ali area of Helmand patrolling with the ground troops in order to engage with local women). I am currently on a three-year Full Time Reserve Service contract (effectively a Regular Officer but on a short term contract) and during my contract I have spent 15 months studying Pashto, the language mainly spoken in Helmand, in order to deploy as a Cultural Specialist with the Defence Cultural Specialist Unit (DCSU).

  • Training Afghan Medics: The Language of Healing Pt7 27 May, 2014 - Lisa’s Diary 2014 Captain Lisa Irwin is a REME Reserve Officer currently on a three-year Full Time Reserve Service commitment with the Defence Cultural Specialist Unit.  She has spent 15 months learning Pashto and Dari before deploying to Camp Bastion to be the 2 IC of a team of medical personnel set up to mentor … Continue reading Training Afghan Medics: The Language of Healing Pt7
  • Training Afghan Medics: The Language of Healing Pt6 1 May, 2014 - We are now coming up to the handover/changeover of the Bastion hospital personnel, which also means most of the personnel in the mentoring team. It will be hard to say goodbye to people that have become my friends but I know they are all hugely looking forward to going home. I shall be the continuity (although the new doctors have been here for almost a month already) so it will be very important for me to keep communication flowing in the team and for me to look out for them.
  • A cake decorated with the Afghan flag and the words 'Happy New Year'. Training Afghan Medics: The Language of Healing Pt5 25 April, 2014 - Lisa’s Diary 2014 Captain Lisa Irwin is a REME Reserve Officer currently on a three-year Full Time Reserve Service commitment with the Defence Cultural Specialist Unit.  She has spent 15 months learning Pashto and Dari before deploying to Camp Bastion to be the 2 IC of a team of medical personnel set up to mentor … Continue reading Training Afghan Medics: The Language of Healing Pt5
  • Training Afghan Medics: The Language of Healing Pt4 10 April, 2014 - It may be small steps but I really do feel that my job, and more importantly the work of all of the ANSF Med Dev Team, is making a positive difference.
  • Training Afghan Medics: The Language of Healing Pt3 16 March, 2014 - Whilst surgery was being carried out in the Shorabak operating theatre I acted as an interpreter on the ward and in the laboratory, as we only had one local interpreter with us and he was needed in theatre. I was really pleased that I was able to interpret most things and I used my nursing experience to encourage the Afghan medics to ensure they had all they needed, and were ready, to receive the casualty on the ward once he came out of theatre.
  • Training Afghan Medics: The Language of Healing Pt2 4 March, 2014 - he past few days have been frustrating for me and my team. Unfortunately the threat state was raised so mentoring was put on hold. That meant we had a couple of days free; although in reality few of us were stood idle as the nurses and doctors in the team offered themselves to the hospital as extra hands/advisors, and myself and my OC caught up on essential admin. I too offered my nursing skills to the ward as two children are being treated there at present. They were happy for my help, especially as I could speak to the children in their own language.
  • Training Afghan Medics: The Language of Healing 25 February, 2014 - Lisa’s Diary 2014: Week 1-2. Fortunately for me a different, and probably more interesting and exciting, opportunity arose and I am now deploying as the second in command of a team of medical personnel working with the Afghan Security Forces (ANSF) to assist them in setting up their own centre for treatment of their severely … Continue reading Training Afghan Medics: The Language of Healing
  • Lisa's Diary 2: January-March 2011 22 March, 2011 - Captain Lisa Irwin is a Territorial Army Officer, currently deployed to Afghanistan as a Female Engagement Team Commander. The second three months of her diary are presented here, covering January to March 2011.
  • Lisa's Diary 1: October-December 2010 7 February, 2011 - Captain Lisa Irwin is a Territorial Army Officer, currently deployed to Afghanistan as a Female Engagement Team Commander. She's been keeping a diary, the first three months of which are presented here, covering October to December 2010.

 

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