Meet the team behind our NEW and exciting Alpine Medicine course

Our outstanding teaching faculty for the NEW and exciting Alpine Medicine training expedition course taking place in the stunning Julian Alps in Slovenia brings with them a huge array of Everest, Polar and Mountain Rescue experience. They are perfectly placed to share their unique knowledge and skills with you and ensure by the time you leave this course you will have an inclusive understanding of winter mountaineering skills, advanced expedition medicine skills, altitude and cold weather medicine.

Meet the expert team who will be delivering an unrivalled syllabus of expedition medicine content:

Dr Rich Wain-Hobson – Alpine Medicine Course Lead

Dr Rich Wain-Hobson - WEM facultyBorn in a dark corner of North Wales, Rich spent his childhood exploring Snowdonia with his Dad. An offer to study at Peninsula Medical School took him to the South West, and he hasn’t looked back.

Since then he has developed an interest in expedition and remote medicine which has seen him planning, supporting and leading expeditions in over 60 countries, including both polar regions.

He spends every spare moment outside climbing, ski touring, mountain biking, and surfing. He has spent a winter season in Austria and the Southern Alps of New Zealand, as well as other notable adventures such as bouncing down Africa in an old Land Rover, multi-day dog sledding in Arctic Norway, being one of the first people to mountain bike in the Simien mountains in Ethiopia, and driving from Western Ireland to Eastern Siberia for charity.

Rich has studied Tropical Medicine at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and has worked in hospitals in Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Malawi and Nepal, as well as Sri Lanka after the tsunami. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and has a passion for encouraging others to explore and enjoy the outdoors.

Rich has just got back from a year in NZ and is looking forwards to pastures new… He is currently working as a GP and an EM Middle Grade doctor.


Dr Isla Madeleine Wormald – Emergency Medicine Specialist Registrar

Dr Isla Madeleine Wormald - WEM facultyIsla is a Yorkshire lass living in Sheffield, UK where she is a locum Emergency Medicine SpR.

She was formerly doctor for the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association & GB Junior Lead Climbing & Bouldering Teams.

Born & raised by two teacher parents, an enthusiasm for education runs in her blood and in addition to being a WEM faculty member, Isla is an AWLS instructor & helped deliver the first UIAA / ICAR / ISMM Nepal DiMM.

Isla’s expedition medicine experience includes:

  • Doctor for BSES Arctic Adventure 2011 expedition to Svalbard
  • CMO for Leeds Metropolitan University Himalayan Research Expedition 2011
  • SMO for BSES Arctic Odyssey 2012 Expedition to Loppa Peninsula of Norway
  • Challenge Medic for three Action Challenge Kilimanjaro Summit Challenges
  • Doctor for Action Challenge “London 2 Paris 24” 2013
  • CMO for Medex Manaslu 2015 Expedition
  • Challenge Doctor for Skyline Events Great Wall Discovery Trek 2018
  • Doctor for Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions 2019

Isla has a passion for outdoor pursuits and can usually be found scaling snow-capped peaks or undertaking pedal-powered adventures! She is a holder of the Mountain Training Association Summer Mountain Leader & PADI Open Water Diver awards and is an aspirant Winter Mountain Leader & British Association of International Mountain Leaders International Mountain Leader.


Hannah Kittson, Emergency Medicine Registrar

Hannah Kittson, Emergency Medicine RegistrarHannah is an Emergency Medicine Registrar in the East of England, but mostly wishes she was in the mountains. She is a qualified Mountain Leader, and aspirant International Mountain Leader, having been involved in expeditions with school groups for many years.

When she’s not working on her Diploma in Mountain Medicine and Tropical Medicine, you can find Hannah involved in providing medical cover for multiple, often remote, outdoor sports events including ultra-marathons, open water swimming, triathlons and mountain biking.

If that’s not enough, when she’s not in the mountains, Hannah will often be found at Silverstone where she works regularly as a motorsport doctor.


Join us in February 2021; learn with this incredibly experienced and knowledgeable team, and be part of something amazing. Book your place today!

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