Dame Audrey Charlotte Georgiana Buller(1883-1953), Chairman, St Loyes College for Training and Rehabilitation of the Disabled
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Buller was instrumental in identifying a lack of occupational therapy and training for disabled people, founding several hospitals and colleges. During the First World War, she became the administrator for the Red Cross Voluntary Aided Hospital in Exeter, the only woman to hold the post. The War Office took over the hospital in 1915 and more than 35,000 patients were treated there. Buller became responsible for 44 affiliated auxiliary hospitals. In 1927 the Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Hospital was opened in Exeter with funds raised by Buller to provide much needed treatment, particularly for children. In response to a lack of training for disabled people, Buller established the St Loye’s School of Health Studies in Exeter and Queen Elizabeth College in Leatherhead, leaning on Ernest Bevin for support when her pioneering training programmes were met with resistance.
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