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Kay Norris

Blyth, UK

BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science and Out of Hospital Care

Kay Norris had always wanted to be a paramedic and knew she would have to get a degree to achieve this. She attended an Open Day at the University of Sunderland to find out more about the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science and Out of Hospital Care course and was impressed by the facilities and the hands-on approach.

Before university I was working as a support worker, supporting clients who had acquired spinal or brain injuries. I always wanted to be paramedic and decided to attend an Open Day at the University of Sunderland before applying. I was very impressed with the facilities and the fact the course offered a lot of hands-on experience – plus the tutors were all paramedics with real-life experience which they could share with us.

My favourite part of the course was the clinical placements. I have gained a vast amount of experience from different scenarios while being out on placement as well as different disciplines including theatres and A&E. My cohort were unlucky that our second-year placements were cancelled during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020, but our tutors did their best to keep us up-to-date and on track through virtual sessions. Luckily, we were eventually able to get back out on placements as things started to ease. Outside of university, I also worked as a Nursing assistant which I signed up to during the Covid-19 lockdown. The skills and knowledge I had gained from university assisted me greatly in this role, from communicating with patients, diagnostic testing and understanding health conditions.

Upon graduation, I hope to become a Newly Qualified Paramedic (NQP) within the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) and eventually progress to a Trauma Paramedic.”

Published 12 October 2020

Read more about Kay, including how she put her skills into action after witnessing a road crash.

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