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 is 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 currently are on schedule for final year placements to go ahead, fingers crossed. Outside of university I also work as a Nursing assistant which I signed up to during the Covid-19 lockdown. The skills and knowledge I have gained from university have assisted me greatly in this role, from communicating with patients, diagnostic testing and understanding health conditions.
I am looking forward to graduating next year – my future goal would be to get a Newly Qualified Paramedic (NQP) role with the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) and progress to a Trauma Paramedic.”
Published 12 October 2020