It is a highlight whenever we get to use advanced technology to do trauma scenarios, such as the virtual reality (VR) room. The University has really invested in this course, with the new building and advanced training equipment.
More about Alex
What inspired you to study your subject?
"I have been an accountant for the best part of 10 years but always had a deep interest in all things medical. I never really enjoyed accountancy and it was just a way to pay the bills. My wife knew I was unhappy and asked me what my dream job would be and encouraged me to go for it."
Why did you choose your course and NTU?
"I chose BSc Paramedic Science as it was the quickest way to become a registered paramedic, as I did not work for an ambulance service beforehand.
As for NTU, it is a great university, within commutable distance from home. I have had lots of friends study various courses here (including my wife), so, it was the only choice for me.
What’s your experience been like of your course so far?
"I have had many great experiences on the course so far. It is a highlight whenever we get to use advanced technology to do trauma scenarios, such as the virtual reality (VR) room. The University has really invested in this course, with the new building and advanced training equipment."
Have you been involved in any projects or extra-curricular activities that have supplemented your studies run through NTU?
"I am one of the course reps for our cohort, which has allowed me to help feedback on the opinions of myself and the rest of the group and help effect change within the course for our future colleagues.
I have also been lucky enough to partake in the Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) course, with NTU, giving me an extra qualification relevant to my chosen course."
What does Social Sciences mean to you?
"To me, social sciences are about providing the best possible courses to meet frontline healthcare needs. I take pride in the privileged position I am allowed to be in, providing prehospital care to those who need it."
Have you completed any work placements on your course?
"Placement has been one of the highlights of the course so far. Working with ambulance clinicians first-hand, seeing different practices and points of view has allowed me to become a better clinician."
Do you have any memorable moments from your placement?
"On the last patient of a particularly long night shift, my practice educator (PEd) was taking the corners a bit vigorously. By the time we got to Newark, I was ready to throw up and not looking or feeling my best. Whilst talking to the patient and performing examinations, it was clear I was still struggling, which prompted both my PEd, crewmate and patient to take the mess all the way back to Mansfield. The moral of the story A) don’t forget travel sickness pills and B) don’t take yourself too seriously. Having a laugh at me helped distract the patient who overall was having a much worse day!"
What do you think of the support available from tutors and staff at NTU?
"Personally, I have found the support from tutors and staff to be excellent. The library staff are always on hand, and the tutors on the Paramedic science course all genuinely care about us. I would just say ask for help early if you think you might need it."
Outside of the Lecture Theatre
Did you find it easy to make friends and settle in at NTU?
"Being a mature student, I quickly found other mature students that I fit in with. We have found that we can help each other with studying and practical skills. With it being a small cohort though, we all get along well and can easily work well with each other."
The Next Steps
What’s next for you after NTU?
"After I graduate, I plan to work for East Midlands Ambulance Service."
What top tips would you give anyone thinking about studying your course at NTU?
"Learn to talk to people! It is by far the biggest skill you need to be an effective paramedic. Get some experience (paid or unpaid) that will expose you to different people and learn how to make small talk if that is not your strong suit."