School of Health & Social Care

Student views

Natalie Pelling

Natalie has secured a job working as an operating department practitioner.

Natalie  Pelling

BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice Studies

My course, the overall experience, the support and guidance are all excellent.

Why Teesside University?

I have a family so I wanted to be close to home. I’ve grown up in the area so Teesside University was an ideal choice.

Why the interest in health?

I’ve always wanted to work in healthcare and have a particular interest in anatomy and physiology. I wanted to learn more about being part of a surgical team and helping to make a difference to people’s lives.

Best thing about your course?

I enjoy every aspect of the course. Although I’ve found it hard work trying to balance everything, it’s helped me develop my planning and organisation skills.

The theory-based sessions give me a good grounding. However the practical elements are my favourite, giving me an understanding of how to apply this knowledge in practice.

The support from my tutors is exceptional, and if they can’t help they’ll direct me to the right place.

Tell us about the University facilities

The campus has some fantastic facilities. There are spaces in the library for group work or quiet areas to work on your own. The library also runs workshops to help with essay writing and referencing.

The Students’ Union has loads of different activities and there are plenty of bars and shops on campus so everything you need is on the doorstep.

Would you recommend Teesside?

Absolutely. My course, the overall experience, the support and guidance are all excellent.

What are your plans and ambitions?

I’ve managed to secure a job working as an operating department practitioner. I start as soon as I graduate, working in the NHS trust where I’ve had my placements. When I started the course the tutors told me it would be like a two-year interview and that’s exactly what it has been.