Lisa is a self-employed dental therapist
‘I really enjoyed the degree’s varied clinical experience and I enjoyed documenting the patient journey.’
I was a dental nurse with the same practice for 18 years. I’d progressed to senior nurse and was keen to further my career in dentistry. Teesside University has a fantastic reputation and is within travelling distance from home so it was the perfect choice for me.
It was hard returning to education after such a long break. I completed an Access course but it was still a bit daunting at first. As a mum of two it was hard juggling study with everyday life and I often found myself doing my University work at night. But it was really worthwhile.
There was a real mix of people on my degree course, from students straight from college to others like me with dental experience, but we became a tight-knit group and everyone was so supportive. I’ve made some really good friends.
I really enjoyed the degree’s varied clinical experience. My favourite modules were those which included clinical skills and case skills, and I enjoyed documenting the patient journey. The facilities and services offered on campus are excellent and Teesside University’s social side is brilliant.
Since qualifying I am working as a self-employed dental therapist across four practices in North Yorkshire and thoroughly enjoying my role. I am also regional representative for the British Association of Dental Therapists which is a voluntary position.
All of my clinical experience is useful in my current role. Although the degree was extremely hard work I am delighted with my new career in dental therapy and pleased that I took the step as a mature student. And I am amazed I achieved a first. I certainly recommend Teesside University – the facilities are excellent. I love what I am doing and I may even consider a master’s in the future.