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Oliver Cole

Paramedic Practice student Oliver is one of many students volunteering to use their skills to help the NHS during the fight against coronavirus (Covid-19). He will be working as a Paramedic for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service and shares his thoughts here.

Oliver Cole
  • Age: 20
  • Where are you from? Nottingham

The placements have been extremely helpful, right from the beginning of the course and I am proud of how much I have grown over the last three years.

What course are you studying?

I am in the final year of my BSc (Hons) Paramedic Practice

Is being a Paramedic something you have always wanted to do?

I have always wanted to do something to help people and try and make a positive difference. My mother was a care support worker and I remember when I was younger she would come home with some cracking stories of care and compassion. That really inspired me and influenced my decision to pursue a career as a paramedic.

Why Teesside University and how has the course been?

It has been a really positive three years and I have been so impressed by everything at Teesside University. When I came to the open day I was struck by the positivity of the lecturers and how they were not just interested in the academic side, but they were interested in me as a person and how I would be able to engage with people on a personal level. That is so important in this profession.

The placements have been extremely helpful, right from the beginning of the course and I am proud of how much I have grown over the last three years.

Why have you volunteered to go into paramedic practice early?

I just thought it was the right thing to do - both in terms of supporting the national effort and for my own development. Rather than sitting around in isolation, it makes a lot more sense to get out there on the front line, help out and do my bit. I have seen all the pressure the NHS is under and the number of people who are having to stay off work for 7 or 14 days. That can't be easy and I am glad to be able to help out and ease the pressure.

What do you think you'll get from the experience?

It is quite daunting but at the same time it is an honour to be able to help vulnerable people and that is why I chose this profession. It is the right thing to do and in years to come I will be able to look back on this experience and know that I played a part at a crucial time.

What do your friends and family think about you volunteering to do this?

There is a great feeling of pride, but also a lot of anxiety. Obviously nobody knows what is going to happen and how long this will last, but they understand this is something I want to do and they are fully supportive.

What message do you have for your fellow students at this time?

For me the main thing is to be resilient and have something outside of work to keep you occupied. I do a lot of climbing and that keeps me physically and mentally active - so be resilient and keep busy.