After working as a medic in the armed forces, Annabel decided to pursue a career as a paramedic.
'I had worked as a medic in the army for seven years so I had experience but wanted to progress on to a higher level.'
I had worked as a medic in the army for seven years so I had experience but wanted to progress on to a higher level. Teesside is one of the closest universities to my hometown that offers a degree in paramedic practice.
The course is divided up into practical placements and theory sessions delivered at the University. The placements vary between time on the road in an ambulance, to hospital and community placements such as children and families, mental health and minor injuries. There’s also scope to spend time with the Great North Air Ambulance as well which is amazing experience.
It’s a fantastic campus, with the Library being in the central hub of the University. There is always plenty going on in the Students’ Union too. The campus is also situated in a really good place with easy access to the town and surrounding areas.
I’m a mature student, so I live in my own house away from the campus. However, within the main campus are several pubs which are nice and affordable with a good atmosphere.
This course will lead me to register with a professional body, the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC), which will allow me to legally work as a paramedic. When I graduate, I hope to get a job with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service but one day my dream is to work on the air ambulance.