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Channelle Gowland

Channelle now works as a Senior Operating Department Practitioner

Channelle  Gowland

Diploma in Higher Education in Operating Department Practice

After visiting the campus and meeting the course tutors it was a no brainer, this was the place for me to study.

Why Teesside?

I knew the University had an excellent reputation for its health courses. After visiting the campus and meeting the course tutors it was a no brainer, this was the place for me to study.

Tell us about your course

I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the course. The class sizes were small, which I found made it easier to learn. The practical sessions where we dissected lungs and hearts were incredible. And using SimMan for the very first time, simulating an actual patient during an acute theatre setting, was so lifelike – a brilliant way to learn.

Best thing about your course?

All of it! It was an incredible two year journey where I made friends for life. I loved going on team building away weekends to Settle in North Yorkshire. But I think the best bit had to be the lecturers. They invested so much time into the students, nothing was ever an inconvenience to them. They were always willing to help and offer support at University and on placement.

Favourite module?

Anatomy and Physiology as I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to the human body. I specialise in cardiothoracic surgery so I thrived on learning the anatomy of the cardiac system.

Tell us about your social life

I socialised a lot outside of University and placement, often visiting the Students’ Union and surrounding bars and restaurants on campus. The Students’ Union always knocked up an amazing breakfast to set me up for the classes ahead.

What have you done since graduating?

I’ve recently been promoted to a band six Senior Operating Department Practitioner within cardiothoracic theatres at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital. I’m also part of the organ retrieval team – we retrieve hearts and lungs for human transplantation from anywhere in the UK and Europe.