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Carl Dobbs

Carl is training to be a learning disabilities nurse.

Carl  Dobbs

BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Learning Disabilities)

'The practical skills I have gained at University are essential for my future career.'

Why learning disabilities nursing at Teesside?

I previously worked with children and young adults with learning disabilities and/or autism and wanted to continue this. I decided to go to university and study learning disabilities nursing to pursue the career I wanted. I chose Teesside due to the location and because of the great reviews I had heard about the course.

Tell us about your course

I love the balance of theory and practice on my course. I enjoy the practical module the most. It’s great to be able to put what I learn at University into practice on placements.

What do you think about the campus and services?

The services offered at Teesside University are of a high standard. I’ve never had any issues finding a computer in the library. The literary fellows are also amazing at helping you check over your academic work and improve it.

What have been your highlights so far?

While at University, I have worked with Transform Healthcare Cambodia, which is a charity set up to help improve the healthcare services in Cambodia. Along with other nursing students, I completed a two-week placement there which I thoroughly enjoyed. It gave me a great insight into how healthcare systems operate in other countries.

What skills and experience have you gained?

The practical skills I have gained at University are essential for my future career. The course has helped me to become familiar with different clinical areas and I have completed a variety of placements. I have worked with a community team, working with children and adolescents with mental health problems who also have a learning disability, mental health inpatients for adults with learning disabilities, and low secure forensic services.

Would you recommend your course and Teesside University?

Yes – the help and support you get as a student is great. The range of placements that the University offers in conjunction with Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust is great and broadens your learning.