Carl is training to be a learning disabilities nurse.
'The practical skills I have gained at University are essential for my future career.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.