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“You are never too old to achieve, with the right support and encouragement, everyone can make life better for themselves and for others”

11th January 2019 – Tags: Student Stories

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Before attending City College Norwich, I had not studied formally since high school.

I chose to undertake my Foundation Degree in Health Studies at CCN because I felt that I had a wealth of experience and a strong desire to help not only my employer and its service users, but also to help myself grow as a person. I am passionate about service improvement and I knew that I could make a difference to more people if only I could expand on my existing skill set.

Asides from the fantastic staff, who were kind, approachable, friendly and supportive at all stages, I have made some friends for life in my classmates. Being able to study closely with people from a variety of trusts and in a variety of roles gave me knowledge of the wider NHS, I feel that I learnt a lot from them as well as the lecturers and I hope they all feel the same way.

Confidence & self belief

At CCN, I gained self confidence, self worth, and self belief. I have never been particularly confident in my abilities and the results I achieved for the variety of assignment and assessment styles made me realise I am capable of a great deal more than I ever thought.

The knowledge base and skills that I have acquired during my studies has already had an impact on me, both personally and professionally. I have been able to introduce new procedures and ongoing audits within my department which all aim to improve patient experience.

Commendations & achievements

The children’s book I wrote as part of the Health Promotion module has been well received by everyone who has seen it, and has been widely advertised in the local press and social media. I have been commended by the Head of Nursing and the Quality Improvements team for the book and I am currently in the early stages of writing a new version aimed at helping adults with learning disabilities.

Future plans

I am incredibly proud of my achievements, having left school at the age of 16 and moved straight to full time employment, I never in a million years thought I would be able to achieve a degree in my thirties! Especially whilst working and raising children. It has been a tough couple of years, but I am already missing my days at Norfolk House, and the endless hours spent at the laptop in my kitchen! I have been inspired to continue my studies. 

In future, I remain hopeful that I will return to CCN to complete the health studies top up. I would dearly love to hold a band 5 position within the Interventional Radiology Department of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Sally Nederpel - Radiology Clinical Support Worker, former Health Studies degree student

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