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Kelly Bennett

Career Path: Night Matron/Patient Flow Manager, City Hospitals Sunderland
Location: Sunderland, UK

I began my NHS career as a Transport Driver then moved to working as a Healthcare Assistant whilst studying at college an Access Course leading onto Diploma Nursing. I then worked for five years as a Band Five on Admissions and the Short Stay ward and then a further four years as a Junior Sister on Acute Admissions Unit. I am now working as a Patient Flow Manager/Night Matron.

What are you doing now?

I am currently working as a Patient Flow/Night Matron.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

I enjoyed studying for my Diploma so this made me want to study for my BSc degree at the University. Also the locality of the University to home.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

It was a mixture of lessons, lectures and seminars as well as diverse study groups with feedback always being constructive.

How connected was your course with industry?

There were blocks of theory taught in the classroom interspersed with blocks of student placements.

If you took on a placement during your course how did you feel this helped you in your career/ with your studies?

I feel the placements all followed on from the theory, and were all relevant to the theory which facilitated putting the learning into practice.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

I feel that completing my degree following my diploma has always provided me with that step ahead and has given my career that edge which has allowed for promotion not only in the NHS but also in my military career as a Army Reservist.

What was the best thing about your course?

I enjoyed the placements but also enjoyed being back in the classroom with a wide range of other learners from different backgrounds.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

Having completed Master level modules on Leadership and Management; this has greatly enhanced my present role in particular and as a Nursing Officer.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

Meeting new people from diverse backgrounds.

What advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria?

Embrace the opportunity.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Never looking back.

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