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Bradley Squirrell

Career Path: Registered Learning Disability Nurse, NHS
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

I wanted to be a Learning Disability Nurse as I have a learning difficulty and received lots of support when I was younger. Due to this support I became more confident and learned more with extra support and wanted to help others to unlock their full potential. I went to Northumbria to complete my degree and received support with my dyslexia and graduated with first class honours.

What are you doing now?Bradley Squirrell

I'm a staff nurse in psychoneurosis working with patients with Huntington's disease, Parkinson's, TBI and hypoxic brain injuries.

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

Northumbria has a fantastic support network with plenty of opportunities for placements. In addition, Northumbria has a high class of teaching and resources.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

I found it well-structured and the lecturer's shared their experiences to help students with their learning. In addition, the mix of seminars and lectures was very good.

How connected was your course with industry?

Northumbria has worked with Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and variety of private sectors which gave us different aspects of their policies and procedures for delivering care and treatment.

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

Placements gave me an in-depth opportunity to learn aspects of different areas such as picu, secure services, cyps and adult services. This allowed me to gain insight into the different needs of patients, risk assessments and treatment pathways.

What was the best thing about your course?

The lecturer's always had the time to speak to me and support me both professionally and personally.

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

It gave me basic practice and experience required to begin my career as a nurse.

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

Communication, evidence-based practice and team-working research

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

Completing group projects with other students and presenting them to staff and others.

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

No matter how far away from home you are and home sick you may get, Northumbria's staff and students will be like your family away from home. Don't ever give up because anything's possible.

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