BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science – Year 1: Induction information
Welcome to Portsmouth and the first year of your degree. We hope you enjoyed the summer and are excited to start your new life at university.
Message from Professor Sherria Hoskins, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Health
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Faculty of Science. Many things about our world are very different at the moment, but one thing that hasn't changed is our commitment to giving you a fantastic experience at University.
You'll soon get to know the other students on your course. Many of the friendships you make now will last a lifetime. And our staff are here to guide and support you to reach your potential.
This year, approximately 1,500 students graduated from one of our programmes. I feel immensely proud that we have made such a significant contribution to the pool of scientists and health practitioners.
Science and health studies represent an adventure of the mind, seeking truth that can make a difference to the world, as we have seen more than ever in recent times. I hope we give you an understanding of how to use your knowledge and an understanding of its intrinsic value to yourselves and others.
I also hope that we inspire you with confidence and curiosity throughout your studies so that you can go on to realise your own vision; to know the world as it is and be able to imagine it as it might be, to glimpse the possibilities of change, of improvement and of your contribution.
Staying safe on campus
We’ll have all appropriate safety measures and a few restrictions in place. And every building will be open in line with Government guidance – including teaching spaces, communal spaces, toilets, cafes and the library. For more information about how we're ensuring your safety on campus, head to the 'Campus and city life 2020/21' page.
Due to coronavirus, we've made some changes to teaching to keep you safe. You'll take part in most large teaching sessions online. And any face-to-face teaching will be in small groups with social distancing measures in place. We've set up sanitisation stations across campus, one-way systems in busy areas and protective screens at certain locations.
Due to changing circumstances as a result of the pandemic, we may need to make further changes to courses to ensure your safety and to ensure compliance with Government guidelines. We'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any such changes. Your course leader will inform you of these changes.
International and EU students
If you're joining us from overseas, find out about our International Orientation events and what you need to do during your first week.
If you can't travel to the UK, or you don't feel safe to travel, your course's first teaching block will be delivered completely online. The majority of Orientation events will also be online, so you'll still be able to get involved in welcome talks and social activities, as well as meet other new students.
Meet your lecturers
We're looking forward to meeting you and welcoming you to your first lecture. Below you'll find information of key lecturers who'll teach you during your first teaching block.
Course Leader (Interim)
I joined the NHS in 1996 as a trainee paramedic and in late 1997, became a paramedic for the then Two Shires Ambulance Service NHS Trust. I had a variety of roles within the service, working for Oxfordshire Ambulance Service for a short while before moving to the Isle of Wight in 2001. The Isle of Wight is the only Ambulance Service that is part of an integrated NHS Trust and I worked as a Clinical Team Manager before studying for my degree at the University of Wales, Swansea. This led to me becoming an Emergency Care Practitioner and whilst working on the island in this role, I applied for the post of Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth.
Working for the University became my full-time role but I held onto a reduced hours contract with the Isle of Wight NHS Trust keeping my skills up on the road working at weekends. I have also worked with the Trust Clinical Education Team as an educator, supporting all types of learners that work for the hospital or are placed there as part of their studies. Working for the University has allowed me to be a part of the development of pre-registration programmes for paramedics, including the Foundation Degree, the CertHE and in recent years, the BSc(Hons) Paramedic Science.
Apart from the very specialist subject of obstetrics, I have probably taught everything on the curriculum so it is difficult to say what subjects I prefer. I have another role with the HCPC so as a Visitor, I am part of the team helping to review, assess and approve paramedic programmes. I love working with my professional colleagues and it's great to see the journey that some take, from application to graduation and beyond.
Find out more about Andy Jones.
Deputy Course Lead
I joined the University of Portsmouth in July 2014 as a lecturer and I currently hold a Senior Teaching Fellow position in the School of Health and Care Professions on the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science course. I am a registered paramedic and worked for South Central Ambulance Service (formerly Hampshire Ambulance Service) from 2002 before moving into Higher Education and retaining a bank contract with SCAS for the past six years. In addition to teaching across all three years, I am also the placement lead for the paramedic course, providing support to students whilst on placement.
Find out more about Tracey Brickell.
I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health and Care Professions. I am also a registered paramedic working for South Central Ambulance Service.
I am currently enrolled on a PhD programme at the University of Portsmouth, where I am further studying my key interest area of sepsis care in the UK ambulance service.
My current research interests are dementia recording and care in the ambulance service and also, the effectiveness of intravenous antibiotics in the treatment of prehospital sepsis.
Find out more about Patryk Jadzinski.
Associate Head (Employability and Placements)
My clinical background is in therapeutic radiography, graudating from the University of Portsmouth in 2001. I joined the University in 2011 as a Lecturer, and have held a number of roles during this time, including working on the BSc Radiography, BSc Social Work programmes as well as the CertHE and BSc Paramedic programmes. My current role is Associate Head (Employability and Placements), where I have overview of these activities across the School. I am currently enrolled on a EdD programme, with my research focused on the experience of LGBTQIA+ students on healthcare courses.
Find out more about Naomi Dickie.
Welcome from Dr. Jason Oakley, Interim Head of School
I’d like to welcome you to the School of Health and Care Professions. This will not be quite the start to your time at university that you or we were expecting but even in these unusual times our aim will be to deliver the best learning experience possible and ensure that you all have the opportunity to meet the learning outcomes of your course. In the first few weeks of your course we will also provide virtual means for you to meet your fellow students and all of the staff. Your course teams will let you know about this in the first week.
Our staff are all experts in their subjects, approachable and have a philosophy of supporting students to achieve their individual potential, to become confident, independent learners with transferable skills that will serve them well for the rest of their lives. Your course teams will be available via a variety of means, but in whichever way they can, they are there to support you and you mustn’t hesitate to contact any of them if you have any questions.
I look forward to meeting you in person or virtually in the first few weeks of your course and would like to take this opportunity to wish you well with your studies.
Your induction timetable
You'll need your student account details to access many of your online induction activities. If you haven't already activated your student account, please activate it now. Your username will consist of 'UP' followed by your student ID number (for example, UP123456).
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Monday 5th October
09.00am–12.00pm: DBS Registration will now take place on the 20th October 09:00 - 12:00
Rosalind Franklin West rooms C&D
12.00pm–14.00pm: Meeting Course Team Group one
Location Building FTF
14.00pm–16.00pm: Meeting Course Team Group two
Location Building FTF
Tuesday 6th October
09.00am–12.00pm: Registration Drop in
10.00am–11.00pm: Library session (online)
Location Building: Online
1.00pm–2.00pm:ASDAQ Learning Support
Wednesday 7th October
09:00am-5:00 Occupational health appointments (Paramedic Science)
Rosalind Franklin West rooms C&D
09.00am–4.00pm: Freshers Fair (online)
Thursday 8th October
09.00am–10.00am:Personal tutor groups
12.00pm–1.00pm:College of paramedics
1.00pm–1.30pm: Student Voice (online)
Nick ClarkJoin Zoom Meeting
2.00pm–3.00pm: Sports at UoP (online)
Friday 9th October
09.00am–4.00pm: Core Skills Training framework (CSTF)
Location Building:TBC individual timings to be arranged
Keep in mind that event times and locations might change at short notice.
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