BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science – Year 2: Induction information


Welcome back to Portsmouth. We hope you enjoyed the summer and are excited to start the next year of your degree.

Message from Professor Sherria Hoskins, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Health

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you back 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.

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.

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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

During induction week, you'll meet members of your course teaching and administration team, Faculty support staff and other new students. You'll be assigned a personal tutor in your first week, who is an experienced member of academic staff.

Andy Jones

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.

Tracey Brickell

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.

Patryk Jadzinski

Senior Lecturer

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.

Naomi Dickie

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,  Head (Interim) of School

Welcome back to the School of Health and Care Professions. It was a challenging end to the academic year and I would like to thank you all for your support and professionalism.  We are now all looking forward to the new academic year and 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 the staff. We will also provide you with further details about how we will be delivering your course, utilising our simulation facilities and how we will be coordinating placements in light of the coronavirus.    Your course teams will be available via a variety of means, but in whichever way they can, they are there to support you in your studies and you mustn’t hesitate to contact them if you have any questions or concerns.  

I look forward to welcoming you back in person or virtually during the first few weeks and would like to take this opportunity to wish you well with your studies.

Your induction timetable

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