Karen Harrison was working as a Care Home Consultant wishing to return to nursing practice following the expiration of her PIN.
Karen was made aware of the Level 5 qualification as a route to university and decided to source a course to help her meet the entry criteria, enrolling with a local college.
However the college decided to withdraw the course due to lack of interest, it was at this point Karen contacted FNTC and whilst she was very nervous to start with Karen was well aware that the course would also her to develop her leadership and management skills.
Karen’s assessor made Karen aware that she would need both English and maths at level 2 to help her progress not only in her work and current course but to her long term aim of attending university. Karen was extremely nervous about the maths aspect of the course, however under the reassurance and support given by her assessor Karen soon grew in confidence. The one to one sessions and exam preparation worked well, particularly the use of practice papers, resulting in Karen achieving her maths qualification.
Karen reports that her assessor always replied swiftly to questions she asked, even if it was by phone or email. Karen is also pleased with the way the assessor helped her to develop critical thinking skills and taught her a variety of ways to evaluate which Karen recognises will help her both in the workplace and in her progression to university.
After completing the course, Karen says the course has helped her to improve her clinical skills and preparation to become a home manager/regional director and that she could have never have got this far without the support of her assessor.
Karen hopes to start the university return to practice course in September.