What can I do to prepare for my Allied Health Professions course?

If you are looking to join the School of Health Sciences this September, look no further for tips and ideas on how to prepare for your course over the summer. We’ve come up with a range of options for you to explore and get you uni ready!

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The more you know, the better! We're not expecting you to be experts in your field when you join us, but getting a head start can help you underpin the key concepts of your area of study and help you start thinking about the future.

Read up on the Healthcare and Professions Standards of conduct, performance and ethics.

For Paramedic Science students, take a look at the College of Paramedics website and find out more about the career.

If you’re hoping to study Operating Department Practice, take a look at the Association for Perioperative Practice website and learn more about the guidance and standards.

Check out the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapiststhe professional body for speech and language therapists in the UK. 

Start connecting

It's never too early to start making some industry connections and learning from others in your field.

Create a Twitter account and start following professionals and researchers in the field, such as @ODPBCU, @parabcu@BCURadiography or @SLTatBCU

An interesting Twitter account for future speech and language therapists is Abed Ahmed - he’s a teacher who has a stammer and does lots of advocacy and awareness raising for people with a stammer. Abed completed his PGCE at BCU.

Create a LinkedIn profile and begin connecting with people.

Tune into a good podcast

Listening to a podcast at the gym or while you're catching the bus can be an easy way to absorb new information and gain deeper knowledge of the subject.

For all things Operating Department Practice, listen to PIPcast.

Give the MCHD Paramedic Podcast a listen if you're interested in paramedic science.

The Royal College of Radiologists podcast is great listening for discussions on Radiotherapy and Diagnostic Radiography.

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Allied Health Professions: Pam’s story

Staff and students in the School of Health Sciences celebrated Allied Health Professions Day by creating a special series of films showing how their professions contribute to the care of Pam, a patient with multiple health issues.

Watch the videos