Graduate profile

Charles Adler

"I work as a paramedic for the South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, providing emergency and urgent care to my patients, in addition to making real and meaningful change to my profession."


Paramedic Science BSc (Hons)

Graduation year


Why I chose Surrey

I was looking for a new challenge after leaving the Armed Forces. The decision was easy when I discovered that Surrey not only offered the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science course that I wanted, but also has an excellent reputation for producing compassionate and competent clinicians.

My career and development

More than ten years after leaving school, I rediscovered the fun of learning about a topic I was passionate about. Learning never stops in healthcare and Surrey's focus on research means that paramedics are now actively involved in shaping the care that their profession provides. My fellow graduates have become friends for life and I look back fondly at our time together. Many of them have chosen to work in this area and it is fantastic to work amongst friends.

I work as a paramedic for South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, providing emergency and urgent care to my patients. Many people perhaps don't realise that nearly half the patients we attend are not taken to hospital, and instead are treated at home or referred to other care in the community. Between providing life-saving acute treatment (and yes, some trauma) to the management of chronic conditions and social care needs, the working day has a variety not found anywhere else.

Through graduating from Surrey, I have been given the opportunity to effect real and meaningful change in my profession, where evidenced-based practice is rapidly replacing protocol-driven healthcare. Recently elected into the role of Staff Governor, I also represent the operational workforce to the board.   

My advice

Work hard, question everything and remember that above all: being kind and decent to people is the cornerstone of all good healthcare. Oh, and forget what you see on television!


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