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Lauren Read

Lauren Read

"Whilst on placement I have grown in confidence and capability, both in my knowledge I developed in theory, and my interpersonal skills with the team I work with and the women I care for."

Midwifery (Registered Midwife)

"The University of Surrey is in a great location, with a quick train ride to London, and not too far from my family home. Guildford has a homely feel, and I felt very welcomed at the Open Day I attended. I also really liked that the University is all on one campus so everything is easily accessible. The excellent league table results impressed me, and the placement opportunites sounded perfect.

I attended an Open Day shortly before applying. The staff and students were helpful and friendly, and the tours and talks offered were very informative. I was able to see the halls of residence, and talk to students about their experience at Surrey. The School of Health Sciences provided a tour of the Sim Suite where we could see all of the amazing equipment provided to help student midwives prepare for placement. My first impression of Surrey was that it was a beautiful campus, with amazing architecture and a friendly and inviting atmosphere.

After the Open Day, I could really picture myself studying at Surrey, and I would definitely recommend attending. 

Placement is definitely my favourite part of the degree. Hard work and challenging, but incredibly rewarding. I'm able to work with an incredible team of people, and integrate myself into the multidisciplinary team. I feel well respected, and my mentors guide me through each shift. Im able to put my theory work into practice, and learn new skills. The learning is endless, but the best way to do it is on placement.

I've created some incredible relationships with my patients and their families, and I’ll never forget delivering my first baby. 

My Professional Training placement has been ongoing since year one. I am located at the Royal Surrey County Hospital which is a great location. I spend half my time in University, learning the theory, and the rest of my time in the hospital. The midwifery placement offers experience in antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care, both in the community and in the hospital. I've also had a nursing placement, which provided a great insight into their role and responsibilities. I follow my mentors shift pattern, and they guide me through my placement, helping me to develop the knowledge and skills required for qualification. My highlight on placement has been getting to know the women and families I've had the privilege to care for.

It's amazing looking after women at their most vulnerable, and helping them get through one of the most life changing and special moments of their lives. 

Whilst on placement I have grown in confidence and capability, both in my knowledge I developed in theory, and my interpersonal skills with the team I work with and the women I care for. I've learnt to work within a team to act in the best interest of my patient, as well as having the confidence to question something when I’m unsure. 

My mentors support me a great deal. They all understand what it was once like to be a student, and are so understanding and patient. They give me confidence when I need it, and encourage me to do my best. Their knowledge is amazing, and they are always happy to teach you. 

The academic staff on my course are excellent. They impress me with their endless knowledge and skills and inspire me to do my best. They are supportive and encouraging with my theory work and placement, and will always be there for me if I have a problem. The facilties are great, especially the simulation suite. It allows us to practice our skills in a safe and comfortable environment before we go out in the hospital. 

In my first year at Surrey I lived at Manor Park, in the student halls of residence. The accommodationwas faultless, and there was easy access to the laundrette, main university campus and town. Manor Park was safe and secure, as well as having common rooms and a great café.

My best moment at Surrey so far has been having the opportunity to work abroad. 

At the end of second year, I was given the opportunity to travel abroad for an elective placement. I decided to visit Kathmandu in Nepal for two weeks as I really wanted to experience a healthcare system in a developing country. My highlight was making relationships with the Nepalese women. We had a huge language barrier, and communicating was difficult, however simple conversations, eye contact and body language meant that I could connect with these vulnerable women. I could tell how much they appreciated the warmth and care they so longed for, and I would do it all over again just for that reason. It was eye opening and life changing, and I feel so honoured to have been able to provide care for such vulnerable women across the other side of the world. 

Since starting at Surrey I have grown in confidence. I have learnt a lot about myself, and the midwifery profession.

I've achieved more than what I could have hoped for both academically and personally and I would not have been able to achieve this without the ongoing support I’ve received at Surrey. I have met some life long friends at Surrey, and will forever be grateful for that. It's so important to create strong bonds at university, the demanding course and living away from home is tough, and your friends will help to pull you through."


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