UWTSD lecturer who returned to work as a nurse on the front line reflects on Covid-19 anniversary


30.03.2021

The first lockdown which began a year ago brought many changes to people's lives, not least to how we work. For UWTSD Health and Social Care lecturer Felicity Page it meant a return to the front line to help the NHS battle Covid-19.

As a nurse as well as a lecturer, Felicity was determined to help as much as possible while supporting her students, most of whom were also helping in the fight against the pandemic.

As a nurse as well as a lecturer, Felicity was determined to help as much as possible while supporting her students, most of whom were also helping in the fight against the pandemic.

“I knew I wanted to help as much as I could and felt uncomfortable not being there,” said Felicity, who has provided specialist post op care recovery and ward care for the past year as a bank nurse at Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board. 

“I wanted to use my specialist skills as well as being there to support my students, many of whom were working in similar situations. I feel privileged to be able to have been able to do so.”

At UWTSD, Felicity is part of a team helping to prepare the next generation of health care workers.

The various programmes of study at the University provide students with the appropriate knowledge and skills to enter the health sector and allied workforce. The programmes include strong links with the health and social care sector and include a range of placements and health industry internships giving students first-hand experience.

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board invited Felicity to put these transferrable skills to use as part of a team to help train 240 new health support workers in Merthyr over a six-week period.

Some of whom were inspired to return to education by Felicity and are now studying health care programmes at UWTSD.

“Looking back at the past year, I can say that I didn’t have a day off for seven months at one point,” added Felicity.

“It was exhausting but definitely worth it. Covid will be with us for a long time and the battle continues. Inspiring others to have the confidence to train to help in that fight was also something I was determined to do.”

Felicity is now part of a research team at Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board studying post Covid treatments.

She has also completed a Master’s in Applied Social and Health Psychology.

“Teaching, working and studying can be tough but I am also aware that the majority of my students are studying and working at the same time,” added Felicity. “The past year has meant we’ve formed an incredible bond, supporting each other each day. We might be online but we’re always in touch.”

Professor Wendy Dearing, Dean of the University’s Institute of Management and Health said: “We are extremely proud of Felicity for the way she has gone above and beyond, using her skills to help others during the Pandemic. We are proud of all of our students and staff who are contributing to the effort to combat Covid-19, harnessing their knowledge, creativity and energy to good effect for the benefit of society as a whole.”

 

 

 

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