Terence had spent ten years working as a Senior Cardiac Physiologist. However after losing both of his parents to cancer at a young age and feeling that he had the experience and empathy to look after cancer patients, he became inspired to help others during such difficult times.
Terence started work as a Trainee Assistant Practitioner in the Out Patient Oncology Department, at Royal Preston Hospital. As part of his new position, he was offered to a chance to study a Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care for Assistant Practitioner's at the University of Central Lancashire.
‘The University has a very warm, friendly and family feel to it. There is just something that 'opens the doors' and greets you with an enormous sense of welcome. I have met, and still meet, some amazing lecturers who always spare the time to listen to the students.’ Terence said.
‘The graduation ceremony was something I will never forget, feeling proud of my achievement.’
Terence is now a fully qualified Assistant Practitioner, in the Oncology Out Patient Department, in the Rosemere Cancer Centre at Royal Preston Hospital.
On a day-to-day basis, Terence assist with patient care from providing a chaperone with the consultants, to maintenance of central lines, taking bloods, electrocardiograms and being there as someone for patients to talk to.
‘Many of my patients are lonely and come to the unit on their own, feeling frightened and vulnerable, so I try to provide support and care to the patients, listening to their concerns and providing comfort during their cancer journey, which I feel honoured to be a part of.‘
‘For me this is not a job; it’s a privilege.’
‘UCLan is a great place to study whether you are straight from college or, like me, in your late 40's!’