Caitlin is currently a care assistant supporting residents with advanced stages of Dementia and Alzhiemer's disease. In her spare time Caitlin volunteers with St.Andrew's first aid in her local community. Caitlin would describe herself as a motivated individual!
Returning to full time education is a financial concern for Caitlin as she currently works full time and will be required to reduce her hours to part time or even forced to quit her job due to the high demands required from a paramedic degree including in class hours and placements.
I currently work full time and will be moving to part time when I start Uni. I'm hoping to keep my job as long as possible but I will probably need to quit when I start my first ambulance placement as I don't think I would have the flexibility to work my shifts around placement and I would also never get a day off
Pay Student Paramedics asked Caitlin a few questions about her current life and the impact returning to education as a student paramedic will have on her.
What does the Pay Student Paramedics campaign mean to you?
Having funding would take a lot of stress off my back as I would be able to dedicate much more of my time to studying, as well as giving myself some downtime to relax especially during placement where I will be doing 12+hrs shifts!
Are you concerned about finances?
I'm going from full time work to being a student again which I think will be tough. I am lucky enough to live with my parents but I still have expenses, like my car, which I will need to fund over the next three years as I will need it for getting to and from my placements.
What would being granted a bursary like that received by student nurses and midwifes mean to you?
It would let me put my full focus on my course and help reduce my stress levels
Caitlin hopes that 3 years from now she will be a fully qualified paramedic working within our NHS and believes additional financial support can assist her to reach her goal!