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Pippa Clark: How I became a Nurse with Leicester College 

After deciding she wanted to become a Registered Nurse, Pippa Clark studied for her Health and Social Care Level 3 BTEC National Diploma at Leicester College. She agreed to speak to our Alumni Team about her experiences at college and how they helped her get where she is today.  


“My time at Leicester College was a great stepping stone to get into university and get to where I am today,” she said. “Without attending Leicester College and achieving the grades I did, I would not be a Nurse.” 


Our health and social care courses are designed to develop your skills and knowledge in order to enter into the caring professions. The Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Health and Social Care is a year-long course which includes a work placement and employability programme, and if completed, provides students with the necessary qualifications to progress to university-level study. 


“Not only am I a Registered Nurse but have now been promoted to Band 6 Clinical Practice Educator, so I train nurses around the NHS Trust.” 


Pippa was awarded her promotion to band 6 at the age of just 24, which is an amazing achievement. She is now commencing her Master’s. 


Pippa also spoke to our Alumni Team about some of the challenges she has faced whilst working for the NHS. 


“I experienced the strains and limitations of the NHS; financially in particular,” she said. “The image for nursing is changing as we are struggling to recruit and retain Nurses in a market where agency nursing is inviting, so I am currently working on the implementation of Nursing Associates at Imperial.” 


Pippa outlined her future ambitions in nursing too: “I want to become a Band 7 in education, which my employers have set me on a two year pathway to become, with a Master’s programme combining ICU, Nursing Education and leadership,” she said. “In five years’ time I see myself as possibly a known nursing figure within the Imperial NHS Trust, and my role will enable me to do that.” 


Finally, Pippa had some valuable advice to share with others’ hoping to work in Health and Social Care. 


“Work hard and try to see how the light at the end of the education tunnel,” she said. “One day you’ll be looking after someone’s Mum, Dad, Brother, Sister or child; so make sure you know exactly what you are doing!” 


Thanks so much for your time, Pippa! 

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