Access to University route helps trainee paramedic find dream role

Matt Spedding, a trainee paramedic with South East Coast Ambulance Service, says that he is “living the dream” in his role.

Matt completed an Access to Nursing & Healthcare study programme at Huntingdonshire Regional College with a merit in 2015.

He took the course after sustaining an injury whilst serving in the Army which forced him to change career.

Matt said: “The qualification helped me to get back into the academic world and I received great support from tutor at College.

“Now I’m helping to deliver babies and save lives which is just amazing.

“Learning on the job is definitely the way forward.”

Gaining trainee paramedic role is challenging with only five places available for every 300 applicants.

Matt is currently taking an Associate Practitioner qualification.

He added: “I’ve have been given a fantastic opportunity and there is a lot of scope for progression in the role.”

Meanwhile, several current Access to Nursing & Healthcare learners at HRC have received offers of places on university courses around the country for September 2016.

Lynsey White, who has been offered a place at Anglia Ruskin University to study Midwifery, said: “The introduction to independent learning at HRC is so positive and everyone taking the Access course here is really close knit.”

To find out more about taking the Access to University pathway at Huntingdonshire Regional College, visit


Pictured: Trainee Paramedic and former HRC learner, Matt Spedding.

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