Supporting Our Wounded Into Work

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Sean Cook’s Case Study

Sean served as a Gunner in 26 Regiment Royal Artillery  for 6 years, leaving  the Army in January 2014.

In 2013, whilst still in the Army, Sean was diagnosed with mild to moderate hearing loss and tinnitus which was service-related although not related to his discharge. His care continued after he left the army. His GP was made aware of his hearing loss but he remained under the care of the Army until after an MRI scan which confirmed there were no pathological reasons for his hearing loss. It was as a result of blast trauma whilst on operations in Afghanistan.

 

Shortly after being discharged, Sean was taken into custody for common assault. The custody sergeant suggested Sean allow Project Nova to get in touch. Sean now says that he has no idea what he would have done had it not been for the support of the national lead, Colin Back.

Following several discussions  and meetings with Project Nova National Manager, Colin Black regarding his work aspirations, Sean met with Julia Watling from WWTW’s Step Into Health programme to discuss a career within the NHS.

He completed a two week Step Into Health course at the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital and was offered a work placement in a physiotherapy department in February 2015.

Sean admits to not being particularly academic whilst at school, but he gained several NVQ’s whilst in the Army and has the enthusiasm and determination to succeed in his current learning.

Sean then made the decision to work towards becoming a Physiotherapist. In September 2015 he successfully secured a place on a one year Access To Higher Education Course: Science for Health Practitioners at City College, Norwich, where he is currently studying Chemistry, Biology and General Science. After this Sean hopes to be accepted into University so he can continue his training to become a physiotherapist.

Whilst exploring a career with the NHS, Sean made the decision to join the Army Reserves as a Combat Medical Technician (CMT) and was accepted in December 2014. He completed his CMT level 3 training in February 2015. Sean  believes being a Combat Medical Technician helped him with his application to be  considered for the Access Course.

In addition to his studying and his commitment to the Army Reserves, Sean also works part-time as a support worker  for a local specialist day and residential school for children with communication and learning challenges, which he finds very rewarding.

He has just joined Wymondham Rugby Club.

In March 2015 Sean agreed to act as a mentor and met another veteran who had been referred to Project Nova. Sean shared his story and progress which has been instrumental in supporting another veteran who found himself in similar circumstances.

How have WWTW helped?

Sean said: “WWTW, Project Nova and Step into Health have all given me a lot of support and direction. The harsh reality is that without this support I would probably have  ended up in Jail.”

Sean added: “My biggest achievement is having been  accepted onto the Access Course. I have a keen interest in the subjects and I hope to go on to train to become a Physiotherapist working within the NHS.”

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