Nicole Hopkins, MSc Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management
Nicole Claudine Hopkins,originally from Droitwich, Worcestershire graduated with an MSc in Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management in 2015.
After spending 25 years in banking, finance and insurance, Nicole decided her passion lay elsewhere. She had long been interested in maintaining health through exercise and elected to further her knowledge in that field.
After applying to Swansea University and beginning her Master’s studies at the College of Human and Health Sciences, Nicole began to understand the struggle of keeping active while suffering with a chronic condition.
She said: “The course gave me an in-depth look into the life experience of people suffering from one or more chronic conditions.
“During my studies I developed a strong interest in the management of chronic conditions using exercise, and the need to stay fit to manage ageing effectively.”
“We had the opportunity to meet researchers and physicians who focus on the medical side of chronic conditions. It was very interesting to have insight into cutting edge research. Furthermore, we met service users who gave us, with candour, an incredible insight into their day to day lives living with a chronic condition.”
Nicole felt that her multidisciplinary cohort and guest speakers aided her studies: “During my time at Swansea University I have had the pleasure to study with nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists who were not shy at sharing their experience and knowledge working with patients. This experience was valuable for me to understand patients' experiences with chronic illness. It is important to stress that even without a medical background I never felt out of place and had everything to gain.
“My highlight was that I had the incredible privilege to meet tutors and guest speakers who were passionate about their subject. Additionally every tutor was there for me if I had a question. Their guidance and their need for us to do well was a precious asset in achieving my MSc.” Nicole concluded: “My MSc will be a valuable asset to guide people suffering from one or more chronic conditions to keep physically active for as long as possible.
“At the moment I work as a Personal Trainer and Health Advisor for a not-for-profit business which reinvests all its profits in gyms, medical centres,
hospitals and expert staff.”
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