Sean's Story

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 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 Back 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 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.

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.

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 the other veteran in similar circumstances.

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 on the wrong side of the law again.”

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.”