Dyslexia proves no barrier for newly-qualified midwife

Published: November 7, 2017
Photo of Leanne Hope on her graduation day.

Leanne Hope on her graduation day.

A midwife who overcame dyslexia with the help of Telford College has graduated from university and landed her first role.

Leanne Hope feared her hopes of becoming a midwife might be dashed after her diagnosis.

But, with the help of tutors at Telford College, she earned a distinction on her BTEC health and social care course.

Now aged, 21, Leanne has graduated with a first class honours degree in midwifery from Worcester University, and secured a role at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon.

“We are all incredibly proud of what she has achieved,” said her Telford College tutor Tracy Leah. “This is the reward we get from working closely with our students.”

Leanne, from Horsehay, is coming back to the Haybridge Road campus later this month to share her experiences with the latest batch of health students.

She said: “I started at Telford College in September 2012. I really struggled with school and wasn’t looking forward to college, but Tracy and the other tutors were amazing and so supportive.

“I was tested for dyslexia at the college and it was confirmed that I did have it – that’s why I had struggled with school so much.

“The college ensured I was provided with all the extra support I needed to complete my BTEC, applying to university and practising for interviews.”

Leanne kept in touch with Tracy at Telford College during the course of her university studies. “She continued to provide me with support, and I graduated with a first class honours degree in midwifery.

“I am now working on the delivery suite and the antenatal and postnatal ward at the hospital in Swindon. I am very grateful to the team at Telford College for all the support they have given to me.”