The Chairman of the Welsh Ambulance Service has been appointed Honorary Professor at Swansea University.
Mick Giannasi was appointed by the College of Human and Health Sciences, which has been educating paramedics since 1998 and is the sole provider of pre-registration paramedic education in Wales.
The number of paramedic students studying in Swansea has increased in recent years and the demand for places is on an upward trajectory.
In his role as Honorary Professor, Mick will work with the University to develop programmes that meet the needs of the ever-expanding cohort of students.
Of his appointment, Mick said: “I’m delighted and honoured to have been given this opportunity to strengthen our association with the University, with whom we already enjoy a close working relationship.
“I look forward to working with colleagues in Swansea to develop our existing collaborations and secure mutual benefits for both organisations.”
Professor Ceri Phillips, who heads up the College of Human and Health Sciences, added: “The College is heavily reliant on the co-operation and contribution of the Welsh Ambulance Service in ensuring that student experience is relevant for the future paramedic workforce.
“To enable the Trust’s Chair to have an affiliation with the College and University is evidence that both organisations are serious in investing in future professionals, whose roles will become ever more significant.”
Mick joined the Welsh Ambulance Service after a distinguished career with the police force spanning 31 years.
During that time, he served in three police forces and ultimately attained the rank of Chief Constable in Gwent.
He was appointed Chairman of the Welsh Ambulance Service in September 2013.
Tracy Myhill, Chief Executive of the Welsh Ambulance Service, said: “We’re beyond thrilled for Mick and have every faith that he will build on the fantastic partnership working that has already been achieved to date and inspire the next generation of paramedics to take up opportunities in our ambulance service.”
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