Welsh Ambulance Service staff celebrate graduation from university

Staff members from the Welsh Ambulance Service are celebrating after successfully graduating from Swansea University's College of Human and Health Sciences.

A group of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), who enrolled on the Diploma in Paramedic Sciences programme in order to qualify as paramedics, have officially graduated from Swansea University.

The diploma is the culmination of 18 months of study, which the students undertook while they continued with their day job as EMTs.

The EMT-Paramedic conversion programme was set up in 2013 by the Trust in conjunction with Swansea University, and is designed to support this group of staff in their progression.

The 17-strong cohort collected their awards at a ceremony in the Great Hall in the University’s new Bay Campus from the Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard B Davies.

Successful completion of the programme has enabled them to register with the Health and Care Professions Council, and thus operate throughout the Trust in a paramedic role.

Those who were recognised include: Prys Evans, Rhian Jenkins, Matthew Lane, Judith Mills, Adrian Swales, Ruth Jenkins, Tim Lewis, Daniel Myers, Eleanor Strange, Manon Williams, Patrick Connor, Kim Davies, Mark Horrigan, James Passmore, Greg Smith, Martin Woodley and Douglas Wilson.

Claire Vaughan, the Trust’s Director of Workforce and Organisational Development, said: “Our warmest congratulations go out to both groups as studying on top of undertaking a fast-paced career with the Welsh Ambulance Service is no easy task and requires a large amount of commitment.

“By improving their skills and knowledge, these individuals are seeking to improve the quality of care that we are able to provide to patients across Wales, and their hard work is a credit to them.

“We would also like to thank both universities for continuing to support the development of our staff.”