Paramedics at the region’s air ambulance service have reached new heights after graduating from university.
Three crew members from the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) studied for the honours degree in Paramedic Science to keep the charity at the forefront of clinical standards.
Paramedics Mike Bateman and Andy Dalton, alongside the assistant director of operational governance, Jeff Gray, all graduated at Teesside University last week after completing the two year course.
The staff who are already highly experienced and specially trained, studied for their degree alongside their full-time roles at the charity.
Mr Gray, 52, from Carlisle, has worked at the organisation for seven years. He said: “The role of today’s paramedics is expanding rapidly with education and learning being a large part of the profession. GNAAS is a leading healthcare charity and we endeavour to seek out new developments to give the patient the best possible experience.”
Mr Bateman, 57, from Guisborough, said: “It was a lot of hard work but definitely worth it. The new qualification has given us additional skills which will benefit our work on the frontline.”
Mr Dalton, 43, from Carlisle, said: “We’re committed to constantly improving our standards of care and this is another example of that.”
GNAAS said: “Our paramedics are now among the most qualified in the country. That can only be of huge benefit to the people we serve.”
The three crew members are the latest GNAAS paramedics to pass the qualification after five graduated last year.