Paramedics at the region’s air ambulance service have reached new heights after graduating from Teesside University.
Five crew members from the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) studied for the degree in paramedic science to keep the charity at the forefront of clinical standards.
The medics were already highly experienced and specially trained, but the new qualification has given them additional skills which will benefit their work on the frontline.
Kevin Hodgson, GNAAS director of operations and one of the five graduates, said: “The role of today’s paramedic is expanding rapidly with education and learning being a large part of the profession. A lot of new paramedics come straight from university so it is important that we keep up with new developments.”
Grahame Pickering, chief executive at GNAAS, said: “We are committed to constantly improving our standards of care and this is another example of that. Our paramedics have gone above and beyond to achieve this status and are now among the most qualified in the country. That can only be of huge benefit to the people we serve.”
As well as Mr Hodgson, the graduates were Paul Burnage, Stuart Thompson, Jane Peacock and Andy Mawson. Others are currently working towards the qualification.