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University of the West of Scotland’s new BSc Paramedic Science programme has been officially accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

The programme, which will run in partnership with the Scottish Ambulance Service and NHS Lanarkshire, Dumfries & Galloway and Ayrshire & Arran from September 2020, will enhance patient care and boost training opportunities for budding paramedics.

The news reflects the current emphasis being placed on the profession, particularly following the Covid-19 pandemic, to support people with long-term and chronic conditions, mental health and minor illness and to take care to the patient.

The University was awarded the five-year contract to deliver the degree from NHS Education for Scotland (NES) in November 2019. Students embarking on the programme will develop the confidence and compassion to deliver high-quality emergency care in a range of settings. There are set to be 56 students embarking on the programme at UWS in September.

Theory and clinical simulation skills learnt at our state-of-the-art campus will be applied and integrated in practical settings. Practice-based opportunities will be both within the Scottish Ambulance Service and in a range of associated health and social care settings across Ayrshire and Arran, Dumfries and Galloway and Lanarkshire.

Dr Gail McGarvie, Head of Biological Sciences and Health at UWS, said: “Paramedic Science is an exciting addition to our portfolio. Delivered by experienced paramedics and healthcare professionals, the programme will utilise our established expertise in healthcare and life science to deliver a high-quality interdisciplinary programme. We are looking forward to working with our NHS partners to expand our contribution to meet the requirements of a rapidly changing healthcare environment.”

“We are delighted our new BSc Paramedic Science programme has been officially recognised and accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council. Paramedics are playing an increasingly important role in healthcare delivery and we look forward to educating the next generation of the profession to meet this demand alongside our partners at the Scottish Ambulance Service.”

Julie Edgar, Dean of the School of Health & Life Sciences at UWS

To find out more about the course, please visit: www.uws.ac.uk/paramedicscience

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