Sheffield Hallam signs partnership with Yorkshire Ambulance Service to offer paramedics chance to ‘top-up’ qualifications

Sheffield Hallam University and the Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) have renewed an agreement that will see up to 60 YAS paramedics study at the University to ‘top-up’ their qualifications to degree level.

The partnership is worth around £600,000 over three years, and will enable qualified paramedics the chance to study at Hallam to degree level through a BSc honours degree in enhanced pre-hospital practice.

Those who take part will study part-time over two years whilst continuing to work as paramedics for the ambulance service.

The course provides participants with additional skills and education, in particular providing them with enhanced skills around research, critical thinking and reflection.

Sue Boardman, head of paramedic education at Sheffield Hallam, said: “Sheffield Hallam is delighted to continue to work in partnership with Yorkshire Ambulance Service to support the needs of their staff and to help grow and retain high calibre paramedic professionals who provide paramedic services to Yorkshire.

“As an institution, we are proud of the positive contribution we make to the NHS, healthcare, and quality of life through our courses, training, expertise and graduates.”

Wendy Kelvin, head of YAS Academy, said: “YAS and Hallam have worked in full partnership to ensure the programme enjoys a seamless and high quality approach. The course is part of YAS’s ongoing commitment to staff development and enhancement opportunities focussing on improving outcomes for service users and the public; new and innovative ways of working; and supporting the governments’ plans to improve the experience of staff working within NHS organisations whilst improving the retention of staff.”

The University is the largest provider of health and social care education in England. With courses covering all aspects of healthcare including: nursing, midwifery, allied health, social care and sport, its curriculum creates the skilled workforce the NHS needs to deliver better long-term health outcomes for the nation.

Over the last five years, more than 8,000 students have qualified as healthcare professionals from Sheffield Hallam.

Health professional trainees benefit from an interdisciplinary teaching approach, working with partners and academics who are leaders in their fields. The University’s partnerships with hospital trusts, social care providers and leading health charities, provides around 20,000 placement opportunities for Sheffield Hallam’s healthcare students each year.

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