The first Paramedic Science graduates at the University of Hull have all secured vital jobs with ambulance services across the country.
The degree was launched at the University three years ago, following an approach from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, to help tackle a worrying shortage of trained paramedics.
Fast-forward to this summer, and the first cohort of graduates from the course are ready to join the front line and help save lives across Yorkshire and beyond.
As the University helps respond to an alarming skills shortage within the NHS, it has announced every one of its graduates has been offered a full-time job working as a paramedic.
Nicki Credland, Head of Department of Paramedical, Perioperative and Advanced Practice at the University of Hull, said: “This all started four or five years ago, when we had a conversation with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, and had the idea of launching a Paramedic Science undergraduate degree at Hull.
“Nationally there is a huge issue around paramedic recruitment, so the more graduates we can get trained up and onto the front line, the better.
"At the University of Hull, we are doing our bit to get student paramedics through the degree and into full-time positions."
The first intake of Paramedic Science students at Hull has culminated in 13 new fully-qualified paramedics for the NHS front line.
Since the successful launch of the degree three years ago, the number of students on the course has increased.
This September, almost 50 Paramedic Science students are expected to commence their studies.
It comes as the University of Hull continues to play its part in supporting the region’s NHS and developing a highly-skilled healthcare workforce of the future.