World-class training centre for ambulance staff

08 February 2011

World-class training centre for ambulance staff

Glasgow Caledonian University has entered into a historic partnership with The Scottish Ambulance Service that will create a new era of skills training and professional development for ambulance staff.

The new Scottish Ambulance Service Academy in Glasgow will be situated in the University’s School of Health and will welcome its first intake of students in April 2011.

The facility will provide modern, fit for purpose lecture theatres and classrooms, fully fitted clinical simulation areas and a simulation accident and emergency department. It will allow SAS students to learn alongside other health professionals, including nurses and midwifes, for the first time, simulating the real life working environment.

Health Secretary, Nicola Sturgeon, said: “Paramedics and ambulance staff have a key role to play at the heart of our health service, so it’s right that their training is integrated with other healthcare professionals.

“The Academy will help the ambulance service ensure that they can deliver the highest possible standard of education and training to equip the workforce of tomorrow with the vital skills and experience they need.”

Pauline Howie, Chief Executive, Scottish Ambulance Service, said: “The new Scottish Ambulance Service Academy is a major milestone in the delivery of our learning and skills strategy. It will provide world-class education that meets the needs of our patients and ensures that our staff can fully realise their potential in a unique, modern teaching centre."

“The extensive information and knowledge bank available though the Saltire Centre library will provide unique resources for the development of research within the SAS, supporting continuous improvement of patient care in Scotland.”

Kathy Strachan, School of Health’s Head of international and Business Development, Glasgow Caledonian University, said: “Glasgow Caledonian University is delighted to be working with the Scottish Ambulance Service to train a new generation of front-line medical practitioners.  

"The university’s internationally renowned expertise in allied health and state-of-the-art facilities in a city centre location will be instrumental in transforming learning across the organisation.”

Malcolm Wright, Chief Executive, NHS Education for Scotland, added: “NHS Education for Scotland recognises the importance of this development for Paramedical services in Scotland.  The completion of this development has been a major feature of our support for the Scottish Ambulance Service over the last two years.

“We are delighted that the Scottish Ambulance Service Academy will be sited in the heart of a state-of-the-art health care training and education facility and that the trainees will have the opportunity to share learning with a range of other health care professions.

“The campus at Glasgow Caledonian University offers Paramedical trainees a range of modern learning and support services and the Saltire Centre and IT facilities will greatly enhance the trainee experience."