A NEW degree course aimed at paramedics is being launched at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Currently students study for a Diploma in Paramedic Practice at the Scottish Ambulance Academy (SAA) and this course will continue to run until 2021.

The BSc in Paramedic Science aims to equip students with the skills to treat more patients with complex needs in an out of hospital environment.

The course will be offered at five Scottish universities including the University of the West of Scotland.

Pauline Howie, Chief Executive of the Scottish Ambulance Service said: “Paramedics are carrying out more complex clinical procedures which used to only take place in a hospital environment.

“The BSc in Paramedic Science will enhance the skills of our Paramedics allowing them to treat more patients with complex needs.”