Scheme to create 200 more paramedics in Scotland
A new recruitment drive will see 200 paramedics trained for frontline care in Scotland.
The Scottish Ambulance Service said it was investing £5m in the programme to enhance the skills of those currently working as ambulance technicians.
They will spend a year studying for a higher education diploma in paramedic practice at Glasgow Caledonian University.
The training includes a five-week hospital placement.
Chief executive Pauline Howie said: "This year's recruitment plan is the first phase of a five-year programme that will enhance the clinical-skills mix of our staff and introduce new ways of working to best meet the needs of patients in all of our communities."
The training will take place at the university's Scottish Ambulance Service Academy.
Health Secretary Shona Robison said: "Our ambulance workers provide a first-class service, often under challenging circumstances, and we value their dedication extremely highly.
"This recruitment drive will enhance the service on offer and ensure that staff are equipped with the appropriate skills, training and clinical support to be able to deliver even more care in the community."
Ms Robinson said the Scottish government was investing an additional £11.4m in the Scottish Ambulance Service in the 2016/17 budget.