More than 40 military nurses have celebrated finishing their degrees with a passing out parade.

The nurses and operating department practitioners, from the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force, will graduate next week from the University of Central England in Birmingham.

Air Commodore Tony Batchelor, commandant of the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, took the salute from students as they paraded at HMS Forward in Tilton Road, Bordesley Green.

Cmdr Caroline Williams, who is also a professor at UCE, said: " We were extremely proud to welcome our graduates and their guests to this important ceremony and marked the culmination of two or three years of study.

"They have been excellent students and it is testament to their hard work, tenacity and commitment and to the excellence of their achievement and their training that they passed out at HMS Forward."

The Defence School of Health Care Studies is unique in that it operates as part of the RCDM while also working in partnership with UCE. It was formed within the Faculty of Health and Community Care in 2001.

As part of thisth is partnership, the DSHCS provides education for defence and civilian operating department practitioners, and defence nurses. Military doctors and nurses treat both NHS and military patients.