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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Health & Social Care Short Name: NUR1012
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator:
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability
Semester 1
Assessment Pattern

Essay (1,000 words) focused on professional values, communication or assessment (this will also serve as a diagnostic exercise for identification of any writing difficulties).


Examination (one hour, on-line multiple choice – 50 items) focused on body structure and function

Module Overview
Module Aims
The students will start to develop a professional approach to the delivery of care by developing an understanding of how the knowledge of practice (including professional, ethical and legal processes) must be underpinned by knowledge of relevant sociological, psychological and physiological theory. Students will begin to develop their communication and self-awareness skills required for professional practice. Students will also be introduced to the HPC Standards of Proficiency (2007), Code of Conduct (2008) and core professional skills and knowledge required for paramedic practice in the skills laboratory (e.g. hand washing, the maintenance and restocking of an ambulance).
Learning Outcomes
Learning outcomes:
By the end of the module, the student should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding
1. describe the constituent parts of the body at the chemical, cellular, tissue and organ level
2. develop an awareness of human bio-psychosocial development across the life span
3. describe the structure and function of the muscular skeletal system, nervous, reproductive and urinary systems, the heart, lungs and blood vessels, the gastrointestinal tract, the skin and the control of body temperature
4. identify the main classes of pathogenic micro-organisms and the methods of spread of infection and infection control
5. develop an awareness of the ethical, legal and professional issues that inform and shape paramedic practice in relation to professional, statutory and regulatory standards of conduct, research governance, performance and ethics, patient confidentiality, dignity, data protection, duty of care, capacity, concordance, patient advocacy and consent

Professional practice skills
1. develop an awareness of the basic scientific units of measurement and methods used to take and record basic vital signs
2. develop an awareness of the principles of infection control in relation to restocking disposable and non-disposable patient care equipment in an ambulance

Cognitive skills
1. demonstrate awareness of the module content and how the knowledge gained may be applied in future practice
2. recognise that the theory taught on the module supports the practice of paramedics, nurses, midwives, ODPs and other health professionals
3. recognise the necessity of self direction and self directed learning

Key skills
1. show a basic knowledge and understanding of communication including verbal, non verbal, written, listening and empathic skills
2. develop the use of medical terminology with key skills such as literacy, numeracy and computer skills needed to record, enter, retrieve, and organise data essential for care delivery
3. be able to review and critically evaluate information from a variety of different sources

Module Content
The module will provide an introduction to anatomy, physiology, biological sciences, psychology and sociology informing health care, and the application of these concepts to paramedic practice. Additionally, there will be an overview of psycho-social developments across the life span and an introduction to communication skills. An introduction to the ambulance service and the role of the paramedic within health services will be given. The boundaries of paramedic professionalism will also be explored with emphasis on required behaviour e.g. with regard to patient / client confidentiality.
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Selected Texts/Journals
Essential reading:
Blaber A 2008 Foundations of Paramedic Practice. A theoretical perspective. Open University Press, Berkshire England.

Health Professions Council 2008 Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics London: Health Professions Council

Health Professions Council 2007 Standards of Proficiency London: Health Professions Council

Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee 2006 Clinical Practice Guidelines for use in UK Ambulance Services (Version 3) London: IHCD

Marieb E 2006 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology (8th edn) Pearson Education. San Francisco

Recommended reading:
Department of Health 2005 Taking healthcare to the patient: Transforming NHS ambulance services.

Department of Health 2008 High quality care for all.

Gates B (Ed) 2007 Learning Disabilities: Toward Inclusion Elsevier London

Heron J 2001 Helping the client: A creative practical guide 5th edn. SAGE
Publications, London

Kirby S, Hart D, Cross D and Mitchell G (eds) 2004 Mental Health Nursing: Competencies for Practice. Palgrave Macmillan Basingstoke

Peck J and Coyle M 2005 Write it Right A Handbook for Students Palgrave
Macmillan Basingstoke

Trigg E and Mohammed TA 2006 Practices in Children’s Nursing: Guidelines for Hospital and Community 2nd edn Churchill Livingstone Edinburgh

Tschudin V 2005. The Caring Relationship. Elsevier

Background reading:
Bee H, Boyd D 2002 Lifespan development 3rd edn. Pearson Allyn and Bacon, USA

Caroline N 2007 Emergency care in the Streets (6th ed) London, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Gatford J, Phillips N 2002 Nursing Calculations Churchill Livingstone, London

Greaves I, Hodgetts T, Porter K Woollard M 2006 Emergency Care: A text book for paramedics (2nd ed.) London: W.B. Saunders
Smith E, Atkinson R L and Fredrickson B 2002 Atkinson and Hilgard’s Introduction to Psychology 14th edn Wadsworth London

Walsh M 2004 Introduction to Sociology for Health Care Workers Nelson Thornes. Cheltenham

Journal titles:

Journal of Paramedic Practice
International Emergency Nursing
Annals of Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medicine Journal
Pre hospital and Disaster Medicine
Pre hospital Emergency Care
Journal of Emergency Primary Health Care
British Journal of Nursing
British Journal of Midwifery
Journal of Clinical Nursing
Journal of Intellectual Disabilities
Mental Health Practice
Nursing Times
Nursing Standard
Paediatric Nursing
Professional Nurse
Social Science and Medicine
Sociology of Health and Illness
Emergency Nurse

Web sites:
Association of Operating Department Practitioners
BBC News
British Medical Association
British Paramedic Association
Cochrane Pre-emergency Health Field
Department of Health
Health Professions Council
Interactive Physiology CD Rom
Microbiology Place
My A&P
Mental Health Act (on line)
National Library for Health
NHS Choices
The Paediatric Emergency Medicine Database
Nursing Midwifery Council
Nursing Standard
Resuscitation Council
Health Protection Agency
Health Professions Council

Last Updated
27TH JULY 2010