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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: NUR1019 Module Title: PARAMEDIC PRACTICE MODULE 1
Module Provider: Health & Social Care Short Name: NUR1019
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator:
Number of credits: 60 Number of ECTS credits: 30
Module Availability
Semester 2
Assessment Pattern
Portfolio of Practice Evidence: Part A and Part B
Guidance on the content of the Portfolio is given within the portfolio introductory pages. The details of submission dates and content for Part A and Part B at each submission are also provided. The guidance for the written component of Part B is also explained on the final page of the portfolio document. If you have any questions regarding these expectations, please ask a member of the module team. Do not leave completion of the portfolio to the final placement or last weeks in practice. It is to be used to assess your ongoing development in practice.
Module Overview
Module Aims
To acquire a foundation for understanding the principles of paramedic practice and patient care within emergency and non-emergency health and social care settings. To observe, understand and learn to practice, under supervision basic paramedic skills and to develop competence in their practice in context with the Skills for Health Framework. Practice will be undertaken in a variety of care settings, with a diverse group of patients and clients, including children, young people and families, with a range of different patient care requirements.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of year students should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding
1. understand the principles of confidentiality, consent and the maintenance of safety and dignity and how these are managed in practice
2. understand the multi-disciplinary nature of service provision and treatment and care in health and social care settings
3. develop an awareness of cultural similarities (as well as differences) in providing care for others from diverse and minority ethnic groups
4. identify the roles of the members of the ambulance service and health and social care team, interact with and participate in multi-disciplinary care delivery

Professional practice skills
1. demonstrate non-discriminatory practice to patients
2. demonstrate understanding of the principles of infection control
3. identify patient care needs, document essential observations and participate in care planning
4. identify opportunities for health promotion in everyday paramedic practice
5. manage self at all times according to the HPC Standards of conduct, performance and ethics (2008) and understand own limitations when undertaking activities
6. observe and participate in undertaking clinical paramedic skills and communication with patients, children and families and others in the care setting These may include: basic adult and child life support and basic emergency first aid, taking vital signs, communication skills, infection control, maintenance and restocking of an ambulance, self-management in areas of moving and handling, health and safety and professional behaviour in a range of practice settings.

These will link to the essential paramedic skills that the student has the opportunity to learn within a given practice environment. These may include areas providing care of children, young people, those with learning disability or mental health needs or adults in general hospital and community settings.

Values and attitudes
1. show motivation, commitment and a willingness to learn
2. accept the need to follow direction and to co-operate with others in all aspects of practice
3. be punctual, clean and well presented at all times on duty
4. display courtesy and consideration to others
5. present with a desire to achieve learning outcomes and to work well with staff members, patients and clients

Cognitive skills
1. develop an awareness of situations where communication can be challenging and consider how they might overcome these difficulties
2. develop an awareness of the importance of continuity of patient care

Key skills
1. demonstrate self motivation
2. develop the skills to work as part of a health care team member
3. practice verbal and listening skills
4. have an awareness of own body language
5. write clearly and accurately using appropriate professional terminology and language
6. retrieve and handle information safely and with due regard to the law

Module Content
The student will provide evidence through work with patients and clients how they achieved their learning outcomes (see assessment of practice portfolio documentation). They will also practice a range of essential paramedic skills. Working alongside their mentor, in a supernumerary status, they will learn how a registered paramedic provides care and coordinates the provision of holistic care. Through this work the student will demonstrate (through conversation and question and feedback) their understanding of the patient’s (adult or child) circumstances from a psycho-social and emotional perspective as well as a bio-physiological perspective. The practice should enable the student to build up a portfolio of evidence in support of achieving the proficiency statements.

Linking Theory to Practice
As advised within all taught sessions, you need to consider the theory learned and apply this to the practice you experience. Regularly discuss with your mentor your understanding of how the theory applies to practice to ensure you are making these links.
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Selected Texts/Journals

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


Adams R. (Ed) 2007 Foundations of health and social care. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke

Egan G 2002 The skilled helper: A problem management to helping 7th edn. Brooks Cole Publishing Company, London

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

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

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

Webster J, Kelley J, Sprengel A 2004 Health assessment in nursing 2nd edn. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia

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

Department of Health 2008 High quality care for all.

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

Wong DL Hockenberry-Eaton M Wilson D Winklestein ML and Schwartz P 2005 Wong’s Essentials of Paediatric Nursing 7th edn Mosby London

Journal titles:
Journal of Paramedic Practice
Accident and Emergency Nursing
Academic Emergency Medicine
Annals of Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medicine Journal
Emergency Nurse
Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Prehospital 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 Standard
Nursing Times
Paediatric Nursing
Professional Nurse
Social Science and Medicine
Sociology of Health and Illness

Web sites:
British Medical Association
British Paramedic Association
Cochrane Pre-emergency Health Field
Department of Health
Health Professions Council
National association for mental health
Social policy research and development
Advisory centre for education (parents)
Minority, ethnic health web site
Interactive Physiology CD Rom
Microbiology Place
My A&P
National Library for Health
NHS Choices
The Paediatric Emergency Medicine Database
Nursing Midwifery Council
Nursing Standard
Ressuscitation Council
Health Protection Agency
Last Updated
27TH JULY 2010