SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code M1B921150
Module Leader Karen Hamilton
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)-B (January start)-C (May start)

Summary of Content

This module will introduce the student to the key fundamental elements which underpin clinical practice that enable practitioners to deliver care effectively and legally. The module introduces the student to key areas which contribute to the characterisation of a professional. These will be further developed in other modules as they progress through the programme. The key elements introduced in this module include; legislative requirements of contemporary health care system, psychosocial dimensions of patient care, the role of continuing professional development in a modern health service, and advancing practice through research and audit.


The syllabus will introduce the student to the underpinning areas of ambulance practice. Topics that will be explored and assessed within this module include: Legal and Ethical issues: such as consent, capacity and duty of care; this will introduce the student to some very important and complex issues of patient care. Psychosocial dimensions of patient care; this will explore people, society and culture and how their behaviour may be affected by sociological and psychological issues and abnormalities. Health Promotion; and the key topic areas that affects yours and others physical and mental well being and fitness to practice. Clinical Records: legal responsibility, audit/research, & DPA. Continual Professional Development: professional and statutory requirements.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:Demonstrate an understanding of legal and ethical areas including legislation, policies and guidelines governing ambulance practice.Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key psychological and sociological theories and an understanding of social context and identity within healthcareDefine professionalism and demonstrate the importance of professional relationships with patients, carers and other healthcare personnel, including basic communication skills.Understand the role of Health Promotion in a contemporary ambulance service Demonstrate and accept responsibility for own learning including an understanding of the importance of reflectionDescribe the importance of accurate record keeping, including data protection, confidentiality and how this affects clinical audit and governance.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

A range of learning methods will be employed to embed an understanding of what constitutes appropriate and effective practice, as well as facilitate the development of cognitive skills such as reasoning and judgement. The range utilised should not only meet intended outcomes but equip the student for further learning. Strategies used will include: small group problem based learning; skills development workshops; role-play; discussions; student-led presentations, case studies; computer-assisted learning and independent learning via e.g. journals, textbooks and internet. It is expected that along with this blended approach, the student will draw on their own life and placement experiences to enrich their overall understanding of the foundations of paramedic practice.

Indicative Reading

Austen Garwood - Gowers.(2005) Contemporary Issues in Healthcare Law and Ethics. London: Elsevier Barry, A and Yuill, C. (2008). Understanding the Sociology of Health: An Introduction. London: Sage Bilton, T.(2002) Introductory Sociology. London: Palgrave Macmillan Blaber, A. (2008) Foundations of Paramedic Practice. Berkshire: McCraw Hill: Caroline, N. (2009) Emergency Care in the Streets London: Jones and Bartlett: Department of Health (2003) NHS Code of Practice, Confidentiality.London: DOH Department of Health ( 2007) Mental Health Act. London: DOH Department of Health (2001) Health Professions Order. London: DOH Ellis, R. Gates, B. and Kenworthy, N (2003) Defining Communication, Interpersonal Communication in Nursing: Theory and Practice. Sussex: Routledge Frude, N, (1998) Understanding Abnormal Psychology. Oxford: Blackwell Herring, J. (2008) Medical Law and Ethics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Hoeksema- Nolen, S. Fredrickson,B. and Loftus, G. (2002) Atkinson and Hilgard's Introduction to Psychology. London: Blackwell Health Professions Council (2008) Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics. London: HPC Health Professions Council (2007) Standards of Proficiency: Paramedics. London: HPC Health Professions Council (2009) Standards of Education and Training. London: HPC Stainton Rogers, W. (2006) Social Psychology: Experimental and Critical Approaches. Berkshire: McCraw Hill

Transferrable Skills

Communication and interpersonal skills Knowledge and understanding in healthcare Self awareness and reflection Use of information technology Knowledge and understanding of the psycho-social

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 75.00
Lectures (FT) 15.00
Group work and directed learning activities 50.00
Assessment (FT) 10.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 10.00 40% Interpersonal skills profile
Coursework 1 n/a 40.00 35% 1500 word reflective account
Exam (School) 1.50 50.00 35% Unseen exam