SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code M1B921153
Module Leader Julie Clayton
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 basic clinical skills associated with ambulance practice. Key principles of monitoring, diagnosis, the skills required to treat and give therapeutic intervention are integrated with the fundamental principles of safe practice and working under guidance. This module will enable students to begin to develop their knowledge and skills in order to make safe and effective clinical judgements and provide a foundation for future learning and development.


The syllabus will include a broad range of basic clinical skills to be able to prevent deterioration and promote recovery in patients. Topics that will be explored an assessed within this module will include. The application of basic airway manoeuvres, including the use of airway adjuncts. The use of suction, diagnostic and monitoring equipment to assess the respiratory and cardiovascular systems such as blood pressure measurement and 12 lead ECG. Clinical skills needed to be able to mange a cardiac arrest, trauma, paediatrics and obstetric patients, such as the use of immobilisation equipment, the use of bandaging and slings. Drug administration including the following routes; oral, sublingual, nebulisation and intramuscular injections An awareness of needle stick procedures. Assisting paramedics with advanced airway management and fluid replacement therapy.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:Demonstrate the basic clinical skills required to treat a patient appropriately including therapeutic intervention in varied emergency situations; adapting and modifying the clinical skills as required.Exercise some initiative and independence when carrying out basic clinical skills, be able to recognise when a patient requires more specialised skills and how to get these. Be able to assist with these advanced skills.Demonstrate the basic diagnostic, monitoring and treatment procedures safely and skilfully.Demonstrate basic knowledge of working within a safe ambulance practice environment, protecting yourself and others.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module introduces the student to a broad range of clinical skills encountered in professional practice. Throughout the module students will participate in interactive clinical simulation laboratory sessions which will encourage experiential learning through role play. Additional teaching strategies will include practical problem solving workshops delivered by tutorials designed to reinforce the application of clinical skills in relation to practice. The delivery of skill specific teaching and learning strategies will be facilitated by structured interaction between the faculty teaching team and practice placement educators.

Indicative Reading

Adam,S. Odell,M. and Welch,J. (2009) Rapid Assessment of the Acutely Ill Patient. W.Sussex: John Wiley and Blackwell Caroline, N.L., (2009): Emergency Care in the Streets. UK ed. Sudbury. Jones and Bartlett. Cox,N. and Roper, T. (2005) Clinical Skills: Oxford Core Text. Oxford: Oxford University Press Eaton, J. (1997) Essentials of Immediate Medical Care. London: Elsevier Greaves,I. & Porter, K., (2006): Oxford Handbook of Pre-Hospital Care. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Gregory, P & Mursell, I., (2010): Manual of clinical Paramedic Procedures. 1 st ed.. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Gregory, P. & Ward A,. (2010): Sanders Paramedic Text Book. London: Mosby Elsevier

Transferrable Skills

Group work Presentation

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practice Placement 99.00
Assessment (PT) 25.00
classtoom activities 70.00
Independant study 55.00
Practice Placement 99.00
Practice Placement 1.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 40% Practice Placement Portfolio
Exam (School) n/a 50.00 40% OSCE - Clinical Skills Stations