SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code M1B924066
Module Leader Charles Till
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Scottish Ambulance Service
  • A (September start)-B (January start)-C (May start)
  • B (January start)-C (May start)-A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge


Summary of Content

This module will introduce the student to the basic clinical skills associated with ambulance practice. Key principles of monitoring, diagnosis and 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 judgments 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 and assessed within this module will include. Baseline observation recording skills Medicine administration skills Airway management skills Respiratory & cardiovascular assessment skills Manual defibrillation and ECG recording skills Recognition of life extinct Grief and bereavement support skills Major injury immobilisation skills Limb splinting Haemhorrage control Obstetric delivery skills Practice placement in appropriate clinical environment

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to: 1. Demonstrate the basic clinical skills required to treat a patient appropriately relative to the condition. 2. Demonstrate technical skills required to assist Paramedic or Medical colleagues as required. 3. Demonstrate correct and safe use of basic diagnostic, monitoring and patient recording equipment. 4. Demonstrate safe working within ambulance practice environment, protecting yourself and others. 5. Calculate the correct dosage for the safe administration of technician medication.

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 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 with the faculty teaching team. Modular material will be accessible on GCULearn prior to delivery of each session. This Flipped Classroom approach is learner centered and complements sessions delivered in the classroom.

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., 2013. Emergency Care in the Streets. UK ed. Sudbury. Jones and Bartlett. 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. 1st ed.. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell GREGORY, P. & WARD A., 2010. Sanders Paramedic Text Book. London: Mosby Elsevier PILBERY R. & LETHBRIDGE K., 2015. Ambulance Care Essentials. Bridgewater: Class Professional. JOINT ROYAL COLLEGE AMBULANCE LIAISON COMMITTEE, 2013. UK Ambulance Services Clinical Practice Guidelines . 4th ed. Bridgewater: Class Professional Publishing.

Transferrable Skills

Problem solving Decision making Team working Communication Leadership

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Independent Learning (FT) 30.00
Practicals (FT) 30.00
Placement 200.00
Lectures (FT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 0.00 50.00 40% Practice Placement Portfolio
Exam (School) 3.00 50.00 40% OSCE