SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code M1B924067
Module Leader Karen Hamilton
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 key fundamental elements which underpin clinical practice that enable practitioners to deliver care effectively and legally. 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: -360b7 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. b7 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. b7 Mental Ill Health b7 Dementia b7 Health Promotion b7 Clinical records: legal responsibility, audit/research and the Data Protection Act -360b7 Continuing Professional Development: professional and statutory requirements

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, the student should be able to: 1. Describe a range of mental health conditions and examine management strategies for these 2. Explain key psychological and sociological theories and contextualise these 3. Discuss the potential impact of health and identity on the individual patient 4. Explain the role of health promotion in a contemporary ambulance service 5. Describe the legal and ethical areas of prehospital practice including legislation, policies and guidelines governing ambulance practice 6. Explain the importance of accurate record keeping, including data protection, confidentiality and how these are used to contribute to clinical audit and governance

Teaching / Learning Strategy

A range of learning methods will be employed to embed understanding, as well as facilitate the development of cognitive skills such as reasoning and judgement. The range utilised will not only meet intended outcomes but equip the student for further learning. Involvement of service users is an important part of the teaching strategy for this module, with community based groups being included in a number of sessions. Students will learn from the experience of service users which will help them to build an understanding of the need for patient centred care. Prior to attending the face to face practical sessions, a Flipped Classroom? structure will be used to direct students to consider key evidence in relation to the practical sessions. Lecture material and resources will be posted on GCU learn. Strategies will include an enquiry based activity and peer group learning. Students will be encourage actively to reflect with their peers and tutors. Students are encouraged to undertake further reading around the subject by accessing appropriate journals, textbooks and internet based sources, especially condition specific support groups. It is expected that along with this approach, the student will draw on their own experience to enrich their overall understanding of the foundations of paramedic practice.

Indicative Reading

ADLER, B., PORTER, M., ABRAHAM, C.S., VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., MILLAR, K., BRITTON, R. and PENWILL, R., 2009. Psychology and sociology applied to medicine: An illustrated colour text. 3rd Ed. Edinburgh: Elsevier Health Sciences. BLABER, A., 2012. Foundations for Paramedic Practice: A theoretical perspective. Berkshire: Open University Press. (Also available as an ebook through GCU Library) LARKIN, M., 2011. Social Aspects of Health, Illness and Healthcare . Berkshire: Open University Press. (Also available as an ebook through GCU Library) DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, 2007. Mental Health Act. London: DOH

Transferrable Skills

Communication - written and verbal Professionalism Reasoning Reflection ICT Skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Placement 75.00
Lectures (FT) 15.00
Assessment (FT) 15.00
Independent Learning (BL) 45.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (School) 0.50 50.00 35% Oral Exam
Course Work 01 n/a 50.00 35% 1500 word assignment