SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1B925853
Module Leader n/a
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Paramedic Science
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

This module will introduce students to core principles that underpin paramedic practice and enable professionals to deliver care effectively and safely. The module will introduce students to the concept of values and culture in care and reflect on how their role and identity, as a paramedic fits with professional practice and the wider health and social care. Through a variety of teaching and learning strategies students will explore ethics, holistic person-centred care and the legal frameworks as they apply in modern paramedic practice. Professional development concepts will be introduced through learning on self-awareness, reflection and professionalism as well as key requisites regarding entry to the professional register with the Health and Care Professions Council. Students will observe these underpinning principles in practice during a 3 week non-assessed placement within the ambulance care setting. As part of their learning students will undertake a short observational placement with an ambulance service. This is not assessed but will contribute to their overall practice hours -432


-360 Self-awareness -360 Reflection and empathy Rights and ethics Person-centred care Professionalism and professional identity - include HCPC requirements Law and paramedic practice - consent, capacity, duty of care, legislation, guidelines and policies

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Reflect on the role of personal and professional values in health and social care2. Explore the influence of values and culture on health and social care3. Outline the key ethical theories and principles that underpin and shape current health and social care practice4. Explain person-centred care and what this means in the context of paramedic practice5. Define professionalism and its relationship with patients, carers, relatives and healthcare colleagues and systems6. Reflect on paramedic identity in the modern health and social setting7. Describe the legal frameworks including legislation, policies, guidelines and governing bodies in paramedic practice 8. Discuss legal and ethical issues regarding consent and duty of care

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module uses a blended approach of online learning and face-to-face. The flipped classroom is utilised to enable the student to explore the core material prior to face-to-face learning. This helps to embed an understanding of how values, ethics and law influence professional development and identity. Teaching methods will include: seminars, tutorials, group work, workshops, reflective exercises, guided reading and online learning Learning and teaching strategies will enhance student engagement, accessibility, flexibility and personalisation of the curriculum through the use of technology/digital learning where appropriate. Lecturers, service partners, users, carers and students will contribute to the authenticity of the teaching and learning experience. Clinical leaders and experts in the subject matter will assist in delivering teaching and student support.

Indicative Reading

Barnard, A. (2010) Key Themes in Health and Social Care: A Companion to Learning. Routledge Blaber, A, (2019) Foundations of Paramedic Practice: A Theoretical Perspective,. Berkshire: McGraw Hill Cotrell, S. (2010) Skills for Success: The Personal Development Planning Handbook. Palgrave Macmillan Department of Health (2003) NHS Code of Practice, Confidentiality. London: DOH Duncan, P. (2010) Values, Ethics and Health Care. Sage Publications Ltd, London. Health Care Professions Council (2016) Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics. London: HCPC Health Care Professions Council (2014) Standards of Proficiency: Paramedics. London: HCPC Jasper, M, (2013) Beginning Reflective Practice. 2nd Edition. Nelson Thomas McCormack, B. & McCance, T. (2016) Person-centred nursing. Theory and practice, Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester. Melia, K. 2014, Ethics for Nursing and Healthcare Practice, Sage Publications, London. NHS Education for Scotland (2012) The Ten Essential Shared Capabilities Supporting Person-Centred Approaches. Glasgow Pilbery, R. & Lehtbridge, K. (2015) Ambulance Care Essentials. Class Professional Publishing Pozgar, G. (2016) Legal and Ethical Issues for health professionals

Transferrable Skills

Self-awareness Reflection and empathy Rights and ethics Person-centred care Professionalism and professional identity - include HCPC requirement Law and paramedic practice - consent, capacity, duty of care, legislation, guidelines and policies

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning 60 Directed Learning 120 146.00
Tutorials 12.00
Lectures (FT) 22.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Placement 01 n/a 0.00 40% Submission of Practice Assessment Document (PAD) with 120 hours of observational practice recorded.
Essay n/a 100.00 40% Essay (1500 words)