SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1B925857
Module Leader Samantha Paterson
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Paramedic Science
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

-432 Clinical practice 1 aims to introduce the student to the principles of assessment and management of patients in an acute setting. This module will include scene assessment and risk management in environments associated with out-of-hospital care, basic clinical skills for emergency care and the principles of systematic assessment and initial history taking required in an urgent/emergency situation. The student will utilise their knowledge of human physiology and common pathologies to diagnose and treat common conditions seen in the acute setting such as acute respiratory distress, chest pain, stroke etc. Students will apply their knowledge to the treatment of these patients and ensure safe, legal and appropriate management of medications in the acute environment. Students will also be introduced to the concept of clinical handover and the contemporary models used in healthcare settings.


-360 Scene assessment and risk management - self, colleague and service user safety -360 Basic clinical skills e.g. baseline observations, immobilisation, haemorrhage control Stepwise airway management Basic respiratory, cardiovascular and neurological assessment Principles of an ABCDE approach and basic history taking - consultation skills introduced Recognition of common emergency presentations Treatment of common emergency presentations Safe medicines management - legalities, safety and professional responsibilities in context Importance of clinical handover

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Identify the different risks which exist in out-of-hospital care environments2. Demonstrate safe practice in undertaking basic diagnostic, monitoring and treatment procedures 3. Demonstrate the systematic assessment of the acutely unwell patient4. Obtain and describe basic information gathered as part of structured history taking in conjunction with a physical assessment5. Recognise common pathologies encountered in acute out-of-hospital care6. Demonstrate safe medicines management in treating common pathologies in out-of-hospital care7. Demonstrate clinical handover used in healthcare settings

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Students will be introduced to basic concepts associated with patient assessment, treatment and management through a blended learning approach via face to face lectures, seminars and independent study. This will provide students with a theoretical grounding in the assessment, management and treatment techniques introduced throughout the module. The module will use several methodologies with an ethos of experiential learning to encourage engagement and application of knowledge. Clinical skills labs, simulated case studies, problem based learning, group discussion and peer facilitated debriefing and feedback as well as tutor led discussions and feedback on clinical skills demonstrated will be used throughout. Clinical experts in the field of out-of-hospital care will assist in the delivery of this module. Although not an assessed part of this module the students will be able to consolidate this initial learning in the practice environment placement in trimester C

Indicative Reading

Adam,S. Odell,M. and Welch,J. (2010) Rapid Assessment of the Acutely Ill Patient. W.Sussex: John Wiley and Blackwell Bickley, L. (2017) Bates' Guide to Physical Examination & History Taking. 12 th Ed. Philadelphia: Williams and Wilkins Douglas G,(2013) : Macleod's Clinical Examination. Elsevier: Churchill Livingstone Greaves,I. & Porter, K., (2007): 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 JRCALC (2016): Clinical Practice Guidelines, London: Edexcel Pilbery, R. & Lethbridge, K. (2015) Ambulance Care Essentials. Class Professional Publishing Pilbery, R. & Lehtbridge, K. (2016) Ambulance Care Practice. Class Professional Publishing Resuscitation Council (UK) (2015): Resuscitation Council Guidelines. 7th ed. Resuscitation Council: London Roper, T. (2014) Clinical Skills: Oxford Core Text. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Transferrable Skills

Problem solving Clinical reasoning Using evidence base to inform practice Decision making Teamworking Communication and interpersonal skills Risk assessment

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 50.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Lectures (FT) 10.00
Practicals (FT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
OSCE 1.00 50.00 75% OSCEException 164
Clinical Skills Log book 1.00 50.00 75% Clinical Skills Log Book: Submission of checklist showing completion of level 1 skills to required levelException Case 164