SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code M2B921155
Module Leader Chris Hastings
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Scottish Ambulance Service
  • A (September start)-B (January start)-C (May start)

Summary of Content

Healthcare provision tends to occur within complex organisational structures which represent a range of professional and consumer interests. This also occurs within the field of paramedic practice. This module will offer the paramedic student a context based perspective on Leadership. Issues such a leadership styles and functions, professional and inter-professional roles, the importance of clinical governance and audit to clinical leadership will be discussed. It will equip the paramedic student with the skills necessary to develop effective leadership and teamwork and assist them in creating a climate conducive to the development and delivery of high quality patient care


The syllabus will introduce the student to the concepts of leadership in health care as they apply to paramedic practise. Topics that will be explored and assessed within this module include: The political, organisational and professional issues that shape leadership processes The formation of groups and characteristics of the effective team. The role of the paramedic in becoming an autonomous individual able to make clinical decisions. Mentorship skills , what they are and how they will be applied.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:Describe the processes and characteristics in the formation of groups and teams, including effective team working.Evaluate the role of the paramedic clinician in relation to becoming an accountable and autonomous individual able to make reasoned decisions, communicating effectively.Analyse the political, organisational and professional issues that shape leadership and paramedic practice including the role of mentoring.Discuss the relevance of clinical governance to clinical leadership and audit.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

A range of learning methods will be employed to embed an understanding of what constitutes appropriate and effective practice, as well as facilitate the development of cognitive skills such as reasoning and judgement. The range utilised should not only meet intended outcomes but also equip the student for further learning. Strategies used will include: enquiry based activity and peer group learning will feature within the module and students are actively encouraged to reflect with their peers and tutors. Tutorials are available from module tutors and practice placement educators to support students in their learning and development. These methodologies are also enhanced by the use of directed and Independent learning. Within directed learning students are provided with a number of resources including structured workbooks peer group activities, use of e-learning portal and independent learning via e.g. journals, textbooks, internet, reflective practice portfolio, and self assessment questions. Lead lectures include, leadership in health, leadership and the role of teams, change management, professional issues of accountability and autonomy, clinical governance and quality of care. Practice placement learning within a controlled environment which supports the development of leadership skills. It is expected that along with this blended approach, the student will draw on their own life and placement experiences to enrich their overall understanding of the foundations of paramedic practice.

Indicative Reading

Blaber Amanda Y (2009) Foundations of Paramedic Practice: A Theoretical Perspective. London: McGraw Hill Daft R L (2003) The Leadership Experience (3 rd edition) Thompson South Western Girvin, J (1998) Leadership in Nursing. Basingstoke: McMillan McSherry R, Pearce P (2002), Clinical Governance: A Guide to Implementation For Health Care Professionals. Oxford; Blackwell Science: Oxford Sullivan EJ, Decker PJ (2005) Effective leadership and Nursing Management in Nursing. Upper Saddle River, NJ: PrePrentice Hall Hinchcliff S,Norman S , Schober J (2003) Nursing Practice and Health Care, London: Hodder Arnold Leathard, A (2003), Inter-professional Collaboration: From Policy to Practice in Health and Social Care. Hove: Brunner-Routledge Muir-Gray J A (2001), Evidence Based Healthcare. London; Churchill Livingstone Northhouse Peter G, (2004), Leadership Theory and Practice, (3rd Edition) London: Sage Publications Payne, M (2000), Teamwork in Multi-Professional Care,Basingstoke: Macmillan Useful Journals Journal of Paramedic Practice Emergency Medical Journal

Transferrable Skills

Communication and interpersonal skills Self awareness and reflection Mentorship

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practice Placement 75.00
Mentorship and PDP 30.00
Assessment (FT) 10.00
Tutorials and Groupwork 35.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 3 n/a 10.00 40% Interpersonal Skills Profile
Coursework 2 n/a 40.00 35% Mentorship Record - 1250 words
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% Clinical Leadership Development Plan - 1250 words