SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code M2B921156
Module Leader Karen Hamilton
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Scottish Ambulance Service
  • A (September start)-B (January start)-C (May start)

Summary of Content

This module builds and expands on the knowledge and skills gained during the pre-requisite module: - Foundations of Clinical Practice. As well as taking a more comprehensive approach to subject areas introduced in the foundation module, this module further develops research skills, critique, audit and reflective practice. A combination of group presentation and project work encourage the student toward the evidence-based, reasoned and rational approach required, to develop into an effective healthcare professional, within the scope of paramedic practice. Continuing professional development remains a focus and responsibility in maintaining one's own currency and fitness to practice is reinforced throughout. Overall, this module contributes in developing a responsible, accountable and proficient paramedic, confident in the delivery of care and capable of recommending and instigating effective care plans both autonomously and collaboratively.


The syllabus will introduce the student to the concepts surrounding developing paramedic practice Topics that will be explored and assessed within this module include: The concept of independent practice. The role of research in contemporary paramedic practice The impact of research on wider clinical practice. The value of continuous professional development and the requirements of the Health Professions Council

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:1.Use audit, critical evaluation and reflective skills to become an autonomous and accountable paramedic2. Demonstrate a commitment to the use of evidence and research using research skills and have an understanding of evidence based clinical decision making, describing the reasoning and rational behind decisions.3. Demonstrate an understanding of the need for maintaining a portfolio of fitness to practice to the standards expected of the Health Professionals Council4. Define professionalism and the responsibility to become a responsible, accountable and proficient paramedic, confident in the delivery of care and capable of recommending and instigating effective care plans both autonomously and collaboratively.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

One of the aims of this module is to encourage and equip the student to take responsibility for their future learning and career development. This module therefore makes use of research, reflective practice and project work to assist in achieving this. In conjunction with this, other strategies that are used include group work, group discussion and tutorials. Individual presentation will also be used to assist in organisation, coordination and confidence.

Indicative Reading

Blaber, A. (2008). Foundations of Paramedic Practice Berkshire: McCraw Hill British Paramedic Association. (2008). Paramedic Curriculum Guidance and Competence Framework Caroline, N. 2009. Emergency Care in the Streets. London: Jones and Bartlett. Clifford, C and Clark,J (2004) Getting Research Into Practice: A Health Care Approach. London: Churchill Livingstone Dimeo,S. (2011) A Practical Approach Becoming a Health care Professional Health Professions Council (2008) Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics. HPC: London Holland, K. and Rees, C. (2010). Nursing: Evidence-Based Practice Skills. Oxford: Oxford University Press Makely,S. and Austin, V. (2004) Professionalism in Health Care: A Primer for Career Success. London: Pearson Prentice Hall Owen, Diane. (1997). Help With Your Research Project: A Guide for Students of Healthcare

Transferrable Skills

Critical evaluation Analysis Problem solving Decision making Critique of research Retrieving evidence

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 5.00
Assessment (FT) 10.00
blackboard activities and discussion 50.00
Lectures (FT) 10.00
Practicals (FT) 75.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 35% Group Presentation
Coursework 2 n/a 70.00 35% Assignment - 1500 words