SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code M2B921158
Module Leader Charles Till
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 provides an opportunity for students to further develop existing clinical skills in a challenging, but safe, environment. Students will be encouraged to make independent clinical decisions in relation to advanced patient care whilst recognising and working within professional constraints set by the regulating body.


This syllabus will introduce the student to advanced clinical skills. Topics that will be explored and assessed within the module include: The safe performance of advanced airway skills such as endotracheal intubation. The use of advanced life support skill in cardiac arrest with associated drug regimens. The use of needle cricothyrocotomy, needle decompression, intravenous and intraosseous canulation. Advanced cardiac care pertaining to the treatment of cardiac illness The use of 'pathfinder skills' to give them clinical skills to allow for treatment of minor injuries and illness.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:1.Demonstrate the advanced clinical skills required to treat a patient appropriately including therapeutic intervention in varied settings, including emergency situations; adapting and modifying the clinical skills as required.2.Exercise initiative and independence when carrying out basic, advanced and specialised clinical skills and be able to recognise when a patient requires further more specialised skills and how to access these. 3.Demonstrate advanced diagnostic, monitoring and specialised treatment procedures safely and skilfully.4.Demonstrate advanced knowledge of working within a safe ambulance practice environment, protecting yourself and others.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module introduces the student to an advanced range of clinical skills encountered as a first contact practitioner within the pre-hospital environment. Throughout the module students will participate in interactive clinical simulation laboratory sessions which will encourage experiential learning through clinical simulation and role play. Additional teaching strategies will include practical problem solving workshops delivered by tutorials designed to reinforce the application of clinical skills in relation to practice. The delivery of skill specific teaching and learning strategies will be facilitated by structured interaction between the faculty teaching team and practice placement educators.

Indicative Reading

Berg,D. (1999) Advanced Clinical Skills. Oxford: Wiley- Blackwell Berg,D. (2004) Advanced Clinical Skills and Physical Diagnosis. Oxford: Blackwell. Caroline, N.L., (2009): Emergency Care in the Streets. UK ed. Sudbury. Jones and Bartlett. Greaves, I. & Porter, K., (2006): Oxford Handbook of Pre-Hospital Care. Oxford. Oxford University Press. Gregory, P & Mursell, I., (2010): Manual of clinical Paramedic Procedures. 1 st ed. Oxford. Wiley-Blackwell. Johnson,G. Hill- Smith,I and Ellis,C. (2005) The Minor Illness Manual. London: Radcliffe Publishing.

Transferrable Skills

Group work Presentation

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Individual Review & Practice 75.00
Practice Placement 200.00
Assessment (FT) 25.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 40% Practice Placement Portfolio
Exam (School) n/a 50.00 40% OSCE - Clinical Skills Stations