SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code M2B924072
Module Leader Daniel Irvine
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Scottish Ambulance Service
  • A (September start)-B (January start)-A (September start)
  • A (September start)-B (January start)-C (May start)
  • S-A (September start)-B (January start)-A (September start)
  • S-B (January start)-A (September start)
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • B (January start)-A (September start)
  • C (May start)-A (September start)
  • C (May start)-A (September start)-B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Normally, Certificate in Higher Education in Ambulance Studies or recognised equivalent.

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 Theories of leadership styles and functions, teamwork, situational awareness, decision making and communication will be discussed. The importance of clinical governance, audit and human factors in relation to clinical leadership and patient safety will also be explored. 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


Topics that will be explored and assessed within this module include: b7 The political, organisational and professional issues that shape leadership processes. b7 Leadership styles and theories b7 Human Factors and patient safety b7 The formation of groups and characteristics of the effective team. b7 The role of the paramedic in becoming an autonomous individual able to make clinical decisions with good situational awareness. b7 Effective communication b7 Mentorship skills, what they are and how they will be applied.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Analyse the processes involved in the formation of groups and teams and how an individuals characteristics in a team can impact on effective team working.2. Evaluate the role of the Paramedic in relation to becoming an accountable and autonomous individual who is able to make reasoned decisions and communicate these effectively 3. Analyse the political, organisational, professional and human issues that shape leadership and paramedic practice including the role of mentoring.4. Describe the role clinical leadership plays in improving service delivery and maintaining patient safety.5. Identify methods that can be used for service improvement and how these can be applied within the organisation.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

A range of learning methods will be employed to embed an understanding of what constitutes appropriate and effective leadership, as well as facilitate the development of other non-technical skills. 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 will be facilitated by 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 in the form of 84flipped classrooms?. Within directed learning students are provided with a number of resources including peer group activities, use of e-learning portal and independent learning via e.g. journals, textbooks, internet, reflective practice portfolio, and self assessment questions. 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, A., 2014. Clinical Leadership for Paramedics . London; McGraw Hill. BLANCHARD, K., 2011. Leadership and the One Minute Manager . London; Harper Collins. BLANCHARD, K., 2010. Leading at a Higher Level . Harlow; Pearson Education Ltd. DAFT, R., 2015. The Leadership Experience (6th edition). Stamford; Cengage Learning. FLIN, R., O?CONNOR, P., CRICHTON, M., 2008. Safety at the Sharp End: A Guide to Non-Technical Skills . Hampshire; Asgate. GIBBS, G., 1988. Learning By Doing: A Guide to Teaching and Learning Methods . Oxford; Further Educational Unit, Oxford Polytechnic. GOPEE, N., GALLOWAY, J., 2014. Leadership and Management in Healthcare . 2nd ed. London; SAGE Publications. KINNELL, D., HUGHES, P., 2010. Mentoring Nursing and Healthcare Students. London; SAGE Publications. KOLB, D., 1984. Experiential Learning . New Jersey; Prentice Hall. KOTTER, J., 1996. Leading Change . Boston; Harvard Business School Press. KOTTER, J., 1990. A Force for Change: How Leadership Differs From Management . New York; The Free Press. McCRAY, J., 2009. Nursing and Multi-Professional Practice . Oxford; SAGE Publications. McSHERRY, PEARCE, P., 2011. Clinical Governance: A Guide to Implementation for Healthcare Professionals. 3rd ed. Oxford; Wiley Blackwell. NORTHOUSE, P., 2015. Leadership Theory and Practice (7th Edition). London; Sage Publications. ROGERS, J., 2007. Adults Learning . Berkshire; McGraw-Hill. SULLIVAN, E., DECKER, P., 2005. Effective Leadership and Nursing Management in Nursing . Upper New Jersey; Prentice Hall.

Transferrable Skills

Communication and interpersonal skills Self awareness Reflection Mentorship ICT skills Team working

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 20.00
Assessment (FT) 15.00
Independent Learning (FT) 25.00
Tutorials (FT) 15.00
Placement 75.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 90.00 40% Assignment – 2500 words
Course Work 02 n/a 10.00 40% Interpersonal Skills Profile