SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3B723895
Module Leader Gary Rutherford
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Scottish Ambulance Service
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Normally a Paramedic (or other Health Care Professional) registered with the Health and Care Professions Council or Nurse registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council.

Summary of Content

The Specialist Paramedic in Urgent & Emergency Care (or Health Care Professional in unscheduled care environment) may be required to appropriately assess and manage non-life threatening minor injuries that they are presented with. This module will prepare the practitioner to safely assess, treat, refer and discharge patients with minor injuries within scope of practice. The module teaching will cover anatomy, physiology, assessment and treatment of minor limb, joint, rib, back, head and eye injuries. Also included will be consent, clinical reporting, documentation and safety netting. Theory and practice will be integrated within clinical practice placement.


-360b7 History taking/clinical consultation b7 Musculoskeletal system structures and examination b7 Clinical assessment and management of: -360 o Hand, wrist, forearm, elbow and shoulder o Foot, ankle and knee o Hip and upper leg o Chest, back and neck o Minor head and facial injuries o Minor wounds and burns o Eyes o Paediatric minor injuries -360b7 Local anaesthetic and wound closure techniques b7 Health promotion b7 X-ray requesting, interpretation and IRMER b7 Recording clinical information b7 Referral and safety netting b7 Professional, legal and ethical issues b7 Practice placement in appropriate clinical environment

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Demonstrate specialist knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and pathology that underpins the management of minor injuries.2. Analyse, evaluate and apply evidence based approaches to history taking, assessment and examination of patients with minor injuries.3. Identify and analyse the significance and implications of a range of common abnormal clinical findings including x-rays. 4. Critically discuss and apply a range of protocols, clinical treatment and management strategies to safely and effectively manage patents with minor injuries.5. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the planning, processes, clinical challenges and limitations relating to the safe discharge or referral of patients within urgent and emergency care.6. Evaluate and appraise legal, ethical, diversity and vulnerability issues relating to the safe management of minor injuries.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Tutor centred keynote lectures and tutorials in GCU facilitated by specialists in minor injury management will introduce the student to the concepts of minor injury management principles for each part of the syllabus. Lecture material and resources will be posted on GCU learn. Practical sessions facilitated by tutors and field specialists will ensure that theory and practice are embedded in the learning process. These practical sessions will ensure opportunity for practice of assessment techniques prior to attendance in practice placement. Practice placement in appropriate clinical areas will allow the student to demonstrate skills competency via logbook completion. Supervisor and mentor support will be provided by the clinical practice placement area.

Indicative Reading

Douglas, G. (Ed.) 2013, MacLeod's Clinical Examination , 13 th edn, Churchill Livingstone, UK. Moore, K. L., Agur, A. M. R., Dalley, A. F., 2014, Essential Clinical Anatomy , 5 th edn. Wolters Kluwer, Baltimore. Purcell, D. 2010, Minor Injuries: A Clinical Guide , 2 nd edn, Churchill Livingstone, UK. Tortora, G. J., & Derrickson, B. 2014, Principles of Anatomy and Physiology , 14 th edn. Wiley, London. Wyatt, J. P., Illingworth, R. N., Graham, C. A., Hogg, K., Robertson, C., Clancy, M. 2012, Oxford Handbook of Emergency Medicine , 4 th edn. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Transferrable Skills

Normally a Paramedic (or other Health Care Professional) registered with the Health and Care Professions Council or Nurse registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures at GCU 21.00
Practicals at GCU 21.00
Practice Placement 99.00
Independant Study Time 18.00
Practice Placement 21.00
Assessment 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 3 0.00 0.00 35% Clinical OSCE (Department)
Coursework 2 120.00 0.00 35% Practice Placement
Coursework 1 0.00 100.00 40% 2000 Word Clinical Case Study