SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3B924577
Module Leader Karen Nelson
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Paramedic Science
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Completion of Year 2.

Summary of Content

-19 Clinical Practice 3 aims to consolidate learning gained from study of clinical practice 1 & 2 by developing students' knowledge and understanding of the wider issues impacting clinical practice. Students will explore their role in the delivery of palliative care whilst considering the legal, ethical and professional duties. This module will develop the specific skills and understanding of safe and effective immediate management of people who have been involved major incidents. Students will explore the human factors, professional responsibilities and working within the multidisciplinary team, particularly at major incidents. The use of debriefing in adverse incidents, reporting, investigation and the role this plays in future learning for individuals, organisations and professions.


-360b7 Palliative care - Principles of Palliative care in the out-of-hospital setting DNACPR and recognition of life extinct Legal, ethical and professional challenges/implications in out-of-hospital care -360b7 Incident Scene management - evidence, reporting and responsibilities -360b7 Major Incidents/Mass casualty Command and Control Risk management Triage Working in the multidisciplinary team -360b7 Debriefing and learning from major and adverse incidents - future learning and culture -360b7 Human factors - communications, situational awareness, fatigue -360

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Reflect on the requisite legal, ethical and professional imperatives in caring for patients requiring end of life care2. Explore the concept of major incident procedures, including the principles of command, control, risk management, triage and local/national policies associated with these.3. Critically analyse the nature of multidisciplinary team working and how the role of the paramedic contributes in the management of major incidents.4. Analyse role of debriefing of adverse events and how this can inform future practice in professions5. Analyse the contribution of human factors in clinical practice and how this impacts of quality of care

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Students will be introduced to key concepts through a blended approach of face to face lectures and tutorials and independent study. This module will utilise case studies and the flipped classroom to facilitate discussion on the main topic areas. Simulation will be utilised to apply in practice the theory of major incident management, criminal evidence reporting, palliative care and human factors. Seminars by clinical experts, professionals and service users related to these key areas will give an inter-professional and person-centred care perspective

Indicative Reading

Baldwin, M.A., and Woodhouse, J. (2011) Key concepts of Palliative care. Sage Cohen, K.S. (2015) Expert Witnessing and Scientific Testimony: A Guidebook. 2 nd Ed. CRC press Dekker,S. (2011) Patient Safety: A Human Factors Approach. CBC Press: Florida Flin,R. O'Connor,P. and Crichton,M. (2008) Safety at the Sharp End: A Guide to Non-Technical Skills. Hallinan,J. (2008) Why We make Mistakes: How We Look Without Seeing, Forget Things in Seconds, and Are All Pretty Sure We Are Way Above Average. JRCALC (2016): Clinical Practice Guidelines, London: Edexcel Lennquist, S. (2012) Medical Response to Major Incidents and disasters: a practical guide for all medical staff. Springer, Berlin Pilbery, R. & Lethbridge, K. (2016) Ambulance Care Practice. Class professional Publishing. Reason,J. (2008) The Human Contribution: Unsafe Acts, Accidents and Heroic Recoveries. Smith, G.P. (2013) Palliative Care and End of Life decisions. Springer Stranks,J. (2007) Human Factors and Behavioural Safety

Transferrable Skills

Work in a self directed manner, taking responsibility for own learning and personal development. Develop communication and IT skills to underpin effective learning. Communicate effectively in both written and oral forms with fellow students and the teaching team . Work effectively with others. Underpin professional development by integration of theory and practice.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 20.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Independent Learning (FT) 140.00
Practicals (FT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Essay n/a 100.00 40% Essay (3000 words)Two sections: Palliative Care (1000); Major Incident (2000)