SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code MMB725109
Module Leader Keith Cameron
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Paramedic Science
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Student should be a registered paramedic who meets the relevant programme admissions criteria. .

Summary of Content

The Developing Advanced Paramedic Practice module is a theory/ practice module that will enable students to demonstrate achievement of competence, experience and confidence related to advanced paramedic practice. This continuous period of 200 hours specialist practice will involve identifying and analysing relevant issues in practice while applying and evaluating knowledge, understanding and skills. This practice will be underpinned by current research evidence. The Practice Learning Plan will provide evidence of achievement of competence within the field of practice


Diagnostic History taking and consultation skills Theories and models of clinical decision making Assessment and management of patients across the lifespan and presenting with a range of illness, injury and long term conditions Policy, legal and ethical issues which underpin professional development and Advanced Practice Continuing Professional Development and Lifelong Learning

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Critically reflect on current knowledge and skills and identify specific learning needs in order to successfully achieve Advanced Paramedic Practice competencies 2. Critically evaluate the legal and ethical principles which have implications for the advanced paramedic practitioner's role in the autonomous management of illness and injury3. Critically evaluate knowledge, clinical reasoning and competencies that underpin Advanced Paramedic Practice including continuing personal development planning 4. Justify and critically evaluate the application of self-direction, autonomy and creativity in solving complex problems in the context of Advanced Paramedic Practice 5. Critically analyse and evaluate the evidence and that underpins safe and effective paramedic practice

Teaching / Learning Strategy

A range of student-centred learning and teaching methods such as online tutorials and discussion groups will be used to enable the student to combine independent and directed study with practice experience. The virtual learning environment of GCU Learn will facilitate directed study, reading, discussion and individual inquiry. The practice component will provide an opportunity for completion of the student's practice learning plan. This provides opportunities for the student to engage in activities that will ensure that they meet the clinical competencies associated with the module. The designated Practice Educator will be responsible for assessing and confirming the student's achievement of the identified learning contract.

Indicative Reading

Indicative Reading: Clouder L. 2000, "Reflective practice in physiotherapy education: a critical conversation", Studies in Higher Education, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 211? 233. Donaghy, M.E. & Morss, K. 2000, "Guided Reflection: A framework to facilitate and assess reflective practice within the discipline of physiotherapy", Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, vol. no.16, pp.3? 14. Ritchie, L. 2015 Pulling together: transforming urgent care for the people of Scotland The Report of the Independent Review of Primary Care Out of Hours Services Scottish Government Scottish Ambulance Service Towards 2020: Taking Care to the Patient College of Paramedics (2015) Post- registration framework 3rd Edition The Health care Professions Council, 2012 Standards of conduct and ethics 2012. Available at: <,performanceandethics.pdf> [Accessed 16/09/2016] The Health care Professions Council, 2012 Guidance on conduct and ethics for students. Available at: <> [Accessed 16/09/2016] The Health care Professions Council, 2012. Continuing Professional development and your registration. Available at: <> [Accessed 21/06/16] The Health care Professions Council, 2012. Your guide to our standards for Continuing Professional development. Available at: <> [Accessed 21/06/16] School fitness to practice document 2012 Available at: <> [Accessed 16/09/2016]

Transferrable Skills

Participation in this module will enable the student to develop the following transferable skills associated with Master's level study: -360b7 Work in a self-directed manner, taking responsibility for own learning and continuing personal development and where appropriate practice competence b7 Critical reflective skills and professional development b7 ICT skills; information literacy, data literacy, media literacy and digital research and scholarship to underpin effective learning. b7 Critical thinking and problem-solving skills in a range of situations b7 Professional communication skills, written, oral and listening b7 Effective team-working Critical analysis of research literature

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (PT) 30.00
Practicals (PT) 200.00
Tutorials (PT) 4.00
Independent Learning (PT) 66.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 50% Reflective Portfolio 3000 words.
Exam (Dept) 01 n/a 0.00 50% Practice Educator Practice Assessment.