SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMB724201
Module Leader Chris Seenan
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Paramedic Science
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Normally a registered Paramedic or other Registered healthcare practitioner

Summary of Content

Within the context of planned and unplanned care delivery, the advanced assessment and management of patients has become a requirement for advanced practitioners working at this level of practice. Consequently, this module aims to enable practitioners, to develop the requisite knowledge and advanced clinical and leadership skills to assess, diagnose, manage and where necessary, appropriately refer-on patients. This module covers key themes which include: policy, legal and ethical issues which underpin professional development; advanced clinical assessment and management of minor injuries. The educational strategy which underpins this module combines both theory and practice elements to promote and support the development of the safe and effective advanced practitioner.


Minor injury management -720 History taking/clinical consultation and advanced communication skills Clinical assessment and management of: Upper limb; Lower limb; Spine and thorax; Minor head and facial injuries; Minor wounds and burns; Eyes; Paediatric minor injuries. Local anaesthetic and wound closure techniques Health promotion X-ray requesting, interpretation and IRMER Recording clinical information Referral and safety-netting Professional, legal and ethical issues (HCPC, College of Paramedics) Supervised Practice in appropriate clinical environment

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, students should be able to:1. Demonstrate and apply advanced professional knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology sufficient to underpin assessment and diagnosis of minor injuries, relevant to the context within which care is delivered2. Demonstrate self-direction, autonomy and creativity in solving complex problems in the context of advanced professional practice 3. Synthesise and apply theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the advanced assessment of minor injuries and differential diagnosis.4. Critically analyse and evaluate theoretical models and approaches to critical thinking and decision making in the advanced assessment and management of minor injuries.5. Critically analyse and evaluate the evidence that underpins safe and effective practice relating to minor injuries.6. Critically analyse the legal and ethical principles which have implications for the practitioner's role in the autonomous management of illness.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Creative and contemporary pedagogies will support and contribute to a range of student centred learning and teaching methods based around theory and practice integration. These include: modified lectures and seminars, peer review, independent/directed study, practical tutorials, clinical reasoning panels, clinical simulation and supervised practice. The virtual learning environment of GCU Learn a9 will facilitate eLearning strategies which will support and encourage active engagement via directed study and guided reading. In relation to practice-based components of this module, the student will work together with an appropriate designated supervisor(s) to identify learning needs and access a range of appropriate practice-based experiences. These experiences will provide the learning environment that underpins the 'theory to practice' nature of this module. Students will observe advanced practice in minor injury assessment and management and use their theoretical knowledge and skills to critically reflect on these experiences in the context of their own practice. Directed learning will include a workbook of activities for completion in the practice setting to allow for integration of theory with practice. Students will undertake supervised practice within the clinical setting to accommodate this.

Indicative Reading

Module Handbook GCU Learn Barton, D and Allan D ed. (2015) Advanced Nursing Practice: Changing Healthcare in a Changing World Palgrave Bickley, L.S. (2012) Bates' Pocket Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking, 7th edition. Wolters Kluwer Heath. Day R., Foxj., Paul-Taylor G., 2009 Neuro-Musculoskeletal Clinical tests. A clinician's Guide. Churchill livinstone . Edinburgh Douglas, G, Nicol,F and Robertson, C (ed) (2013) MacLeod's Clinical Examination (13th ed), Churchill Livingstone Elsevier: China Magee D.J., Sueki D., 2011 Orthopaedic Physical Assessment Atlas and Video- selected special tests and Movements. Elsevier. Edinburgh Norris ,C. (2011) Managing Sports Injuries . A guide for students and clinicians Churchill Livingstone. Edinburgh . 4th edition Petty, N. J. 2006 Neuromusculoskeletal Examination and Assessment. A Handbook for therapists Churchill Livingstone. Edinburgh. 3rd Ed. Purcell, D. (2010) Minor Injuries: A Clinical Guide. 2nd edition. Churchill Livingstone Wyatt, J. P., et. Al, (2012) Oxford Handbook of Emergency Medicine, 4th edition. Oxford University Press, Oxford. Policies: 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 Government (2015) SETTING THE DIRECTION FOR NURSING AND MIDWIFERY EDUCATION: DELIVERY PLAN 2015-16 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 16/09/2013] The Health care Professions Council, 2012 Guidance on conduct and ethics for students. Available at: <> [Accessed 16/09/2013] The Health care Professions Council, 2012. Continuing Professional development and your registration. Available at: [Accessed 21/06/13] The Health care Professions Council, 2012. Your guide to our standards for Continuing Professional development. Available at: <> [Accessed 21/06/13] School fitness to practice document 2012 Available at: <> [Accessed 16/09/2013] School of Health and Life Sciences: Department of Psychology and Allied Health Sciences 2012/13. Protocols for Practical Skills Procedures. [Accessed 21/06/13] Current Research Journals related to Topics discussed

Transferrable Skills

Participation within this module will enable the learner to develop the following transferable skills associated with Master's level study including: -284 Work in a self-directed manner, taking responsibility for own learning and personal development and where appropriate practice competence; Develop study and technological enhanced learning skills for effective learning; Develop knowledge and understanding in the context of a subject, which can be transferred within different contexts; Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills in a range of situations; Develop communication skills, written, oral, listening, and presentational; demonstrating the ability to work as an effective member of a team; Develop/sustain leadership within the profession; Develop self-marketing/presentation skills and; Underpin professional practice through the integration of theory with practice.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 80.00
Tutorials (FT) 35.00
Assessment (FT) 15.00
Placement 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 0.75 70.00 50% Open book viva
Course Work 02 n/a 30.00 50% Portfolio of case studies and reflection (2000 words)