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BSc single honours Paramedic Practice  2018/19

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Our Paramedic Practice course enables you to become a confident, capable practitioner, fit to work as a Paramedic, if you are employed by South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) in a clinical role. The course reflects current developments in health and social care and also education. It aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills to become a more reflective, independent and critical member of the workforce.

The course aims to enable more people from the health and social care sector to access and participate in University education. Core principles run throughout the programme to support; best practice, effective communication and professionalism.

This is a work-based course, meaning you will learn at work as well as in University and on placements.

On successful completion of the programme you will be eligible to apply to the HCPC to register as a paramedic.

This course is for you if you are employed by South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) in a clinical role (e.g. Emergency Care Support Worker or Ambulance Technician). 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Paramedic.

You will study a range of subjects. Each year starts with a Professional Development for Paramedics module to help you with studying at university and developing your academic, personal and professional knowledge and skills.

In the first year you will learn all the clinical skills necessary to fully engage in your placement time, in order to underpin these clinical skills you will study applied anatomy and physiology at the same time. During the year you will learn about anatomy and physiology, clinical skills, decision making and referral pathways, an essential key area for paramedics today and apply this knowledge and skills to the management of patients. In the second year you will study more clinical skills, pathophysiology and pharmacology.

You will bring together the knowledge and skills from year one modules to learn about the management of trauma patients and the management of medical emergencies. In the third year, you will explore the complex side of paramedic practice – how paramedics work with a diverse range of patients in a multitude of situations with other multi-agency teams. The course finishes with a leadership and management module, readying you for launch into your career as a paramedic.

We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.

Year 1

Professional Development for Paramedics 1

This aim of this module is to introduce participants to the basic academic study skills required at Higher Education, the concept of evidence-based practice and to begin personal and professional development. The module will provide structured taught sessions on topics such as reading and note taking skills, structuring an essay and use of literature within academic work (referencing and paraphrasing). Evidence-based practice, literature searching and appraisal skills will be a fundamental theme running throughout enabling participants to adhere to best practice.

Fundamental Clinical Skills

The aims of the module are to enable students to start developing essential core professional clinical skills, underpinning evidential knowledge and understanding through engagement with learning activities undertaken within both the student’s workplace and University settings.

Introduction to Paramedic Practice

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the role of the paramedic and to the national policy drivers relating to the development and delivery of unscheduled, urgent and emergency care in the UK.

Applied Anatomy and Physiology

The aim of the module is to equip participants with an introduction to healthy human anatomy and physiology as applied to pathologies and paramedic practice.

Foundations of Paramedic Practice

The aim of this module is to develop the student’s knowledge and understanding of how to deliver care as a paramedic in a rapidly changing health economy.

Delivering Holistic Care

The aim of the module is for participants to develop the knowledge and skills to apply the principles of systematic patient assessment and clinical decision-making to meet the holistic needs of patients. 

Year 2

Professional Development for Paramedics 2

The module aims to explore evidence based practice and how this is transferred into best practice in order to facilitate their continued personal and professional development. This module will expose participants to research methods and the collection and use of evidence to develop best practice within the workplace. 

Advanced Clinical Skills

he aims of this module are to further develop the knowledge, understanding and core professional clinical skills related to the physical assessment and management of patients within time critical illness and non-time critical illness.

Pathophysiology and Pharmacology

The overall aim of this module is to develop knowledge of medicines management including the underpinning pathophysiology relevant to their safe administration in practice.

Trauma Management for Paramedics

The aim of this module is to develop the participants’ knowledge and skills in the management of patients presenting with trauma in the out-of-hospital environment.

Management of Medical Emergencies

The aim of this module is to develop the students’ knowledge and skills in the management of patients presenting with acute medical conditions in the out-of-hospital environment.

Urgent Care for Paramedics

The aim of this module is to enable students to develop an understanding of urgent care management and to provide the appropriate care for patients who require assessment and management of these conditions. Students will gain the knowledge and understanding to carry out the assessment, planning, appropriate interventions and referral or discharge for patients in a range of urgent care situations. 

Year 3

Professional Development for Paramedics 3 – Transforming Paramedic Practice

The aim of the module is to enable the student to critically evaluate a pilot or small scale development initiative which will enhance service provision and to critically appraise the impact of learning on their personal and professional development and practice.

Specialist Care for Paramedics

The aim of the module is to enable students to gain the knowledge and skills required to work effectively with other health care professionals when undertaking specialised emergency care and treatment related to specialised patient groups: during the child bearing continuum, children and those with mental health issues.

Working With Other Emergency Services

The aim of the module is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to work respond effectively and work collaboratively with other emergency services in scenarios that involve multiple casualties.

Law and Ethics for Paramedic Practice

The aim of the module is to enable paramedics to enhance their understanding of ethics and the law as it is applied to health and social care and to develop ethical and professional decision-making capabilities based on reflections arising from the work place.

Complex Practice

The aim of the module is to develop the knowledge, understanding and clinical skills required to intervene and manage a range of complex situations/ scenarios that may be encountered in Paramedic practice. The module will also enable students to gain a critical understanding of the importance of working in partnership with service users and professionals from other disciplines when encountering complex scenarios.

Leadership and Management

The aim of the module is to provide students with an opportunity to explore leadership, management and development of self and others in the context of contemporary Paramedic Practice so that they can develop a critical awareness of themselves as professionals, who can effect, manage and maintain change in practice within an ethical and legal framework.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Paramedic and then work for an ambulance service, in an emergency department or a variety of other clinical settings.

The course will also allow you to consider careers such as those in higher education, health promotion, medical sales and journalism within colleges, the National Health Service (NHS), private sector, local authority and voluntary sectors for example. 

Fees

Tuition fees for this course will be paid by Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Teaching

When you are at university, you will be taught through lectures, seminars, group work and technology-enhanced learning. You will also be taught in a process of simulated practice activity (SPA), a simulated and safe environment where you will learn clinical skills.

The programme is a work based one, this means you will learn at work as well as in University. In addition, you will have placement experience in community and acute hospital settings  The University has adopted the Blackboard computer based virtual learning environment (VLE) as its standard delivery mechanism for online learning materials.

Work-based learning is where you learn for and in the work-place. It is centred on your role development, therefore you will be expected to complete work-based competencies, reflections and case studies that help you learn new skills and knowledge, practise them, reflect upon them and succeed.

Independent learning

All modules will have directed learning activities which are completed in your own time often during evenings, weekends and days off. This may require you to complete some pre-reading in order to prepare for a taught session, or, some reflective work to consolidate your learning after a taught session. Self-directed work is also completed in your own time, these are activities that you undertake without direction from the University in order to complete assessments and to maximise you learning on the programme.

Overall workload

You can expect to be in University for one or two days a week some weeks but around 42 days a year. This will be in work time. You are also expected to undertake self and directed study in your own time. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.

Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.

Academic input

When you are in University you will be taught by experienced healthcare professionals with a range of experience and expertise including paramedics, mental health nurses and midwives. 

You will have a range of assessments such us written work, presentations and exams. Most modules have a theory component which provides your module mark and a practice component which is pass/fail. You will keep a reflective log of your time as a student and also have to pass a Workplace Evidence tool each year.

The course provides you with opportunities to test your skills and understanding around a subject informally before you go into practice through simulated practice activity.

You will receive feedback on all formative and summative assessments.

Applicants must maintain the terms and conditions of employment with SECAmb or they may be asked to withdraw or transfer to a different programme.

5 GCSEs (or equivalent) including Science, English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above and evidence of study at level 3.

Standard university requirements (IELTS score of 6.5 with no element below 5.5).  The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) tests competence in the English language. If you have qualified outside of the UK, your first language is not English and you are not a national of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you must provide evidence that you have reached the necessary standard.

You must be employed with South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) in a clinical role (eg. Emergency Care Support Worker or Ambulance Technician) and have the support from your employer. You must maintain your terms and conditions of employment throughout the programme.

You must have been working at least one year in a clinical role prior to entry.

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

 You will have use of our full-equipped Simulation Suite at the Medway campus.

The Programme has been developed with SECAmb (South East Coast Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust) and has been approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.

Fact file

UCAS code

  • B780

Institutional code

  • C10

Length

  • 3 years full-time

Starts

  • September 2018 (Medway)

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) including Science, English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above and evidence of study at level 3.

    You must be employed with South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) in a clinical role (eg. Emergency Care Support Worker or Ambulance Technician) and have the support from your employer.

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