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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 20/01/2023 09:44:36

Title of Module: Paramedic Professional Practice

Code: PARA09004 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 40 ECTS: 20
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Health and Life Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Scott  Alexander  MacKenzie

Summary of Module

This module develops the Paramedic Learner's knowledge, understanding and application of non-technical skills in pre-hospital care. With a focus on leadership, teamworking and communication the aim is to prepare the learner for post-registration clinical practice. Decision making and factors affecting patient safety are examined with a view to enhancing effective patient-centred care.

Quality improvement and theories of change are critqued in the context of developing organisational learning and safety cultures within pre-hospital care. Preparation for supervision and mentoring of others is developed through peer learning exercises and supporting peers at other programme stages.

Learners are challenged to critically reflect upon their experiences and professional development across the programme with an empahsis placed upon preparation for graduate employment.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:




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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Apply knowledge of effective health leadership and its impact at organisational, local, and national levels

L2. Critically appraise approaches to lead person-centred health and social care for adults who have a variety of healthcare needs.

L3. Critically reflect and evaluate the support and supervision of others delivering care

L4. Demonstrate the ability to work autonomously and lead a team.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 9.

Developing a broad knowledge and understanding of local, national and international leadership strategies/theories. Demonstrating a critical awareness of their own leadership style and an understanding of how they influence delivery of healthcare.
Critically appraising leadership in paramedic science within the boundaries of the module, including: leadership skills, decision making, delegation and prioritisation of care.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Applying knowledge from a variety of sources to explore the complexities of leadership within a healthcare environment. Applying relevant theories to the supervision, education and development of junior staff, carers and other stakeholders in health and social care.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Using appropriate search strategies to review literature that explores the impact of leadership in the delivery of healthcare. Undertaking critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of principles of professional practice, leadership, development of self and others.
Using a range of resources to reflect on the complexities of leadership and evaluate responses to make safe informed, evidence based care management decisions.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Demonstrating a range of methods to communicate health related concepts effectively to people, their families, and carers.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Development of increasing autonomy and competence in relation to engaging in difficult conversations, including breaking bad news and support people who are feeling emotionally or physically vulnerable or in distress.
Using a range of digital resources to enhance learning.
Demonstrating the ability to work within professional, legal and ethical frameworks underpinning professional practice. Critically appraising one’s own and others’ roles and responsibilities when carrying out and evaluating tasks. Taking the lead and responsibility for aspects of own practice and exercise autonomy of current professional practice.
Collaborating with a variety of healthcare professionals, families and carers in accordance with professional frameworks to inform clinical practice.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
Through the use of lectures, tutorials and groupwork the key concepts of the module are critically explored. This is reinforced through workshops focusing on communication skills, interview technique, and reflective practice.

The learning and teaching strategies applied to this module contribute towards the development of the UWS graduate attributes:
Universal: Analytical, collaborative, research-minded
Work-ready: Problem solver, motivated, enterprising
Successful: Autonomous, Creative, Transformational
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery10
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity20
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop20
Asynchronous Class Activity20
Independent Study320
Personal Development Plan10
400 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Collen, A. (2017) Decision Making in Paramedic Practice 1st Edition. Class Professional Publishing

Blaber, A. (2014) Clinical Leadership For Paramedics. Open University Press

Rutherford, G. (2020) Human Factors in Paramedic Practice. Class Professional Publishing

NHS Education for Scotland AHP Practice Education

Gopee, N. & Galloway, J. (2017) Leadership and Management in Healthcare. Sage publications

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
Attendance at synchronous sessions (lectures, workshops, and tutorials), completion of asynchronous activities, and submission of assessments to meet the learning outcomes of the module.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardBiological Sciences and Health
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelHealth L7-11
ModeratorWilliam Hendry
External ExaminerM Willis
Accreditation DetailsHCPC
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Viva-Voce Panel Interview (40%)
Reflective Personal Statement (60%)
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Clinical/ Fieldwork/ Practical skills assessment/ Debate/ Interview/ Viva voce/ Oralcheck markcheck markcheck mark 401

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 1 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
In line with current legislation (Equality Act, 2010) and the UWS Equality, Diversity, and Human Rights Code, our modules are accessible and inclusive, with reasonable adjustment for different needs where appropriate. Module materials comply with University guidance on inclusive learning and teaching, and specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. Where modules require practical and/or laboratory based learning or assessment required to meet accrediting body requirements the University will make reasonable adjustment such as adjustable height benches or assistance of a ‘buddy’ or helper.
Please refer to the UWS Equality and Diversity Policy at the following link: UWS Equality and Diversity Policy

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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