MSci Nurse Paramedic (Adult) course preparation

To help you feel prepared for your university studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Open the links below to find out more:

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Important: Occupational Health

You’ll be allocated an Occupational Health appointment at the clinic being held at our Ormskirk campus between 26 and 29 September.

Can we remind you that it’s a condition of entry to the programme that you’re cleared and immunised by OH and failure to meet this requirement could result in your place on the programme being jeopardised. If you’re not fully cleared by OH, you won’t be able to access your maintenance loan via Student Finance England as you cannot fully enrol.

To ensure this process runs as smoothly as possible, we ask that you provide details of your immunisation record to the OH Team when you complete the questionnaire.

Please let us know if you’re unable to attend your allocated slot, preferably giving at least 24 hours notice.  If you’re unable to give 24 hours notice or have an issue on the day of your appointment, please email [email protected] or call the team on 01695 650946. At such short notice, the OH and School team will try to provide a subsequent appointment, but it’s likely that it would be at the OH department based in Wigan and it’s your responsibility to ensure that you attend.

Please note that most of our placement settings will require you to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as a condition of placement. If you’re not vaccinated or are part way through vaccination, please let us know as soon as possible. It’s likely that this will be included on your immunisation record which will be sufficient to confirm your clearance.

We routinely collect data on short notice cancellations and non-attendance, if this happens more than once, the University will charge you the full cost of the appointment.

Suggested texts

This section relates to reading specifically for your programme. For suggested reading and other materials to read or watch now, please view the other sections on this page.

Before you begin, you can prepare for your modules by reviewing some of the core texts recommended below. You are not expected to buy all of the books as Edge Hill University has an extensive library service and access to electronic resources, but having one good text-book at the start will be of great benefit to you. At Ormskirk, the library and learning services can be found in the Catalyst.

  • BAILLIE, L., 2014. Developing practical nursing skills. 4th ed. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
  • BLABER, A., 2019. Foundations for paramedic practice: a theoretical perspective. 3rd ed. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.
  • BOYD, C. and DARE, J., 2014. Communication skills for nurses. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Inc.
  • BROOKER, C. and WAUGH, A., 2013. 2nd ed. Foundations of nursing practice. London: Mosby.
  • COTTRELL, S. 2019 The Study Skills Handbook. 5th ed. London: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • NETTINA, S.M., 2018. The lippincott manual of nursing practice. 11th ed. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health
  • TAYLOR, C., LILLIS, C., LYNN, P., LEBONE, E, 2014. Study Guide for Fundamentals of Nursing: The art and science of person-centred Nursing care. 8th Ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
  • POLGAR, S. 2019. Introduction to research in the health sciences. 7th ed. London: Elsevier Health Services.
  • WAUGH, A., GRANT, A., CHAMBERS, G., and ROSS, J.S., 2018. Ross and Wilson Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness. 13th ed: Elsevier.

Suggested Materials

Before you begin you will need:

Professional Standards

The two regulatory bodies for the Nurse Paramedic Programme are:

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Both of these have produced standards of proficiency that have to be met in order for you to be able to register, practice and remain registered as a Nurse Paramedic. Below you will find more information about the two regulatory bodies along with some tasks that will help you to become familiar with the standards of proficiency before you start your programme.

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

The HCPC is a regulator of 15 different health and care professions. These include:

  • Art Therapy
  • Dieticians
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Paramedics
  • Operating Department Practitioners
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • And others…

What do they do?

  • Keep a register of professionals, known as ‘Registrants’ who meet the standards
  • Set the standards for professionals’ education and training and practice
  • Take action is professionals on the register do not meet the standards

To learn more about the standards that apply to you visit the HCPC website.

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

The NMC are the professional regulatory council for Nurses and Midwives in the UK and Nurse Associates in England. They do not register any other professions under their regulations.

What do they do?

  • They maintain the register of Nurses and Midwives who meet the requirements for registration in the UK
  • Set the requirements of professional education that supports people to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviors required for entry to, or annotation on, our register
  • Investigate serious concerns about nurses, midwives and nursing associates fitness to practice and take action if needed
  • Shape the practice of professionals in developing and promoting standards including the code, and lifelong learning through revalidation

To learn more about the standards that apply to you visit the NMC website.


The standards of proficiency in more detail

Each regulatory body has a set of proficiencies or platforms that inform both your curriculum and your practice. These are split into defined sections:

NMC Platforms

  1. Being an accountable professional
  2. Promoting health and preventing ill health
  3. Assessing needs and planning care
  4. Providing and evaluating care
  5. Leading and Managing nursing care and working in teams
  6. Improving safety and equality of care
  7. Coordinating care

HCPC Proficiencies

  1. Be able to practice safely and effectively within the scope of practice
  2. Practice within the legal and ethical boundaries
  3. Able to maintain fitness to practice
  4. Practice as an autonomous professional, exercising their own professional judgement
  5. Be aware of the impact of culture, equality and diversity on practice
  6. Be able to practice in a non-discriminatory manner
  7. Understand the importance of and be able to maintain confidentiality
  8. Be able to communicate effectively
  9. Be able to work appropriately with others
  10. Be able to maintain records appropriately
  11. Be able to reflect on and review practice
  12. Be able to assure the quality of their practice
  13. Understand key concepts of the knowledge base relevant to their profession
  14. Be able to draw on appropriate knowledge and skills to inform practice
  15. Understand the need to establish and maintain a safe practice environment

Each section has sub-sections which provide specific detail about the requirement of the proficiency. In total the NMC has 103 individual proficiencies and the HCPC has 98 individual proficiencies.

Questions based on proficiencies

Take a look at the standards for both nurses and paramedics and begin to familiarise yourself with them. Which HCPC and NMC standards could you identify with in each of the following situations. We have provided you with the answers to each scenario, however to make sure you get the most out of this task please do not look at them until you have your answers.

Scenario 1 – You are looking after a polish speaking patient and feel that there is a communication barrier.

Answer to scenario 1

Scenario 2 – You have been involved in a traumatic death and are asked to attend a debrief about the situation.

Answer to Scenario 2

Scenario 3 – You have been asked to participate in a campaign for vaccination uptake but have personal doubts about the vaccine effectiveness.

Answer to scenario 3

Scenario 3 – You have been asked to undertake, under supervision an assessment of a 74 year old patient who has attended the walk-in centre where you are on placement with their daughter.

Answer to scenario 4

Other things to do now

The Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Health and Care Professions Council will give you detailed information about the professional codes and standards.

Promoting health and preventing ill health, planning, providing and evaluating care and leading and managing care are essential to you and your role as a Nurse Paramedic.  As a qualified Nurse Paramedic you will need to be able to demonstrate leadership, management, team work and clinical decision-making skills as well as provide care, comfort and support to people in real need at the forefront of changing healthcare practice.

Your programme has been designed to give you all of the above skills as well as many others and ensure that upon qualifying you will be fit for purpose and fit for practice at the point of registration, allowing you to register with both the Nursing and Midwifery Council as an Adult Nurse and the Health and Care Professions Council as a Paramedic.

Shortly after you start with us in September, you will have a week-long induction.

Affiliation to a union body is also recommended, for example:

Additional preparation

Introducing Learning Edge and Blackboard

Preparing for written assessments at university

Additional ways to prepare

Join our virtual session: Preparing to start with Edge Hill, Wednesday 10 August, 4pm – 5pm.

This session examines how to make a successful transition to University study, from planning your results day, accommodation and commuting tips, extra support available to you as a prospective student before you start in September and what to expect as well as what to get involved in during your first week.

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University can be one of the most exciting and amazing experiences, and can offer the chance to learn, meet new people, gain independence and find out more about who you are.

We want to make sure you get the most out of your university experience! The following information provides an insight into what to expect when coming to university along with some good advice on how to navigate some of the potential challenges you may face.

Starting preparing yourself