BSc (Hons) Paramedic Practice

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Overview

UCAS Code:BB95
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2018
Department:Faculty of Health and Social Care
Location:St James', Manchester
  • A programme delivered primarily in Manchester in collaboration with The North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) and accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC);
  • Qualify as a paramedic to the required clinical, professional and academic standards;
  • Practice clinical scenarios in our immersive simulation suite and experience frontline service with emergency ambulance crews.

Paramedics are highly skilled practitioners who work in challenging, exciting and dynamic environments at the frontline of the NHS, ensuring patients are provided with the best possible care outside of the hospital environment. The role requires knowledge and skills in areas such as anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, illness and disease, clinical assessment, legal and ethical issues, leadership and teamwork. This programme is for anyone seeking a career at the frontline of healthcare and is taught primarily at our Manchester City Centre location. It includes placements across Greater Manchester and the North West of England in both urgent/emergency care and wider health and social care settings to help your development as an evidence-based and research-aware paramedic. In addition, the programme requires approximately three weeks of study at the Edge Hill University campus in Ormskirk.

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Course in Depth

What will I study?

This programme provides a high quality education for paramedic students and integrates theory and practice. Practice placements take place throughout the year and practice experiences are analysed and reflected upon within the theoretical modules of study. You will be expected to attend the full range of shifts applicable to practice placements, including nights, weekends and bank holidays.

The programme team have developed theoretical content to complement relevant practice experience, ensuring that the programme has not only a strong academic base but recognises the value of professional vocational competence.

Your development of paramedic knowledge and skills will be guided by the programme and specific module learning outcomes. The modules have been designed to develop and assess your intellectual skills, such as the ability to gather and analyse appropriate information; subject specific skills such as the ability to identify, assess, implement and evaluate the health care needs of patients; and key skills such as clinical skills development, communication, learning skills and multidisciplinary learning. You will also gain an international perspective by examining emergency medical systems in other countries.

How will I study?

The course is delivered in weekly blocks of theory and placement throughout each year.

To ensure that you are competent both academically and professionally, a wide range of learning experiences, teaching and assessment methods will be used, including: keynote lectures; group discussion and debate; student-led seminars; structured reflection; directed study; enquiry-based learning; skills teaching; and learning in practice. You will need to be responsible for your practice, be able to recognise the limits of your expertise and be capable of challenging practices and initiating care, which is patient-focused and based upon appropriate evidence.

Hospital placement areas are located across Greater Manchester while ambulance placements are located across the North West of England, with a main hub placement being with emergency ambulance crews. Practice learning will meet your learning needs and give you supportive and diverse experiences across the health and social care provision. These include main hub placements at ambulance stations and bespoke placements in NHS hospitals, community trusts, social care services and the independent sector. Placements will include weekends, early mornings, evenings and night work to ensure a full range of practice experiences.

You are expected to be flexible during placement weeks to ensure that you can experience the full range of learning opportunities and shift patterns in clinical practice.

How will I be assessed?

The assessment process includes written essays, case studies, written examinations, practical examinations (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations), student presentations and practice assessment documentation.

Who will be teaching me?

The main teaching team for this programme are registered paramedics. In addition, nurses, anaesthetists and other academic members will be involved in elements of teaching and assessment. In the workplace you will be supported by paramedic mentors, practice supervisors and qualified paramedics who will guide and supervise you during your training. The programme team will support you through the provision of a module leader, personal tutor and link teacher who are able to offer academic and pastoral support as required.

A Great Study Environment

BSc (Hons) Paramedic PracticeThis programme is delivered primarily at St James’ in central Manchester.

St James’ provides an extensive modern clinical simulation suite, including a mock operating theatre, ambulance simulator and clinical skills stations. A 3D immersive simulation suite enables you to practice clinical scenarios in a realistic, supportive and safe environment. Additional facilities include an open plan library and extensive IT resources.

Approximately three weeks is also spent at the Edge Hill University campus when focusing on particular specialist subjects, such as counselling and maternity care. The clinical skills facilities at Edge Hill University include ward simulations and operating theatres with industry standard equipment, as well as robot-style mannequins that can simulate a wide range of symptoms, from pregnancy to a temperature.

Modules

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Year 1

HEA1090 Development of Study Skills in Paramedic Practice (20 credits)

Development of Study Skills in Paramedic Practice is designed to help you gain the essential study and communication skills for degree level study. A focus on self-awareness and recognition of stress factors will be a core element of this module in preparation for a career in the health service where personal and mental health safeguarding are essential.

HEA1091 Bioscience for Paramedics (30 credits)

Bioscience for Paramedics introduces you to the basic scientific principles that enable an understanding of the structure and function of the body in health and disease across the human lifespan. The anatomy and physiology of each system of the human body will be studied in depth across the life continuum. The principles of pharmacology will be introduced, specifically focusing on pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and how the human body interacts with specific medications.

HEA1092 Fundamentals of Professional Paramedic Practice (20 credits)

Fundamentals of Professional Paramedic Practice prepares you for undertaking effective multi-disciplinary and multi-professional/multi-agency working practices, as well as participating in teamwork that respects and uses the contributions of members of the health and social care team. The module will cover accountability and responsibility in the areas of ethics, legislation and professional duty of care. You will consider the ethical and legal frameworks within paramedic practice and relevant legislation. You will also discuss areas of culture, diversity and equality, enhancing your understanding of the differences in beliefs and cultural practices of individuals and groups and encouraging a professional non-judgmental position in all aspects of practice.

HEA1093 Principles of Assessment and Management in Paramedic Practice (20 credits)

Principles of Assessment and Management in Paramedic Practice develops your knowledge, understanding and psychomotor skills in pathophysiology and patient assessment. This will enable you to begin to safely and accurately assess a patient in out-of-hospital care environments. You will develop critical problem solving skills that will, in turn, enable you to differentiate diagnoses surrounding a patient’s condition or discharge facility.  You will also develop knowledge surrounding the subject of ‘Alternative to Transfer’ initiatives including the use of care plans, specialist care pathways (primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI), stroke), non-emergency care pathways and accident and emergency department referral. You will have the opportunity to reflect on experiential learning while on a range of placements within the NHS.

HEA1094 Clinical Practice and Simulation 1 (30 credits)

Clinical Practice and Simulation 1 enables you to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding required to achieve the standard of clinical competence expected of a student paramedic in the first year of a degree. You will also begin to understand the scope of clinical practice undertaken by a paramedic. Much of your learning will arise from exposure to, and reflection on, essential practice experiences. This is a practical module encompassing the basic skills that are required of a paramedic while working in emergency and non-emergency environments. On completion of the module, you will be able to demonstrate the ability to implement clinical judgement across a range of patient groups/service users suffering from a range of illnesses or injuries.

Year 2

HEA2300 Assessment, Decision Making and Management (30 credits)

Assessment, Decision Making and Management enhances your knowledge, skills and understanding of patient assessment and management appropriate to recognised key stages of the developmental human life cycle. The module further explores and develops themes such as pathophysiology, patient assessment, interpreting results and reporting findings to enable you to carry out systematic and detailed patient assessments. You will discover the strengths and limitations of differing models of patient assessment, demonstrate the effective application of a range of patient assessment tools and approaches, utilise evidence from various theoretical perspectives to inform and enhance individualised patient assessment and management, and discover the clinical decision-making involved in the assessment and management of patient illness.

HEA2301 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Paramedic Practice (30 credits)

Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Paramedic Practice enables you to begin to develop an understanding of the biological processes underlying decreased states of wellbeing. Recognising signs and symptoms is an essential element of effective healthcare and this module will ensure that you develop the knowledge, skills and understanding of patient assessment with regards to the various developmental stages in human life, reflecting how knowledge of a wide variety of theoretical perspectives on assessment can promote and enhance individualised patient care. You will learn how to recognise signs of deteriorating disease situations that require prompt intervention and enhance your understanding of the management of a range of critical conditions.

HEA2302 Research and Evidence Based Practice (30 credits)

Research and Evidence Based Practice equips you with an understanding of evidence-based practice and the research and audit processes that pertain to this. Within this module, you will gain an understanding of the importance of research and its role in the health professions. You will be introduced to the terminology used, and the stages involved, in the research process before designing your own proposal and considering potential ethical issues. The module also examines the core elements that underpin quantitative, qualitative and mixed method research designs and the application of research evidence to practice. You will apply a specific tool to confidently critique a research paper and make informed decisions based around this critique. In addition, you will discuss the role that audit and clinical governance play in the health care setting and in clinical improvement. The aim is to develop the ability to engage in evidence-based practice, evaluate practice systematically and participate in audit procedures.

HEA2303 Clinical Practice and Simulation 2 (30 credits)

Clinical Practice and Simulation 2 enables you to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding required to achieve the standard of clinical competence expected of a student paramedic in the second year of a degree. This includes developing the ability to conduct a thorough and detailed history taking and physical examination of patients across all age ranges. This is a practical module encompassing the advanced skills that are required of a paramedic while working in emergency and non-emergency environments. On completion of the module, you will be able to demonstrate the ability to implement sound clinical judgement when providing care across a range of patient groups/service users suffering from a range of illnesses or injuries.

Year 3

HEA3300 Professional Paramedic Practice (30 credits)

Professional Paramedic Practice examines health legislation, ethical principles and varying personal factors in-depth and critically analyses their impact on patient care. You will explore and investigate a range of legal, ethical and professional aspects of paramedic practice with a particular focus on mental health care delivery. The module will encourage you to critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data to make informed judgments and identify a range of solutions to challenges encountered in paramedic practice. The module will also enable the student to manage a wide range of common situations found in the out of hospital environment.

HEA3301 Paramedic Practice in Primary and Urgent Care (30 credits)

Paramedic Practice in Primary and Urgent Care focuses on the theoretical underpinning of the  expanding role of the paramedic. Paramedics attend urgent and primary care patients on a day-to-day basis. Specific roles have developed within primary and urgent care which necessitate an understanding of wider patient issues which require the paramedic to add new skills and approaches to patient care. The module focuses on a range of themes including health promotion, the assessment and management of long term conditions, minor injuries, and illness and care referrals. You will gain the underpinning knowledge, competence and critical evaluation skills required to work in a diverse working environment within emergency and urgent care settings, both within the ambulance service and the wider health and social care environment.

HEA3302 Exploring the Scope of Paramedic Practice (30 credits)

Exploring the Scope of Paramedic Practice enables you to work within the diverse clinical environment and explore the professional drivers and regulations that create and develop change within the ambulance service and wider health setting.  The module considers the impact of clinical leadership and change management on the role of a paramedic, enabling you to define your professional responsibilities and recognise your professional obligations when delivering and managing care. An in-depth knowledge of the regional policies that sit within the wider healthcare system is required to determine the most appropriate pathway for a patient. You will also explore the changing paradigm of the paramedic role, critiquing the history and the future, and critically analysing the development of the profession in the wider health setting.

HEA3303 Clinical Practice and Simulation 3 (30 credits)

Clinical Practice and Simulation 3 enables you to further enhance the knowledge, skills and understanding required to achieve the standard of clinical competence expected of a student paramedic completing their degree. This includes demonstrating a systematic understanding of contemporary paramedic practice by applying theories, concepts and principles to inform patient-centred care for individuals, families and communities in urgent, emergency, critical or other care settings. This is a practical module encompassing the skills that will place you at the forefront of contemporary paramedic practice. The module also offers you the option of an international elective practice placement. On completion of the module, you will be able to apply a systematic, comprehensive and evidence-based approach to managing a patient’s holistic care needs. You will have the skills, values and practical experience required to work in partnership with a range of patient groups and service users in designing and delivering care.

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month prior to enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

120 UCAS Tariff points, for which no specific subjects are required, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).

Applicants must be aged 18 years or over at the start of the course. Additional criteria for entry onto this programme includes permanent UK resident status and possession of a full UK manual driving licence, with no more than six points, which must be presented at interview. Please note, holding a provisional driving licence at the time of interview is not sufficient. In addition, a provisional C1 entitlement must be held prior to commencement of the programme.

Eligible candidates must provide evidence of study within the five years prior to application. The selection process includes aptitude tests and an interview.

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will need to satisfy occupational health requirements in respect of physical and mental fitness and will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Example Offers

Some typical examples of how you can achieve 120 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Levels – BBB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) – Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma – 45 credits at Level 3, for example 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

Your career prospects on completion of the programme are excellent because of the high demand for qualified paramedics in urgent and emergency care settings.

Finance

Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2018/19, tuition fees are still to be announced by the Government. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2018/19 are £11,800 per annum.

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

Financial support arrangements for eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2018/19 are still to be announced by the Government. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Scholarships

ScholarshipsEdge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time Paramedic Practice students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

Apply

How to Apply

Apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com.

Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucas to find out more about the application process.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Visit Us

If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays.

You may also be interested in attending an open event at St James’ in Manchester. You can view dates and book your place at these events, held at our Manchester city centre location, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/manchester.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradprospectus.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk with any queries about overseas study.

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Course Changes

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26th June 2017 - Professional Accreditation

This programme has been accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).