CertHE Supporting Pre-Hospital Care

Overview

Course Length:13 Months - 5 Years Part-Time
Start Dates:September 2019, January 2020, September 2020, January 2021
Department:Faculty of Health and Social Care
Location:Blended Learning
  • Join a specialist programme for Emergency Medical Technicians and Emergency Care Assistants;
  • Develop clinical and academic knowledge of the pre-hospital environment to enhance your role;
  • Discover the legal, ethical and professional aspects of pre-hospital care.

This CertHE is for Emergency Medical Technicians and Emergency Care Assistants (or equivalent). If you are currently employed by an NHS Ambulance Service Trust on a full-time basis and wish to develop your knowledge and understanding of pre-hospital care, this is the programme for you.

The course allows you to develop essential skills and gain accreditation and recognition for a complex role. It is designed to enhance your knowledge of legal, ethical and professional aspects of pre-hospital care. You will consider common conditions and their treatment, immerse yourself in patient assessment and clinical skills, examine anatomy and physiology in health and disease, and develop your communication skills and patient history taking ability.

In Depth

What will I study?

A module introducing essential skills is the foundation for the programme, providing you with the knowledge and skills of pre-hospital practice, as well as building competence in clinical mathematics, communication and patient history taking.

Building on this, the programme then introduces you to the basic scientific principles that enable an understanding of the structure and function of the body in health and disease.

You will examine the importance of accountability and responsibility in the areas of ethics, legislation and professional duty of care, as well as develop your knowledge, understanding and psychomotor skills in pathophysiology and patient assessment. This will enable you to assess a patient safely and accurately in the pre-hospital environment.

There is an opportunity to demonstrate clinical competence within practice by exposure to, and reflection on, essential practice experiences.

How will I study?

The course is delivered primarily online via a Virtual Learning Environment so that is can meet the needs of Emergency Medical Technicians and Emergency Care Assistants who work shift patterns.

Each module is usually delivered over a twelve week period. In addition to online study, you will be expected to attend between three and twelve full days of timetabled university teaching for each module. This will take the form of lectures, informal discussions and tutorials.

The final module is practice-based and will take place within your current ambulance service trust.

How will I be assessed?

Mixed methods of assessment are used throughout the course. These include assignments, multiple choice and short answer examinations, viva voces (oral examinations), and OSCEs (objective structured clinical examinations).

The final module will involve a practice assessment document (PAD). It is assumed that you will already be working full-time for an ambulance service and so your practice will continue during the programme and be assessed in the final module.

Who will be teaching me?

The programme will be delivered by a team of registered paramedics who are also highly experienced lecturers. The programme team are very active in research and highly committed to providing high levels of student support. On some occasions, external speakers who are specialists in particular fields may be invited to deliver sessions.

A Great Study Environment

The Faculty of Health and Social Care is one of the leading providers of education and training for health and social care professionals in the North West of England.

Offering some of the best facilities for health and social care students in the country, the innovative £14m Faculty of Health and Social Care building at the Edge Hill University campus provides outstanding teaching and learning resources, complemented by a further modern, clinical skills facility at Armstrong House in central Manchester.

Armstrong House houses an extensive clinical simulation suite, including a mock operating theatre, simulated ambulance bay and clinical skills stations, in addition to an open plan library and extensive IT facilities.

The leading edge 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, to ensure your learning experience is as realistic as possible.

Edge Hill University has excellent relationships with NHS hospital and community trusts, enabling us to offer practice-based learning opportunities across a variety of care contexts, with placements at over 600 locations in Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire.

The faculty is also home to a thriving research culture which includes a series of staff and student conference programmes, guest lectures and seminars, as well as active research groups.

Modules

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HEA1063Preparation for Pre-Hospital Practice (20 credits)

Preparation for Pre-Hospital Practice equips you with the essential knowledge and skills required for pre-hospital practice and enhances your competence in clinical mathematics. You will develop a range of transferable skills, including communication skills, and be introduced to patient history taking and the use of reflection in practice and learning.


Assessment: Coursework: 75%, Practical(s): 25%.

HEA1081Bioscience for Pre-Hospital Practice (30 credits)

Bioscience for Pre-Hospital Practice introduces the basic scientific principles that enable an understanding of the structure and function of the body in health and disease. The module considers the components of the body from chemical organisation, through cellular biology to organs, systems and the body as a whole. You will examine the anatomy and physiology of the body and explore the systems and methods employed by the body to maintain homeostasis.


Assessment: Written Exam(s): 75%, Practical(s): 25%.

HEA1082Pre-Hospital Professional Practice (20 credits)

Pre-Hospital Professional Practice focuses on your accountability and also responsibility in health in the areas of ethics, legislation and professional duty of care. The module takes account of the rights of patients and promotes patient empowerment, advocacy and equality of care. You will reflect upon what constitutes a professional through the examination of personal and professional values and beliefs.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HEA1083Patient Assessment in Pre-Hospital Practice (20 credits)

Patient Assessment in Pre-Hospital Practice develops your knowledge, understanding and psychomotor skills in pathophysiology and patient assessment. This will ensure you are able to safely and accurately assess a patient in an out-of-hospital care environment. Patient assessment skills are crucial in the early care of the patient and this module introduces relevant key topics along with interpreting results and reporting findings.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HEA1084Pre-Hospital Skills Development (30 credits)

Pre-Hospital Skills Development requires you to demonstrate your clinical competence within practice and will examine learning through practice. You will demonstrate your own scope of clinical practice as a pre-hospital practitioner and be exposed to, and asked to reflect upon, essential practice experiences. You will be supervised by a qualified paramedic mentor, who will oversee assessment and provide guidance and support.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%, Practical(s): Pass/Fail Element.

For more information about each module, including the dates and times of module sessions, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/cpdmodules.

Timetables

You can expect to receive your timetable at 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 or evening of the week.

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 2019/20

Entry Requirements

To join this programme, you will need to be in employment with an NHS Ambulance Service Trust as an Emergency Medical Technician or Emergency Care Assistant (or equivalent).

You must have at least two years’ experience within the role and receive your line manager’s permission to apply.

You must also have undertaken a basic training programme, applicable to the role of an Emergency Medical Technician or Emergency Care Assistant (or equivalent), which is approved by your employing Ambulance Service Trust.

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.

Entry Criteria 2020/21

Entry Requirements

To join this programme, you will need to be in employment with an NHS Ambulance Service Trust as an Emergency Medical Technician or Emergency Care Assistant (or equivalent).

You must have at least two years’ experience within the role and receive your line manager’s permission to apply.

You must also have undertaken a basic training programme, applicable to the role of an Emergency Medical Technician or Emergency Care Assistant (or equivalent), which is approved by your employing Ambulance Service Trust.

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?

Successful completion of the programme will enable you to gain a Certificate in Higher Education meaning you receive formal academic recognition of your complex role.

You will also develop a range of transferable skills and gain knowledge of pre-hospital practice to ensure you are well placed to take advantage of opportunities to progress your career within your ambulance service trust, or move into alternative specialist areas of health care.

It may also be possible to continue your academic studies (at level 5) and potentially gain paramedic status, subject to the support of your employing trust.

Finance

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for part-time study on this CertHE are:

  • £34 per credit for UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20, i.e. £680 per 20 credit module;
  • £34 per credit for UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2020/21, i.e. £680 per 20 credit module (pending confirmation of arrangements for EU students).

A total of 120 credits must be studied in order to complete this CertHE award.

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

Apply

How to Apply

Apply directly to Edge Hill University.

Download the Health and Social Care Professional Development undergraduate application form (pdf) and notes for guidance (pdf).

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.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme, please contact:

  • Faculty of Health and Social Care Student Recruitment and Marketing Support Team
  • Tel: 01695 657249
  • Email: cpdenquiries@edgehill.ac.uk

If you would like to talk to the programme leader about the course in more detail, please contact:

Course Changes

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