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BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science

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University of Suffolk on Ipswich Waterfront
UCAS code: 
B950
Location: 
Ipswich
Institution code: 
S82
Duration: 

Three years full-time.

This course begins in February each year.

Typical Offer: 

2017 Entry: 120 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBB (A-Level), DDM (BTEC).

2018 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Please see Entry Requirements below.

Introduction

To apply visit the UCAS website

This innovative and exciting Paramedic Science degree has been developed in partnership with Health Education East of England and the East of England Ambulance Service Trust. Delivered by dynamic and supportive staff this course will enable you to become a highly competent Paramedic prepared for the out of hospital environment. It will enable you to develop courage and resilience to recognise, respond and adjust to the ever changing healthcare practice environment while maintaining your professional knowledge, competence and confidence. The academic and practice team will work in partnership with students to make sure that future paramedics ensure service users are provided with safe and effective care. Fifty percent of your study time will be in practice working alongside paramedic educators and on successful completion you will be eligible for registration as a paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and therefore qualified to begin your career as a Paramedic.

East of England Ambulance Service 

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This curriculum has been developed in consultation with a range of stakeholders who have actively participated in the development of the course design. The stakeholder participants in this process included representatives of service users, qualified paramedics and employers. A partnership approach between academics, paramedics and paramedic educators from the East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST), employers, and service users is a valued and important feature of this course. EEAST has identified an on going need to recruit new graduates to develop and sustain its workforce. As a result the Ambulance Trust in partnership with the Health England East of England has commissioned the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree programme.

Lee is the course leader for the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree course. Lee trained as a general nurse at Ipswich Hospital and once qualified held a position within acute and critical care. This lead to an interest in the pre-hospital field and a career move to the Suffolk Ambulance Service (now East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust), qualifying as a Paramedic in the early 1990 s. As a paramedic Lee was elected to the Regional Medical Advisory Group, educated at degree level and successfully managed a project to improve the timely care and response to patients. This culminated in the successful introduction of rapid response and community response vehicles throughout East Anglia, which are now an established part of national Ambulance services. Lee joined University of Suffolk as a Lecturer in Acute and Critical Care in September 2009, completed the PGCE for Healthcare Professionals and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). He is currently a Lecturer in Adult Nursing and a Convenor at James Paget Hospital, where he is responsible for the development of improvement projects to ensure the student experience whilst in practice. Most recently Lee has assisted with the introduction of a Distance Learning Paramedic Educator programme, developed in collaboration with the East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST). The bespoke distance learning programme commenced in July 2014 with 24 paramedic educator students actively engaged in the module. Read Lee's full profile  

 Photographs © EAAST

All photographs © EAAST

 

Course modules

(IPL - Interprofessional Learning)   Visit the Paramedic Science Modules page for detailed information of the content of each module. Assessment on this course Assessment is an integral part of academic life. The assessments you will encounter on your course will be varied, to enable you to experience and adapt to different assessment styles. There will be varied and innovative approaches taken to assessment within the programme. The specific nature of the assessments differs from module to module, depending on the learning outcomes, the learning and teaching strategies, and the type of the module. The range of assessment approaches includes essays; Practice Assessment Document; Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE s); and examinations. All the assessment methods utilised will have a paramedicine focus enabling you to apply, analyse, evaluate and discuss practice and current policy. 

Personal and Professional Role Development

The aims of this module are twofold. Firstly, it aims to provide students with a sound foundation on which to develop key transferable skills including communication; information technology; problem solving; numeracy; working with others; and reflection. These skills will give the student confidence and raise their self-esteem enabling them to work and learn effectively within both the higher education and the workplace environments.

Secondly the module will introduce and explore the history of the profession and what it means to be a registered professional. The role of the paramedic in a wider health care economy and the broader society will also be considered.

The use of experts from the field of practice within and outside of paramedic science will be utilised to allow exploration of the role of the paramedic.

Anatomy and Physiology

This module aims to provide students with an introduction to human anatomy and physiology. The emphasis of this module will be based upon normal biological function. It will enable students to have a clearer understanding of anatomy and physiology and will therefore aid the development of problem-solving skills in practice.

The emphasis of this module will be on human structure, function and homeostasis as a basis for physiological health. The module aims to provide students with a sound knowledge base from which to build upon throughout the course.

Paramedic Practice: Meeting Psycho Social Needs

The overall aim of this module is to gain an appreciation and understanding of the social, psychological and behavioural issues which affect individuals in contemporary society. The module is designed to enable the student to explore these issues in relation to the role of the paramedic.

There is increasing need to support those with mental health problems more effectively in times of crisis in line with government agendas to drive up the quality of service offered to those with mental health problems. The role of the paramedic and collaboration with other agencies is crucial in delivering compassionate multi-disciplinary holistic care. Clinical decision making in paramedic practice will be enhanced by understanding the psychosocial concepts that may affect the individual and their families who are experiencing mental distress.

This module will facilitate discussion, encourage debate and explore and challenge psychosocial issues that the student will encounter in practice. Issues relating to equality and diversity will also be addressed throughout.

In addition to having a clear link to application, the psychosocial issues explored within the module are underpinned with a sound theoretical base.  This will enable the student contextualise health, illness and wellbeing, and to understand key issues and provide effective care in practice.

Patient Management: Care of the Individual

The focus of this module is the development of the essential knowledge, skills and value based attitudes necessary for the student paramedic to contribute to management and assessment of individual patient’s in a range of practice settings. Introducing the students to the fundamentals of paramedic practice this module will reflect the integration of theory and practice drawing upon case studies, a range of clinical simulation approaches and demonstration of clinical skills.

Successful patient assessment and management requires the student paramedic to apply theory and skills to the real life setting which the practice element of this module will enable them to achieve.

The module will use a systems based approach to patient assessment and management enabling the student to focus on the care of an individual patient.

The aims of this module are:

  • To examine contemporary practice through a range of clinical decision making exercises that foster enquiry, reasoning and appraisal.
  • To examine the delivery of care with respect to the environment and situation encountered.
  • To explore and comply with issues surrounding consent and capacity across the life span.
  • To demonstrate an effective methodology for patient assessment and management that utilises a structured systems based approach.
  • To demonstrate assessing, moving and handling of the individual patient within a wide range of clinical situations with appropriate selection and use of equipment and techniques.
Interprofessional Learning: Working with Others

This module will introduce the principles of interprofessional working, contextualising each student’s growing professional identity within the broader interprofessional arena. There will be recognition of the individuality and commonalities within and between professionals, with subsequent analysis of effective interpersonal communication skills at a personal, professional and service user level. The aim is for the student to engage in effective professional relationships with colleagues and service users.

Students need to be able to identify the challenges, benefits and issues in providing care within the wider context of organisation and society. An understanding will be fostered throughout that the service user is at the core of effective care within a complex and changing wider environment.

The aims of this module are:

  • To develop an understanding of their own professional identity.
  • To develop an awareness of each others role within the interprofessional team.
  • To understand the importance of interprofessional communication and team working.
  • To appreciate the complexity of delivering effective service user centred care in an interprofessional environment.
Patient Management: Priorities of Care

This module will build upon skills and knowledge gained during the year one module Patient Management; Care of the Individual and will develop the student’s ability to make clinical decisions for more complex cases.

The student will build upon previous knowledge and value based attitudes developing an analytical approach to disease, minor injuries and trauma process’s to develop appropriate treatment plans for the patient with co morbidities.

The module will develop further the students competence in the range of skills required for paramedic practice and will allow practice of these skills through simulation. The module will encourage the student to reflect upon their developing role as a practitioner, applying knowledge gained from the first and throughout the second year to their paramedic practice.

The aims of this module are:

  • To enable the students to analyse priorities of care for various traumatic and non-traumatic conditions.
  • To encourage the student to evaluate physical assessment and advanced interpretation of patient data.
  • To enable the students to engage and critically debate a range of issues that impact on professional practice in unplanned out of hospital emergency care.
  • To develop understanding and competence of the invasive and non-invasive clinical skills required for paramedic practice.
  • To facilitate the student to establish and maintain a safe practice environment.

A fundamental principle for this module is the integration of theory with students’ practice experiences. Classroom activities will reflect the integration of theory and practice drawing upon reflective case studies, a range of clinical simulation approaches with performance of clinical skills. The use of Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) as both teaching and assessment strategies integrate the knowledge and skills that are crucial for paramedic development.

An important component of this module is practice based learning in a variety of health care settings. The practice experiences will link with concurrent theoretical teaching and wherever possible students will be encouraged to follow the patient’s journey through the various departments such as accident and emergency and coronary care. The students will therefore become part of a larger learning community wherein colleagues and peers are participating in the learning and teaching processes.

Pharmacology for Paramedic Practice

This module will develop the students understanding of the principles of pharmacology and the related legal and ethical issues. The module will explore cell biology, pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics and their relevance to health care practice. Service user issues relating to medicines therapy will be examined and the responsibilities of the paramedic in relation to these in the context of professional practice, underpinned by safe administration of medicines.

The aims of this module are:

  • To develop the students understanding of the principles of pharmacology and the related legal and ethical issues.
  • To develop the students understanding of medicines management and safe practice.
  • To facilitate reflection on the current and future responsibilities of paramedics in medicines management and monitoring.
Research Methods for Paramedics

For the last decade enhancing the quality of care has been a driving force for the provision of all health care. The increasing emphasis on theoretically informed practice, and supported by directives such as clinical governance requires paramedics to be able to reliably access, assess and implement appropriate research evidence. This ability demands an appreciation of research methods, concepts and applications that are consistent with the academic and professional requirements to develop both knowledge and skills.

The overall aim of this module is to extend the students’ knowledge and appreciation of research issues, from an examination and understanding of methodology and means of application, to an understanding of research in the broad context of paramedic practice. A range of health related topics will be utilised to explore the content of this module.

The aims of this module are:

  • To raise awareness of the key concepts, language and perspectives of the research process.
  • To enable students to explore and critically evaluate a variety of research methods.
  • Explore the utilisation of research in the development of informed and innovative practice.
  • Extend the students’ knowledge and understanding of the ethical implications of systematic inquiry.
Interprofessional Learning: The Service User

This module will build on knowledge gained from the year one IPL module by continuing to promote awareness of the student’s role in the interprofessional team. It will also enable the student to work towards the critical insights required to succeed in the year three IPL module. The student will use critical reflection, analysis of the service user journey and promotion of multi-agency working across health and social care teams to enhance the care that they provide to service users. The students will be able to reflect on appropriate and profession specific scenarios where interprofessional working is advocated.

The use of a conference and its application to practice will enable students to apply what they have learnt at the conference to their own practice. The students will be able to discuss issues with their mentors and supervisors who experience the realities of interprofessional working from personal, professional and service user levels. Using the experiences of those who use services within health and social care will illuminate the strengths of a seamless service and the challenges faced when services provided do not meet the needs of these individuals and their families. A short reflective exercise as part of the student’s practice assessment documentation/portfolio will be used by students to reflect on a service user’s journey and the different professionals that a service user may come into contact with.  

The aims of this module are:

  • To enable the student to understand the challenges of service users and other professionals in providing seamless care.
  • To gain a wider understanding of service users and service user pathways.
Application of Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology to Paramedic Practice

The human body relies upon a series of anatomical and physiological processes in the maintenance of homeostasis. Understanding such processes is crucial for the Paramedic student in the understanding of pathophysiology and subsequent patient management.

The student will apply knowledge and understanding of anatomy and physiology and the pathophysiology of a range of major and minor illnesses/injuries and develop the ability to critically analyse approaches to clinical decisions. Building upon knowledge gained from Human Anatomy and Physiology in year 1 they will explore processes concerned with maintaining the body’s homeostatic balance and how these impact upon the pathophysiological processes of illness, disease and trauma.

The student will have the opportunity to analyse physiological and clinical data which has an impact on the wellbeing, safety and management of the patient.

The aims of this module are:

  • To enhance the student’s knowledge and expertise in relation to applied anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology and engender the skills required for this to become lifelong study.
  • To enable the students to apply the principles of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology to the clinical decision making relating to the patient.
  • To explore how knowledge and understanding of normal anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology underpins patient assessment management.
  • To develop understanding and appreciation of the importance of clinical reasoning in care delivery of assessment, prioritisation, care and treatment options.
Patient Management: The Complex Environment

This module will enable the student to practice as an independent paramedic, able to implement their own professional judgment in demanding and complex environments drawing on knowledge and skills gained throughout Patient Management: Care of the Individual, Patient Management: Priorities of care and through successful completion of years one and two practice assessments.

At this stage of their development the student will have been exposed to many of the realities of paramedic practice. There are specialist areas and situations that, although encountered infrequently, remain an important aspect of paramedic practice and will be explored within this module.

With a focus on current policies, research, evidence and professional debates relating to the scope of practice the student will work in partnership with other professions, building and sustaining relationships and recognising those principles and practices that will allow them to contribute or lead effectively.

The aims of this module are:

  • To evaluate clinical decisions and the impact on the patients journey.
  • To evaluate the assessment, management and critical decisions made applying scientific evaluation as to the effectiveness.
  • To explore the professional role of a paramedic from a developing evidence base and analyse the factors that drive paramedic practice.
  • To evaluate own professional practice for delivery of care as an independent practitioner and employ effective communication ensuring patient comfort and dignity at all times. 
Transition into Registered Paramedic Practice

This module will explore the role of the registered paramedic by enhancing the students’ professional knowledge and will further explore their professional and legal obligations when delivering and managing care in the care environment. 

The students will be given an opportunity to explore the theory and science that underpin the role of registered paramedic. In addition they will be able to explore personal development, self-awareness, role transition and safe and effective decision making which are essential in order to function successfully within a health care environment. 

The aims of this module are:

  • To enable the student to respond flexibly to service initiatives and organisational and personal change to ensure safe and effective practice.
  • To facilitate a critical understanding of the concepts of leadership, management and change and their application to contemporary practice.
  • To promote personal and professional development in self and others that will enable effective care and develop collaborative practice.
Dissertation

This module will provide an opportunity for the student to produce an individual study project developed from an aspect of paramedic practice in which they are particularly interested. It will enable students to further develop skills acquired throughout the programme such as enquiry based learning, problem solving, critical thinking and reflection. Using a problem solving approach students will either engage with either the principles of service improvement or systematic literature review in order to further their understanding of the evidence base and its application to practice. The dissertation module will provide a mechanism by which students will be able to demonstrate autonomy and self-direction whilst undertaking a real problem solving exercise within a topic area of their choice relevant to paramedic practice.

The module will build on previous study undertaken by students during Research Methods at level 5. Students will, therefore, already have the basic skills to undertake a literature search, review the literature and, critically evaluate published research.

The aims of this module are:

  • To provide the student with the opportunity to investigate an area of particular interest in either a theoretical or an applied field.
  • To develop problem solving skills.
  • To deepen the student's appreciation of the scope and limitations of research and to facilitate the students to consider the stages of the research process.
  • To enable the student to further their abilities in critically evaluating research material.
Interprofessional Learning: The professional in the team

This module builds on the interprofessional modules at year one and two. It is designed to prepare students from a variety of professional backgrounds to work within practice in health and social care organisations. Interprofessional working in practice is an essential component of the role of new and established practitioners. The module promotes multi-agency working across health and social care teams. Interprofessional working is promoted through the exploration of topical issues within health and social care.

Students will be encouraged to work as flexible practitioners and critical thinkers. 

Management of self is key to evaluating their role and the role of others within the interprofessional team.

A problem based approach will be used to develop managerial, leadership and advocacy skills in order to become an effective practitioner. Students will be encouraged to explore the issue of corporate responsibility.   

By learning to work together as an interprofessional group, differences will be exposed, prejudices will be examined and students will learn how to manage themselves and others. 

The aims of this module are:

  • To understand corporate responsibility and the individual professional’s accountability within a multi-agency environment.
  • To critically evaluate the role of self and others within the interprofessional team.
  • To understand management of change, leadership and advocacy.

Fees and finance

  • Full-time Tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • International Tuition fee: £11,580 p.a. 

Further Information

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At the University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with you course that you will need to budget for. 

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

2017 entry: 120 UCAS tariff points (or above) BBB (A-Level) DDM (BTEC)
2018 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Access to Higher Education Diploma - a minimum of 45 Level 3 credits at merit grade or above

Plus five GCSEs at grade C or above including English, Mathematics and Science (or equivalent).

Also see How to Apply.

Non-Academic Requirements

Any offer of a place will be subject to: 

  • Successful interview and Admissions test.
  • Satisfactory Health check
  • Satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Two satisfactory references

As part of the selection process, you will be expected to demonstrate good knowledge and a clear understanding of the scope of work that a Paramedic is required to undertake as well as the significance of the NHS Constitution and its core values.

International Requirements

IELTS 7.0 is required where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.

Staff

Career Overview Lee trained as a general nurse at Ipswich Hospital and once qualified held a position within acute and critical care. This lead to an interest in the pre-hospital field and a career move to the Suffolk Ambulance Service (now East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trus...