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Paramedicine

Paramedicine

Awarded by St George’s, University of London

The School of Paramedic Science at Kingston and St George’s aims to support the development of the paramedic profession in the UK and overseas by bringing together the latest knowledge from education, research and practice. We specialise in delivering employer-led education and training using the latest learning facilities and technologies, and also serving as a focus point for research and international development projects.

Courses

Paramedic Science (pre-registration)
Paramedic Practice (for registered paramedics)

Pre-registration status course

Post-registration course for continuing personal and professional development

Eligible to be completed on a stand-alone or continuous module-by-module basis within a five year period

Why choose us?

  • We were the first dedicated paramedic science department in the UK to have a university-based paramedic virtual training centre with dedicated student skills coaches
  • The Guardian University Guide 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 ranks Kingston and St George’s as top in London for Paramedic science
  • BSc Paramedic Science students will gain 1575 hours placement experience, most of which will be with the London Ambulance Service (LAS), one of the busiest ambulance services in the world. This means the course offers extensive exposure to a range of paramedic scenarios
  • You will learn from an experienced team including operational paramedics who assist in skills practice
  • We have a dedicated anaesthetist, anatomist and intensivist whose experience and expert knowledge are invaluable for paramedic education
  • You will have access to a wide range of health care specialists including nurse consultants, nurse practitioners and doctors in immunology, oncology, paediatrics, obstetrics, end of life medicine and mental health
  • St George’s, University of London is the only UK university to share its campus with a hospital; the St George’s Healthcare Universities NHS Trust is one of the largest teaching hospitals in the country and serves a diverse community

Employment prospects
Excellent employability results with all students gaining roles with national ambulance services.
Student benefits
  • Placements for students in the busiest ambulance trust in the UK.
  • A very experienced team to support and develop students throughout the programme of study.
  • We have a dedicated Student Support Officer to ensure student wellbeing; they are the first point of contact for students who have personal problems, need advice or are seeking information about University services.
  • The team has its own pastoral support and educational support lecturers available and our students receive mental health first aid training, and third year students support first and second year students.
Learning tools and facilities
  • Our purpose-built home environment allows students to simulate care and response to emergency calls with actors playing the roles of patients.
  • We use state-of-the-art equipment in our skills labs at St George’s, University of London, including high and low definition simulation utilising manikins and actors to create realistic presentations of clinical conditions.
  • Our London Ambulance Service paramedic link lecturer works closely with a member of the team to organise off-site simulation with outside agencies including the fire service, police, British Transport Police, traffic agencies and other key professions.
  • Student experience is enhanced with a purpose-built paramedic simulation suite. It consists of two life size ambulance saloons and home area consisting of three dedicated home spaces – a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom with appropriate furniture and fixtures. These facilities are monitored under ‘live’ camera surveillance, enabling training staff to provide relevant feedback to improve skills and student confidence.
  • 3D digital ‘immersion room’ with high fidelity sound and projectable walls that can be changed to create the ambient environment of any scenario students may encounter. This can include both emergency and urgent care situations reflecting the range of patients attended in practice.
  • You will have access to extensive reading resources including the Journal of Paramedic Practice.
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Practice placements
We organise placements with the London Ambulance Service, and you will be attached to local health departments and trusts for additional exposure. We also work with the South East Coast Ambulance Service and have close links with several NHS trusts including:
Partnerships
  • Our partnership with London and South East Coast Ambulance Service ensures our courses are relevant to paramedic practice. We have a link lecturer from each trust, responsible for the smooth operation and integration of ambulance trust requirements and operational changes

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