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The Centre for Paramedic Science unveils exciting new plans for 2015.

The Centre for Paramedic Science has announced plans to utilise new research, simulation techniques and technology to streamline and share learning.  New initiatives include: a brand new simulation suite which will allow students to practice in realistic home environments; two new study programmes, one for new beginners and a ‘top-up’ for professionals; research on the challenges faced by paramedics when assisting patients with dementia and a small scale project exploring the accuracy of ambulance despatch decisions made by NHS 111 clinical advisors. 

 

PARAMEDIC

  1. E portfolio
    We are currently working on a tablet based portfolio for students starting September 2015. These tablets will host the e-portfolio on a cloud and be carried by the students in practice. All elements of competency sign off, reflective report writing and announcements will be hosted through the tablet. We are looking to pilot the tablets early in the new year.
  2. Simulation house
    We undertake simulation with our paramedic students within the forensic team’s simulation house at Kinston University. This allows the students to experience casualty management real time in a safe and protective domain. The simulation is run realistically as possible using actors then the student receives a detailed feedback session.
  3. Simulation suite
    We are designing a purpose built paramedic simulation suite at St George’s University. This will allow the paramedic students the opportunity to carry out patient management in realistic home environments. The suite will comprise of three dedicated home spaces, a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom with appropriate furniture and fixtures. It will also host three full size ambulance saloons to allow patients to be loaded and treated within them. This is planned to be launched in February 2015.
  4. Facebook and twitter
    We are launching facebook and twitter pages from the Centre for Paramedic Ccience in November 2014. This is to enhance and promote our educational delivery and research undertakings. Day to day events and experience of the students as well as marketing of our programmes will be published.
  5. BSc Paramedic Science
    September 2015 will see the launch of the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC) accredited BSc Paramedic Science. This three year programme takes the novice direct entry student through a rigorous and detailed educational pathway alongside London ambulance service offering ambulance placements. This new programme meets all the new standards of practice detailed by the HCPC and College of Paramedics.
  6. BSc Paramedic Practice
    As of March 2015, we will be offering a Paramedic Practice BSc. This top up degree is designed to take IHCD, DipHE or FdSc paramedics to obtaining a degree in two years (part time). The modules are varied and exciting being delivered either on campus at St Georges University or via a distance learning platform.
  7. Research dementia
    We have started a research project looking at challenges faced by paramedics in the out of hospital arena when dealing with patients with dementia.

    The aims are to:

    • To improve understanding of the challenges for paramedics when communicating and managing people suffering from dementia in the out of hospital setting.
    • To inform an educational package to enable paramedics to communicate and manage patients with dementia in the pre hospital setting more effectively.
    • What is their current understanding of dementia and its impact on the patient and their carers?
    • What is their current practice when they interact with a dementia patient?
    • How do they access information about the dementia patient?

    This is ongoing and we are looking at publishing a paper next spring with project conclusions.

  8. Research 111

    We have just planned for an exploratory study focused on the aim of qualitatively exploring the accuracy of ambulance despatch decisions made by NHS 111 clinical advisors in two provider services in the south east of England, in a small scale, short timeframe project.  The study has the following objectives:

    • To describe the type of calls to NHS 111 that result in the despatch of an ambulance
    • To provide a qualitative judgment of the appropriateness of the decisions to despatch an ambulance to a NHS 111 caller
    • To understand the reasoning of NHS 111 clinical advisors when making a decision to despatch an ambulance
    • To provide information and/or messages for the NHS 111 service providers involved, based on good quality research which recognises the limitations of its small-scale, exploratory nature
    • To provide exploratory research evidence that could be used to build a case for a future funding proposal scaled to be able to address questions of propriateness/effectiveness in particular.