A new adventure

In her first column, Katy Sofield prepares for her start as a Newly Qualified Paramedic

Carrying out research, critical appraisal, ethics and stakeholder involvement

Research skills are a requirement under the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) standards for paramedic registration. Paramedics must ‘recognise the value of research to the critical evaluation of practice’. Research in the medical field is important in order to improve the knowledge of clinicians and inform evidence-based practice. The purpose of this article is to demonstrate the key components of the research process, use of a PICO [population, intervention, comparison, outcome] tool...

Recognising the need for support

While coping with a series of difficult life events alongside university commitments, Dan Wyatt reflects on his realisation about the importance of recognising when we may require some additional support and having the humility and courage to ask for it

How to occupy oneself when not in lectures

Being among the first to study within a new programme comes with both benefits and challenges—but having drive and a history at the university, as Dan Wyatt does, also comes with the opportunity to build something new for future cohorts…

Preparing pregistration students for lifelong learning and practice

In 2020, five Scottish Universities were contracted to deliver BSc Paramedic Science in partnership with regional NHS health boards and the Scottish Ambulance Service. Each university developed their practice-based learning curriculum in their distinct geographical region. Due to the differing needs of each region, the five programmes had similar aims and constraints in delivery but little alignment. A short-life working group was formed of members from each university to develop a national...

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