Increasing objectivity in the assessment of interpersonal skills and attitude

The concept of failure to fail has become more widely discussed in paramedic practice over recent years; however, it has been observed that on occasion mentors and managers experience challenges around the non-practical components of paramedic practice. Consideration has been given to identifying those elements of practice which can be more challenging to encapsulate, with the aim of providing objective feedback and where necessary set pass/fail standards. A non-practical skills matrix has been developed for consideration by those responsible for the development of ambulance staff and students.The proposal encourages qualities of the burgeoning concept of distributive leadership, incorporates elements of the document Towards a New Model of Leadership for the NHS (Department of Health (DH), 2013a), and having been mindful of the NHS response to the failings of Mid-Staffordshire and the findings of both Lord Francis’ and the Health Ombudsman (Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, 2011; DH, 2013b), it responsibly aims to aid in the implementation of aspects of the recommendations capturing the current drive towards improved demonstrable compassion in UK care delivery.

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