Module code: NUR1032

Module Overview

The student will engage with the professional requirements of the HCPC with regards to patient assessment and accountability. Students will be introduced to the Ethical and legal responsibilities surrounding patient contacts.

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

BAINES Henry (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 123

Lecture Hours: 21.

Seminar Hours: 3

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Core Module

Module content

Indicative content includes:


  • Introduction to the role of the Ambulance Service

  • HCPC and Ambulance Service Clinical Guidelines

  • The College of Paramedics and SECAmb. Local policies and procedures

  • Assessment of patient and physiological norms.

  • Record keeping

  • Information governance

  • Ambulance Service communications strategies

  • Emergency Operations Centre

  • Mobile data transmission


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY 100

Alternative Assessment

Not applicable

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge of professional paramedic practice


Summative assessment for this module consists of:

2000 word evidenced based essay exploring the importance of professional behaviour in relation to patients and the paramedic profession.


Formative assessment


Students will participate in group work reviewing an HCPC fitness to practice (Hearing). Reflection and discussion on an actual but anonymised case will be examined within a presentation by the students. The presentation will focus on the evidence, national and local policies, using the HCPC standards and professional documentation. Group discussion and tutor feedback will be provided.

The group presentation can be a powerpoint, video or another medium of the groups’ choice.




Individualised essay plan guidance will be provided based on a single sided A4 sheet of paper.

Verbal tutor and peer feedback will be provided following the formative debate.

Module aims

  • Students will understand the role and legal, ethical and professional responsibilities of the paramedic in the out of hospital care environment.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Develop knowledge and understanding of the HCPC Code of Conduct and Ethics and national and local guidelines and policies for paramedics, and relate these to their future practice. KCP
002 Continue to gain a deeper understanding of patient’s physiologically normal presentation when undertaking baseline observations, beginning to recognise abnormal findings, and introduce to the concept of risk management in dealing with patients KCPT
003 Describe the principles of informed consent and confidentiality in paramedic practice, and continue to develop an awareness of the principles and practice of law and ethics in paramedic practice KCPT
004 Demonstrate an awareness of the communication strategies which underpin paramedic practice. PT
005 Develop the ability to write clearly and accurately using appropriate professional terminology in accordance with information governance. CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


• Prepare the paramedic student for the socio-ethical issues surrounding paramedic practice and provide the standards expected of a healthcare professional      


The learning and teaching methods include:


  • Key lectures

  • Small group workshops

  • Enquiry based learning

  • Guided website activities

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Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Paramedic Science BSc (Hons)(NURSES PRE-REG SEP) Year-long Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.