Are you ready for a new challenge and thinking of becoming a paramedic? If you have an undergraduate degree in a healthcare profession* then our exciting MSc Paramedic Science will give you the relevant knowledge, skills and clinical expertise to deliver safe and effective treatment to patients in the pre-hospital and out of hospital environment.
We are partnering with the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust, the busiest emergency ambulance service in the UK, to deliver this trailblazing course. It will be the first pre-registration paramedic science course at Masters level in the UK
On 11 February 2020 the Government announced it is introducing an annual maintenance payment of at least £5,000 for new and continuing pre-registration Paramedic Science students, from September 2020. The funding will not need to be repaid. You can find details of this announcement on the Gov.uk website.
*A biological sciences undergraduate degree class 2.2 or above with demonstrate experience in direct patient contact equivalent to 6 months full-time in an employed or voluntary role. e.g. Nursing Associate, Healthcare Assistant or Care Worker.
Course detail & modules
Paramedics are Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) regulated Allied Health Professionals (AHPs), who provide unscheduled care to people who have an urgent or emergency healthcare need out of the hospital environment. They assess, treat, manage, discharge and/or where appropriate refer service users across the lifespan, with almost any injury or illness (encompassing acute, chronic, and/or specialist services).
Offered from November 2019, this course will enable you to become a self-sufficient registered practitioner who has the knowledge, skills and clinical expertise to deliver safe, effective and appropriate treatment to service users with urgent, emergency, and unscheduled healthcare requirements. This includes, management at the scene, or in-hospital of critically ill and injured patients.
On successful completion of this postgraduate Paramedic Science degree, you will be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a paramedic.
Practice-based learning is a compulsory component and is integrated across the two years of your course. You will not receive payment for this. You will travel to practice-based learning settings at your own expense and this is an additional cost to the course fee. You will also be responsible for arranging and paying for any accommodation or insurance related to travel to practice-based learning settings. Practice placements are located in London and the outskirts, you should be prepared to travel significant distances to some placement areas.
The structure, duration and range of practice-based learning settings will support your achievement of the course learning outcomes and the Standards of Proficiency – Paramedics (2014).
Placements will be with both the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust and in a number of wider healthcare settings such as:
- residential care homes, ward areas, hospices
- GP surgeries
- operating theatres and intensive care/high dependency units
- mental health environments
- maternity and children’s services.
Placements with the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust will be based in the North West London sector, which includes five training stations (Brent, Hillingdon, Hanwell, Fulham and Westminster) and ambulance bases at Ruislip, Pinner, Wembley, St John’s Wood, North Kensington, Chiswick, Isleworth, Feltham, Heathrow and Hayes.
Placements will follow compulsory clinical shift patterns and will include unsociable hours including days, nights, weekends and bank holidays.
In ambulance placements you will be supervised by a Practice Educator or PEd. In healthcare placements you will be supervised by a mentor.
Teaching, learning and assessment
A wide range of approaches to teaching and learning will be utilised during the MSc Paramedic Science, recognising your prior experience:
- technology enhanced learning
- lectures and seminars
- simulated learning
- forum theatre
- service user and carer involvement
- social media
- inter-Professional learning
- practice-based learning
- critical reflection
- critical analysis and synthesis of evidence.
The module assessments have been designed to enable you to demonstrate the learning outcomes for each module and cumulatively the overall MSc Paramedic Science learning outcomes (meeting the requirements of the HCPC Standards of Proficiency – Paramedics, 2014). They will enable you to demonstrate you are consistently competent and capable of the role, both academically and in real-life complex and dynamic service environments.
They will be spread across the two years providing frequent opportunities for you to receive feedback and feedforward:
- Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE’s)
- MCQ and short answer exams
- reflective logs
- rapid systematic review and improvement plan
- practice assessment document.