MSc Paramedicine (PgDip, PgCert)

Study mode

Part-time (3 years)

Start date(s)

September 2020

Tuition fees 20/21
Home (per credit): £45
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About this course

The changing nature of the NHS requires pro-active practitioners who are innovative leaders capable of adapting to an environment of continual change.

  • Embark on the only face-to-face taught programme of its kind in North West England
  • Take your place at the forefront of changes in the NHS
  • Enjoy a flexible and innovative approach to postgraduate education
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The Paramedicine team was recognised in October 2019 with a prestigious Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE).

We understand that paramedics need to demonstrate a range of well-developed managerial, leadership, interpersonal and problem solving skills, in addition to the more specialist clinical elements which this course supports.

The degree is designed to enhance your current knowledge and understanding and enable you to challenge and critically evaluate your professional practice. It aims to advance your skills as a professional and enhance your career pathway opportunities.

 

The modules in this programme have been designed and developed to ensure they match the requirements paramedics need to demonstrate in their advancing role. It also includes inter-professional modules, which are aimed at health professionals who cross professional boundaries in their day-to-day practice. 

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Employability

Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

The paramedic profession is taking ownership in leading the evolving roles for paramedics, delivered with an inter-professional approach. 

Members of the paramedic profession are now more actively involved in undertaking research, leading service reviews and evaluating delivery implementation, as well as evidencing the profession’s contributions to new models of care. 


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The primary care environment is an obvious choice for this to occur. Paramedics must work with patients, primary care clinical staff, academics, commissioners and policymakers to define and shape these integrated roles. An immediate need is to identify the key measures and indicators around quality of communication, clinical excellence and integration into primary care. 

As the role of the paramedic evolves, learning together and working alongside our medical colleagues will be paramount to the safety and success of paramedics as we enter this environment. The MSc Paramedicine programme of study at Liverpool John Moores University will enable the forward thinking clinician to be able to play a major role in the future of paramedic practice, within the context of the wider NHS.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

There are five Core modules, which are compulsory for all students. You then have the choice of the below Optional modules, enabling you to tailor your course to your professional interests.

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Core Modules

Foundations of Research
20 credits

This module encourages you to develop your skills as a potential producer of research, as well as your ability to systematically evaluate research outcomes from a variety of sources. You will be exposed to a variety of activities designed to engage with skills in applied research, based on theoretical concepts. The module is firmly based on a thorough philosophical understanding of the nature of research and its implications in health and wellbeing. It aims to:

  • provide a critical knowledge base of the philosophical foundations of health and social research
  • provide a sound foundation in research design and methodology 
  • prepare you to carry out empirical and literature based research

Public Health and the Paramedic
20 credits


Ethical and Legal Issues within Advanced Practice
10 credits

Aimed at those working as registered professionals in a relevant area of practice, this module will build your skills in advanced practice decision making. It will also raise your appreciation of the ethical and legal responsibilities involved in advanced practice decision making.

Concepts of Advanced Paramedic Practice
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This Core module is for 20 credits and will be undertaken by all students on the course.

Dissertation
60 credits

The dissertation module offers you an opportunity to explore in-depth an area of personal or professional interest that relates to your programme of study. In doing this, you will expand your research skills and apply what you have learnt in the earlier modules to your research project.

Optional Modules

Pathophysiology Advanced Practice
10 credits

This module, aimed at registered professionals, is relevant to all specialist clinical pathways including mental health.

Clinical Examination
10 credits

This module is designed for experienced healthcare practitioners who are currently involved in developing their skills in clinical examination.

Clinical Diagnostics
10 credits

This is an innovative module using formative assessments and the scenario-based approach. This approach lends itself to experienced healthcare professionals and assists in preparing you for your final examination.

Professional Practice in Palliative Care
30 credits

The aim of this module is to enhance knowledge of palliative care practice, promoting high quality care for all those approaching the end of their lives, whatever their condition and whatever their setting.

Independent and Supplementary Non-Medical Prescribing (V300)
20 credits

Aimed at healthcare professionals, this module allows you to prescribe, safely, appropriately and cost-effectively as independent and/or supplementary prescribers, in accordance with both legal and the professional requirements of relevant professional bodies (NMC, HPC, RPSGB). It:

  • gives you knowledge to address the specialist educational needs of nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals working within specialist areas and with specific client groups
  • prepares you to exercise advanced clinical reasoning, critical thinking and creative problem solving with regard to the unique challenges associated with medicines management among infants, children and young people, the elderly and other specific client groups

*Please Note: Students who wish to undertake V300 Independent and Supplementary Non-Medical Prescribing (NMP), as part of the PgDip Specialist Community Practitioner Children's Nursing programme, must have at least one years’ post registration experience. Students wishing to undertake this module must also be deemed competent by, and obtain permission and support from their employer. All students who wish to undertake V300 Non-Medical Prescribing will have to complete an additional 'North West Non-Medical Prescribing Application form' which will be approved by the prescribing programme team prior to commencement on the NMP programme.

Teaching

An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

Total hours of study will depend on the specific Optional modules you choose. For example, a 20 credit module might involve 200 hours in total, split between taught,  practical, lectures, tutorials, exam, and self-directed study.

Teaching methods

MSc Paramedicine offers a blended learning approach with staff always looking for new and engaging ways to develop competencies around healthcare roles.

You will learn via: key note lectures, case scenarios, workshops, discussions and clinical skills lab simulations.

Applied learning

One innovative aspect of the programme is the integration of service users as part of clinical examination modules. Patient models have proved invaluable in terms of student feedback and improving the realism of scenarios.

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LJMU's virtual learning environment further enhances the learning experience and the use of wikis and group blog videos have received very positive feedback. All course lectures and materials are available online.

Assessment

How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

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Assessment methods on this programme include: 

  • Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
  • written exams
  • portfolios
  • reports
  • reflective pieces
  • assignments
  • practical work


Course tutors

Ronald Harris

Ronald Harris

Programme Leader

Ronald joined the ambulance service in 1995 and qualified as a paramedic at the beginning of 1997. He was a front-line paramedic for 21 years and is still registered with the HCPC. After completing a BSc (Hons) degree in Health and Social Care Development and an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice, Ronald decided to move into teaching to help shape the future of paramedic practice. He has been teaching in higher education since 2015. Ronald is currently researching and putting together a PhD proposal aligned to paramedic students and practice.

LJMU’s MSc Paramedicine is a fantastic opportunity for paramedics aspiring to ‘push the boundaries’ of paramedic practice forward and enhance the future role of the paramedic workforce, across all areas of healthcare.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

Based in the City Campus, the School of Nursing and Allied Health works with a wide range of health and social care organisations to design, deliver and evaluate a dynamic suite of postgraduate programmes. In addition to specialist facilities, you will find high quality meeting and seminar rooms and lecture theatres, the Avril Robarts Library which is open 24/7 during semesters plus a large café, IT facilities and social spaces.

LJMU's excellent educational and professional training facilities include £1.6 million practice suites which show a patient's journey from the home environment through to rehabilitation. We use the latest clinical equipment for simulations and developing clinical skills in child, adult and mental health nursing, paramedic practice, social work and midwifery. We also have purpose-built, soundproof booths with video camera and playback facilities.


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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum 2:2 honours degree in a related subject
  • to be registered with the Health and Care Professions (HCPC) and if not practicing as an operational font-line paramedic within the Ambulance Service, practising as a paramedic within another area of primary care
  • sufficient knowledge to embark upon and complete the programme in the required time limits
  • to demonstrate that you will benefit from and contribute to the programme.

Additional information

  • IELTS 7.0 in all components
  • We accept a wide range of candidates
  • You will need two references, academic transcripts or their equivalent
  • Any applications for recognition of prior (experiential) learning (RPEL) will be submitted to the EHC Faculty Recognition Group in line with the University’s Recognition of Prior (Experiential) Learning Policy
  • Non-standard applications are welcomed. The Programme Leader will decide whether to admit a candidate on the basis of experience and will consider the support they have for practice related modules
  • Applicants wishing to undertake the Independent and Supplementary Prescribing module should note that this is a professional body accredited programme and requires students to follow the employing NHS Trusts (or other health care service) protocols and approvals prior to selecting this as a choice module 

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The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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