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• Your course fees are currently paid for by the strategic health authority.
• Clinical partnerships and placement is provided by either Yorkshire or East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trusts.
• Benefit from expert training on one of the first established UK paramedic course.
What is a paramedic?
Paramedics are the senior members of accident and emergency ambulance crews. They are trained in all aspects of pre-hospital emergency care and deal with emergency medical illness and traumatic injury.
Paramedics treat and stabilise patients at the scene of their accident or illness. In dealing with seriously ill or injured patients, your skills as a paramedic can often mean the difference between life and death.
About this course
Learn how to combine theory and practice to meet the challenges of providing pre-hospital care, on this well-established course. You learn important skills as a paramedic that gives you the ability to treat and stabilise patients at the scene of an accident or emergency. This training gives you the knowledge to perform potentially lifesaving procedures whenever they are needed.
All places on this course are currently commissioned, which means that as a student you do not pay any course fees.
Most weeks you study for two days at the University and spend two days on placement. Your clinical placements are either with Yorkshire Ambulance Service or East Midlands Ambulance Service. This enables you to gain experience and apply your university-based learning to real life situations.
We provide modern facilities to help you develop clinical skills and specialist knowledge for your career. The course is based in our £13 million purpose-built Robert Winston Building on our Collegiate Campus. Clinical suites in the building replicate the hospital and community settings in which you learn and work.
You study some interprofessional education modules alongside students from other health disciplines, such as nurses, radiographers and midwives. This shared learning experience allows you to develop teamworking and understand the contribution different professionals make. This understanding is vital to modern healthcare practice.
As well as your paramedic qualification you also gain other certificates important for your career. In induction week, you will gain a HSE approved First Aid at Work Certificate. And as part of the course you complete a level 2 award in health awareness, which provides you with a certificate from the Royal Society for Public Health. We are currently the only university in the UK that offers this as part of our healthcare courses.
Key areas of study
Key areas include • anatomy and physiology • pathophysiology • core skills in preparation for placement and paramedic practice • professionalism • law and ethics relating to paramedic practice.
CPD Online, part of our CPD Anywhere™ framework, is being offered free to new graduates of this course for 12 months, as part of our commitment to support your lifelong learning.
CPD Online is an online learning environment which provides information to help your transition into the workplace. It can enhance your employability and provide opportunities to take part in and evidence continuing professional development to help meet professional body and statutory requirements.
For further information, visit the CPD Anywhere™ website at www.shu.ac.uk/faculties/hwb/cpd/anywhere
Every two years, students from this course take part in Doncaster Airport's major incident exercise in partnership with the fire and police services. We also hold practical events at the Lifewise centre in South Yorkshire,
You apply for this course through UCAS.
2014/15 academic year
If you are studying a course funded by the Department of Health you will not normally pay any fees yourself, as they will be paid for you by the Department of Health.
You will receive a non-means tested bursary from the partner Ambulance Service Trust/Department of Health. However, please be aware that there is a DOH consultation in progress regarding the paramedics inclusion in the NHS bursary scheme.
Membership of a professional body is included in this course.
The course fee may be subject to annual inflationary increase. Get further information on fees and funding here.
• scenario-based practical assessment • essays • presentations • examination • practice assessment on placement
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Mock operating theatre
Mock theatre at our Collegiate Campus gives students a hands-on experience as it would be in a real hospital.
Mock hospital ward
The mock hospital ward at our Collegiate Campus gives students a hands on experience as it would be in a real hospital.
Together in the real world of health and social care
Our health and social care courses place a strong emphasis on interprofessional learning. This means that you train alongside practitioners from other health professions. So, depending on your course you could spend time working alongside
This gives you a fresh perspective on situations. And it also prepares you for the real world. Collaboration between health professionals is increasing as organisations try to provide a more integrated and effective service. At Sheffield Hallam we understand that by working together we can we give the best possible care.
Paramedic practice graduate
'After graduating from the DipHE Paramedic Practice in 2008, Leon worked for East Midlands Ambulance Service for a year on a double crewed ambulance. He then transferred to Yorkshire Ambulance Service to take up a full-time position on a rapid response vehicle out of Leeds Ambulance Station.
'In 2010 I gained a paramedic practitioner position and in 2012 I completed some further training at Sheffield Hallam.
'Since 2010, I've also been studying a part-time MEd in Clinical Education at The University of Leeds - which allowed me to gain my PgCert in Clinical Education in 2011. This led to an associate lecturer position at Sheffield Hallam and I'm now teaching the student paramedic undergraduates, putting back into the place that educated me.
'In 2012 I gained a part-time secondment to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance which I'm really enjoying. It's definitely been one of the highlights of my career so far, and it's enabled me to gain a helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) qualification.
'I've no doubt that Sheffield Hallam gave me the skills and knowledge that I need to do well in my career. I had two of the best years of my life, which is why I want to contribute to its success by teaching people to become paramedics and giving them the same experience I had.'
Paramedic practice graduate
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