Towards a vision for paramedic education", Towards Unity for Health( TUFH) International Conference, Universidad de la Sabana, Chia-Bogota, Colombia

Laurence Leonard

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Abstract

Session overview This session presents an overview of the challenges to paramedic education and training in Northern Ireland and shares a vision of the development of a suitable programme of education. Background The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) provides the first point of health care for a wide variety of patients and is responsible for regional ambulance and non-emergency transport services policy. Currently it is overseeing the implementation of a major reform and modernisation programme across Northern Ireland (NI).The aim is to ensure that the service takes account of developments in the wider health and social service and to ensure that the service provides the most effective response to the needs of people and the various communities across the region. ”Traditionally ambulance training has focused on life threatening conditions. However the reality is that the majority of calls are actually not life threatening” and the responding paramedic needs to be able to accurately differentiate the health care need and appropriately treat and refer” College of Paramedics (CoP) (2008) p7. In 2005 the Department of Health (DOH: London) issued a new strategy,” Taking health care to patient: transforming National Health Service (NHS) Ambulance services”. Paramedics are now called upon to provide an expanding range of care outside of hospital and in the pre-hospital setting. Throughout NI ongoing demand for reshaping emergency services calls for the development of new roles for paramedics such as ‘Community Paramedics’ and ‘treat & refer’ projects. In expanding these roles it is recognised that new educational preparation is required for the practitioners of the future. This includes the enabling students to ultilise the best evidence in relation to their practice and to reflect on their practice. This presentation describes the development of a suitable programme for paramedic students to learn basic sciences relevant to practice in a more clinically relevant way, enabling them to think in a comprehensive manner about patients needs rather than simply learning facts, procedures and practical skills. There is an emphasis on the student’s ability to reason scientifically and to problem solve, over memorisation. The programme will prepare students to work in challenging and constantly changing environments; interact with the public and other emergency staff and services and to contribute to the development of pre-hospital and ‘out of hospital’ care in the future. In blending the formal and work-based learning all theoretical input is directly practice centred and the practitioner will be expected throughout to demonstrate the capacity to apply sound theory to the specific practice contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTowards a vision for paramedic education", Towards Unity for Health( TUFH) International Conference
Publication statusPublished - 27 Sep 2008
Event"Towards a vision for paramedic education", Towards Unity for Health( TUFH) International Conference - University of the Sabana, Bogota, Colombia
Duration: 27 Sep 200802 Oct 2008

Conference

Conference"Towards a vision for paramedic education", Towards Unity for Health( TUFH) International Conference
CountryColombia
CityBogota
Period27/09/200802/10/2008

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