PAR-30001 - Behavioural Health for Paramedics
Coordinator: Kevin Armstrong Room: N/A
Lecture Time: See Timetable...
Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733928

Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

The Behavioural Health for Paramedics module aims to provide students with comprehensive knowledge and critical understanding of subject areas synonymous with behavioural health. An in-depth and critical analysis of healthcare legislation, ethical principles and professionalism, with a focus on mental health, multidisciplinary and multiagency working will nurture you to evaluate contemporary paramedic practice in a complex field of healthcare.

The module will provide knowledge and critical understanding of subject areas synonymous with behavioural health. The complex nature of mental health and the legal challenges paramedics may encounter when working autonomously, often in the community and in the out of hours setting, requires sound knowledge of ethical principles and legislation to ensure safe, ethical and legal care. This module aims to provide students with the ability to critically evaluate arguments, draw conclusions, discuss abstract concepts and data (that may be incomplete), to make judgements, and to frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution - or identify a range of solutions - to a problem
Content linked to the College of Paramedic Curriculum Guidance (CoP, 2019), the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency for Paramedic (HCPC, 2014) and QAA Subject Benchmark Statement Paramedics (QAA, 2019)

College of Paramedics
ILO 4 & Indicative Content
C1.1.10, C1.1.13, C1.1.14, C1.1.16
Communication skills
ILO 4 & Indicative Content
C1.6.1, C1.6.2, C1.6.3
Diversity and inclusivity
Indicative Content
Indicative Content
Health psychology
Indicative Content
C1.2.12, C1.2.13, C1.2.14, C1.2.15
Sociology of Health
Indicative Content
C1.2.16, C1.2.17.1, C1.2.17.2, C1.2.17.3, C1.2.18
Patient groups
ILO 1 & 2 & Indicative Content
C1.3.6, C1.3.7, C1.3.8
Risk evaluation
ILO 3 & Indicative Content
Intervention and monitoring
ILO 4 & Indicative Content
C1.3.14, C1.3.16, C1.3.18,
Clinical reasoning and decision-making
ILO 2 & Indicative Content
C1.3.21, C1.3.22, C1.3.23
Legal systems and healthcare law
ILO 2 & Indicative Content
C1.4.1, C1.4.2
Frameworks for professional practice
ILO 2 & Indicative Content
C1.4.3, C1.4.4
Philosophy in paramedic practice
ILO 2 & Indicative Content
C1.4.6, C1.4.7
Healthcare ethics
ILO 2 & 3 & Indicative Content
Health informatics
Indicative Content
Professional behaviours
ILO 2 & 3 & Indicative Content
C1.6.4, C1.6.6, C1.6.7
Personal resilience
Indicative Content
Team working
ILO 3 & Indicative Content
C1.7.12, C1.7.13, C1.7.14
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Health and Care Professions Council:
1 be able to practise safely and effectively within their scope of practice
ILO 1 & Indicative Content
2 be able to practise within the legal and ethical boundaries of their profession
ILO 2 & 3 & Indicative Content
2.1, 2.6, 2.8,
3 be able to maintain fitness to practise
Indicative Content
3.1, 3.2
4 be able to practise as an autonomous professional, exercising their own professional judgement
ILO 2 & 3 & Indicative Content
4.4, 4.6, 4.8
5 be aware of the impact of culture, equality and diversity on practice
Indicative Content
5.1, 5.2
6 be able to practise in a non-discriminatory manner
ILO 2 & Indicative Content
7 understand the importance of and be able to maintain confidentiality
Indicative Content
7.1, 7.2, 7.3
8 be able to communicate effectively
ILO 4 & Indicative Content
8.3, 8.6, 8.7, 8.9
9 be able to work appropriately with others
ILO 1, 2 & 3 & Indicative Content
9.2, 9.3, 9.4, 9.5
10 be able to maintain records appropriately
Indicative Content
11 be able to reflect on and review practice
ILO 2 & Indicative Content
11.1, 11.2
13 understand the key concepts of the knowledge base relevant to their profession
ILO 1 & 4 & Indicative Content
13.3, 13.10.1, 13.10.2, 13.10.3, 13.11.2, 13.11.6
14 be able to draw on appropriate knowledge and skills to inform practice
Indicative Content
14.1, 14.14
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QAA Subject Benchmark Statement Paramedics:
Indicative Content
iv, v, vi, xviii
ILO 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 & Indicative Content
viii, x, xii, xiii, xix, xx, xxiv
6.1.2 i, 6.1.3 i, 6.1.4 i, 6.1.5 i, 6.1.6 i, 6.1.9 i,
6.2 Principles and Concepts of Application
6.2.13 i, 6.2.16 I, 6.2.17 I, 6.2.18 i, 6.2.21 i
6.3 Subject knowledge, understanding and associated
6.3.1 i 6.3.4 - i
6.3.6 - i, 6.3.7-i, 6.3.-i9, 6.3.11-i
6.4 Generic skills
6.4.1-i, 6.4.3-i, 6.4.4-i 6.4.8 -i
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Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Distinguish between key features seen in common mental health conditions across a range of patient groups and critically evaluate abilities and limitations of paramedic practice.: 3
Critically reflect upon the professional, legal and ethical responsibilities of shared decision making and evaluate critically the challenges of providing non-discriminatory mental health care in an urgent care setting.: 2
Critically evaluate the benefit of multidisciplinary team working for service users and the implementation of safety netting care plans in regards to patient referral/s.: 2
Summarise the benefits of therapeutic communication and pharmacotherapeutics and their application in the treatment of mental health illness.: 1
Characterise the effects of medications commonly used in overdose and summarise treatment options.: 1

Study hours

Lead Lectures - 20 hours
Case studies and web-based resources, to include synchronous and asynchronous discussions - 20 hours
Independent study - 110 hours to include directed reading, research and assessment preparation

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Mixed Exam weighted 20%
45 minute mixed exam
45 minute mixed examination to include SBA's and seen questions

2: Reflective Analysis weighted 60%
2000 word reflection
2000 word critical reflection on a patient encounter involving a patient experiencing mental health illness.

3: Mixed Exam weighted 20%
45 minute mixed exam
45 minute mixed examination of SBA's and short answer questions