PAR-30009 - Evidence-based Practice
Coordinator: Kevin Armstrong Room: N/A
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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 Evidence-Based Practice module will afford you the underpinning theory to develop knowledge and comprehensive understanding of research methodologies and the role of evidence-based practice applicable to healthcare and contemporary paramedic practice. The process of change management and the notion of service improvement is explored.
It will combine a mixture of lecture presentations, smaller group tutorials, personal reading, and personal reflective exercises in order to increase the students┐ research mindedness and confidence in their skills to improve clinical practice.

The Health and Care Professions Council standards of proficiency for paramedics highlight the need for paramedics to be able to have an understanding of evidence-based practice and research (HCPC, 2014). Furthermore, the College of Paramedics notes student paramedics must have the knowledge and understanding of the evidence-based practice and research and be able to develop skills of literature searching, research methodologies, critically appraisal and application of research to paramedic practice (CoP, 2019). Moreover, the ethical principles of research and being able to understand ethical frameworks that provide guidance are paramount in developing students understanding of research in contemporary paramedic practice. Therefore, this module provides the foundations for level 7 study on the newly devised MSci in Paramedic Science Programme.
Content linked to the College of Paramedics Curriculum Guidance (CoP, 2019), the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency for Paramedics (HCPC, 2014) and the QAA Subject Benchmark Statement Paramedics (QAA, 2019)
College of Paramedics
Legal systems and healthcare law
Indicative Content
Critical appraisal and evaluation of evidence
ILO 1 & 3 & indicative Content
C1.8.1, C1.8.2, C1.8.3
Application of evidence to practice
ILO 1, 2 & 3 & Indicative Content
C1.8.4, C1.8.5, C1.8.6, C1.8.7, C1.8.8, C1.8.9, C1.8.10
Research ethics
Indicative Content
C1.8.11, C1.8.12
Available at:
Health and Care Professions Council
14 be able to draw on appropriate knowledge and skills to
inform practice
ILO 1 & 3 & Indicative Content
14.1, 14.16 , 14.19, 14.20, 14.21
Available at:
QAA Subject Benchmark Statement Paramedics:
ILO 1 & 2 & Indicative Content
ILO 3 & Indicative Content

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Create a detailed plan for introducing an evidence-based practice development in their work area which includes identification of potential barriers to the implementation of change.: 1
Discuss and critique relevant models for the management of change and utilisation of evidence-based practice.
: 1
Critically evaluate the strengths, weaknesses and efficacy of a range of research methodologies in relation to evidence-based practice.
: 1
Implement strategies for accessing sources of graded evidence, and use frameworks to critically evaluate the suitability of located material.: 1

Study hours

Lead Lectures/discussion 24 hours
Small-Group Tutorials 6 hours
Tutorial Preparation 10 hours
Independent Study - 110 hours to include directed reading, research and assessment preparation

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 100%
4000 word essay
A 4000 word essay which enables the student to propose a practice development project by exploring the literature and evidence-based practice