• Evaluation of the use of portfolios in paramedic practice: part 1

      Armitage, Ewan (2011-05)
      Abstract published with permission. 2009 saw the first audit of paramedic portfolios by the Health Professions Council (HPC) and later this year, the second national audit will take place. In the first of a two-part evaluation of the use of portfolios in paramedic practice, the history of professional portfolios is chartered including their current position within the paramedic profession. A number of contemporary issues with portfolios are identified, including format and how they relate to a paramedic's continuing professional development. The impact of the Knowledge and Skills Framework on portfolio use is also discussed.
    • Evaluation of the use of portfolios in paramedic practice: part 2

      Armitage, Ewan (2011-06)
      Abstract published with permission. This second of a two-part evaluation on the use of portfolios in paramedic practice, focuses on what constitutes evidence of a paramedic's competence and ultimate fitness to practice. A variety of evaluation models are identified to help in this process and this is developed further with reference to some educational theories. In the final part of the evaluation, the author proposes a number of recommendations concerning the use of portfolios within the paramedic profession and draws on the issues identified in the first part of the evaluation to summarize the current position of paramedic portfolios.
    • An introduction to reflective practice

      Sibson, Lynda (2008-12)
      This article aims to describe the process and theory of reflective practice and outline some reflective practice models for consideration for paramedic practice. Reflective practice is not just about writing an assignment, it is about looking back (reflecting) on a situation and taking another objective view of the incident. Reflective learning is a process where examination and exploration of an issue of concern, triggered by a specific experience, is clarified into some form of meaning, thus changing the individuals' perspective. Four reflective models have been presented—each with similar steps—so that readers can chose which one suits their practice. If undertaken well, it can enhance and develop new knowledge, initiate changes to practice and ultimately, improve patient care. Abstract published with permission.
    • A review of the annual case epidemiology and clinical exposure of 45 paramedics, in a UK ambulance service: a service evaluation

      Rosser, Andy (2020-10)
      Ambulance services are facing increased demand to provide both urgent and emergency care. Details of a paramedic’s case load, patient mix and interventions delivered during patient encounters within contemporary practice are rarely described within the literature. This paper provides insight into the work of paramedics within an NHS ambulance service within the UK; the frequency of low, medium and high acuity clinical presentations, amongst patients they care for and the utilisation of clinical interventions in practice. https://emj.bmj.com/content/37/10/e8.3 This is an Open Access article distributed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY-NC 4.0) license, which permits others to distribute, remix, adapt, build upon this work non-commercially, and license their derivative works on different terms, provided the original work is properly cited and the use is non-commercial. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/emermed-2020-999abs.16