Welcome to the Higher Diploma if Remote Paramedic Practice. 


This programme is 120 ECTS credits over two years. Here are the courses that you will be taking:

Year 1

RPP101 Remote Emergency Medical Technician 5 credits
RPP102 Applied Medical Sciences 10 credits
RPP103 Foundations of Paramedic Science 15 credits
RPP104 Foundations of Paramedic Practice 15 credits
RPP105 Clinical Practicum 15 credits


Year 2

RPP201 Foundations of Expeditionary & Tropical Medicine 10 credits
RPP202 Advanced concepts of Remote Clinical Practice 10 credits
RPP203 Foundations in Austere Critical Care 10 credits
RPP204 Clinical Practicum 15 credits
RPP205 Capstone Project in Austere Clinical Practice 15 credits



This course provides the knowledge and skills needed to provide Basic Life Support medical assessment and treatment for casualties found in remote and austere environments.  Content areas include airway management, history taking, techniques of the physical examination, patient assessment, clinical decision making, communications, documentation and assessment based management.

Competences: 

at the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the responsibility and autonomy to:

1. The delegate will learn to manage medical emergencies independently that require problem-solving techniques where there are many factors, some of which interact and lead to unpredictable outcomes.

2. The delegate will show creativity in managing medical emergencies, manages people and reviews performance of self and others; trains others to assist him during medical emergencies.

3. The delegate will express a comprehensive internalised personal worldview by utilising the Gibbs reflective model for reflecting on past performance.

4. The delegate will learn skills to undertake further emergency medical studies with a degree of autonomy.

Knowledge

at the end of the module/unit the learner will have been exposed to the following:

1. The delegate will build on their foundational knowledge of the patient assessment and develop advanced concepts in medical treatment for injuries found in remote and austere environments.

2. The delegate will develop strategic and creative responses in researching solutions to well-defined concrete and abstract problems.

3. The delegate will learn to makes judgements based on knowledge of relevant social and ethical issues surrounding patient assessment, trauma assessment and medical assessment including the treatments for medical emergencies found in resource-poor environments. 

Skills – at the end of the module/unit the learner will have mastered the following skills:

1. The delegate will understand advanced textbooks that will lead to further academic medical learning and will research solutions to abstract medical problems.

2. The delegate will demonstrate operational capacity and medical management skills using creativity and improvisation.

3. The delegate will interact with other medical team members to convey abstract and concrete medical solutions to emergencies.

4. The delegate will formulate practical and theoretical responses to abstract and concrete medical problems and makes judgements on social and ethical issues pertaining to the medical casualty.

5. The delegate will evaluate their own medical learning and will improve key competences for further medical learning and will promote team training.

6. The delegate shows responsibility for the reflective and efficient management of medical emergencies within agreed timeframes.

Judgment Skills and Critical Abilities

The delegate will be able to: 

1. Demonstration the assessment and treatment of BLS injuries.

2. Demonstrate the use of the medical equipment found in a Basic Life Support emergency vehicle.

3. Transfer patients/clients in and out of bed from stretchers and wheelchairs.

4. Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

5. Demonstration the use of BLS airway adjuncts

6. Perform a trauma and medical assessment

7. Demonstrate how to stop catastrophic and non-catastrophic bleeding

8. Demonstrate the knowledge and use of the pulse oximeter, blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, glucometer, oxygen administration, oral suctioning, and spinal immobilization

9. Demonstrate splinting and immobilisation techniques

10. Demonstrate the knowledge and administration of BLS drugs

 



This course provides the knowledge and skills needed to perform a comprehensive patient assessment, make initial management decisions, and to communicate assessment findings and patient care verbally and in writing. Content areas include: airway management, history taking, techniques of the physical examination, patient assessment, clinical decision making, communications, documentation and assessment based management.

This course additionally relates pathophysiology and assessment findings to the formulation of field impressions and implementation of treatment plans for trauma patients. Content areas include the pathophysiology, assessment, and management of trauma as related to: trauma systems; mechanisms of injury; haemorrhage and shock; soft tissue injuries; burns; and head, facial, spinal, thoracic, abdominal, and musculoskeletal trauma.

Competences

at the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the responsibility and autonomy to:

1. The delegate will learn to Assess and treat trauma casualties independently that require problem-solving techniques where there are many factors, some of which interact and lead to unpredictable outcomes.

2. The delegate will show creativity in managing ALS patient assessment, whilst managing people and will review performance of self and others using the Gibbs reflective model, and will train others to assist during medical emergencies.

3. The delegate will express a comprehensive internalised personal world view by utilising the Gibbs reflective model for reflecting on past performance.

4. The delegate will learn skills to undertake further emergency medical studies with a degree of autonomy.

Knowledge

at the end of the module/unit the learner will have been exposed to the following: 

1. The delegate will build on their foundational knowledge of the trauma patient assessment and the kinematics of trauma related injuries whilst developing advanced concepts in trauma treatment for injuries found in remote and austere environments.

2. The delegate will develop strategic and creative responses in researching solutions to well defined concrete and abstract problems.

3. The delegate will learn to makes judgements based on knowledge of relevant social and ethical issues surrounding patient assessment, trauma assessment and medical assessment including the treatments for medical emergencies found in resource poor environments. 

Skills

at the end of the module/unit the learner will have mastered the following skills:

Applying knowledge and understanding

The learner will be able to:

a) Demonstrate and interpret comprehensive knowledge of.

b) Identify and manage comprehensive knowledge of the causes and

c) Interpret and apply assessment findings with principles of epidemiology and pathophysiology to formulate a field impression to implement a comprehensive treatment/disposition plan for an acutely injured patient.

1. The delegate will understand advanced textbooks that will lead to further academic medical learning and will research solutions to the causes and pathophysiology into the management of trauma states.

2. The delegate will demonstrate operational capacity and medical management skills using creativity and improvisation.

3. The delegate will interact with other medical team members to convey abstract and concrete medical solutions to emergencies.

4. The delegate will formulate practical and theoretical responses to abstract and concrete medical problems and makes judgments on social and ethical issues pertaining to the trauma casualty.

5. The delegate will evaluate their own medical learning and will improve key competences for further medical learning and will promote team training.

6. The delegate shows responsibility for the reflective and efficient management of medical emergencies within agreed timeframes.

Judgment Skills and Critical Abilities

The learner will demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the Trauma Airway Management, Trauma assessment, Respiratory Emergencies, Cardiovascular Emergencies, Neurologic Emergencies, Abdominal and Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Endocrine Emergencies, Haematologic Emergencies, Immunologic Emergencies, Trauma Systems and Mechanism of Injury, Shock and Resuscitation, Special Patient Populations.


This module aims to expand on the concepts of assessing and managing a patient in the remote out-of-hospital environment. It will provide students with advanced knowledge, understanding and skills to undertake preliminary patient assessment and treatment, and will introduce them to the range of management options available for paramedics within a defined range of situations. This knowledge, and the skills gained during the module, will directly assist them in preparing for their placement modules.

Competences

 at the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the responsibility and autonomy to:

1. The delegate will have advanced understanding of medical and trauma casualties found in the remote and austere setting. They will learn problem-solving techniques where there are many factors, some of which interact and lead to unpredictable outcomes.

2. The delegate will show creativity in managing Pharmacology, Patient Assessment, Critical Thinking and Clinical Decision Making, whilst managing the medical team and will review performance of self and others using the Gibbs reflective practice. The delegate will train others to assist him during medical emergencies.

3. The delegate will express a comprehensive internalised personal world view by utilising the Gibbs reflective model for reflecting on past performance.

4. The delegate will learn skills to undertake further emergency medical studies with a degree of autonomy.

Knowledge

at the end of the module/unit the learner will have been exposed to the following:

1. The delegate will build on their foundational knowledge of the paramedic assessment and develop hands on skills in medical treatment for injuries found in remote and austere environments.

2. The delegate will develop strategic and creative responses in researching solutions to well defined concrete and abstract problems.

3. The delegate will learn to makes judgements based on knowledge of relevant social and ethical issues surrounding patient assessment, trauma assessment and medical assessment including the treatments for medical emergencies found in resource poor environments. 

Skills

at the end of the module/unit the learner will have mastered the following skills:

Applying knowledge and understanding

The learner will be able to:

1. The delegate will understand advanced textbooks that will lead to further academic medical learning and will research solutions to abstract medical problems.

2. The delegate will demonstrate operational capacity and medical management skills using creativity and improvisation.

3. The delegate will interact with other medical team members to convey abstract and concrete medical solutions to emergencies.

4. The delegate will formulate practical and theoretical responses to abstract and concrete medical problems and makes judgments on social and ethical issues pertaining to the medical casualty.

5. The delegate will evaluate their own medical learning and will improve key competences for further medical learning and will promote team training.

6. The delegate shows responsibility for the reflective and efficient management of medical emergencies within agreed timeframes.

Judgment Skills and Critical Abilities

The learner will be able to: 

1. The focus of this module is to develop a critical understanding of research principles, processes and methods and their application within the health setting and more specifically to paramedic practice. The module develops knowledge and understanding of qualitative and quantitative research techniques and facilitates the students' understanding of the philosophy behind evidence based practice.

2.The delegate will demonstrate an advanced understanding of: Airway Management, Medical assessment, Respiratory Emergencies, Cardiovascular Emergencies, Neurologic Emergencies, Abdominal and Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Endocrine Emergencies, Haematologic Emergencies, Immunologic Emergencies, Trauma Systems and Mechanism of Injury, Shock and Resuscitation, Special Patient Populations

 


This module aims to expand on the concepts of assessing and managing a patient in the remote out-of-hospital environment. It will provide students with advanced knowledge, understanding and skills to undertake preliminary patient assessment and treatment, and will introduce them to the range of management options available for paramedics within a defined range of situations. This knowledge, and the skills gained during the module, will directly assist them in preparing for their placement modules.

Competences

at the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the responsibility and autonomy to:

1. The delegate will apply his knowledge on how to manage medical emergencies independently that require problem-solving techniques where there are many factors, some of which interact and lead to unpredictable outcomes.

2. The delegate will demonstrate creativity in managing medical emergencies during the practice placements. They will manage the medical response team and will review performance of self and others. He will trains others to assist him during medical emergencies.

3. The delegate will express a comprehensive internalised personal world view by utilising the Gibbs reflective model for reflecting on past and future performance.

4. The delegate will learn skills to undertake further emergency medical studies with a degree of autonomy.

Knowledge

at the end of the module/unit the learner will have been exposed to the following:

1. The delegate will build on their advanced knowledge of the patient assessment and provide hands on treatment using these advanced concepts in emergency medicine for injuries found in remote and austere environments.

2. The delegate will demonstrate strategic and creative responses in researching solutions to well defined concrete and abstract problems found in the clinical practice.

3. The delegate will demonstrate making judgements during the clinical practicum that are based on knowledge of relevant social and ethical issues surrounding patient assessment, trauma assessment and medical assessment including the treatments for medical emergencies found in resource poor environments. 

Skills

at the end of the module/unit the learner will have mastered the following skills:

Applying knowledge and understanding

The learner will be able to:

1. The delegate will understand advanced textbooks that will lead to further academic medical learning required during the practical placement and will research solutions to abstract medical problems.

2. The delegate will demonstrate operational capacity and medical management skills using creativity and improvisation.

3. The delegate will interact with other medical team members to convey abstract and concrete medical solutions to emergencies.

4. The delegate will formulate practical and theoretical responses to abstract and concrete medical problems and makes judgments on social and ethical issues pertaining to the medical casualty.

5. The delegate will evaluate their own medical learning and will improve key competences for further medical learning and will promote team training.

6. The delegate shows responsibility for the reflective and efficient management of medical emergencies within agreed timeframes.

 


This module aims to introduce the concepts of tropical medicine and providing medical care in remote and austere conditions. It begins with the top ten infectious diseases found in tropical regions and expands to cover various treatments and procedures for assessment.

Competences

at the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the responsibility and autonomy to:

1. The delegate will learn to manage tropical infectious diseases that independently that require problem-solving techniques where there are many factors, some of which interact and lead to unpredictable outcomes.

2. The delegate will show creativity in managing tropical diseases, managing the medical team and reviewing performance of self and others; trains others to assist him during medical emergencies.

3. The delegate will express a comprehensive internalised personal world view by utilising the Gibbs reflective model for reflecting on past performance.

4. The delegate will learn skills to undertake further emergency medical studies with a degree of autonomy.

Knowledge – at the end of the module/unit the learner will have been exposed to the following:

1. The delegate will build on their foundational knowledge of Tropical Diseases and develop advanced concepts in medical treatment for infectious diseases found in remote and austere environments.

2. The delegate will develop strategic and creative responses in researching solutions to these diseases and will define a concrete and abstract solution.

3. The delegate will learn to makes judgements based on knowledge of relevant social and ethical issues surrounding Tropical Diseases including the treatments for infectious diseases found in resource poor environments.  

Skills

at the end of the module/unit the learner will have mastered the following skills:

Applying knowledge and understanding

1. The delegate will understand advanced textbooks that will lead to further academic medical learning of infectious diseases and will research solutions to these abstract medical problems.

2. The delegate will demonstrate operational capacity and medical management skills to address infectious diseases using creativity and improvisation.

3. The delegate will interact with other medical team members to convey abstract and concrete medical solutions to infectious diseases.

4. The delegate will formulate practical and theoretical responses to diseases found in tropical locations and will make judgments on social and ethical issues pertaining to the medical casualty.

5. The delegate will evaluate their own medical learning and will improve key competences for further medical learning and will promote team training.

6. The delegate shows responsibility for the reflective and efficient management of medical emergencies within agreed timeframes.

Judgment Skills and Critical Abilities

1. The delegate will be able to assess and treat Tropical Diseases using Rapid Diagnostic Testing (RDT), basic microscope usage including blood smears and complete blood count, recognise the signs and symptoms of the top ten tropical diseases found worldwide.

2. The delegate will be able to assess and treat expedition emergencies, infectious diseases and Tropical Diseases found in resource poor environments.

3. The delegate will demonstrate understanding of the top ten infectious diseases found in tropical areas.

4. The delegate will demonstrate a fundamental understanding of how to assess and treat casualties presenting with tropical ailments and diseases.

5. The delegate will demonstrate a fundamental understanding of public health, epidemiology and how to conduct scientific research of tropical diseases.

 


This module aims to expand on the medical topics covered in RPP103 and RPP201. This module focuses on the practice of medicine in remote and austere conditions in resource poor environments.

Competences

at the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the responsibility and autonomy to:

1. The delegate will learn to manage remote medical emergencies independently that require problem-solving techniques where there are many factors, some of which interact and lead to unpredictable outcomes.

2. The delegate will show creativity in managing remote medical emergencies, manages people and reviews performance of self and others; trains others to assist him during medical emergencies.

3. The delegate will express a comprehensive internalised personal world view by utilising the Gibbs reflective model for reflecting on past performance.

4. The delegate will learn skills to undertake further emergency medical studies with a degree of autonomy.

Knowledge

at the end of the module/unit the learner will have been exposed to the following:

1. The delegate will build on their foundational knowledge of the injuries and emergencies found during expeditions and in remote clinics, and will develop advanced concepts for medical treatments for injuries found in remote and austere environments.

2. The delegate will develop strategic and creative responses in researching solutions to well defined concrete and abstract problems.

3. The delegate will learn to makes judgements based on knowledge of relevant social and ethical issues surrounding patient assessment, trauma assessment and medical assessment including the treatments for medical emergencies found in resource poor environments. 

Skills

at the end of the module/unit the learner will have mastered the following skills:

Applying knowledge and understanding

The learner will be able to:

Judgment Skills and Critical Abilities

The delegate will be able to: 

1. Understand the assessment and treatment of advanced injuries and illnesses found during expeditions and in remote clinics.

2. Demonstrate the assessment and treatment of casualties in a remote clinical setting for an extended period of time.

3. Understand the assessment and treatment of tropical medical illnesses and injuries.

4. Demonstrate and interpret comprehensive knowledge of causes and pathophysiology into the management of medical emergencies found in remote areas and in tropical parts of the world.

5. Identify and manage comprehensive knowledge of the causes and pathophysiology into these remote illnesses.

6. Interpret and apply microbiological assessment findings with for rapid diagnostic tests for various tropical medicine diseases.

7. Demonstrate the use of ultrasound for procedures and assessment in a resource poor environment.

 


This module aims to build on prior modules and enhance the students capabilities for providing evidence based clinical medicine for the critically ill casualty found in remote, austere and resource poor environments.

Competences

at the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the responsibility and autonomy to:

1. The delegate will learn to manage the critically ill casualty independently that will require problem-solving techniques where there are many factors, some of which interact and lead to unpredictable outcomes.

2. The delegate will show creativity in managing the critically ill casualty, will manage people and review performance of self and others; trains others to assist him during the care of the critically ill casualty in remote and austere environments.

3. The delegate will express a comprehensive internalised personal world view by utilising the Gibbs reflective model for reflecting on past performance.

4. The delegate will learn skills to undertake further emergency medical studies with a degree of autonomy.

Knowledge

at the end of the module/unit the learner will have been exposed to the following:

1. The delegate will build on their foundational knowledge of the critically ill casualty and develop advanced concepts in medical treatment in the intensive care unit found in remote and austere environments.

2. The delegate will develop strategic and creative responses in researching solutions to dealing with the critically ill casualty using well defined concrete and abstract problems.

3. The delegate will learn to makes clinical judgements based on knowledge of relevant social and ethical issues surrounding the care of the critically ill patient including the treatments for medical emergencies found in resource poor environments. 

Skills

at the end of the module/unit the learner will have mastered the following skills:

Applying knowledge and understanding

The delegate will be able to:

1. Demonstrate and interpret comprehensive knowledge of causes and pathophysiology into the management of critically ill casualty in a resource poor environment.

2. Identify and manage comprehensive knowledge of the causes and pathophysiology into these acute and critical illnesses.

3. Interpret and apply critical care assessment findings found in the Intensive Care Unit located in resource poor environments. 

Judgment Skills and Critical Abilities

The delegate will be able to: 

1. Demonstration the assessment and treatment of the critical patient.

2. Demonstrate the use and assessment of blood gas analysis.

3. Perform advanced medical procedures required by the critical care paramedic.

4. Discuss the shocked state and the haemodynamically unstable casualty.

5. Understand the principles of the practice of critical care.

6. Demonstrate the use of RSI procedures for the failed airway.

7. Demonstrate the skills required to treat a burns casualty.

8. Discuss the assessment and treatment modalities for the critically ill casualty found in remote and austere environments with a delayed evacuation.

 


This module aims to build on the skills and concepts learned during the RPP105 module during year 1. The delegate will continue assessing and managing patients in the remote out-of-hospital environment. It will continue to provide students with advanced knowledge, understanding and skills to undertake preliminary patient assessment and treatment, and will introduce them to the range of management options available for paramedics within a defined range of situations. This knowledge, and the skills gained during the module, will directly assist them in preparing for their placement modules.

Competences

at the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the responsibility and autonomy to:

1. The delegate will apply his knowledge on how to manage medical emergencies independently that require problem-solving techniques where there are many factors, some of which interact and lead to unpredictable outcomes.

2. The delegate will demonstrate creativity in managing medical emergencies during the practice placements. They will manage the medical response team and will review performance of self and others. He will trains others to assist him during medical emergencies.

3. The delegate will expresses a comprehensive internalised personal world view by utilising the Gibbs reflective model for reflecting on past and future performance.

4. The delegate will learn skills to undertake further emergency medical studies with a degree of autonomy.

Knowledge

at the end of the module/unit the learner will have been exposed to the following:

1. The delegate will build on their advanced knowledge of the patient assessment and provide hands on treatment using these advanced concepts in emergency medicine for injuries found in remote and austere environments.

2. The delegate will demonstrate strategic and creative responses in researching solutions to well defined concrete and abstract problems found in the clinical practice.

3. The delegate will demonstrate making judgements during the clinical practicum that are based on knowledge of relevant social and ethical issues surrounding patient assessment, trauma assessment and medical assessment including the treatments for medical emergencies found in resource poor environments. 

Skills

at the end of the module/unit the learner will have mastered the following skills:

Applying knowledge and understanding

The learner will be able to:

1. The delegate will understand advanced textbooks that will lead to further academic medical learning required during the practical placement and will research solutions to abstract medical problems.

2. The delegate will demonstrate operational capacity and medical management skills using creativity and improvisation.

3. The delegate will interact with other medical team members to convey abstract and concrete medical solutions to emergencies.

4. The delegate will formulate practical and theoretical responses to abstract and concrete medical problems and makes judgments on social and ethical issues pertaining to the medical casualty.

5. The delegate will evaluate their own medical learning and will improve key competences for further medical learning and will promote team training.

6. The delegate shows responsibility for the reflective and efficient management of medical emergencies within agreed timeframes.

Judgment Skills and Critical Abilities

The delegate will be able demonstrate the didactic and practical skills learned during the first year of the programme. These practical hours will be where the delegate can practice the remote paramedic clinical skills required for a career as a healthcare practitioner.

 


This lesson is the capstone project for the Higher Diploma, in which the student is encouraged to design their own module content, based on one or more of the topics that was covered in the earlier modules of this Higher Diploma.

Course instructors will assist the students with their Capstone Project selection which could be a 10,000 word thesis, work project or a mix of both written and practical work. There must be a research component to this project based on scientific articles found on PubMed platform.

Competences

at the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the responsibility and autonomy to:

1. The delegate will apply his knowledge by cultivating a research topic and do a literature review on how to manage medical emergencies found in remote, austere and resource poor environments.

2. The delegate will write about how they demonstrated creativity in managing medical emergencies during the practice placements.

3. The delegate will expand on their comprehensive internalised personal world view by utilising the Gibbs reflective model for reflecting on past and future performance.

4. The delegate will continue learn skills to undertake further emergency medical studies with a degree of autonomy.

Knowledge

at the end of the module/unit the learner will have been exposed to the following:

1. The delegate will build on their advanced knowledge of the patient assessment and design and write their thesis on an advanced concept in emergency medicine in remote and austere environments.

2. The delegate will write about strategic and creative responses whilst researching for this thesis and will define solutions to problems found in the clinical practice.

3. The delegate will include relevant social and ethical issues surrounding patient assessment, trauma assessment and medical assessment including the treatments for medical emergencies found in resource poor environments. 

Skills

at the end of the module/unit the learner will have mastered the following skills:

Applying knowledge and understanding

The delegate will be able to:

1.  Create a research topic.

2.  Do a literature review of their chosen topic.

3.  Amalgamate their research findings with one or more topics that they learned during their Higher Diploma programme.

4.  Design and write a research article of at least 10,000 words that describe their topic and the current research pertaining to their chosen topic.

Judgment Skills and Critical Abilities

The delegate will be able to: 

Develop a critical understanding of research principles, processes and methods and their application within the health setting and more specifically to paramedic practice. The module develops knowledge and understanding of qualitative and quantitative research techniques and facilitates the students' understanding of the philosophy behind evidence based practice.