Completing a paramedic placement can be a stressful experience, especially given the unpredictable nature of prehospital care. Joe Acker and Tania Johnston, lecturers in the Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedicine) course at CSU, discuss a clinical placement experience CSU students are invited to undertake with the London Ambulance Service (LAS) in “Supporting Paramedics” a new exemplar in the PBE Showcase. As Joe notes, this is the “First time ever that CSU has taken paramedic students overseas for a clinical placement.” In partnership with CSU Global and LAS, 26 paramedic students had the opportunity to grow their skills, professional identity and cultural competence in this placement experience. A particular emphasis on the importance of debriefing is discussed in the exemplar with Tania emphasising the importance of students reflecting on their experiences and receiving pastoral support throughout the placement.
More information about this exemplar and how you can implement the themes discussed into your own teaching practices is available here.
The PBE Showcase places a spotlight on good practices in professional and practice-based education and provides inspiration and guidance for the achievement of excellent PBE practice. There are a series of exemplars available covering topics including learning in a virtual pharmacy, service learning through a community partnership program and exploring professional practice through visual spaces.