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Foundations For Paramedic Practice: A Theoretical Perspective [Kindle Edition]

Amanda Blaber
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This book addresses the theoretical elements of paramedic courses including psychology and sociology and provides clear links to practice.

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Amanda Blaber is Principal Lecturer and University Teaching Fellow in the Department of Acute and Continuing Care, School of Health and Social Care, University of Greenwich, UK.

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4.0 out of 5 stars foundation for paramedic practice review 10 Mar. 2009
Having just started as a practice placement educator of student paramedics who are being trained jointly with Swansea University and the Welsh Ambulance service ,I found this book very helpful in helping me understand the needs of my students and what they are looking to learn. Having become a paramedic through the IHCD route it has helped me understand the theoretical/university aspect of their learning needs. It is a book that I have advised my students to get hold of. It is written in an easy style that is simple to read and that links well to other chapters within the book. It has also opened my eyes to some things that I could put in to practice on the job and confirmed some things that I am doing right. I don't know if this book is being used by the staff on the course at the university but I for one shall be informing them and all the students I come into contact with to get hold of a copy. The chapters are short, concise and with good references for further reading, it covers all the topics I believe are relevant to the students course and cannot fail to stand them in good stead if they put into practice what they read and learn from this book.
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As a student paramedic I found the first edition of this book (Blaber 2008) was the book I had open most of the time. In preparation before starting the course it was excellent as an introduction to the world of pre-hospital care, giving an overview of what was to come. Once on the course I found I kept returning to relevant chapters and `seeing things' I'd missed that were now specific to experiences on placement. (Think of it like watching `The Sixth Sense' - it's a great film to see first time but even better when you watch it again knowing Bruce Willis is a ghost; you see stuff you missed that adds to your experience!)

This second edition (Blaber 2012) is even better than the original - (think `The Godfather 2'.)
All but one of the original chapters are there giving a great foundation to the subjects that students will study (Hey, the clue's in the title of the book, right?) Once on placement you begin to appreciate the relevance of the psychology, sociology and reflective practice sections, (the communication, ethics and safeguarding chapters speak for themselves.)
The `consideration of history' chapter from edition one has gone - which, if you have to lose a chapter, was probably the right one to go as there are lots of other books that cover the formation of the NHS. (Having said that, you do have to search a bit for publications on the development of the ambulance service). In its place four new chapters have been included, making the book more in-depth in terms of placement practice as well as adding to the information on career development.

Having now chalked up several months of placement practice experience I think the new chapters on vulnerable adults and end of life care are particularly relevant and very helpful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Foundations for Paramedic Practice: A theoretical perspective edition one, I believe, was the first textbook designed specifically for Paramedics that covered the underlying values and principles of Paramedic practice that otherwise is not necessarily covered in depth.

This second edition continues to add valuable and highly important information on a wide variety of topics including communication, psychology, sociology, social policy and psycho-social aspects as well as ethics and law, vulnerable patient groups and end of life care. It also looks at professional practice and continual professional development along with leadership, decision making and specialist development roles which all play an important part of pre - registration and undergraduate pathways as well as when the step is taken to become a registered practitioner and to continually develop in the post - registration phase of a Paramedic career.

The way these topics are presented within the text makes what can be a "dull" yet highly important subject area seem extremely interesting and useful. The case study's and "stop and think boxes" continually remind the reader of the importance of these topics to the role of the Paramedic.

The main audience for this text book would be Paramedics and I feel it is an essential text for all Student Paramedics throughout their period of study and a highly recommended text for registered Paramedics and Paramedic mentors, however, in addition to this, I believe it is also an extremely useful tool for all grades of operational staff to broaden their knowledge and understanding of social and ethical perspectives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paramedic J module support 5 Oct. 2008
This new book by an experienced ex A&E Nurse who is now the lead academic on the Paramedic programme at Greenwich University has drawn together an excellent mix of Nurses and Paramedic Tutors to give a basic foundation on the Psycho-Social aspects often missed by the traditional IHCD programmes. This book is a great introduction to the basics of communications, ethisc, law, socialogy and psychology ( as relating to Paramedics)that are core underpinning elements to ensure that the future paramedic practitioner is bult on a broader foundation.
I have to declare that I put together the CPD chapter at the end of the book, but trully believe that this is the first of this genre of book and will be an excellent purchase for any Tech moving on to a Paramedic programme or a newly employed student paramedic wanting to get a broad grasp before adding to the bookshelf.

Highly recomended,
Bob Fellows
Chairman College of Paramedics
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 10 months ago by David Goodale
1.0 out of 5 stars Buy the newer version
Don't buy this it's been replaced by a much better updated version.
Published 13 months ago by Mark Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of theories and quite easy to read
Starting my paramedics in September. Lots of theories and quite easy to read. Not sure if it's relevant to modules but good knowledge to have regardless.
Published 13 months ago by Matthew McCormack
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I would recommend to all as I have found this very handy for my paramedic course. It is full of all the information you will need to help you along your way.
Published 17 months ago by C. Nokes
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book.
Full of facts. Interesting reading for those would be paramedics. Bought for a student as a gift. Invaluable, well printed and great layout.
Published 19 months ago by Tilly
1.0 out of 5 stars Not suitable at all
Ordered this book to jump start what I thought was lacking in my own professional practice as a Paramedic, What a disappointment. Read more
Published 23 months ago by APkr
4.0 out of 5 stars Foundations for Paramedic Practice: A theoretical perspective
Great book for student paramedics studying degree level FdSc, Bsc.
Basic practice along with the psychology that falls in relation to the profession.

Overall 8/10!
Published on 24 Dec. 2012 by niall 999
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! A must have for all those interested in, or currently working...
I didn't' think I could have ever replaced my well-read copy of Foundations of Paramedic Practice: A theoretical perspective (Blaber 2008). Read more
Published on 17 May 2012 by StretcherMonkey
5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential text for all Paramedics and Student Paramedics
'Foundations for Paramedic Practice: A Theoretical Perspective' is an essential text for student paramedics, paramedic mentors and registered paramedics. Read more
Published on 27 April 2012 by Anon
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin
Brief in places but doesn't claim to be comprehensive an invaluable insight for prospective paramedics and I would imagine a usefull refresher for qualified paramedics.
Published on 6 Jun. 2011 by Gavin
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