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Clinical Leadership for Paramedics
Clinical Leadership for Paramedics
by Amanda Blaber
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent textbook for students and practitioners alike, 13 Jun. 2014
The concept of leadership within the paramedic profession is of high importance, yet there is a marked lack of textbooks surrounding this topic. This book relates leadership to the individual professional and the wider NHS, focussing on a broad range of themes including group dynamics, teamwork, change management, mentorship, conflict resolution and communication, linking theory to practice and making it highly relevant for the paramedic or student paramedic alike.


V-fit BK11-ET Magnetic Elliptical Trainer - Silver Grey/Black
V-fit BK11-ET Magnetic Elliptical Trainer - Silver Grey/Black
Price: £179.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DON'T EVEN BOTHER, 8 Jun. 2014
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Horrendous item. Arrived with damaged box as couriers had used plastic straps to handle it which had dug into the box. Inside all the polystyrene had broken causing a mess, trying to get the parts out of the box was a nightmare. You need a degree in physics just to interpret the instructions. To top it off, two cylindrical parts that should have slotted together didn't because the manufacturing was so poor one had a square edge, meaning it wouldn't slot into the other piece. AVOID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Foundations for Paramedic Practice: A theoretical perspective
Foundations for Paramedic Practice: A theoretical perspective
by Amanda Blaber
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.69

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential text for all Paramedics and Student Paramedics, 27 April 2012
'Foundations for Paramedic Practice: A Theoretical Perspective' is an essential text for student paramedics, paramedic mentors and registered paramedics. The previous edition was a first for the profession and this updated second edition covers many important issues which were traditionally overlooked within paramedic training programmes.

The text includes a large variety of topics such as ethics and the law, interpersonal communication, professional practice, reflective practice, psychology, sociology, social factors, safeguarding children, vulnerable adults, end of life care, leadership styles, decision making, change management and continuing professional development. All of the chapters are directly related to paramedic practice, making it easy to apply the theories to patient care and practice scenarios.

As a third year Student Paramedic, I have found this text ideal in supporting the social, psychological, leadership and management aspects of my BSc (Hons) university course, as well as supplementing my knowledge in many other areas, such as reflective practice. The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) chapter is particularly helpful as it explains the relevance of both pre-registration and post-registration CPD, examples of types of CPD which may be undertaken and the reasons behind doing so.

Overall, this is an excellent text encompassing a wide variety of theoretical and academic topics, all of which should underpin any paramedic's practice. This text should enable students and paramedics to increase their self-awareness and assist in their personal and professional development, so that they may become a more knowledgeable and 'well-rounded' practitioner.


The Paramedic's Guide to Research: An Introduction
The Paramedic's Guide to Research: An Introduction
by Pauline Griffiths
Edition: Paperback
Price: £21.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last - a research textbook from a paramedic perspective!, 25 Jan. 2012
`The Paramedic's Guide to Research' is an ideal resource for pre-registration student paramedics and registered paramedics undertaking specialist practitioner programmes. A first of its kind for the paramedic profession, the book explains key research concepts and methods, as well as accompanying topics such as evidence based practice, ethics, literature reviews and a practical guide to researching clinical practice, directly related to the paramedic profession.

As a third year paramedic student, the book has been an ideal resource when studying research and dissertation modules during my BSc (Hons) degree and is a welcome addition to the existing research textbooks which have been written from a nursing perspective.

The topics are well set out in easy to follow chapters, encompassing relevant theory and diagrams to illustrate concepts. A glossary is included to explain the key terms used, an ideal resource for those who are getting to grips with research terminology when introduced to research for the first time. The literature review chapter has also been extremely helpful in supporting me when critiquing existing literature as part of my university assignments and dissertation methodology.

A highly recommended resource.


Assessment Skills for Paramedics
Assessment Skills for Paramedics
by Amanda Blaber
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.69

5.0 out of 5 stars A great patient assessment book for student paramedics and paramedic mentors, 4 Jan. 2012
Assessment Skills for Paramedics is an ideal quick reference handbook and study guide for student paramedics and qualified paramedic mentors.

Separate chapters cover all of the major body systems (Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Abdominal/Gastro-intestinal, Neurological and Musculoskeletal) in addition to trauma, obstetrics, paediatrics, older person and mental health. Photographs, diagrams and summary boxes accompany the text.

Each chapter is structured using the `DR. ABCDE' primary assessment algorithm making it easy to follow the stages of assessment. Possible actions relating to normal and abnormal conditions are described, as well as Secondary survey, observation findings and previous medical history. Social, ethical and legal aspects are also discussed where relevant. In my experience this is the method that ambulance clinicians are taught to assess patients, and therefore the book is easy to identify with.

Although the book isn't truly `pocket-sized', it is small enough (approx A5 size) to be carried in a kit bag during shifts to be referred to when needed. The use of chapters and bullet-points make the content well organised and easy to follow.

In my opinion this book is an excellent resource to help any student paramedic underpin the knowledge and theory taught in patient assessment and pathophysiology modules, as well as a quick reference guide to support the assessment of patients during ambulance clinical placements. As a student paramedic nearing the end of my course, I only wish it had been released sooner!


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