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The layout of the book offers theory of a subject (eg ‘Communication: its impact on leadership) dove-tailed with case studies, self evaluation exercises and reflection points which help to widen the reader’s perspective of the subject and deepen their understanding.
For paramedic students undergoing HEI University educational programmes this book gives useful insight into the organizational structure of the ambulance service which they may not have gained prior to commencing their studies.
For experienced practitioners who gained their education through ‘in house’ IHCD programmes this book presents extremely useful HEI student perspectives on placement experience, which potential mentors from IHCD backgrounds may not have appreciated.
The chapters include suggestions for further reading, highlight areas for personal development and pose interesting questions about how clinical leadership might develop within the NHS - a recommendation of the Francis Report.
As a third year paramedic student I read this book looking back over the past three years and wishing it had been available before now…..lots of material to reference in essays!
I also read this book looking forward into my preceptorship and first months as a new registrant, finding it beneficial in deepening my understanding and insight into the next stage of my development.
The role of the paramedic has changed dramatically since its inception and will undoubtedly continue to develop as the ambulance service aims to meet the pre-hospital / out of hospital challenges of the people it is tasked to help. This book, as well as Blaber and Harris’s other publications, makes an excellent contribution in preparing the modern paramedic to face these challenges.
In modern practice, paramedics have need to understand their professional impact and develop their leadership skills from an early stage. This text allows practitioners to explore and understand different leadership styles and organisational awareness, as well as develop the communication techiniques needed for success.
The case studies and examples allow the reader to develop skills relevant to clinical practice as well service development, with sections aimed to develop skills in mentorship and preceptorship as well as managing change effectively.
This is an excellent introductory text, which directs the reader to other useful resources, and represents an excellent addition to the paramedic's personal library.
Personally I found the reflection exercises most helpful as well as the links provided to self evaluation exercises.
There is a lack of text books available directly for paramedic practice especially regarding leadership, this book does a great job of filling that void.
Chapter 10 is great for anyone who is already a mentor or is hoping to be, and also helps student to know what to expect.
I would recommend this book to any of my colleagues and any students starting in the paramedic profession.
This book is not just for the paramedic student but for the registered clinician, the mentor and the line manager. It provides a fantastic insight into all roles of the ambulance service from the student through to consultant level and with lots of reflection points and case studies the book gets you to think and challenge the way that you practice.
It is split into two parts. The first introduces leadership, looks at what it is and the complexity of leadership which it does fantastically well and makes the concept of leadership easy to digest. The second section focuses on the skills of leadership, with designated sections on vital parts of leadership such as conflict management, decision making and communication.
The book is light, easy to carry and has survived numerous 12 hour shifts!
This is book provides a simple and easy way to begin to build up confidence and skills in leadership and takes more than one approach, meaning it applies to a wide range of people and suits all.
I feel this book will be a vital part of my third year of training and will also come in helpful as a continuous reference when I qualify as a registered paramedic.
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