Leadership and Management

Identifying effective paramedic leadership skills

Introduction: Paramedics who assume leadership positions rarely receive education and training to prepare them for the change in role. This study examines the experiences and beliefs of paramedic leaders and suggests ways that practitioners looking to move into leadership positions can develop their leadership skills before assuming such a role. Methods: Qualitative, semistructured interviews were conducted with paramedic leaders from the different emergency medical services (EMS) models,...

Building ad-hoc team social capital through simulation

The concept of high-functioning healthcare teams is complex and competencies have been developed primarily from aviation. High-functioning healthcare teams, including those formed in an ad-hoc manner, are crucial to positive patient outcomes. Social capital theory identifies structural, cognitive and relational dimensions involved in the formation of trusting, cohesive relationships. Theories of social capital can be used to advise the development of interprofessional simulation-based education....

Reforming the paramedic profession? Two weeks with paramedics in Germany

While paramedics in Anglo-American emergency medical services enjoy relative autonomy, paramedic practice in the Franco-German model deployed in Germany depends heavily on emergency physician input. Increasing demand, especially from low-acuity incidents, causes challenges in these countries. To address this, German politicians plan to implement extensive emergency care reforms and consider an update of regulations around paramedic practice. A 2-week placement allowed for practice observation,...

Disruptive innovation: barriers, opportunities and differences internationally

Around the world, the paramedic profession evolved from a small number of pilot programmes in the early 1970s, becoming a widespread trend in healthcare across much of the world. This case study focuses primarily on the UK, and England in particular, but also reflects on the international nature of the paramedic phenomenon, seeking to learn lessons from the successful features of individual programmes and approaches, in order that good practice can be promoted and shared. It also indentifies...

Language barrier and its implications for practice in Kuwait prehospital settings

Objectives: The purpose of this research was to explore the implications of language barrier among emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics in a prehospital setting in Kuwait. Methods: A small-scale exploratory case study was carried out using a qualitative method. Focus group interviews were conducted with prehospital providers in Kuwait. An inductive thematic analysis was performed whereby themes and sub-themes emerged from within the data. Results: The data revealed that...

JUST Paramedic Conference 2018

The 4th annual JUST Paramedic International Conference at Jordan University of Science and Technology took place last month in November 2018.

JUST Paramedic Conference 2017

The third annual JUST Paramedic International Conference at Jordan University of Science and Technology took place in November 2017. In this Meeting Report, Alaa Oteir, Assisstant Dean & Assistant Professor from JUST's Paramedic Programme, Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences, shares some feature presentations.

Contributions to public health around the world

The paramedic profession continues to establish itself in many healthcare settings across the world. A lack of common understanding of the role globally, as well as the differing nature of healthcare systems, can result in difficulties relating research carried out in one setting to another.

Student Paramedics Australasia Conference inspires, educates and motivates delegates

The 2015 Student Paramedics Australasia (SPA) International Conference was held in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in September over two days. This was the premiere and biggest gathering of student paramedics, and this year over 180 delegates came from right across Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, with presenters from the above countries as well as Canada and the USA.

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