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Clinical Assessment and Referral Skills for Paramedics University Certificate in Professional Development

Developed for Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered paramedics, you gain knowledge and skills in managing patients with non-urgent 999/111 calls within out of hospital care.


10 weeks



Course overview

Enhance your knowledge, skills and competencies when assessing and managing patients with minor injury or illness within non-urgent 999 or 111 responses in out of hospital care. Designed in partnership with ambulance services, you develop your knowledge and understanding to refer and discharge more of your caseload in the community, within the service delivery model of ambulance service employers.

You build on your clinical assessment abilities, exploring the systems and skills that enable a greater level of decision making and autonomous practice to manage and refer those patients in out of hospital contexts. You draw this knowledge from current evidence, clinical guideline, clinical reasoning, problem-solving skills, local service delivery requirements and legal/ethical frameworks to enhance your decision making in practice.

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Course details

What you study

You study the following:

  • History taking and documentation for practice
  • Anatomy, pathophysiology and pharmacological interventions for common minor injuries/illness
  • Decision making, care planning and appropriate referral pathways for common minor injury/illness presentations in practice
  • Assessment of wounds, urinalysis, ENT and appropriate competencies and skills for minor injuries/illnesses encountered in practice

How you learn

Blended module delivered over ten weeks:

  • Weeks 1 - 4: one full day online session split into two three-hour sessions
  • Week 5: one face-to-face session at our Middlesbrough campus, practicing and developing new skills learned in the online study blocks
  • Week 10: objective structured clinical examination (OSCE)

The University’s virtual learning environment contains all the learning materials and resources to support and enhance your learning.

How you are assessed

You are assessed by one OSCE lasting 20 minutes (15 minutes practice and five minutes for questions) in week 10.

The OSCE is based on a scenario of a patient presenting with a common minor injury or illness which you would expect to see in practice. During the exam you are expected to demonstrate the ability to gather information by applying the comprehensive clinical history gained from the patient followed by an appropriate physical examination. You systematically analyse and evaluate this information to formulate intervention decisions and management options based on best available evidence.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

HCPC registered paramedic.

If you are studying this through your employer you will need sponsorship from your employer to complete the award.



Career opportunities

Further develop your knowledge and understanding of history taking and physical assessment for minor injury and illness which may be encountered in practice. Enhance and develop your clinical assessment decision-making skills to ensure your accountability and professionalism when making an autonomous referral.


Learning platform

Our virtual learning environment (VLE) is the platform you use to access your online course


Teesside University online learning courses are delivered through the Brightspace Learning Environment.

Here are some of the benefits.

  • You can use it on your smartphone, tablet and computer.
  • And you can use it anytime, so that you can plan your learning to fit your own schedule.
  • It's easy to use and navigate.
  • Modules are set out by topics and themes. You can use the progress bar to understand where you are in your modules, and appreciate your achievements.
  • We support you to become familiar with your VLE, helping you to start learning quickly.
  • You get feedback, help and guidance from tutors throughout your course through the VLE, and you can ask questions at any time.
  • Our tutors use a live activity feed to keep you updated about your course.
  • You can create a student profile, collaborate with other students and take part in online discussion forums.

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Online learning

Online learning allows you to get a university-level qualification from the comfort of your own home or workplace. You'll have access to all of the world-class teaching and support that Teesside University has to offer, but all of your lectures, tutorials and assessments will take place online.

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University of the Year

Teesside University was named University of the Year at the Edufuturists Awards 2022.


2023/24 entry

Fee for applicants:

  • Length: 10 weeks
  • Online
  • Level: Degree
  • Credits: 20

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