Professional Practice in Paramedic, Emergency andUrgent Care
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Professional Practice in Paramedic, Emergency and Urgent Care explores a range of contemporary relevant topics fundamental to professional practice. Written for both pre- and post-registration paramedic students, it is also ideal for existing practitioners looking to develop their CPD skills as well as nursing and other health professionals working in emergency and urgent care settings.

  • Each chapter includes examples, practical exercises and clinical scenarios, helping the reader relate theory to practice and develop critical thinking skills
  • Covers not only acute patient management but also a range of additional topics to provide a holistic approach to out-of-hospital care
  • Completion of the material in the book can be used as evidence in professional portfolios as required by the Health and Care Professions Council

Professional Practice in Paramedic, Emergency and Urgent Care is a comprehensive, theoretical underpinning to professional practice at all levels of paramedic and out-of-hospital care.


Valerie Nixon is Principal Lecturer in Acute and Emergency Care at Staffordshire University, Staffordshire, UK. She is also Project Lead/Manager for Emergency & Urgent Care (Consultancy) at West Midlands Strategic Health Authority.


List of Contributors



1 History Taking
Val Nixon

2 Consultation and Communication Skills
Karen Gubbins and Val Nixon

3 Clinical Decision Making
Jacqui Mason and Val Nixon

4 Evidence Based Practice
Louise Perkinton and Val Nixon

5 Reflection and Reflective Practice
Kay Norman and Val Nixon

6 Professional and Legal Issues
Karen Latcham

7 Anti-discriminatory Practice
Matt Capsey

8 Medicines Management
Lorna McInulty

9 Continuing Professional Development and Portfolio Development
Val Nixon



“This interesting text will serve well those looking to start, or those already beginning, a career or education in unscheduled care.”  (Emergency Nurse, 1 October 2013)