Andrew Davies has enjoyed twenty years with the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust, before joining the Paramedic Science Programme at Swansea University. He has previously studied at the University, graduating from the BSc Pre-Hospital Care programme in 2008. Andrew finds that the development of students is a challenging but rewarding process, exacerbated by a rapidly changing context in which their practice is located. Andrew details that these changes have influenced the curriculum, emphasising the need to inject critical and reflective thinking skills into his teaching. As such, the majority of his teaching is focused on developing these skills with students, whilst maintaining a balance with lecture content.

Andrew's teaching role also involves the Work-Based Learning programme where he facilitates registered paramedics to enhance their professional practice. In contrast to pre-registration programmes, Andrew believes that this process is heavily weighted towards facilitating conceptual understanding, self-discovery and viewing professional practice through a variety of lenses.

The evolving role of paramedics is an area that interests Andrew, as the Paramedic profession is moving towards requiring reflexive approaches in order to match the demands of an ever changing setting. Although this concept has already been implemented into the curriculum, Andrew believes that evaluating how this is applied into practice beyond teaching would be worthy of research.

Andrew’s advice to prospective and current students is centred on the decision making process. It needs to be robust, defendable and within an evidence-based framework that addresses any external factors that enable or inhibit positive patient outcomes. His advice is; know your limitations and always aim to seek advice and support when decision making is beyond your personal knowledge base.

Andrew spends any spare time, outside of his family life, in clinical practice maintaining his knowledge and skills as an advanced practitioner.

Teaching

  • SHE315 Applied Therapeutics

    This module will enable students to enhance their knowledge and understanding around the clinical implications of medications and enhanced knowledge around applying therapeutics in the management of patients.

  • SHE316 Patient Assessment & Management Skills 1

    This module will enable students to develop enhanced skills in patient consultation and assessment, adopting a holistic approach to patients with complex health care needs.

  • SHG287P Policy influences on practice

    The aim of this module is to enable students to examine their practice in relation to current policy drivers at global, national and local levels.

  • SHG288P Assessing your current practice

    The aim of this module is to enable the student to assess and evaluate a chosen area of their practice. Students will gain skills in evidence based practice and service evaluation.

  • SHG289P How the evidence base can help change your practice

    The aim of this module is to enable students to review the evidence base for their practice and to examine the applicability of the evidence. There is an emphasis on the importance of understanding research for developing practice.

  • SHG290P How Can I Make a Change in Practice?

    The aim of this module is to enable students to evaluate the different approaches to management and leadership in order to consider how they could utilise different approaches to make changes in practice.

  • SHG291P Developing Your Own Practice

    The aim of this module is to encourage students to think about developing the scope of their own practice.

  • SHG292P Teaching and Learning in Practice

    The aim of this module is to enable practitioners to develop their teaching and facilitation skills in practice using a work based approach to learning.

  • SHG3056P Starting Your Professional Development

    This is the first module for students wishing to pursue the BSc (Hons) Enhanced Paramedic Practice. It will introduce students to the principles of work based learning and the skills required to facilitate personal and professional development for themselves and for their colleagues.

  • SHG3057P Advancing Your Own Practice

    The aim of this module is to encourage students to think about extending the scope of their own practice. It would be most suitable for those working as specialist or advanced practitioners in their field, or those wishing to move into such a role.

  • SHG3058P Assessing Your Current Practice

    The aim of this module is to enable the student to assess and evaluate a chosen area of their practice. Students will gain skills in evidence based practice and service evaluation.

  • SHG3059P How Can I Make a Change in Practice?

    The aim of this module is to enable students to review the approaches to management and leadership in order to consider how they could utilise different approaches to make changes in practice.

  • SHG3060P How the Evidence Base Can Help You Change Your Practice

    The aim of this module is to enable students to review the evidence base for their practice and to examine the applicability of the evidence. There is an emphasis on the importance of understanding research for developing practice.

  • SHG3061P Personal Practice Development Portfolio

    The aim of this module is for the student to demonstrate the personal and professional development that has occurred for them since commencing the programme. This is the equivalent of the dissertation module, requiring submission of a portfolio dissertation demonstrating personal and professional learning and development that has occurred since commencing the programme. The portfolio dissertation will amalgamate and consolidate all previous modules to demonstrate how learning from those modules has influenced practice and facilitated personal and professional development.

  • SHG3062P Policy Influences on Your Practice

    The aim of this module is to enable students to critically evaluate their practice in relation to current policy drivers at global, national and local levels.

  • SHG3064P Teaching and Learning in Practice

    The aim of this module is to enable practitioners to develop their teaching and facilitation skills in practice using a work based approach to learning.