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The current leadership development opportunities provided for student paramedics by Higher Education Institutions: a literature review

The current leadership development opportunities provided for student paramedics by Higher Education Institutions: a literature review

Rae, Alison and Robinson, Simon (2020) The current leadership development opportunities provided for student paramedics by Higher Education Institutions: a literature review. British Paramedic Journal, 5 (2). pp. 26-33. ISSN 1478-4726 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.29045/14784726.2020.09.5.2.26)

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Abstract

Introduction:
The development of safe, competent and capable paramedics is one of the key concerns of education providers or Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). To achieve this, paramedic programmes need to focus on teaching leadership to students. The aim of this literature review was to identify the current leadership development opportunities for paramedic students during their undergraduate training across the United Kingdom, in order to identify current gaps and make suggestions on how HEIs could increase leadership opportunities for student paramedics.

Methods:
During August 2018, the Scopus, Medline, CINAHL and Academic Search Premier databases were searched (the last three accessed via EBSCOhost). Grey literature was also manually reviewed. Both authors screened the title and abstract and agreed on final papers eligible for full-text review. CASP and COREQ checklists were used to assist in critically appraising the quality of the research and to help decide on the papers chosen for inclusion.

Results:
The search yielded 511 results (455 after duplicates were removed). After title and abstract review, eight articles were included in the full-text review. The grey literature search yielded one additional document that incorporated a framework based on primary research integrated within the paper itself. Critical appraisal resulted in four papers being excluded, meaning five papers were included in the review. Two clear themes were derived for further discussion: both educational and non-educational opportunities for leadership development and training for pre-registration paramedic students. Only one article reviewed related specifically to paramedic training in the UK.

Conclusion:
Current evidence, although limited, demonstrates the benefit of educational programmes in developing educational and non-educational leadership opportunities for paramedic students. Moreover, there is value to individuals being provided or seeking extracurricular activities, and students should be encouraged to engage in societies, the College of Paramedics, events and conferences, and to work or volunteer in healthcare or emergency service-related sectors to further enhance their leadership potential and skills.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © The Author(s) 2020. Archiving of the final typeset PDF version of an accepted manuscript is permitted provided it is subjected to a 12-month embargo
Uncontrolled Keywords: leadership; opportunities; paramedic
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Adult Nursing & Paramedic Science
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2020 16:32
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/28828

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