|UK Students, EU Students, International Students
|£18,622 Competition Funded Project (Home and International)
|31st October 2023
|15th January 2024
Paramedic practice is inherently complex, with practitioners often working in relative isolation, with patients with any diagnosis, in uncontrolled environments. Not only do practitioners have to identify the best clinical interventions for their patients, but they also have to place these decisions in the context of social inequality, and a restricted NHS provision after years of austerity.
Complaints against paramedics are made at a disproportionately high rate and predominantly focus on issues of conduct, performance, and ethics, rather than matters of clinical competence. This project will investigate the ethical frameworks used by paramedics to explain and defend morally challenging clinical decisions.
To explore how paramedics make ethical decisions in practice.
Objectives and Methods
Set up a steering group to inform the project’s conduct with representatives from patients, carers, paramedics, lecturers, and management.
Systematic review of philosophical and ethical approaches to paramedicine.
Survey to explore the current use of ethical frameworks in paramedic practice and decision making.
Focus groups and interviews with student and trained paramedics to explore their experiences of making ethically challenging decisions, and how ethical and philosophical approaches help inform them.
This project will inform the paramedic community on how to improve ethically challenging decision making in practice. It is hoped this will lead to an improvement in the quality and acceptability of care for patients and reduce the incidence of complaints to the professional regulator. It is likely that this project will have relevance to other healthcare professions ethical practice.
Systematic review, mixed methods survey, qualitative focus groups and interviews.
PGR training facilities and relevant MSc modules. An Associate Tutor contract will be offered to allow development of teaching expertise.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org for a discussion prior to applying.
This PhD project is in a Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences competition for funded studentships. These studentships are funded for 3 years and comprise UK (Home) fees, an annual stipend of £18,622 and £1,000 per annum for research training (RTSG). International applicants may apply but are required to secure additional funding to fund the difference between UK and overseas tuition fees (visit: https://www.uea.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/fees for details of Home and Overseas fee rates).
Primary Supervisor: Katherine Deane
Start Date: October 2024
For more information on this project, please visit https://www.uea.ac.uk/search/courses/
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