August. For most of us here in the UK, it’s the time of year where we think about sun, sea, BBQs and laughter with friends. For others, it can only mean one thing – *cue dramatic music* – A Level Results Day.

We hope you’ve got the results you need to embark on your journey to becoming a Paramedic, it’s just a shame that it involves more studying and a *few* more textbooks. You’re probably thinking, ‘Great, I’ve finished A-Levels but now there’s more stress, studying and endless textbooks to come. Why?!’, but take it from us two graduates, it will all be worth it.

We have a helpful introduction on some of the reading materials you might need and what you could expect whilst studying as an undergraduate. And for those reading this who have already battled through their first or second year (congrats!) but aren’t sure where to look for their next academic term, we’ve got you covered too.

Year 1

Freshers’ week is over. It’s time for the real work to start, but don’t worry, you won’t be expected to drive an ambulance at 50mph just yet.

You’ll begin to understand the foundations and theories of paramedic science and how to apply this to your clinical practice. With the perfect mixture of interpersonal and academic skills, you’ll feel prepared for your first placement in no time. To help you achieve this, here’s what texts we’d recommend for making the most of your formative first year.

JRCALC 2019 Guidelines – A4 & Pocket Book.

Like a dog’s not just for Christmas, JRCALC isn’t just for university – it’s for life.

The Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee Guidelines are the essential resource for Paramedics. JRCALC combines expert advice with practical guidance to help Paramedics in their challenging roles and supports them in providing patient care. The book covers a wide range of topics, from resuscitation, medical emergencies, trauma, obstetrics and medicines to major incidents and staff wellbeing.

Ambulance Care Practice, Second Edition.

From an emergency call to end of life care, this textbook is an essential guide for paramedic students. It provides a complete overview of the key skills, knowledge and understanding required to work at ambulance associate practitioner level or similar within the ambulance service, covering theoretical aspects and practical application, as well as a range of different clinical procedures and patient populations. Chapters include communication, mental health, patient assessment and safeguarding.

Anatomy & Physiology for Health Professionals and Anatomy & Physiology Work Book for Paramedics

As this is such a key topic in the Paramedic Science degree programme, we have two textbooks for you – one for theory, one for practice.

The Anatomy & Physiology for Health Professionals features a total of six multifaceted ‘Units’ which build upon an understanding of basic knowledge, take readers through intermediate subjects, and finally delve into complex topics that stimulate critical thinking.

UK Edited Anatomy & Physiology Work Book includes colouring and labelling activities along with self-assessment tests for virtually every structure of the human body. It offers paramedic students a better understanding of anatomy and physiology with the view that this will help inform their practice and provide the best quality of care for their patients as healthcare professionals.

Paramedic Pocket Guide, UK Ed.

Currently on sale for £13.50, the Paramedic Pocket Guide will be an essential resource for you as it features common drug sections, advanced life support, trauma and updated paediatric medications.

Year 2

It’s already the start of the new academic year, which means you’re a third of the way there. Woohoo!

This year, you’ll build your knowledge and confidence, expand your decision making and develop your clinical assessment skills. There will be a few tough hurdles along the way, such as understanding ECGs and preparing for an emergency birth scenario, not to mention the daunting world of ethics and legislation. Hey, it’s a good thing we’re a paramedic publisher who covers those exact topics…

Decision Making in Paramedic Practice

This book offers a wealth of knowledge about the importance of decision making in healthcare practice to reduce clinical risk and improve outcomes for patients. The text explores the role of the modern paramedic and of the paramedic as a critical thinker. It offers a unique perspective on clinical decision making, highlighting important aspects such as the balance between intuition and experience as well as professional issues.

12-Lead ECG

This all-encompassing, four-colour text is designed to make you a fully advanced interpreter of ECGs. Level 1 provides basic information for those with minimal experience interpreting ECGs. Level 2 provides intermediate information for those with a basic understanding of the principles of electrocardiography. Level 3 provides advanced information for those with some mastery of the subject. The entire text is written in a friendly, easy-to-read tone. Additionally, the text contains real-life, full-size ECG strips that are integrated throughout the text and analysed in conjunction with the concepts they illustrate.

Emergency Birth in the Community

Childbirth – not only a life-changing experience for the mother, but also for you as a Paramedic in an emergency situation; this book is designed to make it a little less daunting. It will be an essential resource for you as a Paramedic, should you come into contact with emergency birth. The book has been specifically adapted from the official JRCALC Guidelines, the established standard for pre-hospital care. For this unique publication, many topics have been expanded upon, including Maternal Resuscitation, Umbilical Cord Prolapse, Shoulder Dystocia and Post-partum Haemorrhage.

Law & Ethics for Paramedics

Written by paramedics, for paramedics, it includes chapters on information governance, mental capacity, clinical negligence and medical research, with a specific focus on legislation and case law across the United Kingdom. Practical top tips are outlined in chapters focusing on paramedic use of social media, gaining consent and the assessment and treatment of children. Realistic case studies prompt the reader to consider the legislation relating to mental health, medicines management as well as palliative and end of life care. 

Year 3

You’re almost at the finishing line! Time to splash out on a celebratory pint… and a few more textbooks.

Exploring complex fields of paramedic practice, your final year will entail more clinical assessments and decision making, as well as recognising the leader in yourself. Freshers feels like yesterday, but that timid student has long gone since you now have the confidence in your acquired skills which will inspire and enable the learning of others.

Practice Education in Paramedic Science

Designed to serve as both an introductory resource as well as a text which may support your existing knowledge, Practice Education in Paramedic Science is a clear and easy-to-use guide for would-be registered paramedics hoping to become practice educators as well as those already taking on board the practice educator role. While this is something you might use more post-university, it’s important to have a sound understanding of the practice educator role within the paramedic profession, as many universities include modules on practice education within their degree programme.

Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS), UK Ed.

This UK localised edition continues the PHTLS mission to promote excellence in trauma patient management by all clinicians involved in the delivery of prehospital care through global education. PHTLS promotes critical thinking as the foundation for providing quality care. It is based on the beliefthat prehospital clinicians make the best decisions on behalf oftheir patients when given a solid foundation of knowledge and keyprinciples to fuel their critical-thinking skills.

Paediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals, UK Ed.

Paediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP) is the leading training course on the care of children in emergency and community settings written by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In the first ever United Kingdom edition, the book has been expanded and brought in line with guidance from the Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Authority, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Resuscitation Council UK.

We know students can struggle with their pennies, so we contacted universities to give you guys 20% off when buying through our website. Simply contact your lecturer/department to get your code!

And of course, these aren’t all the textbooks we offer; there’s a whole host of titles for you to explore on our website as well as our apps, including ParaPass, a new CPD app launching early Autumn.

You can keep up to date with all our latest news, projects and giveaways by following us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. We also attend plenty of shows and events throughout the year where we offer special discounts and goodies – our tote bags for all your new books and a Tea/Coffee Withdrawal Guidelines mug will be just the thing you need to help you through your journey.

There may be copious amounts of caffeine, but we know you can do it!

Katherine Totterdell & Sophie Holman