Have you ever held a burning ambition to be a writer but have never really found the time or known where to start? Even with all the time in the world, writing isn’t always easy, as many of our published authors will vouch for! Should you be in any doubt about where to start, we’ve put together a few tips for budding and seasoned authors who want to focus their ideas while under lockdown and guard against the dreaded ‘writer’s block’.

Why Should You Write?

‘Whilst I was studying for my paramedic degree and my first Master’s degree, I kept returning to ethics and really struggled to find published material that applied specifically to paramedics. I guess I wanted to provide something to future students, and the profession as a whole, that wasn’t available when I was studying.’

Georgette Eaton, Author of Law and Ethics for Paramedics

Writing can be a really rewarding experience and there is nothing quite like seeing your ideas come to life in print. But before putting pen to paper it’s worth taking a moment to consider why you want to write? Most likely this will influence the kind of publication suited to you, although there are often several different motivations for writing.

The Message

Are you a persuader? The persuaders are those writers who have an ardent message they want to share with the world. For instance, they might want to challenge a commonly-accepted view or promote a better way of doing things.

Often persuasive writing will have a clear focus and should have a firm evidence-base to back up the writer’s arguments; however, it may be narrower and more subjective than a reference guide or educational resource. The aim of the writer is to make the reader believe in a particular idea or opinion – an obvious example might be an ad campaign but there are lots of other examples of scholarly, persuasive writing too!

Education

Are you an informer? Do you have knowledge about a particular topic which would be beneficial to share with the world? Do you have a talent for making large chunks of complicated information accessible and easy to understand? If so, perhaps you are an educator.

One of the really rewarding aspects of this style of writing is the impact it can have on thousands of learners, who may use your work as a resource as they develop into a profession or study for a course. This type of writing should cover the key aspects of the topic and usually aims to be clear and concise in order to facilitate learning. If intended as a reference guide, the text should also be objective and based on factual evidence.

A Creative Outlet

Writing can be a great way to express yourself and even when writing informatively, the author’s voice will often still shine through the text. Fiction is an obvious example of writing creatively – but, actually every style of writing can be classed as ‘creative’ as an author will still be making artistic decisions about material to include in order to bring the text together as a whole. Writing narratively, including analogies or case studies to demonstrate a point, all contain a strong element of creativity.  

To persuade, to inform, and to entertain are commonly perceived as the three primary reasons to write – and hopefully publish – material. However, as you have probably already noticed, there is usually significant overlap between these motives. Persuasive writing can be also educational and, despite what students may say, it’s entirely possible to be entertaining and informative at the same time… at least we think it is at Class Publishing anyway!  

Who Should You Write For?

‘Independent Prescribing for Paramedics arose from discussions with my colleague, as she was receiving enquiries from paramedics to undertake the Prescribing course and she was trying to find specific and appropriate resources that were not nursing orientated. There were none, so we thought we could write something’.

Amanda Blaber, Author of Independent Prescribing for Paramedics

Who are you writing for? This may sound like an obvious point but it’s actually a very important one. Again, your motivation for writing will have an influence on the potential audience, and this in turn will have an impact on the medium of publication and writing style. Keeping in mind your reason for writing as well as your intended audience can also help you make wise decisions about which material to include.

Different publishers will also cater for different audiences, and this is something to bear in mind when considering a publisher. Trade publishers will produce titles for a general audience, and commonly publish the kind of titles you might come across in your local bookshop. Academic and professional publishers, however, usually focus on a particular subject area and will likely target a specific audience, such as a profession or those taking an academic course. For example, Class Professional Publishing provide specialist resources for a range of healthcare professionals and students.

So How Do I Get Published?

A Proposal

Publishers may have slightly different processes, but professional, scholarly publishers, such as Class Professional Publishing, will often ask for a brief outline of your idea (also known as a proposal) before expecting you produce a complete manuscript. A good proposal will cover some of the aspects mentioned earlier, including the kind of text you have in mind and who you expect the readership to be. It should include the following points:

  • A description of the kind of resource you have in mind
  • The intended audience/level of readership for your project
  • A draft contents list with a brief summary of what each chapter or component will contain
  • How your proposed text might compare or relate to other resources already available
  • Your own experience and expertise within the appropriate field

You can download a copy of Class Professional Publishing’s proposal guidelines here. This should help you understand the kind of information we look out for when assessing a new publication.

Obtaining Feedback

The publisher should also be able to provide feedback on your proposal and will likely send this for external review before offering a contract for publication. Given the specialist nature of many professional or scholarly texts, it is generally helpful for both authors and publishers to obtain feedback before proceeding to publication.

Even so, it can be difficult opening your work up to criticism in this way, especially when you’ve worked hard on a project or an idea which is close to your heart. Feedback may be positive or negative but should be received as constructively and objectively as possible. Remember that once the text is published and available in the public sphere it will also be open to comment and, by this point, it may not be so easy to make any necessary amendments. The review process is also a good way of ensuring that you’re on the right track in terms of content and structure before the writing process even starts. This can save a lot of time and effort later on!

Stay Motivated!

‘I was once referred to as ‘tenacious’ – I didn’t understand what that meant at the time, but years on, my university lecturer was right. I am driven to influence the conversations we have regarding safety, and being an inclusive leader.’

Amanda Mansfield, author of Emergency Birth in the Community

There’s no beating about the bush, writing is hard work and takes a certain level of commitment and motivation. We’ve all heard of the dreaded ‘writer’s block’ and starting is often said to be the most difficult part of all. Whilst starting a project is certainly difficult, if you have followed the points outlined above and you have a solid understanding of your text in mind, then you’re already well on your way to becoming a published author!

A firm outline and structure is vital to maintaining focus and avoiding going off on tangents when writing. Some chapters may even begin with a list of objectives or learning points outlining what the text will cover – with this in mind, you don’t always need to start at the beginning; instead you may decide you want to start in the middle or even at the end.

Our advice is to keep writing and don’t lose heart… it may take a lot of time, effort and caffeine to bring a text together but seeing the final published result is always worth it. Equally do go easy on yourself too – writing is rewarding but it can also be hard and it can sometimes be difficult for outsiders to understand the amount of rewriting and editing which goes on underneath the surface of a seemingly effortlessly written piece of work. Above all, we at Class Professional Publishing are here to help – so if you have any questions or doubts about whether you have what it takes to become an author or if you’re feeling inspired to write then get in touch!

Why Work With Class?

Lianne Sherlock is our senior editor at Class, who commissions the new book titles and manages them through the entire publication process. She has worked in the publishing sector since 2008 and joined our Class team in 2017. Lianne is always happy to discuss new ideas for books so please do get in touch with her here: lianne.sherlock@class.co.uk.

You can also head to our Authors’ page for more information about writing a proposal or to view our author’s profiles.

 

“Class were absolutely fantastic. They were always on hand if I had any questions, put up with my constant re-ordering of chapters and finding new chapters to be included. The support throughout the project was fantastic…”

Georgette Eaton, Author of Law and Ethics for Paramedics

 

We’re excited to announce the release of brand new editions of the internationally acclaimed text books, AMLS: Advanced Medical Life Support and PEPP: Pediatric Eduation for Prehospital Professionals!

In this blog issue we will be introducing you to:

 

Our new primary care range & logo
 
Independent Prescribing for District Nurses
 
Dermatology: A Quick Reference Guide
 
How to follow us

 

Our new primary care range

Class Professional Publishing has long been dedicated to supporting the emergency services through our resources. As the role of the paramedic continues to widen and adapt to patients’ needs, so do our publications at Class. Therefore, we are delighted to announce our all-new primary care range.

Keep an eye out for this logo as it will be the stamp on all of our future primary care titles.

Independent Prescribing for District Nurses

The first of our books in the primary care range to sport this new logo is the fresh-off-the-press Independent Prescribing for District Nurses. This is specifically aimed at those undertaking independent prescribing, helping you to build on the skills and practice you will have developed as a community nurse prescriber. The book offers a complete overview for those taking an independent nurse prescribing course as well as district nurses who have already qualified as independent prescribers.

For more information on this title please click here.

 

Dermatology: A Quick Reference Guide

Another title to be added to our brand new primary care range is Dermatology: A Quick Reference Guide. This highly illustrative, quick reference guide, packed full of useful knowledge, will enable you to be able to quickly assess, diagnose and treat a range of skin conditions and comes with a handy A-Z guide on a plethora of conditions. Working in primary care, you won’t want to be far from this gem!

For more information on this title please click here.

 

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Conferences

Social Media

 

Keep an eye out for the following publications:

Independent Prescribing for District Nurses edited b y Amanda Blaber, Hannah Ingram and Jennifer Whibley. This book is specifically aimed at district nurses undertaking independent prescribing within the complexity of contemporary primary healthcare. It will help district nurses build on the skills and practice they have already developed as community nurse prescribers as they develop into the independent prescribing role.

 

Principles of Palliative and End of Life Care for Paramedics edited by Tania Blackmore. This book provides a comprehensive guide to the philosophy, ethics, symptom control, emergencies and psychosocial aspects that underpin palliative and end of life care in paramedic practice. Chapters are written by specialists in palliative and end of life care, who have decades of experience in providing care for patients in the community. Clinical chapters feature paramedic case study scenarios, aimed at allowing the reader to think about applying theory to practice.

 

Dermatology: A Quick Reference Guide by Sixty8 Medical. This book is an accessible, easy-to-use, reference guide packed with key information relating to dermatology. Fully illustrated, it provides handy tips on treatment and diagnosis on common skin problems for all those working in a primary care environment.

 

ParaPass playing cards. Due to their popularity, we are bringing back these unique cards that you can use to quiz yourself and your colleagues. These will be based on our new ParaPass app (see below) and you will be able to purchase them from our website.

What’s new in Apps?

We are very excited that we will soon be launching St John Ambulance on JRCALC Plus which will be tailored to meet the needs of the St John Ambulance staff.

For Community First Responders, we are also launching an app which will provide the JRCALC Guidelines adapted to first response in the community.

We are also excited that our brand new ParaPass app will soon be launched which will bring educational resources including Standby CPD, case scenario assessments and quizzes on the JRCALC Guidelines together.

A shout out to Standby

Is your New Year’s Resolution to try something new? To give yourself a challenge? To be more creative? If it is, have you thought about becoming a writer for Standby CPD?

We’re always looking for new writers and reviewers for our Standby CPD publication. This will give you an excellent chance to harness your creative power whilst keeping up to date with your CPD. If you are interested in this then please contact Dee at dee.barnes@class.co.uk.

Conferences coming up

May is looking like a busy month for us! Make sure you say ‘hello’ to us at The College of Paramedics National Conference which is taking place in Birmingham on 13th and 14th and at The Emergency Medical Services Congress in Glasgow on 25th to 27th.

We will also be heading up to Birmingham for the Emergency Services Show on the 23rd and 24th of September.

If you want to keep up to date with all of our future conference appearances, then make sure you keep an eye on our events tab on our website for events that are coming up throughout the year.  

We’re looking forward to catching up with our lecturing friends and colleagues throughout the year as well!

Our final note to add…

Our new and improved YouTube channel

Click here to check out our YouTube channel which has helpful videos to get you set up with the apps! You can also watch interviews with our authors or take a look at what we get up to at the conferences we attend.

Remember to follow us on our social media platforms to keep up to date with our news, sales and competitions. You can find us on twitter @classprofession on Facebook @ClassProfessionalPublishing and on Instagram @ClassProfessional and Youtube.

~ Tara Hernaman-Wood

We recently asked our twitter followers which JRCALC product they find the most useful when on call… These were the options:

  • JRCALC Clinical Guidelines 2019
  • JRCALC Clinical Guidelines 2019 Pocket Book
  • JRCALC App

After a huge response on Twitter, with over 130 votes, it was a close call between the JRCALC Pocket Book and the JRCALC app (iCPG/Plus) .

Here is everything you need to know about the three:


JRCALC Clinical Guidelines 2019:

Pages: 724

About:

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.

The 2019 edition of the book has been brought up to date with the latest evidence and developments in clinical practice and now incorporates essential content from the 2017 supplementary guidelines, including extensive guidance on maternity, sepsis, safeguarding, falls in older adults and pain management.

JRCALC Clinical Guidelines 2019 Pocket Book:

Pages: 368

About:

The JRCALC Pocket Book is the definitive guide to emergency care for healthcare professionals on the road and in the community. New to the 2019 edition are eight algorithms on managing birth, assessment charts for chemical incidents and updated tools for managing mental health illness.

The Pocket Book includes an extensive UK drugs formulary and Page for Age drugs tables which make medicines administration simple.

Being Pocketbook size, it’s small and light to carry around, taking up very little room. It has a waterproof, wipe-down front and back cover and easy to flick through, providing quick reference when on the job.

JRCALC app:

iCPG:

About:

iCPG is a digital version of the official JRCALC guidelines for ambulance service practitioners. It allows emergency services staff to access up-to-date guidance on medical conditions and drug dosages at all times and therefore helps to ensure best patient care.

JRCALC Plus:

About:

JRCALC Plus allows individual ambulance services to combine the national guidelines with their regional information. The app detects which trust a user is affiliated with based on their email address.

Finally…

Remember to follow us on our social media platforms to keep up to date with our news, sales, competitions and future polls. You can find us on twitter @classprofession, on Facebook @ClassProfessionalPublishing and on Instagram @ClassProfessional.

~Tara Hernaman-Wood

 

2019 was a year full of hard work for our small team in the heart of Somerset, but we’re back after a much-needed Christmas break, stuffed full of turkey and raring to go. We’ve already got lots of exciting projects and publications coming up, so brace yourselves because the new year’s going to be epic!

In the next few months keep an eye out for the following publications:

Independent Prescribing for District Nurses by Amanda Blaber, Hannah Ingram and Jennifer Whibley. This book is specifically aimed at district nurses undertaking independent prescribing within the complexity of contemporary primary healthcare. It will help district nurses build on the skills and practice they have already developed as community nurse prescribers as they develop into the independent prescribing role.

Principles of Palliative and End of Life Care for Paramedics edited by Tania Blackmore. This book provides a comprehensive guide to the philosophy, ethics, symptom control, emergencies and psychosocial aspects that underpin palliative and end of life care in paramedic practice. Chapters are written by specialists in palliative and end of life care, who have decades of experience in providing care for patients in the community. Clinical chapters feature paramedic case study scenarios, aimed at allowing the reader to think about applying theory to practice.

Dermatology: A Quick Reference Guide by Sixty8 Medical. This book is an accessible, easy-to-use, reference guide packed with key information relating to dermatology. Fully illustrated, it provides handy tips on treatment and diagnosis on common skin problems for all those working in a primary care environment.

ParaPass playing cards. Due to their popularity, we are bringing back these unique cards that you can use to quiz yourself and your colleagues. These will be based on our new ParaPass app (see below) and you will be able to purchase them from our website.

What’s new in Apps?

We are very excited that we will soon be launching St John Ambulance on JRCALC Plus which will be tailored to meet the needs of the St John Ambulance staff.

For Community First Responders, we are also launching an app which will provide the JRCALC Guidelines adapted to first response in the community.

We are also excited that our brand new ParaPass app will soon be launched which will bring educational resources including Standby CPD, case scenario assessments and quizzes on the JRCALC Guidelines together.

A shout out to Standby

Is your New Year’s Resolution to try something new? To give yourself a challenge? To be more creative? If it is, have you thought about becoming a writer for Standby CPD?

We’re always looking for new writers and reviewers for our Standby CPD publication. This will give you an excellent chance to harness your creative power whilst keeping up to date with your CPD. If you are interested in this then please contact Dee at dee.barnes@class.co.uk.

Conferences coming up

May is looking like a busy month for us! Make sure you say ‘hello’ to us at The College of Paramedics National Conference which is taking place in Birmingham on 13th and 14th and at The Emergency Medical Services Congress in Glasgow on 25th to 27th.

We will also be heading up to Birmingham for the Emergency Services Show on the 23rd and 24th of September.

If you want to keep up to date with all of our future conference appearances, then make sure you keep an eye on our events tab on our website for events that are coming up throughout the year.  

We’re looking forward to catching up with our lecturing friends and colleagues throughout the year as well!

Finally…

Remember to follow us on our social media platforms to keep up to date with our news, sales and competitions. You can find us on twitter @classprofession on Facebook @ClassProfessionalPublishing and on Instagram @ClassProfessional.

Have a great year, challenge yourselves, and kick this decade off with a great start!

Tara Hernaman-Wood

Time to put on your best Frank Sinatra voice – “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”

Nope, we’re not talking about Christmas; we’re talking about September, as it was time to return to Birmingham for the Emergency Services Show, undoubtedly the biggest conference event in our calendar and fair to say our best ESS yet!

Our time in the Midlands began on Tuesday as the team clubbed together to set up the stand, fashioning some on-brand Hi-Vis jackets – the luminous yellow a stark contrast to our usual office attire! We were also delighted to be joined by Alison & Janet from Jones & Bartlett Learning for the event, our US colleagues whom we represent throughout Europe.

The morning of the show quickly came around and the team eagerly waited in their ‘Are You Following Me?’ Twitter tees as the doors opened to the 4,000 delegates expected to attend the first day. Within minutes, the first group of people came over to the stand and headed straight for the gleaming JRCALC 2019 Guidelines – it was finally time to ditch the well-thumbed 2016 editions!

Before we knew it, the clock struck 10:30 – the launch of the new second edition of Ambulance Care Essentials & Ambulance Care Practice. AACE Chief Executive Steve Irving opened the launch, followed by a few words from authors Richard Pilbery and Kris Lethbridge and some celebratory shortbreads to hand. We were thrilled to see so many people stopping by especially for the launch, including those who modelled in the photo shoots.

The great thing about the Emergency Services Show is the sheer volume of the event; so many interesting stands to visit, not to mention the West Midlands Fire Service Extrication Challenge and Trauma Challenge, hosted by Class author Simon Todd with the UK Research Organisation. A few of the team even managed a sneaky five-minute break from our stand to visit the Ortis Fest bar!

Day two of the event certainly didn’t disappoint as there wasn’t a moment where the stand was empty! By early afternoon, we had sold out of all 200 copies of the JRCALC pocket books and our eco-friendly tote bags had all been dispersed amongst the NEC. It was also great that our human, and non-human, friends took selfies for our #StrikeAPose Twitter competition, where they could be in with a chance with winning a year’s membership to our new CPD app Paramedic Passport (ParaPass), coming later this year.

The stand was still packed within the last hour of the show, with some popping over not necessarily to buy but just to say hi – always a delight to put a face to a name!

As the doors to Hall 5 closed for another year, we were left feeling overwhelmed with joy as, in the number of years we’ve exhibited at ESS, our sales record had been broken! We can’t wait to do it all over again next year, building new relationships and launching more books and products.

See you all in 2020!

Sophie Holman

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

Last month, some of the Class team headed North to sunny Newcastle for the College of Paramedics National Conference.

Delegates geared up for the conference by partaking in early morning yoga and running sessions; of course, we did quite the opposite by prepping celebratory shortbreads ahead of the launch of PHTLS UK ninth edition and Law & Ethics. It wouldn’t have been a book launch without a yummy Class snack!

The morning saw the launch of PHTLS UK. Supported by the College, it brings the renowned NAEMT PHTLS programme in line with UK practice paving the way for future courses and improved practice for paramedics. Will Broughton, UK Editor-in-Chief of PHTLS UK, presented the launch, thanking all the contributors:

“Our commitment to developing a lot of continuing professional development and continuing education for paramedics across the UK to make sure we’ve got the most up to date education materials that we can.”

Like the biscuits, the books were gone in a flash. It was such a rewarding feeling to have the response we did, or ‘do’ even now just under a month after publication!

The second launch of the day was for Law and Ethics for Paramedics, a contributed volume which fills the gap in the paramedic science literature. Editor Georgette Eaton spoke at the launch:

“Written by paramedics, for paramedics, this book talks about information governance and goes into legislation for mental health, mental capacity and medical research. It’s been a really exciting thing to be involved in; I’m really proud of all the voices we’ve got.”

Again, both books and biscuits disappeared before our eyes. It was great to have such a buzz around our stand and the new titles, with some even taking their excitement to Twitter!

The team then glammed up for the evening ahead of the Gala dinner – a remarkable celebration in recognising individuals from the Ambulance community, including Graham Harris who received the Lifetime Achievement award. As always, the College were superb in organising lovely food and drinks for us all.

The following day, we were lucky enough to sit in on the Live Birth simulation. Class authors, Aimee Yarrington and Amanda Mansfield, enacted two different scenarios to highlight issues of multi-professional team working, provoking important questions about communication, teamwork and leadership.

Lorna and Josie then stayed in Geordieland for the NAEMT meeting. Representatives from seventeen countries all attended, with insightful presentations from Will Broughton on EMS, and new trauma innovation from the UK by Gordon Ingram, HEMS Paramedic and Andy Mawson, Director of Operations from Great North Air Ambulance. Attendees expressed how interesting it was to see how things are done in the UK and how advanced our paramedics are! Nevertheless, it was great to also hear how different countries can now provide NAEMT courses and where there is potential for other countries to start.

Our time in the North was a fantastic opportunity to not only make sales, but once again engage with such inspirational and compassionate people. We had someone describe us as the Paramedics’ Publisher, something which left a huge grin on all our faces that not even the flight delay or the seven-hour car journey home could wipe away.

Here’s to the 2020 conference and more photo-bombs from Gary Strong!

Sophie Holman