HLTH 3003 Clinical Leadership and Patient Safety

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 401097

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Description This subject introduces students to clinical leadership, supervision and patient safety in the context of paramedicine. Students will undertake a 4 week clinical placement block with an emergency ambulance crew, which will in part be used as a basis for reflective learning activities and critical analysis. Students will explore and discuss concepts of clinical leadership and supervision, drawing from their clinical placement experiences. Students will learn about leadership styles, principles of clinical education, mentoring and supervision in the field, clinical governance and patient safety.

School Health Sciences

Discipline Paramedical Studies

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Pre-requisite(s) HLTH 3014

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Display effective communication skills, ethics and professionalism
  2. Demonstrate consistent safe work practices
  3. Execute intermediate/advanced paramedic skills in a real world environment
  4. Assess a patient, formulate a clinical impression, and implement a prioritised clinical management plan under supervision
  5. Analyse their individual leadership style and identify personal strengths and weakness
  6. Discuss the role paramedics play in contributing to clinical governance, patient safety and quality improvement
  7. Analyse medical error incidents
  8. Discuss strategies for managing paramedic health and resilience
  9. Discuss preceptorship in an ambulance context

Subject Content

A). During clinical placement
1. A four week clinical placement involving application of skills and knowledge in scene management and patient examination and assessment, clinical decision making, and patient management.
B). Post-clinical placement
1. Clinical placement reflection and debrief
2. Leadership styles and approaches
3. Clinical leadership and professional leadership
4. Clinical supervision and preceptorship
5. Mentoring and preceptorship
6. Patient safety and clinical governance
7. Human factors, error and situational awareness

Special Requirements

Legislative pre-requisites

Special Requirements - NSW Health Legislative Prerequisites Pre-requisites

Student Compliance Information for all Health-Related Placements

Prior to enrolling in this subject, students must have submitted a Student Undertaking Form and undertake to apply for a National Police Check, which is required to be submitted before placement, and a Working with Children Check Student Declaration. Use the link to the Special Requirements webpage below for more information.

To be eligible to enrol in this subject and complete any required health-related placements or experiences, students must meet Western Sydney University program requirements as well as any special, legislated, or policy-mandated requirements.

Western Program Requirements

Visit the Special Requirements webpage for details about your program.

Special Requirements

Mandatory NSW Health student placement policy requirements

To be able to undertake placement in any NSW Health facility you must be assessed as compliant with NSW Health student placement policy in the first year of your program, regardless of when you expect to go on your first placement. Access and read the NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet.

NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet

Please ensure that you

  1.  Find your existing National Police Check or apply for one
  2.  Gather documentary evidence of your vaccination history
  3.  Print and compete all relevant NSW Health forms relevant to the campus you are enrolled at or online enrolment requirements
  4.  Follow booklet instructions on how to have your compliance documents assessed by NSW health staff.

International students have additional requirements; the link to the booklet will inform you of these requirements.

School Requirements

Contact your School for further details regarding your School’s requirements, if any, such as

  • If you live outside of NSW or Australia and need to meet your state, territory or country’s compliance requirements
  • If you need to meet different state, territory or country compliance requirements.
  • NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) or other state equivalent, valid for your entire program.
  • Current approved first aid certificate valid for your entire program - approved program providers can be found at the Government Training website
  • http://training.gov.au
  • Other non-health related requirements.

Student Compliance Resources are also available on the Placements Hub web page (NSW students only)



The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Professional Placement Performance 4 weeks S/U Y Individual
Multiple Choice Up to 60 minutes 20 N Individual
Essay 3,000 words 30 N Individual
Viva Voce Up to 45 minutes 50 Y Individual

Teaching Periods

2nd Half (2024)



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