Julie-Ann Hayes

MRes, MA, BSc (Hons), RN, RNT

Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Allied Health | Liverpool John Moores University


'Understanding Student Paramedic fitness to practise – a simulated case study approach'


Julie is a Senior Lecturer within the Faculty of Health and leads the BA and BSc Adult Nursing programmes, in addition to being a part time PhD student. She is also a registered Nurse with experience ranging from general medicine and surgery to Intensive Care and High Dependency Nursing, and a keen interest in Paramedic practice. Her teaching expertise is within medical law and ethics and she teaches across several programmes within the faculty and module leads on the Foundation Degree, Diploma, BA, BSc and MSc programmes. She is also a member of the faculty research committee, Member of Northwest BACCN Committee and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 


The aim of her study is to examine the decision-making processes involved in ‘Fitness to Practise’ panels (FtP) for undergraduate healthcare students with a view to improve current understanding of the factors that influence these decision-making processes. The study builds on work involving student nurses, in which she created and filmed a simulated ‘FtP’ panel to examine the decision-making process that takes place in such panels. The next phase of her work is exploring Paramedic practice and Student Paramedic fitness to practise.  The simulations adopted for this work are informed by real life cases and the expertise of health professionals within nursing and Paramedic practice.  Actors are recruited, the simulations are filmed and edited and examined by a number of focus groups with varying degrees of experience/ involvement with ‘FtP’ panels including students themselves- this has revealed some interesting insights to students perceptions of fitness to practise.

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