Stellenbosch University Research Paramedic
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Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Division of Emergency Medicine
The Division of Emergency Medicine is committed to the delivery of exceptional clinical emergency care, high quality education and training, and conducting innovative research.
The Research Paramedic will be responsible for identifying, reviewing, interpreting and synthesising prehospital clinical data, and entering data of eligible trauma patients into the research study database of a multi-site trauma research study titled, ”EpiC: Epidemiology and outcomes of prolonged trauma care: a prospective multi-centre study in South Africa.” The primary local institution is Stellenbosch University, and the partnering/funding foreign institution is the University of Colorado Denver.
The overall functions of the EMS Data Collector are to conduct research activities within the Western Cape Government EMS system (at participating EpiC EMS ‘sites’), and to work collaboratively with the larger research team to complete the research project’s goals.
Anticipated activities include, but are not limited to:
- Identifying and tracking eligible patients based on specific inclusion criteria;
- Communicating daily with the research coordinator and other research staff;
- Reviewing Western Cape Government EMS electronic patient care reports (ePCR);
- Detailed/meticulous review and abstraction of clinical data into study database;
- Maintaining paper and electronic spreadsheets of relevant information/case details;
- Participating in research-related quality assurance, training and improvement activities;
- Writing brief reports about site activities to the research team and relevant stakeholders;
- Participating in meetings involving study teams and/or hospital staff;
- Completing miscellaneous administrative and training activities (e.g., completing research ethics courses) necessary to conduct the activities (i) – (viii) above.
- A Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Medical Care or similar;
- Registered with HPCSA as a Paramedic / Emergency Care Paramedic;
- Two years’ clinical experience as a Paramedic in South Africa;
- Own transport and code B driver’s licence;
- Effective written and verbal communication skills;
- Good organisational and time-management skills;
- Independent judgement and self-directed work capabilities;
- Basic level of administrative proficiency.
- Studying towards an honour’s/master’s degree;
- Team-orientated and a good team-player;
- Understanding of the South African Emergency Care System;
- Prior experience with prehospital clinical research or quality improvement;
- Understanding of the Human Research environment in South Africa.
Commencement of duties: 1 June 2021
Closing date: 7 May 2021
The University is committed to employment equity (EE), and appointments will be made in line with the EE plan for the specific environment as well as Stellenbosch University’s institutional EE Plan.
The University reserves the right not to make an appointment.
Your application, comprising a comprehensive curriculum vitae (including the names and e-mail address of at least three referees), must reach the University before or on the closing date of the advertised post.
The University reserves the right to investigate qualifications and conduct background checks on all candidates.
Should no feedback be received from the University within four weeks of the closing date, kindly accept that your application did not succeed.