PHECC is pleased to announce the release of Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) 2021 (updated June 2023).
The Field Guide is being updated and the latest version in PDF and on the mobile App will be issued shortly.

The latest version of CPGs have undergone an extensive development programme and include significant changes aimed at enhancing pre-hospital emergency care in Ireland. 
CPGs guide the practitioner in assessment, treatment and disposition of patients who present with an acute illness or injury. CPGs presume no intervention has been applied, nor medication administered, prior to the arrival of the practitioner/responder. In the event of another practitioner or responder initiating care during an acute episode, the practitioner or responder must be cognisant of interventions applied and medication doses already administered and act accordingly.

A number of CPGs and/or elements of CPGs have been designated as ‘non-core’, replacing the previous process of CPG exemptions. This recognises that not all Licenced CPG Providers need to implement every CPG.

The 2021 Edition of the CPGs take precedent over older versions.

The 2021 Edition CPGs (updated June 2023) may be implemented provided:
1. The Practitioner is in good standing on the PHECC practitioner's Register - Credentialed.
2. The Responder maintains current certification as outlined in PHECC Education & Training Standards.
3. The Practitioner/Responder is acting on behalf of an organisation (paid or voluntary) that is approved by PHECC to implement the CPGs - Licensed.
4. The Practitioner/Responder is authorised by the organisation on whose behalf he/she is acting to implement the specific CPG – Privileged.
5. The Practitioner/Responder has received training on, and is competent in, the skills and medications specified in the CPG being utilised.

The Council Policy for implementation time frames of Clinical Practice Guidelines is available here.  

An online feedback form is provided on the webpage if required. 

Clinical Practice Guidelines - 2017 Edition CPGs (Updated 2018)

The previous version of CPGs (2017) can still be access here and are still available for download.

PHECC CPG Categorisation and Implementation Guidance

Council's decision (14th June 2018) to withdraw from granting exemptions to Licensed CPG Providers led to an instruction to the Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) to review current CPGs and provide guidance to Licensed CPG Providers regarding the implementation of CPGs. This guidance also provides a standard for the conduction of Governance Validation Framework assessment of PHECC Licensed CPG Providers.