Quality Review Framework (QRF)

PHECC has a responsibility to monitor, review and report on the management  of standards and quality of courses delivered on its behalf. The QRF is a valuable tool in maintaining and enhancing the standards of education and training in pre-hospital emergency care. Through setting standards and the components to meet those standards, PHECC has provided institutions with the tools for continuous quality improvement of the courses they provide. The QRF, in place since 2014, has been updated in 2019 to reflect the experience from initial implementation and the growing number of institutions delivering PHECC-approved courses.

The QRF emphasises the need for systematic internal monitoring, annual self-assessment and periodic external review by PHECC. It encourages partnership and collaboration between all stakeholders to ensure best practice and consistently high standards of service in the delivery of PHECC-approved courses.

Principles Underpinning the QRF:

  • Effective Leadership - so that appropriate governance, management systems and organisational processes are in place
  • Student-Centred - so that the student interest is served in a safe and supportive learning environment 
  • Professionalism - so that courses are designed, delivered, administered and evaluated by appropriately qualified individuals
  • Continuous Quality Improvement - so that a systematic approach is taken to enhance courses and associated activities.
All activities associated with QRF should be developmental. Self-assessment and external review should be forward-looking, taking the opportunity to learn from the past and take full account of the current situation.

 Recognised Institution Quality Standards Review On-Site Report 
 Academy of Emergency Care
 Alpha Aid Training
 Cork College of Commerce
 Emergency Care Group
 First Aid for Life
 Heartbeat Safety Solutions
 Irish Heart Foundation
 Irish Underwater Council
 National Safety Centre
 Philip & Son Consultants Ltd
 Qualtec
 Sinnott Training & Certification Ltd.
 Dublin City University 
 Flashpoint Medical Systems t/a Flashpoint Systems
 Sligo Fire Services 
 DX2 Training Solutions Ltd
 Murray Ambulance Services Ltd
 CPL Learning & Development Ltd
 SMT Consultants Ltd
 Paramedic Studies, Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick
 Irish Water Safety Association
 UCD - Centre for Emergency Medical Science (CEMS)