Renewal of Civil Defence recognition as a Licensed CPG Provider – Update

The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) is an independent statutory agency with responsibility for standards, education and training in the field of pre-hospital emergency care. PHECC is the regulator for pre-hospital emergency care in Ireland and our role is to protect the public.  

Under PHECCs ‘Triple Lock’ safety system, PHECC licenced Practitioners at Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Paramedic (P) and Advanced Paramedic (AP) level are only authorised to carry out EMS duties at those levels only when privileged by a PHECC licenced CPG Provider and are following PHECC CPGs.

The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council is pleased to confirm that they have now received a completed application from the Civil Defence to renew their recognition as a pre-hospital emergency care service provider, thus allowing the Civil Defence to continue to operate and provide emergency medical services. 

PHECC has been engaging with the Civil Defence and the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) to ensure that effective clinical governance is embedded within their organisational structure and I welcome the changes made in the governance relationship between the two agencies.  This will increase public protection within the planning, delivery and recording of pre-hospital emergency care by the Civil Defence.  I also wish to formally acknowledge PHECC personnel, the leadership of the Civil Defence and the LGMA and of course the Minister for Defence for their various roles in helping to address the issues that arose during the licensing process.

The Civil Defence licence is due to expire on 31st August 2019.  A new 1 year PHECC Licence will be issued to run until the end of August 2020.

PHECC look forward to continuing their very constructive relationship with the Civil Defence.
Richard Lodge
PHECC Director