All PHECC Stakeholders and members of the Public
The global pandemic of COVID-19 has resulted in significant challenges and changes in how healthcare is being delivered in Ireland. PHECC is conscious that many individual organisations and others are already taking steps to deliver their services and support the state in how we all manage this unprecedented situation.
PHECC want to acknowledge and commend the work being carried out by the army of PHECC Licensed CPG providers, RIs, ATIs and individual PHECC registrants and responders.
Over this current period PHECC intends to make provisions to support and facilitate the requirements of the pre-hospital care system in Ireland in the coming period, in doing so we intend to engage in responsive regulation and provide flexibility where necessary.
Internally PHECC is also making provisions to respond to the situation and ensure business continuity in key systems.
In this context be advised that during the current COVID-19 response:
The PHECC office will continue to be open and functioning, however, all visits by members of the public will occur by prior arrangement, until further notice
- PHECC are requesting that communication with the PHECC office should occur via email whenever possible
- No new applications for Licensed CPG Provider, Recognised Institution or Approved Training Institution can be accepted
- All onsite meetings and assessments with organisations related to the Quality Review Framework (QRF) will be suspended until after April 30th
- All onsite meeting and assessment with organisations related to the Governance Validation Framework (GVF) will be suspended until after April 30th
- Renewal applications for R.I.s and Licensed CPG Providers will be deferred until after April 30th
- Most Prometric Test Centres are currently operating; all NQEMT candidates, who have received their eligibility numbers from PHECC, can continue to take their MCQ exam. However, if the centre of your choice closes, Prometric will contact you and facilitate you with an alternate test centre of your choice.
PHECC will work with any institutions affected by the above arrangements and will review options to grant extensions to current licences and certification where this is necessary to ensure essential service provision.
PHECC are currently working to accommodate applications from registrants of all levels who were previously registered with PHECC and who wish to re-join the PHECC register to assist with the current Covid-19 response. Details of the process will be published as soon as this is finalised.
PHECC are also developing pathways to facilitate practitioners who are seeking to return from abroad to also assist with the COVID-19 response, both previous PHECC registrants and new registrants. Details of these pathways will also be published as soon as they are agreed.
Contrary to recently posted inaccurate information, PHECC have not relaxed the crewing model requirements for an emergency response ambulance. The Council have, however, made provision for this to happen when it is considered necessary. Please be assured that if this decision is made, it will be directly notified to all PHECC Licenced CPG Providers.
Responding to Queries
Over the coming weeks PHECC will adjust the standard timeframe for responses to allow for new ways of working for staff. Should you have a requirement to contact PHECC, each enquiry will be reviewed and will be redirected to an assigned respondent. PHECC will respond accordingly and we request your understanding as we refine our new systems with relation to responding to queries.
N.B. PHECC ask that you do not send the same query to multiple email addresses as there is a risk that the response to your query could be further delayed.
Individual staff members contact information is available here
Thank you for your continued assistance during these difficult times.
Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council