Call for Expressions of Interest for non-Council membership to Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) Appeal Panel



The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) is seeking expressions of interest from patient representatives to participate in the work of the Appeal Panel.

PHECC’s Role: 

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 are the regulator for emergency medical services (EMS) in Ireland and our role is to protect the public. Council publish clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) and recognise institutions to provide pre-hospital emergency care training and education. In addition to maintaining a statutory register of practitioners, Council also approve Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Service Providers to implement CPGs.

PHECC’s Appeal Panel:

PHECC’s Appeal Panel consider appeals against decisions of the Director, on behalf of Council, and adjudicate on those appeals.  In doing so, assist Council in fulfilling its statutory functions and ensure that a broad range of contributions, skills and qualities are available in the interest of patients and the public, in accordance with the enclosed Council Appeal Policy.  The Appeal Panel is made up of Council and non-Council appointed members who demonstrate a wide range of knowledge, skills and/or expertise. 

The Role:

PHECC Council seeks to appoint two non-Council persons who will assist Council work through participation on the established Appeal Panel. The expertise and competencies for the Appeal Panel is set out below.

Panel Requirements:

All candidates shall also possess a range of skills and competencies amongst the following:

Skills and Competencies


Have good interpersonal skills with proven ability to build relationships with many different stakeholders
Display knowledge of the business, education and/or regulatory environment in which PHECC operates or demonstrate capacity to acquire this knowledge
Ability to interact with other Panel members in a group setting, valuing the contributions of all members
Display good oral and written communication skills, with ability to negotiate and challenge when necessary
Ability to make informed decisions, think critically and articulate opinions in a clear, concise and logical manner 
Demonstrate effective judgement, decision making, analytical thought and initiative
Have a strong sense of ethics and integrity 
Ability to bring objectivity and scrutiny to the governance of the Appeal Panel.


Experience reviewing and analysing policies
Experience of the public health sector
Broad experience in professional regulation and/or regulation of services
Broad experience in practitioner education or demonstrate capacity to acquire this knowledge.
Knowledge of delivery and/or management of healthcare services is highly desirable.

Panel member expenses will be paid in accordance with public service travel and subsistence policy. No direct remuneration will be paid.

Term of Appointment:
The appointment duration to the Appeal Panel is to be determined.  It is worth noting that the current Appeal Panel Terms of Reference are currently under review and it is likely that a new expanded panel will need to be formed in early 2024.  This will involve reconstituting the Appeals Panel.

Time Commitment/Frequency of Meetings:
The time commitment will vary depending on the submission of appeals to the Panel. Historically, on average there have been two appeals per calendar year. You will be required to attend mandatory training, currently estimated at half a day initially with updates as required.

Meetings Location:

Generally, all meetings of the Appeal Panel are held at PHECC offices in Naas Co Kildare. However, from time-to-time meetings may be held in other locations. Appointees are expected to be able to sit at all national locations.

Conflicts of Interest:

Personal or professional relationships with Council or Committee members, Recognised Institutions, Approved Training Institutions and/or licensed CPG providers, or with PHECC staff, may be perceived as a conflict of interest and should be declared on application.

Application Process:

How to apply:
Please forward your curriculum vitae with a covering letter detailing how you meet the criteria for the role to no later than 5.00pm on Friday 27th October 2023.