For Mass Gathering Literature Review


PHECC are seeking expressions of interest to carry out a literature review of existing research in relation to clinical care provision at events or mass-gatherings.

Project outline

The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council is an independent statutory body who set standards for pre-hospital emergency care in Ireland. A key role of PHECC is to protect the public. The Council has established several standing committees, including the Medical Advisory Committee, who are developing a standard for clinical care at events aimed at PHECC Licensed CPG Service Providers. To inform the development of standards in this area, PHECC wish to conduct a literature review of research on events or mass gatherings.

It is envisaged 
that the research project should compare data internationally and identify existing models and any trends that are found. The project will help to inform the MAC sub-committee on Clinical Care at Events in relation to the development of a clinical care at events standard.


You are invited to apply for the research project to carry out a literature review of existing research in relation to clinical care at events or mass-gatherings.

Main output

PHECC wishes to engage a supplier to:

  • Conduct a literature review on the provision of clinical care at events or mass gatherings and provide a report that addresses the following specific areas:
    • Assessment of risk and clinical resources required
    • Patient presentation rates at mass gatherings
    • Models of delivery of clinical care at mass gatherings
    • Preparations for major emergencies occurring at mass gatherings
    • Any other common themes identified during the review.

Note 1: It is expected that the literature review will provide evidence synthesis from a range of jurisdictions and types of events.

Note 2: The rapid evidence review should incorporate:

(i) A clearly documented search strategy that can be replicated

(ii) A formal appraisal (appropriate to a literature review strategy) of the quality of evidence

Additional deliverables

An initial discussion meeting with PHECC personnel is required. 
An interim verbal progress update to PHECC Clinical Programme Manager is required.

Time scale

The successful candidate should be able to commence the project immediately, with a view to having it complete within two months. 

Scoring matrix

Submissions will be scored according to the following matrix: 


Score %

Demonstrates appropriate research skills to complete the project


Outline of previous experience with similar projects


Ability to meet timeline







Conflict of interest

Personal or professional relationships with Council or Committee members, Recognised Institutions and/or Licensed CPG Providers, or with PHECC staff, may be perceived as a conflict of interest and should be declared on application.
Successful applicants will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement and immediately declare any conflict (or perceived conflict) of interest regarding any assigned assessments.

Failure to declare conflicts of interest may lead to termination of the contract that has been formed.

Application process

Applicants will be required to submit a cover letter of application describing how their skills, experience and research capacity meet the requirements of the role and a current Curriculum Vitae should be included. Applicants should also identify a price schedule based on the project deliverables. Please note that Professional Service Withholding Tax (PWST) will be deducted at a rate of 20%.
Shortlisting may take place and PHECC may hold informal interviews.
Applications (and any informal queries) should be emailed to Ray Carney at Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 9th February 2024.