Order of Malta Ambulance Corps

The Order of Malta Ambulance Corps welcomed the opportunity to attend and address this conference. The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council are to be commended in this initiative in bringing together the Voluntary and Auxiliary organisations, many of whom we work with.

The Order of Malta mission statement is to make a difference in society by providing Community Care, Youth and Personal Development, First Aid, Nursing and Ambulance Services in a Christian, caring and non-discriminatory environment throughout Ireland.

The Order of Malta Ambulance Corps is operating in Ireland since 1938 and currently has approximately 2000 adult and 2000 youth members nationwide. We are based in 80 communities throughout Ireland and operate a fleet of 127 vehicles.

The Director is responsible for the day to day running of the organisation assisted by a management team. There are eighty units divided into six regions each run by a Regional Director. Each Unit is managed by an Officer in Charge. All of these personnel are volunteers supported by an administrative staff at our Headquarters.

Ray Carney

We aim to provide a defined standard of care by ongoing development and implementation of operational standards, standard operating procedures, defined training methods and measurement of service provision. We look forward to being part of an integrated emergency medical system working alongside our fellow organisations and agencies under the guidance of the Health Boards and PHECC.

As an organisation we welcome the opportunity to sign up to and be part of national standards prescribed by the PHECC including training standards. Developments such as a Nationa I Patient Report Form and the development of new Ambulance Standards are to be welcomed. Further integration of voluntary and statutory bodies is key to the development of a modern and efficient pre-hospital emergency care service.

We believe these are exciting times in prehospital emergency care delivery and look forward to playing our role in current and future developments.