Geoff  King

As Director of PHECC I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude to all the participants in the conference. The response and approach by all has been very encouraging and augers well for future positive developments.

Mission Statement

The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council exists to specify, rev iew, maintain and monitor standards of excellence for the delivery of pre-hospital emergency care for people in Ireland.

Relevant/of Interest

PHECC initiatives which would be of particular interest to Auxiliary and Voluntary emergency care providers are:-
  • PHECC "register" and administration of medications
  • Standards for Community AED and EMFR
  • Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs)
  • Nation al PRF and information data set
  • Best practice PAD/First Responder models
  • Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Providers Directory

Geoff King


The Council Functions and Objectives are to:-
  • Ensure training institutions and course content in Emergency Medical Technology reflect contemporary best practice
  • ensure pre-hospital emergency care providers achieve and maintain competency at the appropriate performance standard
  • sponsor and promote the implementation of best practice guidelines in pre-hospital emergency care
  • source and sponsor relevant research to guide Council directions and the development of pre-hospital emergency care
  • recommend other pre-hospital emergency care standards as appropriate


The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council want to commence and establish a process of formal engagement of auxiliary and voluntary pre-hospital emergency care providers to support and achieve standards of excellence for the delivery of pre- hospital emergency care for people in Ireland.

Council and Commitee Activities - Progress to Date

The following is a snapshot or overview of the progress to date under the following headings;

  • Education and Training
  • Examination and Registration
  • Clinical Practice Guidelines
  • Research and Development
  • Engaging with the Broader Health
  • Sector

Education and Training

  • EMT-A standard - developed. 

In Development

  • Community AED standard
  • Emergency Medical First Responder (EMFR) standard

Examination and Registration

  • NQEMT (EMT) National Examination established.
  • PHECC database - developed.

In Development

  • PHECC "register"

Clinical Practice Guidelines

  • CPGs/SOPs terminology revised.
  • Revision of the Guidelines (SOPs) conducted.
  • Evidence based approach developed.
  • Pharmacology partnership established.


In Development

  • Approval by application for non statutory providers

Research and Development

  • Legislation/regulation amendments submitted.
  • National Spatial Analysis Study research conducted.
  • "Good Samaritan" lega l opinion published and circulated.

In Development

  • Statutory basis for admin istration of medications by EMFR as well as EMT and EMT-A
  • National Patient Report Form and Information Data Set; electronic or e-PRF
  • Best practice Public Access Defibrillation /First Responder models addressing priority need

Engaging with the Broader Health Sector

  • Irish Society for Immediate Care (iSIC) partnership established.
  • HEMS - participated in feasibility study steering group.
  • Pre Hospit al Emergency Care Service Providers Directory published and circulated.

In Development

  • Strategic and comprehensive engagement with Auxiliary and Voluntary Providers