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April 9, 2013

New PHECC Council

A new PHECC Council has been appointed. Shortly before Christmas the Minister for Health commenced appointing members to Council and full membership was in place by the end of January 2013.


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Council Policy on NQEMT examinations


Patient safety and quality are at the heart of the delivery of healthcare. For every patient, carer, family member and health professional, safety is pivotal to diagnosis, treatment and care.

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s there was no educational requirement to work in the ambulance service. All that was required was a grade D driving licence which indicated that the person could drive a heavy goods vehicle.


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Website login:

At PHECC we recently updated our website to make the site simpler and easier to use. As part of this update, we have created user accounts for all registrants and organisations.  As a result you can now login to the site to view and edit your personal information as recorded on the register.



New Medical Advisory Committee

The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council at its March 2013 meeting has reconstituted the Medical Advisory Group to the status of a full standing committee of PHECC, now called the Medical Advisory Committee (MAC).

The terms of reference are: ‘to consider and advise Council on clinical matters’.

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Election of pre-hospital emergency care practitioners to the Medical Advisory Committee

Pre-hospital emergency care practitioners to represent the profession on the Medical Advisory Committee (MAC). Two members from each division on the register will be selected by election to sit on MAC. Elections will be held by electronic vote.


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Test Item Writing (TIW) Group

The former Question Approval Group (QAG) was merged into the Test Item Writing (TIW) Group in 2012. Terms of reference for the group were prepared and the membership was revised to include representatives from all pre-hospital emergency providers.


Writing of test items is a difficult task. Often the most clinically proficient practitioners are the worst test item writers because they assume that candidates have a certain level of knowledge already and that certain things are “obvious” or “a given”.


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Ambulance Service Treat & Refer Outcomes (ASTRO) study

The ASTRO study is a prospective study of patients who, following an uncomplicated hypoglycaemic episode or an isolated seizure episode, are randomised to either a treat & referral clinical care pathway or standard care by paramedics or advanced paramedics. Your involvement in the study will influence your scope of practice for the future.

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EMS Gathering 2013

All those involved in pre-hospital emergency care in anyway are welcome to attend the EMS Gathering which will take place over two days May 15th & 16th in Killarney, Co. Kerry.



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Frank FaganFrank Fagan 1937 – 2012

If you received ambulance training between 1970 and 1992 in Ireland Frank Fagan was probably involved in your training. He was a first in many ways for pre-hospital emergency care training in Ireland. From his early days in the Army Medical Corps right up to his retirement in the National Ambulance Training School his enthusiasm was infectious. He sadly passed away on 30th November last year.


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- New PHECC Council
- Council Policy on NQEMT examinations
- Website login
- New Medical Advisory Committee
- Election of pre-hospital emergency care practitioners to the Medical Advisory Committee
- Test Item Writing (TIW) Group
- Ambulance Service Treat & Refer Outcomes (ASTRO) study
- EMS Gathering 2013
- Frank Fagan obituary
Correspondence/Comments should be sent to the:

Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council
Abbey Moat House, Abbey Street, Naas, County Kildare, Ireland.
Tel: + 353 (0)45 882042
Fax: + 353 (0)45 882089
Email: info@phecc.ie
Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council