Over 100 people sat Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) exams from 6-7 December in the Maldron Hotel Portlaoise. The exams ran from 8.30am to 6.30pm over the course of the two days. Those who pass the exams qualify as statutory registered Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT).
24 of those sitting the exams were Irish Red Cross volunteers. The Irish Red Cross is one of six recognised institutions which has put candidates forward for examination; other institutions presenting candidates for examination include UCD and private pre-hospital training companies.
While the exams themselves are run by the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) the Irish Red Cross runs a full EMT training course (in four centres around Ireland – in Cork, Dublin, Kilbehany (Co Cork) and Limerick. The course is delivered over a number of weekends with breaks for consolidation of knowledge and skills in between when additional practice sessions and tutorials are held together with regular Moodle theory examinations offered by the Irish Red Cross. Candidates studying for the OSCE exam use a textbook which is no less than 1,500 pages in size – this is just one indication of the work involved in attaining this qualification! Courses, tutors, syllabi, course materials and exam support and practice are all organised by the Irish Red Cross Training Working Group which has EMT and EFR sub-groups.
Any candidate wishing to apply to enter the Irish Red Cross EMT course must have pre-requisite courses completed – such as the Cardiac First Responder Advanced course and the Emergency First Responder course. Furthermore, candidates must also pass an MCQ theory exam online before they can sit the OSCE exams in Portlaoise.
Those who sit the OSCE exams are generally put forward by their branch or area who can confirm the candidate has completed the requisite number of duty hours necessary for qualification as an EMT.
Results are due to be issue within 14 days of completing the examination.
12 other Irish Red Cross volunteers also presented for OSCE examinations in September of this year. On top of this, over 60 Emergency First Responder (EFR) candidates presented for theory and practical examinations in Kilbehany, Limerick and Dublin on 2 December.
Considering the extensive training over many months to prepare for this exam - congratulations to all involved.
The Irish Red Cross is hiring!
The Irish Red Cross is currently recruiting for First Aid instructors and both full and part-time roles are available. The available positions are located in Leinster (1 part-time and 1 full-time), Munster (1 part-time) and Connacht (1 part-time).
Those working in these roles will be part of the Irish Red Cross’ Commercial Training Department and the main aim of the role is to support the commercial team to deliver First Aid courses to the Irish Red Cross public and corporate clients.
Successful candidates will have to deliver a variety of courses to nationally-agreed standards at a number of venues within their area of responsibility and provide high-quality training. Candidates in this roles will have to build and develop long-term strong relationships with new and existing customers. Flexibility is required in terms of working hours – candidates must be available to work some evenings and weekends.
Those interested in the positions must be qualified as an Occupational First Aid Instructor or FAR Instructor (PHECC), a PHECC CFR-C or CFR-A Instructor. Candidates must also have one year of instructing experience, basic computer skills and ability to access and use online programmes. Candidates must also have a current driver’s licence and ability to travel regionally.
The deadline for applications is 10am on 22 December 2017. Send your CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line Instructor Role Leinster Part-Time/ Leinster Full-Time/ Munster Part-Time/ Connacht Part-Time.
All of the roles offer a one-year contract. The salary is €28,000 and part-time jobs will be an appropriate proportion of that. Mileage will be paid for travel expenses incurred.