Following its inspection process of the Irish Red Cross and six other Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) providers late in 2012 a report and recommendations have now been received from the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC).
The report acknowledges the Irish Red Cross (IRC) as national leaders in clinical audit reporting and also commended the Irish Red Cross for its new training record software systems (CARE). The report is very positive on crew qualifications as the 100 duties reviewed in 10 locations confirmed that a practitioner was present in every case. The report presents a very positive assessment of the general integrity of IRC Garda vetting records, member training records, ambulance equipment and medications, crew qualifications, vehicle roadworthiness and overall insurance arrangements for unit activities.
Thanks must go to all of the staff and volunteers involved in the process. Particularly, Tony Lawlor (National Director of Units), the Regional Directors of Units, Area Directors of Units, Dr. Andrew Kelly (National Medical Officer), Tom Horwell (PHECC Facilitator) as well as Fintan Breen (Head of National Services) and all of the National Services team at Head Office for the work and preparation in advance of the PHECC audit.
PHECC is an agency of the Department of Health and regulates the State, private, voluntary and auxiliary ambulance services and providers of pre hospital emergency care services and training. PHECC was established under a statutory instrument, 109 of 2000 and awards approval to pre-hospital emergency care service providers for the implementation of Clinical Practice Guidelines. Irish Red Cross is an approved service provider.