Appointments to the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC)

The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) is the statutory agency with responsibility for standards, education and training in the field of pre-hospital emergency care.  It was established as a body corporate by S.I. Number 109 of 2000, as amended by S.I. Number 575 of 2004.  The Council comprises 17 members, all of whom are appointed by the Minister for Health.

Following a Public Appointment Service (PAS) campaign the Minister for Health has appointed the following as members of the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council.  These appointments are with effect from 6 December 2016 to 5 December 2020:

Ms Fiona McDaid

Ms McDaid has 30 years’ experience in emergency nursing overseeing the introduction of many innovations in the delivery of emergency care such as Advance Nurse Practitioners. Her special areas of interest within emergency nursing are – care of the multiple trauma patient, major emergency planning, Para suicide / suicide and the care of the suddenly bereaved. She has been involved with teaching of undergraduate and post-graduate nurses, the wider multidisciplinary colleagues including pre-hospital personnel and was the first nurse instructor on the Advanced Trauma Nursing Course in Ireland.

She was appointed Nursing Co-lead to the National Emergency Medicine Programme (EMP) in August 2010. She has actively participated in all areas of the programme leading to the publishing of the EMP Report in July 2012. She is the Chair of the Emergency Nursing Interest Group which was established to offer a collective, informed view of Emergency Nursing for the EMP, and has representation from the majority of Emergency Departments / Local Injury Units. She has presented a variety of EMP related nursing innovations at conferences both nationally and internationally. She has also co-authored articles published in Emergency Nurse and the International Emergency Nursing Journal.

She has represented the EMP on a number of national working groups including the National Office for Clinical Audit Governance Group for National Emergency Medicine Audit and Major Trauma Audit and the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council Local Injury Unit Subgroup. She represents emergency nursing on the Department of Health’s Major Trauma Networks Reception and Intervention subgroup.

In December 2014 she hosted a delegation from Denmark who came to observe the National Ambulance Patient Handover Protocol in action, and how the Protocol could be implemented in the Pre-hospital and Emergency Department environments in Denmark.

Dr David Menzies

Dr Menzies is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin and the HSE National Clinical Lead for Adult Critical Care Retrieval Services.

He has a sub-specialty interest in medical education and Pre Hospital Emergency Medicine. Dr Menzies is the Co-chair and Medical Director of CFR Ireland, the national network of Community First Responders and voluntarily supports the National Ambulance Service with Wicklow Rapid Response, one of only 4 critical care pre-hospital physician units in Ireland.

Dr Menzies also lectures at the University College Dublin, Centre for Emergency Medical Science, on Pre-Hospital Emergency care to paramedical and medical students. Additionally, he is the Medical Director of the Motorcycling Ireland Medical team, providing team-led critical care for motorcycle road races, and of the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team.

Mr Patrick Fleming

Mr Fleming is the Chief Fire Officer of Dublin’s Fire, Rescue and Emergency Ambulance Service.  He took up this role in 2012 having had extensive experience in the Fire Service in Ireland.  He is a Chartered Engineer and has an honours degree in Civil Engineering from University College Galway.   He also holds a MEngSc degree from University College Dublin and an MBA from the University of Limerick.

He has served in Limerick City Fire Brigade as Assistant Chief Fire Officer and Acting Chief Fire Officer.  He has also held the position of Assistant Fire Advisor in the Fire Services and Emergency Planning Section of the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government with particular responsibility for the national Computer Aided Mobilisation Project and industrial relations/human resources issues.  He was also technical advisor to the Fire Service Council, which provided national fire service training.  He was also Assistant Chief Fire Officer with Dublin Fire Brigade and has worked on secondment at the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management with particular responsibility for Fire and Emergency Management, fire service operational guidance and standards.

Dr Jacqueline Burke (Chair)

Currently Assistant Professor in the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin, Jacqueline has over 13 years’ clinical nursing experience and 24 years’ experience in nurse education.

As a member of the National Implementation Committee for Pre-Registration Nurse Education, Jacqueline was actively involved in the implementation of the pre-registration degree nurse education programme nationally and in the advancement of the Centres of Nurse Education.

From 2007-2012 she served as an elected member of An Bord Altranais (ABA), was a member of ABA’s Education and Training, Finance and General Purpose and Ethics Committee.  She is currently a member of the 1985 Act ABA Fitness to Practice Committee. Jacqueline also served as an appointed member of the National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery for 10 years and was a member of the Working Group of European Nurse Researchers (WENR) until it was inactivated in 2011.

Jacqueline’s primary research interest is in cardiovascular care, cardiac arrest management and patient safety. She received the PJ Madden award for her MSc survey research on Basic Life Support Skills of Registered Nurses.   The title of her PhD thesis, is ‘Audit and Policy Implications of Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest in Dublin Mid-Leinster’

She co-authored a report on patient safety, commissioned by European Federation of Nurses (EFN) and the Working Group of European Nurse Researchers (WENR), titled ‘A report on patient safety in Europe: medication errors and hospital-acquired infection’ and was a member of the team that completed a funded study on ‘the Rational and Impact of Maintaining 5 points of Entry to the Register of Nurses’ for An Bord Altranais.

Jacqueline was educated in St Michael’s Hospital Dun Laoghaire, St John of God Hospital Stillorgan.  She obtained a BNS from University College Dublin, an MSc from University of Manchester/Royal College of Nursing and was awarded a PhD at the UCD School of Public Health Physiotherapy and Sports Science in 2015.   She also has Higher Diploma in Health Service Administration and is currently Director of the UCD Graduate Diploma Nursing: Critical Care (Cardiovascular) programme.

The following Representative of Emergency Medical Technicians was appointed by the Minister for Health as a member of the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council.  His appointment is with effect from 6 December 2016 to 5 December 2020:

Mr Patrick Hanafin

Mr Hanafin joined the ambulance service in 1984 and became chairman of the Association of Ambulance Personal (AAP) in 1999. He was appointed to PHECC in 2000 by Minister Michael Martin and served two terms until 2008. He is a paramedic supervisor in Dingle since 2008. In his role as chairman of AAP he has visited many countries, including attending the opening of the British Ambulance Conference in 2009 and travelled to Boston in 2001 for St Patrick Day Parade where AAP marched in the parade. He continuously fights for the best possible treatment and training for the ambulance service. As ex-Chairman of AAP he presented Minister Varadkar with a document on the ambulance going forward over the next five years. He fully supports PHECC in its work and the standards it has brought to the ambulance service. In 2012 he was appointed to the board of Udaras na Gaeltacht for a term of five years.

The following person was nominated by SIPTU and re-appointed by the Minister for Health:

Mr Shane Mooney

Mr Mooney has worked for the National Ambulance Service and its predecessors for 25 years. He trained as an Advanced Paramedic (AP) in one of the first classes in 2006 and gained his Masters Degree in Emergency Medical Science from UCD in 2009. He worked full time as Training and Development Officer and as the Community First Responder coordinator in the Eastern Region for a number of years. Now back working as an operational AP and station supervisor in Wicklow, he is a PHECC Tutor and spends some time each year providing in-service training and staff upskilling as part of the NAS Education & Competency Assurance team.  He has been involved in Immediate Care training for GP’s with UCD for many years.  Shane is also the First Aid and Injury Prevention co-ordinator with the Irish Rugby Football Union where he manages the Safe Rugby programme. As a member of the previous PHECC Council, Shane was the chair of the Quality & Safety Committee.

The following person was nominated by SIPTU and appointed by the Minister for Health:

Mr Hillary Collins

Biography to follow.