December 2017 | Nollaig 2017

UCD CEMS Conferrings 2017

Sat, 16 December 17 21:46

The UCD Centre for Emergency Medical Science 2017 Conferring Ceremony took place on Friday 15th December 2017 at UCD O’Reilly Hall.  Led by UCD President, Prof Andrew J Deeks, a total of 131 graduands were conferred with a Diploma in Emergency Medical Science (Paramedic Studies), a Graduate Diploma in Emergency Medical Science (Advanced Paramedic Studies) or a Diploma in Military Medical Care.  The graduands include professional staff from the Dublin Fire Brigade, the National Ambulance Service and from the Irish Defence Forces.

Following academic procession led by the UCD President, Prof Gerard Bury, Director of the UCD Centre for Emergency Medical Science opened the proceedings by welcoming all graduands, their supporters and distinguished guests to the University.  Guest included senior personnel from the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council, the National Ambulance Service, the Dublin Fire Brigade, the Irish Defence Force and relatives of the late Sergeant Charles Connolly.

Prof Bury invited each graduand to the dais to receive their degree awards from Prof Andrew J Deeks, assisted by Dr Tomás Barry, Assistant Professor in Emergency Medical Science. A total of 131 individuals were conferred with awards comprising:

  • 82 Diplomas in Emergency Medical Science (Paramedic Studies)
  • 30 Graduate Diplomas in Emergency Medical Science (Advanced Paramedic Studies)
  • 19 Diplomas in Military Medical Care

Prof Andrew Deeks at UCD CEMS 2017 Conferring

In his address to the assembly, Prof Deeks commented:

This year marks the graduation of the first cohort of members of the Defence Forces from the Diploma in Military Medical Care programme.  This one year programme has been developed in partnership with the Central Medical Unit of the Defence Forces and is an innovative collaboration to prepare staff for their roles both in Ireland and when deployed abroad.  Ireland’s Defence Forces have an outstanding track record of humanitarian action across the globe, with many missions deployed under UN mandates – one need look no further than the tremendous work of the Naval Service in the Mediterranean in recent years.  Graduates and students in this programme have already worked in many challenging and hazardous places – the skills gained in this programme will, we hope, provide high quality care when it is needed most.  UCD has long had a global perspective in its educational, research and development work – graduates of this programme will bring their skills to new and highly demanding hotspots around the world.

Those graduating from Diploma and Graduate Diploma programmes also face tough new challenges.  This year, the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council – the statutory regulator – has published demanding new Clinical Practice Guidelines which further expand the scope of practice of Paramedics and Advanced Paramedics.  Year on year, the patients and communities you serve receive increasingly sophisticated and time critical treatments – there is a great responsibility on students, faculty and educational and operational systems to work together to ensure safe, competent delivery of this level of care.  UCD acknowledges the important contributions of all of our partners in preparing our students to take on these roles.

Ireland’s health services continue to develop new and increasingly sophisticated responses to emergencies in the community.  Our ambulance services continue to be the bedrock of those responses through their engagement with communities, patients, other healthcare professionals and the many institutions that make up the health service.  I would like to acknowledge with thanks the contribution of our educational partners in preparing our students to play their part in this work: the National Ambulance Services College, the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council, Dublin Fire Brigade, the Irish Defence Forces and the Health Services Executive.

Johnathan + Stephen + Gerry

Firefighter Stephen Williams, Able Seaman Johnathan Miloudi and Prof Gerry Bury at the UCD CEMS 2017 Conferring

Deputy Chief of Staff Major General Kevin Cotter introduced the Defence Forces Academic Medal which is dedicated to the Late Sergeant Charles Connolly and is given to the best student in the Diploma in Military Medical Care programme.  In 1961, Corporal Connolly was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal with Honour for acts of bravery and devotion to duty under fire as a medical orderly while on service with the United Nations Force in the Republic of Congo.  After returning to Ireland, Corp Connolly continued serving in the Irish Army, rising to the rank of Sergeant and retired with 38 years of distinguished military service.  We were delighted to have members of the Connolly family in attendance.  The inaugural winner of the Charles Connolly Memorial Medal was Able Seaman Johnathan Moloudi of the Irish Navy.  The medal was presented by Col Paul Carey, Commanding Officer of the Central Medical Unit and Col Dr Gerry Kerr, Medical Director, Irish Defence Forces.

Johnathan Miloudi & the Connolly Family

Able Seaman Johnathan Miloudi with members of the Connolly Family

Dr Niall Conroy, Assistant Professor in Emergency Medical Science introduced the Pantridge Award which is given to the highest scoring advance paramedic student.  The award is named in recognition of the Belfast Cardiologist, the Late Professor Frank Pantridge, who revolutionised emergency medicine and paramedic services by inventing a portable defibrillator. This year’s winner was Firefighter Stephen Williams of the Dublin Fire Brigade.

We offer our congratulations to all graduates and award winners and our thanks to their families and friends, and our guests of honour for sharing a special day of celebration.

A selection of photographs from the Event are available here


About our Programmes

Diploma in Emergency Medical Science (Paramedic Studies)

This two year course is delivered in conjunction with the HSE National Ambulance Services College and provides professional training for paramedics. First offered in 1997, over 1,200 paramedics have completed this programme which is recognised by the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council. [more]

Graduate Diploma in Emergency Medical Science (Advanced Paramedic Studies)

The only course of its type in Ireland, this one year programme provides professional training for advanced paramedics with an option to progress to masters level.  First introduced in 2006, almost 500 healthcare professionals have completed the programme which is recognised by the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council. [more]

Diploma in Military Medical Care

This year saw the introduction of a Diploma in Military Medical Care programme which is delivered by the UCD Centre for Emergency Medical Science in conjunction with the Irish Defence Forces.  All programme participants are members of the Irish Defence Forces and training takes place at both Belfield and at the Curragh Camp.  The intensive one year programme equips graduates to undertake the demanding role of Combat Medical Technician.

UCD Centre for Emergency Medical Science

Established in 2001, the UCD Centre for Emergency Medical Science provides a national centre of excellence for research, development, education and training in pre-hospital emergency care.  The principal activities of CEMS are:

  1. Provision of graduate and undergraduate education and training in pre-hospital immediate care
  2. Provision of short courses in immediate care - including cardiac, trauma and paediatrics
  3. Management and delivery of the MERIT Project (Medical Emergency Responders: Integration & Training)