The MERIT Project

Medical Emergency Responders: Integration & Training

The MERIT Project was established in UCD in December 2004. Funders include the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council and the Department of Health.

The project’s aims include:-

Establishment of structures to train, equip, monitor and integrate general practitioners into delivery of agreed aspects of pre-hospital emergency care

  • Exploration of the establishment of liaison structures between general practitioners, Ambulance Services and GP co-operatives in these regions.
  • To facilitate the provision of defibrillators for use by general practitioners within their current practice settings.
  • To explore the development of functional links between the PHECC, the healthcare professions and pre-hospital emergency care delivery.
  • To explore the potential for establishment of a PHECC NQEMT (healthcare professionals) register.
  • To develop a model for national roll-out of integrated pre-hospital emergency care structures.
  • To establish systems aimed at the provision of specific forms of advanced care by small groups of trained and well supported doctors, working in close co-operation with the Ambulance Services.

To date, more than 500 GP practices across Ireland participate in the MERIT Project. Please contact us if you would like more information.

Project Manager: Ms Mairéad Egan | Tel: 01 716 6640 | Fax: 01 716 6549 | email: