I began my prehospital care training with the Irish Red Cross in 1994 as a volunteer cadet in the casualty service (aged 9!), eventually training as an Emergency Medical First Responder and Instructor, then as a student nurse in University College Cork, and subsequently as a Paramedic with the National Ambulance Service in Ireland. I have previous clinical, educational and research experience in a variety of settings in Ireland, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Denmark, the USA, Canada and the UAE. I hold current paramedic certifications/licences in Ireland, the UK, Ontario and Australasia (remote and offshore). I also provide consultancy services to ambulance services and education providers worldwide on issues such as prehospital education, clinical governance and research.
I graduated with a Diploma in Emergency Medical Technology from University College Dublin and the National Ambulance Service College. I graduated from the Critical Care Paramedic program at Creighton University, Nebraska, and the Graduate Certificate in Intensive Care Paramedic Studies at Charles Sturt University, NSW, Australia. I hold a Master of Science degree in Critical Care (with Distinction) from Cardiff University, Wales, UK. My dissertation researched the introduction of STEMI bypass in the emirate of Ras Al-Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates. I’m currently a PhD student in the Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice (DCEHPP) at Monash University, Australia. My research is focused on the development of curriculum in health professions education.
I worked as a Paramedic in the cities of Galway and Limerick in Ireland for several years, and then gained experience in several countries in Europe (UK, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia) until moving to Ontario, Canada. I trained as a Critical Care Paramedic in the USA, and gained clinical experience in surgical and medical intensive care. I worked as a Paramedic Clinical Educator with National Ambulance LLC in Abu Dhabi in the UAE. There I was responsible for education delivery, and clinical development projects including the development of patient care protocols, critical care training and instructor development. I also undertook clinical governance activities such as conducting clinical investigations, facilitating clinical competency assessments and on-road clinical supervision of crews in the Northern Emirates. Since returning to Ontario from the Middle East, I have mainly focused on research and teaching activities, and now work casually as a paramedic in several settings when I get the opportunity.
I hold a Certificate in Training & Development (Adult Education) from the Irish Institute of Training & Development. In addition, I also hold multiple instructor and instructor trainer qualifications including American Heart Association training centre faculty, BLS, ACLS, ACLS-EP, PEARS, PALS, ITLS, PITLS, PHTLS, GEMS, AHDR and many more letters of the alphabet! I hold faculty positions in the Paramedic Programs at Fanshawe College, and I’m a Paramedic Educator with the Centre for Paramedic Education and Research (CPER) in Hamilton Health Sciences, both based in Ont., Canada. I also hold an affiliate faculty position with the Resuscitation Group, based in Vancouver, WA, USA.
In addition, I hold an adjunct faculty appointment with the Institute for Health Professionals in Portland Community College in Oregon, USA, teaching & developing several programs including the Remote and Industrial Advanced Medic Program, and the Clinical Research Certificate. I am still a volunteer instructor with the Irish Red Cross, most recently involved with the national EFR and EMT training programmes. I also previously taught the US National Registry NREMT Refresher program for Paramedics, AEMTs and EMTs for almost two years with DistanceCME LLC.
I coordinated all research activity for National Ambulance in the UAE, and was responsible for the production of over 100 publications and presentations, many at international conferences and in international publications. Many times these represented the first research of their kind in the United Arab Emirates. I have research affiliations with the Centre for Prehospital Research in the University of Limerick, Ireland, The Centre for Elder Research in Sheridan College, ON, Canada, the Prehospital Care Research Forum in UCLA, California, USA and I sit on the research committee of the National Association of EMS Educators. I am also a member of the Canadian EMS Research Network. I supervise all student research activities in the Paramedic Programs at Fanshawe College, as well as deliver research education.
I am editor of the Irish Journal of Paramedicine, an open-access, peer-reviewed journal focused on Irish prehospital research, and the official journal of the Irish College of Paramedics. I am Vice President of the Irish College of Paramedics. I am also editor of prehospitalresearch.eu, a multi-author international website dedicated to promoting and supporting prehospital research. I was editor of the Resuscitation Today journal (formerly known as the British Journal of Resuscitation) for two years while my friend David Halliwell finished his doctorate. I’m a peer reviewer for the Journal of Paramedic Practice, the Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, Trauma, Nursing Ethics, Jones & Bartlett Learning, the EMS Reference and I sit on the editorial board of Canadian Paramedicine.
My clinical and research interests include paramedic education, care of the older adult in the prehospital setting, patient safety and quality improvement, trauma, research capacity, research literacy, professionalism, resuscitation, and paramedic identity (including role expansion, self-regulation and paramedic led research).