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 graduated with a Diploma in Emergency Medical Technology from University College Dublin and the National Ambulance Service College, and worked as a Paramedic in the cities of Galway and Limerick in Ireland for several years, and then in several countries in Europe until moving to Ontario, Canada. 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, ITLS, PITLS and PHTLS.
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 from Cardiff University, Wales, UK. My dissertation topic investigated the introduction of a clinical care enhancement project for STEMI patients in the emirate of Ras Al-Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates. This project included EMT performed 12 Lead ECG acquisition and interpretation, as well as primary PCI activation. I’m currently studying a Certificate in Disaster Management with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India.
I previously worked as a Clinical Educator and Research Paramedic 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. 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. I also coordinated all research activity for the service, 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 hold faculty positions in the Primary Care and Advanced Care Paramedic Programs in Fanshawe College, and as a Paramedic Educator with the Centre for Paramedic Education and Research (CPER) in Hamilton Health Sciences, both based in Ontario, Canada. I’m also faculty with the Institute for Healthcare 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 recently taught the Research and Evidence Based Practice subject for the Functional Nutritional Therapy Course.
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’m currently licenced to practice in Ireland, the UK, Ontario and Australasia (remote and offshore).
I also provide consultancy services to ambulance services and education providers worldwide on issues ranging from prehospital education, to clinical governance and research projects. 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 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 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 Jones & Bartlett Learning, the Journal of Paramedic Practice, the Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, the EMS Reference and I sit on the editorial board of Canadian Paramedicine.
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 McNally Centre for Paramedicine Research in Toronto, 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 am Vice President of the Irish College of Paramedics.
I have a strong interest in care of the older adult in the prehospital setting, patient safety and quality improvement, professionalism and paramedic identity (including role expansion, self-regulation and paramedic led research), palliative care, and prehospital education including immersive and scenario-based simulation and online learning/social media.