The Irish College of Paramedics will host a 1-day scientific symposium on Sat 15th September, in association with the College of Medicine and Health at University College Cork, which will be held in the Brookfield Health Science Complex, College Road, Cork. This event is open to all, members and non-members alike (but ICoP members get a discount...). Whether you're a responder, EMT, paramedic, AP, nurse, doctor or other, there's something for everyone at this event.
The day will feature speakers from Ireland and abroad, who will speak on a range of topics relevant to paramedics and prehospital care practitioners, and there will be multiple free-paper sessions for practitioners to present their research, case reports, reviews and more.
- Prof. Shane Knox, President, Irish College of Paramedics
- Ms. Paige Mason, Primary Care Paramedic, Ottawa Paramedic Service
- Mr. Eamonn Byrne, Advanced Paramedic, National Ambulance Service
- Ms. Georgette Eaton, Senior Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University
- Dr. Chris O'Connor, Irish College of Paramedics
- Ms. Ann McDermott, Advanced Paramedic, National Ambulance Service
- Mr. Paul Gowens, Lead Consultant Paramedic, Scottish Ambulance Service
- Ms. Cheryl Cameron, Manager, EMS Policy, Standards & Reporting, Government of Alberta
- A/Prof. Alan Batt, Vice-President, Irish College of Paramedics
- Chief Michael Nolan, County of Renfrew Paramedic Service
With thanks to our generous sponsors:
Details are subject to change. Last updated 6th June.
|0830-0915||Registration and breakfast|
|0915-0930||Opening remarks and welcome|
|0930-1000||Keynote address - A personal journey, where next?
Prof. Shane Knox, President, Irish College of Paramedics
|1000-1020||Women in paramedicine – results from the FLIP study.
Ms. Paige Mason, Primary Care Paramedic, Ottawa Paramedic Service
The case for gender parity has never been stronger. At an organizational level - several studies have demonstrated that companies with more women in leadership positions perform better due to increased skill diversity within management leading to increased recruitment, promotion and retainment of talent. Although research continues to emerge within the academic, business, and tech industries, there is currently no research into the experiences or perceptions of gender climate in paramedicine in Ontario and limited exploration of the topic within Canada. The goal of the Female Leadership in Paramedicine (FLiP) study is to shine the light on actual, potential and perceived barriers to representation of women in leadership roles in the prehospital environment as well as uncover the perceived climate for female leaders in the past and present.
|1020-1120||Free paper session – 4 papers
(10 mins/5 mins Q&A per paper)
|1140-1200||Causes of medication error: qualitative findings versus nationally reported incidents.
Mr. Eamonn Byrne, Advanced Paramedic, National Ambulance Service
In a 2016 focus group study into the attitudes of National Ambulance Service staff to the medication error reporting process, participants highlighted possible causes of a medication error. Eamonn will compare these opinions to events reported to the National Incident Management System in Ireland.
|1200-1220||Improving outcome for patients suffering OHCA - “Dying to get to Hospital”
Mr. Paul Gowens, Lead Consultant Paramedic, Scottish Ambulance Service
Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) remains a significant global healthcare challenge. Approximately 3,000 patients undergo attempted resuscitation in Scotland each year after OHCA. Paul will share the Scottish National Strategy for dealing with Cardiac arrest including novel ideas for service improvement.
|1220-1240||Changing the Frame - Paramedics and Palliative Care
Ms. Cheryl Cameron, Manager, EMS Policy, Standards & Reporting at Government of Alberta
Palliative care and paramedicine may seem like unlikely partners at first glance, however paramedics have always responded to patients receiving palliative care as part of their routine work. Prehospital systems have historically concentrated on emergent response, resuscitative interventions and transport, which is in conflict with a palliative approach to care focused on optimizing symptom management and supporting patients to remain at home. Jurisdictions across Canada have improved patient and family experiences and decreased transports to acute care facilities by shifting the frame of how paramedics respond to patients receiving palliative care. In this engaging session, learn about how Alberta, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island have supported this patient population differently, and how this award winning work is set to spread across the nation.
Ms. Viv Forde, Advanced Paramedic
Sponsored by Galen Pharmaceuticals, Platinum Conference Sponsor
|1400-1420||Reflections on Reflective Practice among Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Practitioners in Ireland
Dr. Chris O’Connor, Irish College of Paramedics
In this presentation, Chris will examine the level of engagement of Irish pre-hospital emergency care practitioners with reflection and reflective practice. He will also explore the attitudes of practitioners to reflection and to methodologies designed to support reflective practice such as reflective discussion and video-assisted structured reflection. Finally he will outline the main barriers to reflection and reflective practice gaining widespread acceptance as key learning strategies among pre-hospital emergency care practitioners and educators in Ireland.
|1420-1440||Growing our own - building research capacity in Irish prehospital care practitioners
A/Prof. Alan Batt, Vice-President, Irish College of Paramedics
Alan will outline the challenges and opportunities that exist to develop research capacity in pre-hospital care practitioners. Alan will discuss upstream and downstream targeted interventions, and provide examples of success, and failure. He will discuss how to promote a culture of research, and how to provide practitioners with the supports required to lead and conduct research - time, education, funding and mentoring.
|1440-1500||Learning Values in the Paramedic Practicum
Ms. Georgette Eaton, Senior Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University
Georgette will explore the complexity of learning values in paramedic practice, looking at student paramedics within the ambulance setting and exploring their understanding of values and their relation to practice. Georgette will also comment on barriers to education research within the ambulance setting, with a call to change this and ensure that students entering the profession are learning the right material, in the right way.
|1500-1600||Free paper session – 4 papers
(10 mins/5 mins Q&A per paper)
|1600-1620||Community paramedicine - the Irish experience.
Ms. Ann McDermott, Advanced Paramedic, National Ambulance Service
Ann will speak about her experience as part of the CAWT Cross-border Community Paramedicine Programme to date. This will include the educational aspect of the role, the day-to-day operations and her personal journey to this point.
|1620-1640||International Paramedic – who, what, why?
Chief Mike Nolan, County of Renfrew Paramedic Service
|1640-1700||Open discussion forum|
Prof. Shane Knox, President, Irish College of Paramedics
|1900-late||An evening with the College at the Woodford Bar.
All are welcome! Complimentary finger food will be served.
Abstracts can be submitted via online form only: https://bit.ly/2swkMfD
- Closing date is Friday 3rd August 2018 at 2359 GMT.
- Only abstracts that have been submitted in final form on and before the deadline will be considered for inclusion in the abstract sessions.
- Paramedics, paramedic students, and other medical providers are all encouraged to participate.
- Submitting an abstract does not register you for the symposium. You must register for the symposium separately.
- The Abstract Committee will consider for acceptance abstracts that have been previously presented at other national, regional, and international scientific meetings.
- Abstracts on topics covering prehospital clinical care, education, service delivery, management, research and more will be considered.
- Abstracts will be peer-reviewed in blinded fashion. Abstract scoring and acceptance will be based strictly on merit.
- Authors will be notified if their abstract has been selected for oral or poster presentation as soon as the review is complete (review will commence on closing date). Further details regarding placement as an oral or poster presentation, as well as times of presentation will follow as soon as possible
- There will be 8 presentations ranked for oral presentation from submitted abstracts. Oral abstracts will be 10 minutes in length with 5 minutes for Q&A per presentation.
- A limited number of other scored abstracts will be invited for poster display.
The Irish Journal of Paramedicine (IJP) will publish all oral and poster abstracts that are accepted and presented at the symposium in a special supplement following the meeting.
There are a number of accommodation options in Cork city to suit all budgets.
- The River Lee Hotel Western Road021-4885723
- Hayfield Manor Hotel College Road 021-4845921
- Brookfield Lodge Hotel College Road 021-4804700
- Lancaster Lodge Western Road021-4251125
- Jurys Inn Anderson’s Quay 021-4943000
- The Clarion Hotel Lapps Quay 021-4224900
- The Maldron Hotel Shandon 021-4529200
Bed and Breakfasts
- Blarney Stone Guesthouse Western Road021-4270083
- Lisadell House Western Road 021-4546172
- Achill House Western Road 021-4279447
- Acorn House Patrick’s Hill 021-4502474
- Anam Cara Western Road021-4271617
- Antoine House Western Road 021-4273494
- Avondale B&B Western Road 021-4905874
- Audley House Western Road 021-4274292
- Auburn House Western Road 021-4508555
- Blue Dolphin B&B Western Road 021-4274908
- Carbery House Western Road 021-4272217
- Crawford House Western Road 021-4279000
- Fernroyd House O’Donovan Rossa Road 021-4271460
- Garnish Guesthouse Western Road 021-4275111
- Killarney Guesthouse Western Road 021-4270179
- Maria Ville House Magazine Road 021-4316508
- Redclyffe House Western Road 021-4273220
- Rose Lodge Guesthouse Mardyke Walk 021-4272958
We are now accepting sponsorship applications for the event from companies and organisations. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in sponsoring a portion of the day's proceedings. There are various levels of sponsorship packages available.
It is the sole responsibility of the attendee to take care of his / her visa requirements. Attendees who require an entry visa must allow sufficient time for the application procedure. Attendees should contact the nearest embassy or consulate to determine the appropriate timing of their visa applications.
Letter of invitation
If you require a personal letter of invitation to attend the symposium, contact the conference manager by email at: email@example.com.
In your email, provide the following information: complete name, full mailing address, and any other details that your country of residence requires for your visa application. Please attach a copy of your passport in PDF format. The symposium and the College cannot contact or intervene with any Embassy or Consulate office on your behalf so please begin your visa application process as soon as you determine that you want to attend the symposium. Please provide as much information as possible to avoid delays in receiving your letter.
You must register and pay in full for the conference or have an accepted paper before requesting an invitation letter. After we have received your information, you will receive the invitation letter by e-mail in PDF format. Please note that letters cannot be mailed in hard copy.
The letter of invitation does not financially obligate the conference organisers in any way. All expenses incurred in relation to the conference are the sole responsibility of the delegate. The letter of invitation does not guarantee an entry visa.