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Regulation and registration as drivers of continuous professional competence for Irish pre-hospital practitioners: a discussion paper.

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dc.contributor.author Knox, Shane
dc.contributor.author Dunne, Suzanne S.
dc.contributor.author Hughes, M.
dc.contributor.author Cheeseman, S.
dc.contributor.author Dunne, Colum P.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-07-15T10:39:04Z
dc.date.available 2016-07-15T10:39:04Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/5118
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Background The Regulatory Body responsible for the registration of Irish pre-hospital practitioners, the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC), identified the need to implement a continuing professional competence (CPC) framework. The first cycle of CPC (focused on Emergency Medical Technicians) commenced in November 2013 creating for the first time a formal relationship between continuing competence and registration to practice. Aims To review current literature and to describe benefits and challenges relevant to CPC, regulation, registration and their respective contributions to professionalism of pre-hospital practitioners: advanced paramedics, paramedics and emergency medical technicians. Methods Online search of Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL Plus with Full Text), Allied and Complementary Medicine (AMED) and ‘Pubmed’ databases using: ‘Continuous Professional Development’; ‘Continuous Professional Development’; ‘emergency medical technician’; ‘paramedic’; ‘registration’; ‘regulation’; and “profession’ for relevant articles published since 2004. Additional policy documents, discussion papers, and guidance documents were identified from bibliographies of papers found. Results Reports, governmental policies for other healthcare professions, and professional developments internationally for allied professions (e.g., nursing, physiotherapy and medicine) link maintenance of competence with requirements for registration to practice. Conclusion We suggest that evolving professionalisation of Irish paramedics should be affirmed through behaviours and competencies that incorporate adherence to professional codes of conduct, reflective practice, and commitment to continuing professional development. While the need for ambulance practitioner CPD was identified in Ireland almost a decade ago, PHECC now has the opportunity to introduce a model of CPD for paramedics linking competence and professionalism to annual registration en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Springer en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Irish Journal of Medical Science;185, (2), pp. 327-333
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11845-016-1412-z
dc.rights The original publication is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11845-016-1412-z en_US
dc.subject continuous professional development en_US
dc.subject competence en_US
dc.subject professionalism; paramedic en_US
dc.subject advanced paramedic en_US
dc.subject emergency medical technician en_US
dc.title Regulation and registration as drivers of continuous professional competence for Irish pre-hospital practitioners: a discussion paper. en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2016-07-15T10:17:30Z
dc.description.version ACCEPTED
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s11845-016-1412-z
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1628669
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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