The College of Paramedics, in association with Galen, the privately-owned pharmaceutical sales and marketing company, is calling on all levels of pre-hospital responders on the island of Ireland to take part in this exciting opportunity to win a place at the much-coveted Anaesthesia Trauma and Critical Care (ATACC) course, widely accepted as the most advanced trauma course currently available across the globe.
This scholarship is presented in memory of the late Dr John Hinds who was considered an inspirational leader by paramedics and emergency medical technicians and indeed by anyone with an interest in pre-hospital care within Ireland. He selflessly gave a huge amount of his own time to educating and supporting paramedics and ambulance staff throughout the Island of Ireland. As such, a scholarship in his name is a fitting and practical way to preserve the memory of such a well-respected and much-admired colleague and medical professional.
Entrants are required to write a case study, written to protect patient confidentiality, using original text, and with all appropriate references included. It must be countersigned by a paramedic colleague who is prepared to confirm that your submission is a genuine case study. Submissions should be 750 to 1,000 words in length, excluding references and appendices.
The recipient of the scholarship will be funded to attend an ATACC course in the UK, in addition to associated travel costs.
Dr Dennise Broderick, Galen’s Managing Director & President said: “This award provides a unique opportunity for healthcare professionals to advance their expertise and gain access to a highly coveted training programme.
She added: “Dr Hinds was an incredibly inspirational individual who dedicated his life to helping others and Galen is therefore proud to support this annual scholarship programme in his honour.”
As a condition of the award the recipient will be required to submit their case study for publication in Paramedic INSIGHT, along with a follow-up article that describes the experience attending the ATACC course.
Submissions must be made using the Dr John Hinds Scholarship Award Entry Form and submitted via email to email@example.com. The College Honours and Awards Committee will then select the winning piece.
Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and must be received by 1200hrs on 6th April 2020
The award will be presented to the winner on May 13, 2020 at the College of Paramedics Awards ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.
David Murtagh, who, in 2019 was the first recipient of this prestigious scholarship said: “I was honoured to be selected as the inaugural recipient of the Dr John Hinds Scholarship. The Anaesthesia Trauma & Critical Care (ATACC) course offered three days of immersive, high-fidelity simulations involving wrecked cars/trains/buildings, local trauma units and major trauma centres. These were interspersed with practical skills stations and up-to-date relevant lectures, all delivered by a large and expert international faculty. The training I underwent highlighted the standard of trauma care we should be delivering, not just within a major trauma-centre setting, but also throughout our local emergency departments and in our communities.”
David is a paramedic registered with the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council in the Republic of Ireland and has been working for the National Ambulance Service for three years. He is also an experienced mountain and cave rescue volunteer.