Note: Course shadowing as part of work experience is available for this course.
If you want a career that guarantees challenges and variety every day, if you think saving lives and caring for people is your calling, if you are the one who wants to run into the burning building when everyone else is running out, then this is the course for you.
Working closely with industry means that we have put together a course that provides students with more of the skills and qualifications required in the area. Many of our students began their career in the voluntary services before attending full time in CSN and going on to complete Emergency Medical Technician training.
The subjects covered include Safety and Health, a general introduction to the area and Psychology to assist in patient care: Anatomy and Physiology, Infection control and Emergency Care skill are subjects that give very specific training in the area. Communications, Work experience and Word Processing add to students’ general knowledge base and help to equip them for the workplace. Lifesaving is a stand-alone extra qualification which adds to the skill base and is another source of employment for some students.
QQI Level 5
Community Health Services
This is a one year course
Practical experience with a voluntary group is desirable but not essential, Leaving Certificate, L.C.A. or equivalent. All applicants are interviewed and places are awarded on suitability. Mature students without formal qualifications are also welcome to apply.
The following subjects may be offered:
- Safety & Health at Work
This module looks at workplace and personal safety, health and wellness. It gives a great foundation of knowledge in the “behind the scenes” management of workplaces and encourages students to a higher level of awareness of the importance of safety management.
- Anatomy & Physiology
This component examines the structure and function of the human body and the interrelationship between its systems.
Students will analyse the roles, responsibilities, characteristics and skills of team members, including leaders, coaches and trainers.
This subject will equip learners through a range of theory which can be applied to their own lives and also to a social care setting. This unit introduces psychological perspectives and gives the learner an insight into understanding and interpreting interpersonal behaviour.
- Emergency Department Care Skills
Students will be equipped with the knowledge, skill and competence to provide care and support within an Emergency Department under the supervision of a registered nurse.
- Infection Prevention
This programme module aims to equip the learner with the knowledge, skills and competence to prevent and/or manage outbreaks of infection and to recognize their role in the prevention of infection in a health care setting.
- Shallow Water Pool Lifeguarding
Depending on swimming ability, learners who achieve this award will be qualified to lifeguard swimming pools of up to 1.5m and will develop a range of rescue skills.
Depending on swimming ability, students may achieve Irish Water Safety National Pool Lifeguard Qualification. This entitles them to work in any depth of Pool setting in Ireland or abroad.
- Word Processing
Learners will acquire the knowledge, skill and competence to use a word processing application to produce documents in a variety of contexts to a professional standard.
- Work Experience
Students will examine work organisations and personal career opportunities in a particular vocational area, to include consideration of work related issues and needs.
This subject aims to strengthen the oral and written communication skills needed in the workplace.
Students may also be provided with an exercise class to ensure adequate fitness levels are both reached and maintained.
The State ambulance and fire services and private ambulance companies look for qualified staff to recruit. Opportunities also exist in Intermediate Care ambulances, and other industries, e.g. Cork Airport and Port of Cork response teams, pharmaceutical and chemical companies in the Cork region, Oil Refinery, Whitegate, Local On-call Services and direct employment as Emergency Medical Technicians.
Fire Safety and Emergency Response training will enhance employment opportunities in the broader labour market where such skills would be an invaluable asset, e.g. Caretakers, Safety Officers, Duty Managers etc.
390 CAO Points can be earned by students on successful completion of this Course.
Further qualifications can be accessed by the learners through the Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) structure or through on the job training.
Higher Education opportunities include:
- Bsc. Paramedic Training with Emergency Services Training Institute (PPHECC Accredited)
- Bsc. Paramedic University of Limerick
- Paramedic Science in many UK Universities
- Fire Safety & Risk Management B.Sc. Hons. University of Central Lancashire
- Social care in many Irish colleges.
Students who wish to use the links to further studies will need to attain a certain level of achievement in their QQI award.
Student’s optional certification, as listed above, will be provided by the Emergency Services Training Institute. The ESTI conduct real life Emergency Services interviews with students, refining the essential interview skills techniques needed in this specialist area.
Students are sent on work experience as an essential part of the course.
Each student will gain practical experience while working in areas such as voluntary ambulance and private ambulance services, industrial fire services and related industries. Relationships can be built up between employers and students which can lead to full-time employment on completion of the course.