Di­plo­mas in med­i­cal care for two Wex­ford sol­diers

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It was a proud day for two Wex­ford sol­diers as they were awarded di­plo­mas in Mil­i­tary Med­i­cal Care at Univer­sity Col­lege Dublin.

Cor­po­ral Ai­dan Mur­phy of Wex­ford and Trooper Thomas Red­mond of Bal­ly­gar­rett were among a select group of 23 stu­dents to re­ceive the qual­i­fi­ca­tion in the med­i­cal spe­cial­ity.

As mem­bers of the Med­i­cal Corps of the De­fence Forces, Cor­po­ral Mur­phy and Trooper Red­mond will serve as Com­bat Med­i­cal Tech­ni­cians.

The qual­i­fi­ca­tion means that they are likely to serve in a med­i­cal ca­pac­ity in peace­keep­ing mis­sions over­seas.

The two sol­diers were pre­sented with their dipliomas by a del­e­ga­tion in­clud­ing Min­is­ter of State at the Depart­ment of De­fence Paul Ke­hoe; Deputy Chief of Staff of the De­fence Forces, Ma­jor Gen­eral Kevin Cot­ter and for­mer Wex­ford Fine Gael TD Dr. Liam Twomey.

Dr Twomey, who stepped down from the Dáil in 2016, is the deputy clin­i­cal di­rec­tor at UCD Gen­eral Prac­tice.

Min­is­ter Ke­hoe said Cor­po­ral Mur­phy and Trooper Red­mond will play a unique role in the De­fence Forces which re­quire their med­i­cal per­son­nel to un­dergo a Level 7 univer­sity course at an ex­ter­nal med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tion in or­der to qual­ify as a medic.

‘This is tes­ta­ment to the very high stan­dards of duty of care and pro­fes­sion­al­ism that are ev­i­dent in the or­gan­i­sa­tion, said Min­is­ter Ke­hoe.

‘The Diploma in Mil­i­tary Med­i­cal Care pro­vides a suit­able plat­form for fur­ther med­i­cal train­ing as Para­medic and Ad­vanced Para­medic. It is an im­por­tant el­e­ment of the three-tiered ap­proach to med­i­cal train­ing within the De­fence Forces, the other two el­e­ments be­ing Mil­i­tary First Re­spon­der train­ing for all per­son­nel and the Spe­cialty of Mil­i­tary Medicine for med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers.’

This year marks the third year of col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the De­fence Forces and UCD in the pro­vi­sion of the Diploma in Mil­i­tary Med­i­cal Care, which is a Level 7 pro­gramme on the Na­tional Frame­work of Qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

A to­tal of 74 De­fence Forces per­son­nel have grad­u­ated from UCD with the award since the course was es­tab­lished

‘Whether serv­ing at home or over­seas, our per­son­nel from Wex­ford do their county, their com­mu­ni­ties and their fam­i­lies ex­tremely proud,’ said Min­is­ter Ke­hoe.

Deputy Chief of Staff Ma­jor Gen­eral Kevin Cot­ter; Min­is­ter of State Paul Ke­hoe; Trooper Thomas Red­mond; Cor­po­ral Ai­dan Mur­phy and Dr Liam Twomey.

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