The College of Paramedics Opens Dr John Hinds Scholarship Call for Entries



The College of Paramedics, in association with Galen, the privately-owned pharmaceutical sales and marketing company is pleased to announce that applications for this year’s Dr John Hinds Scholarship Award will open on Tuesday 26th January 2021. The recipient will win a place on the much-coveted Anaesthesia Trauma and Critical Care (ATACC) course and have their case study published in the College of Paramedics’ magazine, 'Paramedic INSIGHT'.

The recipient of the scholarship will take up a fully funded place on ATACC’S three-day course in the UK, widely accepted as the most advanced trauma course currently available in the world. Associated travel costs will also be covered. Entrants are required to write a case study which should be 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.

This scholarship is presented in memory of the late Dr John Hinds, who was regarded as an inspirational leader by paramedics and emergency medical technicians and indeed by anyone with an interest in pre-hospital care within Ireland. A world-renowned critical care physician, Dr Hinds gave a huge amount of his own time to educating and supporting paramedics and ambulance staff throughout the Island of Ireland. He died in 2015 following a motorcycle accident.

Dr Dennise Broderick, Managing Director & President, Galen, said: “This award is not only a fitting and lasting tribute to Dr Hinds but it also provides a unique opportunity for healthcare professionals to advance their expertise and gain access to a highly coveted training programme. Dr Hinds was a pioneering leader in the field of emergency trauma care who dedicated his life to helping others and Galen is therefore proud to support this annual scholarship programme in his honour.”

Last year’s recipient, Orla Morrow of Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, Belfast commented: “The ATACC programme is accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons and is an extremely coveted course worldwide. It provides an opportunity to learn and experience, through simulation, the most up-to-date and advanced trauma skills within the pre-hospital environment and offers a range of examples of how to apply these in practice. I was delighted to win my scholarship and would like to thank both Almac and the Hinds family for providing this amazing opportunity.”

Submissions must be made using the Dr John Hinds Scholarship Award Entry Form and submitted via email to by 1200hrs on Friday 26 March 2021. The College Honours and Awards Committee will then select the winning piece. Due to restrictions imposed as result of COVID-19, the 2021 award will be presented to the recipient at a ceremony on September 2021.

Submissions should be 750–1,000 words, excluding references and appendices. As a condition of the award, the recipient will be required to submit their case study for publication in Paramedic INSIGHT magazine which has over 20,000 subscribers, along with a follow-up article that describes their experience on the ATACC course.