Brian Carlin (SFHEA | FAoME | DIMC)

Lecturer in Clinical Education/Academic Coordinator

  • University of Edinburgh
  • College of Medicine and Vetinary Medicine
  • Medical Education

Contact details



The Chancellors' Building, 49 Little France Crescent

Post code
EH16 4SA


  • My university working days are Tuesday, Thursday & Friday


Senior Fellow Higher Education Acadamy (SFHEA)

Fellow Acadamy of Medical Educators (FAcadMEd)

Diploma in Medical Education

Diploma in Immediate Medical Care (DIMC)

Paramedicine BSc (Hons)




Postgraduate teaching

MSc Clinical Education

Lead on Year 1 'The Curriculum' course

Lead on Year 2 'Personal & Professional Development for Practice' course

Lead on Year 3 'Adopting Quality Improvement methodology for Clinical Education course

Research summary

My research has been broadly in the field of pre-hospital care with a specific focus on spinal immobilisation and extrication techniques

  • Carlin B: Commentary from BASICS ScotlandEmergency Medicine Journal 2005;22:296. For Debate: A license to practice pre-hospital and retrieval medicine
  • Langran M, Carlin B. A road traffic accident simulation vehicle for training prehospital practitioners. Emerg Med J. 2006;23(4):318–320. doi:10.1136/emj.2005.029546
  • P, Walker & Carlin, Brian & Cummins, Niamh & N, Collins. (2013). Characteristics of frequent presenters: An analysis of 1 year of data from an Irish emergency department
  • EMERGENCY PLANNING IN HEALTH: Scoping study of the international literature, local information resources and key stakeholders: November 2012
  • Molloy, Michael & Carlin, Brian. (2013). General Practitioner Interest in a Structured Immediate Care Scheme to Support the National Ambulance Service (NAS) in Ireland. Prehospital and disaster medicine: the official journal of the National Association of EMS Physicians and the World Association for Emergency and Disaster Medicine in association with the Acute Care Foundation. 28. 112. 
  • D, Figgis & Carlin, Brian & C, O’Donnell & Cummins, Niamh. (2013). Irish paramedics’ insights regarding mechanical chest compression devices for use in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. 
  • Br J Sports Med. 2012 Dec;46(16):1097-101. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2012-091800. Epub 2012 Oct 18.Sports prehospital-immediate care and spinal injury: not a car crash in sight. Hanson JR1, Carlin B. 
  • D, Figgis & Carlin, Brian & C, O’Donnell & Cummins, Niamh. (2013). What makes an ideal mechanical chest compression device for use in adult out-of-hospital cardiac arrest resuscitation?. 

Current research interests

The experience of students using the STUDYFIT method to develop a personal study plan using estimated year-hours available for planned study Brian Carlin

Conference details

  • Invited Speaker: Irish Rugby Football Union (RFU) Sports Medicine Conference - Injury prevention in Rugby Union , Aviva Stadium - Dublin, 17-19 May 2012
  • Invited Speaker: Resuscitation Conference, Bunratty, County Clare, Ireland. Nov 13-14, 2009: The Scottish model of Immediate Care Education & Systems
  • Invited Speaker: Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) Sports Medicine conference. May 2012, Dublin – (Stadium mass casualties – How to respond)
  • Invited Speaker: Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) conference, 13 September 2012. 'Integration and the Emergency Services'  
  • Invited Speaker: GPS ROLE IN IMMEDIATE CARE SYSTEMS Lecture - Overview of Immediate Care schemes established in Scotland and the potential for similar schemes in Ireland,  22 June 2013 Lyrath Estate Hotel Ireland
  • Invited Speaker: The Irish College of General Practitioners, Winter Meeting.  Incorporating Immediate Medical Care Workshops,  24 November 2012 Sheraton Hotel, Athlone
  • Invited Speaker: Irish College General Practitioners (ICGP) June 2013 Kilkenny - programme (General Practitioner role in Immediate care systems)
  • Invited Speaker: Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine, Royal College of Surgeons, London, Nov 2014; Pitch-side sports medicine, Concussion & Head Injuries in sport; Immediate Care Training ‘Can we finish what we’ve started’?  
  • Invited Speaker: College of Emergency Medicine Conference Exeter, Annual Scientific conference, 9-11 September 2014 – Paediatric concussion
  • Invited Speaker: College of Emergency Medicine Conference Exeter, Annual Scientific conference, 9-11 September 2014 –Paediatric Mass Casualty events
  • Invited Speaker: The Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine 11th Annual Scientific Conference & The World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy World Congress 2014: 4th - 6th September 2014 The Helix, Dublin City University, Ireland
  • Invited workshop facilitator:  TWELFTH ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE PROGRAMME “Sports Injuries and Illness in Young People — A Complete Picture” 17th, 18th & 19th September 2015 Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland: FSEM Sports Trauma course: Side-line Care / Airway & Spine Management
  • Invited Speaker:  Faculty of Paediatric Neuropsychology Annual Symposium (2015), Management of Mild TBI and Sports Concussion: An Emergency/sports medicine perspective: March 26: Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Bristol
  • Invited workshop facuilitator: 2nd Annual International Emergency Medicine Conference, Abu Dhabi (January 2016), Sports medicine & orthopaedic trauma, Aeromedical care of the Trauma patient, Crisis Leadership
  • Invited speaker:  Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) Scientific Conference programme, Bournemouth, 2016: Concussion in children: an update

Papers delivered

  • Paramedic Perceptions of Mechanical Chest Compression Devices for Use in Adult Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest. Figgis D, Carlin B, O’Donnell C and Cummins NM. European Resuscitation Council Congress “Resuscitation”, Vienna, Austria (Oct. 2012).
  • Irish Network of Medical Educators (INMED) February 2013 Dublin - (Academic integration for clinical competency – The ladder to success)
  • Irish Paramedics' Insights Regarding Mechanical Chest Compression Devices for Use in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest. Friggs D, Carlin B, O' Donnell C and Cummins NM. EMS Today Conference, Washington DC, USA. Abstract published in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (Mar. 2013)
  • Emergency Action Planning in Televised Elite Sport – avoid swarming around the “Honeypot”- A clinical case 1Carlin B, 2Hanson J, 2Robson J 1Centre for Emergency Medical Science, School of Medicine, University College Dublin, 2Scottish Rugby Football Union, Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
  • Characteristics of Frequent Presenters: An Analysis of 1-Year Data from an Irish Emergency Department. Walker P, Carlin B, Cummins NM and Colins N. RESUS, Limerick, Ireland (Apr. 2013)
  • The Impact of Certified BLS/AED Training in The Final Year of Medicine; Steele M, Carlin B
  • Egan M, Bury G, Carlin B,  Dixon M. Pandemic flu in Ireland: A rapid-response national training programme for anaphylaxis/adverse events following immunisation (AEFI)  Resuscitation, Volume 81, Issue 2, Supplement, December 2010, Page S81
  • Carlin B, Headon M, VallelyJ,  Bury G. Post graduate Training in Emergency Medical Science:  MSc programmes at the Centre for Emergency Medical Science, UCD   Resuscitation Vol 83 Supplement 1, 15th Oct 2012 Page e108-109
  • Headon M, Carlin B, Bury G, Egan M.  Prehospital cardiac arrest—Rhythm changes in the initial phase of care  Resuscitation, Volume 81, Issue 2, Supplement, December 2010, Page S26
  • Postgraduate training in Emergency Medical Science: MSc programmes at the Centre for Emergency Medical Science, University College Dublin: Carlin, Brian et al. Resuscitation, Volume 83, e108 - e109

  • What Makes an Ideal Mechanical Chest Compression Device for use in Adult Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation? Figgis D, Carlin B, O' Donnell C and Cummins NM. RESUS, Limerick, Ireland (Apr. 2013)
  • National Institute for Health Research service delivery & organisation programme - Emergency Planninmg in Health:Scoping study of th International literature, local information resourcses & key stakeholders; November (2012)
  • Br J Sports Med. 2012 Dec;46(16):1097-101. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2012-091800. Epub 2012 Oct 18.Sports prehospital-immediate care and spinal injury: not a car crash in sight. Hanson JR1Carlin B
  • The definite risks and questionable benefits of liberal pre-hospital spinal immobilisation; The American journal of emergency medicine 35(6) · January 2017: DOI: 10.1016/j.ajem.2017.01.045
  • Advanced Life Support Group (ALSG) Human Factors in the Healthcare setting, A pocket guide for clinical instructors (Contributor)  ISBN: 978-1-118-33970-1 
  • Major Incident Medical Management and Support: The Practical Approach in the Hospital, 2nd Edition: Advanced Life Support Group (ALSG); ISBN: 978-1-119-50104-6 October 2018 Wiley-Blackwell
  • The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Manual of Emergency Sports Medicine (Throat Injuries in sports) ISBN 978-118-91368-0) 106-113
  • Medical Independent March 2013: Slow progress on provision of improved immediate care in Ireland
  • Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) FORUM 2011: The under-utilized Immediate care GP
  • Irish medical times March 2012: GP’s roles in Immediate care schemes
  • Emergency services journal Ireland: Progressive Thinking can help Emergency Medical Science; Back to BASICS for best patient care systems; GP interest in the BASICS of Immediate Care in Ireland; Calls for more multidisciplinary training; Hospital personnel singing from the same HMIMMS sheet!  Medics respond to Immediate Care Training protocols 
  • Current Peer reviewer: Emergency Medical Journal (EMJ) 


Designer of the RESQROLL Emergency extrication device: A life-saving device that allows Pre-Hospital practitioners and rescue personnel to rapidly and safely extricate Road Traffic collision (RTC) victims or people trapped in confined spaces who have a suspected spinal injury to be removed in the position in which they are found.

Designer of Emergency Extrication Vehicle

I have been involved with the development and facilitation of Immediate care in sports programmes working with various organisations, including:

  • World Rugby (Senior Medical Trainer)
  • The Football Association (Advanced Resuscitation & Emergency Care (AREA Course lead)
  • Irish Rugby Football Union (SAFE-Rugby course designer)
  • Team SKY

I developed and Course Direct the Standard Principles of Resuscitation & Trauma in sport (SPoRTS) programme that allows those clinical healthcare professionals to gain competence in key on-field of play/pitch-side skills

I have also been involved in the Commonwealth Games (2014) and Rugby World Cup (2015) medical teams