Certificate in Road Safety, Mobility and Health

CPD Credits14

Are you interested in how safer driving can be achieved?

Registration opens 23 August 2021

This course will help you understand the interactions of health, human factors, policy and engineering in transport and driving.

The programme reflects principles outlined in Sláinte agus Tiomáint Medical Fitness to Drive Guidelines and the latest developments in Traffic Medicine.

Is this course for you?

This course is suitable for all those who have a remit for road safety, including

  • Road safety professionals and Road Safety Officers
  • Traffic forensic investigators
  • Fleet managers and operations professionals
  • First Responders (Gardai, Ambulance, Fire services)
  • Local authority staff
  • Engineers
  • Teachers
  • Health care professionals including public health medicine

The course fee for 2021 is €495.

What does this course cover?

You will learn about

  • Pinpointing stakeholders and engagement strategies - Who are the key players with responsibility for engagement in strategies to support the achievement of this target?
  • Conducting a risk analysis - What are the human factors that determine safety or increase risk for road users?
  • Recognising killer behaviours - Exactly how does speeding, alcohol, fatigue, distracted driving, failure to wear a seatbelt and other killer behaviours effect outcomes?
  • Identifying mobility challenges - When is medical assessment of fitness to drive required? What are the challenges of the rehabilitative process and what adaptations are available to support mobility?
  • Road safety solutions - What are the educational, engineering and enforcement measures that underpin a vision for enhanced road safety in the future?

Read a one-page summary of this course (PDF)

What to expect

You will be required to complete the following:

1. Watch online video content

You are required to watch educational videos (5 hours) before attending the workshop. These videos will be available online from Monday, 23 August 2021.

The online videos cover three modules:

  • Road Safety: the Broader Picture, including how Ireland compares with other countries, key players involved in road safety in Ireland, and Human Factors and Road Safety
  • Driving Assessment, Rehabilitation and Adaptive Processes
  • Strategies to Improve Road Safety

2. Attend an online workshop on 11 November 2021

This virtual workshop will take place online on Thursday, 11 November 2021. The programme for the day covers

  • Keeping up to date with the Science of Road Safety
  • Road Safety and Impact on Public Health
  • Traffic Psychology
  • Re-enactment of a Serious Collision
  • Mechanism of Injury/ Crash Safety/Adaptive Processes

3. Pass a self-paced examination

The examination consists of multiple choice questions and is delivered online. The exam is self-paced and must be completed between 12 November and 3 December 2021.

On successful completion of this examination you will be awarded with a Certificate in Certificate in Road Safety, Mobility and Health.

Timelines for 2021

  • Registration Opens: Monday, 23 August 2021
  • Registration Closes: Friday, 5 November 2021
  • Access to Online Content from: Monday, 23 August 2021
  • Online Workshop: Thursday, 11 November 2021
  • Online examination: 12 November - 3 December 2021

Brought to you by the National Office for Traffic Medicine

At the National Office for Traffic Medicine, everything we do is aimed at making driving as safe as possible for all road users.

Our goal is to help doctors and licensing authorities promote safe mobility in Ireland.

Our office was jointly established by RCPI and the Road Safety Authority of Ireland in 2011, bringing the specialty of Traffic Medicine to Ireland for the first time.

We are led by Professor Desmond O’Neill, Consultant Physician in Geriatric and Stroke Medicine, Tallaght Hospital Dublin and Professor of Medical Gerontology at Trinity College Dublin.

Read more about the National Office for Traffic Medicine

Delivered by leading experts in road safety

You will learn from a number of leading experts in road safety.

Professor Des O'Neill

Professor Desmond O'Neill is a Consultant Physician in Geriatric and Stroke Medicine at Tallaght Hospital and Trinity College, and Director of the National Office for Traffic Medicine.

His major field of research is that of transportation, ageing and older drivers. He co-chaired the RCPI Working Group on Driving and Health and has written chapters on driving and health for three international textbooks of geriatric medicine, two international textbooks of dementia care, two textbooks of medical ethics, and an Irish textbook of geriatric medicine.

Dr Declan Bedford

Dr Declan Bedford is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine at RCPI. He worked as a Specialist in Public Health Medicine with the HSE and as Director of Public Health in the North East for seven years until his retirement from the HSE in August 2012.

He is currently chair of the RCPI Working Group on Traffic Medicine and chair of the Health Research Board.

His published research includes research in the areas of suicide and mental health, men's health, alcohol, injury prevention, infectious diseases, health services and utilisation of hospital services.

Dr Michael Gormley

Michael Gormley obtained his PhD from Queen's University, Belfast in 1999, and took up his first academic position in the then department of Psychology, at Trinity College in 2000 where he lectures in research methodology and statistics.

He is an authority on driving behavior and has published papers on theoretical models of speeding, speeding behavior, and young male drivers.

Michael represents the Psychological Society of Ireland on the RCPI Fitness to Drive Policy Group.

Professor Ciaran Simms

Ciaran Simms, BA, BAI, PhD, FTCD, MIEI is Professor in Biomechanics and Head of Discipline in the Department of Mechanical, Manufacturing and Biomedical Engineering at Trinity College Dublin with research expertise in impact biomechanics, soft tissue mechanics and device design. He is also a Principal Investigator in the Centre for Bioengineering in Trinity College, Dublin.

Prior to joining TCD as an academic staff member in 2001 he held research engineer positions with TNO Automotive in Delft and Detroit and with Denis Wood Associates Forensic Investigators in Dublin.

His principal area of interest lies in human body modelling for injury prevention and device development. This began with mainly experimental models of the head, neck and jaw for his PhD thesis and progressed to computational modelling through work with the Dutch Research Corporation TNO in Delft, The Netherlands and Detroit, USA. His ambition is to develop a suite of global human body models applied to protective equipment optimization in the fields of pedestrian and cyclist protection, wheelchair user transportation and sports accident biomechanics, as well as medical devices.

He has a well-established teaching and research programme in the areas of mechanics and biomechanics focussed on pedestrian, cyclist and wheelchair user transport safety, soft tissue mechanics, sports injury biomechanics and device design. He has written over 100 Journal papers which have generated over 3000 Google scholar citations, and he has an h-index of 31. He has written the only textbook on the biomechanics of pedestrian and cyclist impact, and was President of the International Research Council on the Biomechanics of Injury (IRCOBI) and soft tissue editor of the Elsevier Journal of Mechanical Behaviour of Biomedical Materials until 2018.

Ciaran has research funding from diverse sources, including Science Foundation Ireland, the Irish Health Research Board, the European Union, the National Roads Authority of Ireland, Intertrade Ireland, EIT and Enterprise Ireland. He has academic collaborations in Ireland, Europe, the US and Asia. He has had commercial collaborations with industrial partners in Ireland (North and South).