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Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support Course (PHTLS)

The PHTLS course is an intensive two-day experience. It emphasises the need for a rapid assessment of the critical trauma patient, treatment of shock and hypoxaemia, and rapid transportation to an appropriate hospital.

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Regional course dates and locations


  • Airway management
  • Rapid extrication and assessment
  • Surgical airway / chest decompression
  • Spinal immobilisation

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognise the seriousness of traumatic injury as a disease, globally, and within the local community
  • Discuss the responder's role and responsibilities in injury prevention
  • Understand the use of baseline determinations
  • Understand how to carry out a trauma scene assessment
  • Manage a safe environment from pre to post incident
  • Understand the need to maintain manual stabilisation of the patient's head and spine at all times

Target Audience / Suitability

Edexcel/IHCD qualified ambulance technicians, HCPC registered paramedic, registered nurses and registered medical practitioners.

Am I suitable?


Lectures and interactive skills stations. Through an assessment-based approach, students gain deeper knowledge and are exposed to new skills.

Additional Information

PHTLS course information designed to assist regional centre coordinators can be found here.

Delegate Feedback

‘The scenarios were very good and pushed me to the limits of my knowledge. I also liked the emphasis on the basic concepts being applied to the most difficult scenarios.’

‘I really enjoyed the course, it has sharpen my knowledge and understanding in this area dramatically. All the subjects covered were very relevant.’