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Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®)

ATLS® is a global course, teaching a systematic process of trauma care for patients with life-threatening injuries.

Throughout this two-day interactive course, you will learn a range of comprehensive and adaptable trauma management skills relevant to all specialties.

The RCS is the only programme provider of ATLS® in the UK, and we are proud to provide a safe and reliable method of teaching immediate management of injured patients, which has been adopted in over 80 countries around the world.

The format of this hybrid course includes a state-of-the-art and interactive eLearning tool which will enhance your learning experience and reduce the number of days attending the practical sessions from three to two.

ATLS® is curriculum mandated training for many surgical specialties and therefore eligible for HEE study leave applications.

  • 2 days
  • 17.00 CPD Points
2 days
17.00 CPD Points

Suitability

This course is suitable for doctors at FY2 grade and above, equivalent staff grades and eligible advanced practitioners.

Learning Outcomes

After attending this course, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the concepts and principles of the primary and secondary patient assessments
  • Establish management priorities in a trauma situation
  • Initiate primary and secondary management necessary for the emergency management of acute life threatening conditions in a timely manner
  • In a given simulation, demonstrate the skills related to ABCD which are often required during initial assessment and treatment of patients with multiple injuries

Format

ATLS is a highly interactive course, taught using a variety of practical techniques including simulated patient scenarios, unfolding scenarios skills stations, group discussions and tutorials.

You’ll receive continual feedback and assessment throughout the course.

Before the course, you will be required to complete the pre-course online learning consisting of 13 modules and pre-test MCQ paper. It takes approximately 1-2 hours to complete each module. The pre-course learning is mandatory and must be completed 24 hours before the face-to-face element at the latest.

Additional Information

Course content

The ATLS course consists of the following sessions

  • Interactive discussions
    • Initial Assessment
    • Revision of the Core Content
    • Trauma at Extremes of Age
    • Trauma Team
  • Scenario stations
    • Airway (basic and paediatric, advanced and surgical)
    • Breathing
    • Circulation
    • Disability
    • Adjuncts
    • Restriction of the Cervical Spine Motion (ROCSM)
    • Secondary Survey
  • Moulage practice and testing
  • MCQs
  • Triage
  • Interactive sessions and demonstrations

How to reverify your ATLS qualification

ATLS provider status lasts for four years. To reverify, you can take our one-day ATLS reverification course at any point within six months of your qualification’s expiry date. 

Information for ATLS instructors

There are over 2,000 ATLS instructors throughout the UK who play a vital role in maintaining the dynamic – and growing – national course programme.

View our information for ATLS course instructors.

How to become an ATLS instructor

While participating in an ATLS course, you may be nominated as having Instructor Potential (IP).

If you have been nominated as an ATLS IP, please take a look at our list of ATLS Instructor courses.

Becoming an ATLS instructor is a fulfilling way to further your professional development while sharing your trauma management knowledge with motivated course participants and colleagues.

Alongside this, we are always keen to hear from people interested in becoming faculty for other RCS courses.

A globally renowned course

The Royal College of Surgeons is proud to be the exclusive provider of ATLS in the UK. The course and methodology was developed by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) in 1978 and is now taught in over 80 countries.

Booking Options

Regional Centres

Wed
12
Dec
2018
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Thu
13
Dec
2018
£635
Kings Mill Hospital

12 Dec 2018
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13 Dec 2018

£635

Pricing notes:

Full price: £635

Course Fees:

Please note, for courses held at the College, we require full payment upon booking. Take a look at our cancellation policy first.

For regional and international course payments and terms & conditions, please contact the relevant centre.

Kings Mill Hospital

Location:

Kings Mill Hospital
Mansfield Road
SUTTON-IN-ASHFIELD
NG17 4JL
United Kingdom
Tylor.Leeds@nhs.net
01623 622515 6281

Instructions:

Mr T Leeds, Tylor.Leeds@nhs.net, 01623 622515 6281
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Pricing notes:

Full price: £635

Fully Booked

Contact details:

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Mr T Leeds
Tylor.Leeds@nhs.net
mailto:Tylor.Leeds@nhs.net

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Wed
09
Jan
2019
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Thu
10
Jan
2019
£610
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

09 Jan 2019
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10 Jan 2019

£610

Pricing notes:

Full price: £610

Course Fees:

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Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Location:

Leeds Teaching Hospitals (Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate)
Swan Road
HARROGATE
HG1 2SR
United Kingdom
annelunt@nhs.net
0113 2064998

Instructions:

Mrs A Lunt, annelunt@nhs.net, 0113 2064998
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annelunt@nhs.net
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10
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2019
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Fri
11
Jan
2019
£600
Prince Charles Hospital

10 Jan 2019
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11 Jan 2019

£600

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Full price: £600

Course Fees:

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Prince Charles Hospital

Location:

Prince Charles Hospital
MERTHYR TYDFIL
CF47 9DT
United Kingdom
Louise.evans3@wales.nhs.uk
01685 728204

Instructions:

Mrs L A L Evans, Louise.evans3@wales.nhs.uk, 01685 728204
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Full price: £600

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Contact details:

Please contact the coordinator:
Mrs L A L Evans
Louise.evans3@wales.nhs.uk
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