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

As the only programme provider of ATLS® in the UK, RCS provides this safe and reliable method of teaching immediate management of injured patients, which has been adopted worldwide in over 60 countries.

ATLS® 10th edition hybrid course, 4-5 May 2017. Ahead of the launch of the 10th edition, you can book a place on a hybrid course with online modules and a shorter face-to-face element. Find out more 

  • 3 days
  • 17.00 CPD Points
3 days
17.00 CPD Points

Suitability

This course is suitable for: FY2, CT1-2, ST1-2, SAS Grades and suitably trained advanced practitioners.

Learning Outcomes

After attending this course, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the core principles of primary and secondary patient assessment
  • Rapidly establish priorities in trauma patients
  • Deliver care during the primary and secondary surveys
  • Confidently practice a wide range of skills required for the assessment and treatment of patients with multiple injuries
  • Review the difference in management and assessment of paediatric, geriatric and pregnant patients
  • Review the preparations to definitive care
  • Demonstrate the principles of ATLS based on a variety of moulage situations

Format

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

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

Before the course, you will be sent the ATLS manual. This essential pre-reading will ensure you get the most out of every session. 

Additional Information

Course content

The ATLS course involves a range of practical training sessions, including:

  • Initial trauma assessment and management
  • Airway and ventilatory management
  • Shock
  • Abdominal and pelvic trauma
  • Thoracic trauma
  • Head, spine and musculoskeletal trauma
  • Spinal immobilisation
  • Secondary survey, head to toe exam, patient transfer
  • Spinal assessment/x-rays
  • Primary survey x-rays
  • Cricothyroidotomy/chest decompression/pericardiocentesis
  • Application of pelvic binder

How to reverify your ATLS qualification

ATLS qualification 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 approved ATLS course centres

Over 200 ATLS courses are run in the UK every year at one of our approved regional centres.

If you are a coordinator at a regional centre that runs ATLS, take a look at our information for ATLS course centres.

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

Tue
26
Sep
2017
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Thu
28
Sep
2017
£620
Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

26 Sep 2017
-
28 Sep 2017

£620

Course Fees:

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£620

Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Location:

Basildon University Hospital
Basildon University Hospital
BASILDON
SS16 5NL
United Kingdom jon.kyffin@btuh.nhs.uk 01268 524900 ext. 8643

Instructions:

Mr J Kyffin, jon.kyffin@btuh.nhs.uk, 01268 524900 ext. 8643
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27
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29
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2017
£635
Peterborough City Hospital

27 Sep 2017
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29 Sep 2017

£635

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Peterborough City Hospital

Location:

Peterborough City Hospital
Peterborough City Hospital
PETERBOROUGH
PE3 9GZ
United Kingdom christine.wright@pbh-tr.nhs.uk 01733 673340

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29
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2017
£595
Kings Mill Hospital

27 Sep 2017
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29 Sep 2017

£595

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Kings Mill Hospital

Location:

Kings Mill Hospital
Kings Mill Hospital
SUTTON-IN-ASHFIELD
NG17 4JL
United Kingdom Tylor.Leeds@sfh-tr.nhs.uk 01623 622515 ext. 6281

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Mr T Leeds, Tylor.Leeds@sfh-tr.nhs.uk, 01623 622515 ext. 6281
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