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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 provider of ATLS in the UK, teaching a safe and reliable method of immediate management of severely injured patients. The ATLS programme 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. The pre-course eLearning is a mandatory requirement for this course. 

The pre-course eLearning consists of an Overview chapter, ATLS student course manual, 13 modules and quizzes, pre and post module MCQs and it takes approximately 1-2 hrs to complete each module. Full completion of the pre-course learning is a mandatory requirement to attend the course. Delegates who have not completed the eLearning in full by 7am on the day before the course will not be allowed to participate in the course and will forfeit their course fee. Course participants are also required to read the ATLS course manual in full to prepare for the assessments on the course.

Our priority is to provide training for doctors working for the NHS. Due to demand and limited availability we do not accept applications from doctors working overseas.

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 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 an Overview chapter, ATLS student course manual, 13 modules and quizzes, pre and post module MCQs and it takes approximately 1-2 hrs to complete each module. Full completion of the pre-course learning is a mandatory requirement to attend the course. Delegates who have not completed the eLearning in full by 7am on the day before the course will not be allowed to participate in the course and will forfeit their course fee. Course participants are also required to read the ATLS course manual in full to prepare for the assessments on the course.

Course participants will receive access to pre-course learning resources on the RCS VLE via a notification with log in details six weeks before the course 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. 

How to become an ATLS Instructor

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

Faculty are looking for participants who demonstrate excellent core knowledge, a commitment to the ATLS principles and the skills and attitude necessary for the role of an ATLS instructor. You also need to be working at ST 4 level (or equivalent) or above.

If you have been nominated as an ATLS IP, you will need to attend an ATLS Instructor course. 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
25
Sep
2019
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Thu
26
Sep
2019
£650
Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

25 Sep 2019
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26 Sep 2019

£650

Pricing notes:

Full price: £650

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.

Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Location:

Basildon University Hospital
Nethermayne
BASILDON
SS16 5NL
United Kingdom
andrea.burzio@btuh.nhs.uk
01268 524900 8927

Instructions:

Mrs A Burzio, andrea.burzio@btuh.nhs.uk, 01268 524900 8927
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Pricing notes:

Full price: £650

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Mrs A Burzio
andrea.burzio@btuh.nhs.uk
mailto:andrea.burzio@btuh.nhs.uk

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26
Sep
2019
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27
Sep
2019
£650
Peterborough City Hospital

26 Sep 2019
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27 Sep 2019

£650

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Full price: £650

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Peterborough City Hospital

Location:

Peterborough City Hospital
Edith Cavell Campus
PETERBOROUGH
PE3 9GZ
United Kingdom
christine.wright9@nhs.net
01733 673340

Instructions:

Mrs C Wright, christine.wright9@nhs.net, 01733 673340
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Kings Mill Hospital

26 Sep 2019
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27 Sep 2019

£635

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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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