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Advanced Trauma Nursing Course ATNC Reverification

This revision one-day course has been specially developed to allow you to reverify your ATNC provider status.

It is designed as a straightforward and cost-effective way to reverify and is offered as an alternative to re-taking the full three-day ATNC.

Your ATNC provider status lapses four years after taking the ATNC course and has to be reverified within six months of its lapse date.

The format of this course includes interactive discussions, scenario based skills stations, initial assessment (moulage) scenarios and an interactive e-learning tool which will enhance your learning experience.

Due to demand and limited availability of course places, you must work in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to be eligible to attend ATNC. We recommend checking the website frequently for new courses and places that may become available. You may also choose to 'Register your interest' using the button below. Regrettably, we cannot offer a waiting list service, but we are doing everything we can to make more courses available. 

  • 1 days
  • 10.00 CPD hours
1 days
10.00 CPD hours


This course is open to ATNC providers who work in trauma teams and who have taken the ATNC within the last four and a half years.

You must be a registered nurse or a health care professional from other groups (e.g. Paramedics and Operating Department Practitioners).

These professionals must have current registration with the Healthcare Professionals Council (HCPC) and be working as part of a hospital-based trauma team on a regular basis, with responsibilities for the ongoing care of the patient as part of the trauma call. These professionals need to be aware and accept that the ATNC curriculum will not be adapted from its core focus on training nurses to care for the seriously injured patient and their family. 

Reverification of your ATNC provider status must happen no later than six months after your status lapses (which happens four years after you take the course).

If you wait any longer than six months, you will need to re-take the full three-day ATNC to reverify your status.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the local Trauma Network system and the centralisation of trauma services
  • Understand and apply the criteria for activation of the trauma team with respect to: - Physiological signs - Injuries sustained - Mechanism - Special circumstances
  • Be able to discuss and apply local guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOPs) e.g. Secondary Transfer and Bypass criteria
  • Be aware of National guidance and standards, e.g. NICE (2016) Trauma Guidelines and be able to apply them
  • Have knowledge, skills and attitude associated with the preparation and reception of a trauma patient
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and competence to assess and manage a trauma patient using primary and secondary assessment principles including management of:

    • Airway and restriction of C-Spine motion
    • Breathing and ventilation
    • Circulation and haemorrhage control
    • Disability
    • Exposure and temperature control
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skill and attitude in the assessment and management of pain
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skill and attitude in the assessment and management of patients in special circumstances, including:

    • Older patient
    • Child and young patient
    • Bariatric patient
    • Pregnant patient
    • Confused, agitated and aggressive patient
    • Patients with communication difficulties
  • Demonstrate knowledge, skill and attitude in the care of the dying patient and their family, and the facilitation of tissue and organ donation
  • Demonstrate knowledge, skill and attitude to support and relieve psychological stress in trauma patients, their families/friends and staff
  • Demonstrate knowledge, skill and attitude to be an effective trauma team member
  • Demonstrate knowledge of legal, ethical and professional issues that influence the care of the trauma patient.


Mandatory, pre-course learning

Before the course, you will be required to complete the pre-course e-learning consisting of Module 1, Initial assessment and management,  quiz for module 1, and ATNC and ATLS pre- course MCQs. It takes approximately 3-4 hours to complete this work. Completion of the mandatory part of the e-learning is a requirement to attend the course. Participants who have not completed the mandatory part of the e-learning in full by 7am the day before the course will not be allowed to participate in the course and will forfeit their course fee.

You will have access to all 13 e-learning modules and quizzes, and we strongly recommend that you complete all the modules in preparation for the course.

Course participants will receive access to the ATNC pre-course e-learning resources on the RCS Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) via a notification with log in details four weeks before the course at the latest.

Course participants are also required to read the ATNC and ATLS® course manuals in full to prepare for the assessments on the course.

Face to face day

Participants work in small groups. Unfolding scenarios are used to structure the learning, so that participants can apply their knowledge from the pre-course learning in clinical simulations.


Continuous and end point assessments are used on the course. There are interactive sessions and clinical scenario stations and your performance of practical skills and contribution to discussions which test participants’ core knowledge will be assessed throughout these sessions.

The participant’s theoretical knowledge is tested using a Multiple Choice Questionnaire (MCQ) consisting of 40 questions, which has a pass mark of 80%. If you are unsuccessful on the course you can take a resit within three months of the course. You will not be given your answer sheet or told which questions you answered incorrectly. Reading the ATNC and ATLS® manuals prior to the course is the best preparation for the MCQs - there are no lectures in the face to face component of the course; you must arrive with a high level of clinical knowledge.

Participants must also be able to perform an assessment of the simulated trauma patient, using principles learned on the course. They will need to be able to identify key life-threatening problems, initiate appropriate management and ensure that no further harm comes to the patient within their scope of practice. If you are unsuccessful in your first attempt on the course you will be given the opportunity to repeat the moulage assessment on the course using a different scenario. If unsuccessful, at the course director’s discretion, you might be given a final resit on another course.

If you have not met the minimum standard to pass the course you will not be given the opportunity to re-sit failed sessions and you will have to successfully complete another provider course to gain ATNC provider status.

Additional Information

Course content

The ATNC day consists of the following sessions:

  • Introduction
  • Assessment and management of the injured patient
  • Scenario stations

    • Airway
    • Breathing
    • Circulation
    • Disability
  • Moulage testing
  • MCQ test
  • Application of ATNC principles applied to the work environment

How to become an ATNC Instructor

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

Faculty are looking for participants who demonstrate excellent core knowledge, a commitment to the ATNC principles and the skills and attitude necessary for the role of an ATNC instructor.

If you have been nominated as an ATNC IP, you will need to attend a joint ATNC/ATLS® Instructor course.

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

Booking Options

There are currently no dates available for this course

Further information and queries


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