Immediate Life Support Instructor

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The Immediate Life Support Instructor Course (ILSi) was launched in 2009. The course is a standardised national course teaching the principles of adult learning for those who will teach on the ILS course.

Each year, on average, 30 courses are held and 250 healthcare professionals are trained. 

Who is eligible to attend this course?
Only candidates who have been recommended as having instructor potential (IP) from their ILS course can attend the ILSi course. ALS providers can be nominated provided they meet the selection criteria. The ILSi course must be undertaken within one year of the date of the provider course. 

Learning outcomes
The ILSi course teaches the knowledge and skills required to:
•    understand the nature of teaching and learning;
•    understand the needs of individual learners;
•    understand the awareness of the four domains of learning;
•    undertake the various types of teaching sessions on the provider course.

Course structure
ILSi courses are held at centres throughout the UK and are certified by the Resuscitation Council (UK). This ensures uniformity of content and standard regardless of the centre.
The course programme  consists of a lecture and practical sessions covering all teaching modalities required to teach the ILS course.

Assessment and Certification
Continuous assessment occurs throughout the ILSi course, with constructive feedback provided by the teaching faculty. Following successful completion of the ILSi course, candidates will receive a Resuscitation Council (UK) ILS Instructor certificate. All Instructors will be assessed on the first two courses they teach on following successful completion of the ILSi course to consolidate knowledge and skills.
To maintain instructor status the instructor is required to teach on a minimum of two ILS courses per year, or one ILS course and two ILS recertification courses. Recertification of ILS instructor status is undertaken every four years and takes place during an ILS course on which the instructor is teaching.

Pre-course preparation
Candidates will receive a copy of the course manual at least four weeks prior to the course and are expected to read this prior to course attendance. Teaching materials and assessment forms will be sent to the candidates four weeks prior to the course and candidates are expected to prepare their allocated teaching sessions prior to the course.



ILSi courses are held throughout the year at centres across the UK. To attend, candidates must be referred to a registered course centre by their original ILS Course Director.

Course fees are decided locally by the course centre; the Resuscitation Council (UK) only charges the course centre £18 per manual.

For further information on any aspect of the course, please contact the ILS Co-ordinator using our Ticketing System.


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Only candidates who were nominated as ILS/PILS Instructor Potential (IP) from a Resuscitation Council (UK) provider course are eligible to apply for the ILS Instructor course. You will be required to show written proof of your nomination. For further information, please email

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ReadingRoyal Berkshire Hospital NHS Foundation...15 July 2020
ReadingRoyal Berkshire Hospital NHS Foundation...02 December 2020
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