ALS has been developed using our evidence-based Guidelines and decades of experience in delivering effective resuscitation courses for healthcare professionals. The ALS course aims to help candidates build the confidence needed to take the lead in an emergency.
During the course, you will develop the knowledge and skills required to:
• Recognise and manage the deteriorating patient using a structured ABCDE approach;
• Deliver standardised CPR in adults;
• Manage a cardiac arrest by working with a multidisciplinary team in an emergency situation;
• Become an effective and confident team member and leader by utilizing non-technical skills.
Who is the course for?
ALS recertification courses can only be taken by healthcare professionals who hold a valid Resuscitation Council UK ALS provider certificate, or whose certificate has expired within twelve months of their certificate expiry date. If more than a year has passed since the original certificate expired, the candidate must take a full ALS, e-ALS or modular ALS course.
This is a one day course that will take place in a Resuscitation Council UK Course Centre.
All of our Course Centres are approved and certified by Resuscitation Council UK. Courses are run by dedicated and qualified Instructors, who have taken an RCUK Instructor course to guarantee that our courses are uniform and the content remains the same across our Course Centres.
Pre course preparation:
Before your course, you will be registered on our Learning Management System (LMS). Here, you can access course modules and a pre-course multiple choice question (MCQ) paper.
You will receive your course manual one month before the course. Candidates are expected to read the manual in preparation for the course and submit a completed pre-course MCQ paper before the course begins.
Over the course of the day, you will take part in lectures, workshops, skill stations and cardiac arrest simulations.
Assessment and certification:
During the course, Candidates will be continuously assessed based on their performance in clinical simulations. You will be expected to show competency in the core skills of the course, including airway management, high quality CPR and defibrillation, and cardiac arrest management.
At the end of the course, theoretical knowledge will be formally tested with an MCQ paper and practical components in a cardiac arrest simulation.
Candidates who successfully complete the course will be awarded with a Resuscitation Council UK ALS provider certificate, which is valid for four years and recognised in healthcare settings in the UK, Europe and Australia.
This course is recognised as continuing professional development (CPD) by the Medical, Dental and Nursing Royal Colleges and Health Care Professional Council. Please contact your registering body for further information.
The first step is to find a Course Centre near you. Below, you’ll find an area where you can search for local courses and find out how to get in touch with the organiser.
Course fees are decided locally by the Course Centre.
Courses often book quickly, so we would advise planning your attendance well in advance of when you want to train.
Advanced Life Support [ALS] course:
If you are a healthcare professional who would be expected to apply the skills taught as part of your clinical duties, or to teach them on a regular basis, you are eligible to participate on the ALS course. Appropriate applicants include doctors, nurses working in critical care areas (e.g. ED, CCU, ICU, HDU, operating theatres, acute medical admissions units), paramedics, ICU outreach teams or in the resuscitation/medical emergency team.
All applicants must hold a current clinical appointment and professional healthcare qualification or be in training for a professional healthcare qualification.
Medical students, student nurses and other healthcare providers not covered in the groups above should be encouraged to complete the Immediate Life Support [ILS] course. Those with a particular interest in resuscitation should then consider attending an ALS provider course, where appropriate. Medical students in their final year of training can be accepted as candidates on an ALS course if this is an established local arrangement
Advanced Resuscitation of Newborn Infant [ARNI] course:
You are eligible for the ARNI course if you hold a current RCUK Newborn Life Support provider certificate and are involved in care of the pre-term and sick newborn infants in a role more advanced than that of first responder. Candidates include specialist medical staff (ST3 level and above or about to commence a 2nd tier role), neonatal nurses with a qualification in the specialty or Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioners. You may also be eligible for the ARNI course if you are an experienced paramedic working extensively with newborn transfer teams, a resuscitation officer with a significant regular newborn workload or an anaesthetist with a newborn or PICU practice.
European Paediatric Advanced Life Support [EPALS] course:
If you are a healthcare professional who would be expected to apply the skills taught as part of your clinical duties, or to teach them on a regular basis, you are eligible to undertake this course. Eligible participants include doctors, nurses or paramedics working in direct contact with children.
All applicants must hold a current clinical appointment and professional healthcare qualification or be in training for a professional healthcare qualification. Medical students, student nurses in their final year of training and other healthcare providers not covered in the groups above should be encouraged to complete the Paediatric Immediate Life Support [PILS] course. Those with a particular interest in the management of acute deterioration and resuscitation in children should then consider attending an EPALS provider course, where appropriate.
Medical students in their final year of training can be accepted as candidates on an EPALS course if this is an established local arrangement.
Focused Echocardiophay in Emergency Life Support [FEEL] course:
The FEEL course is intended for healthcare professionals who are involved in the care of the critically ill patient and does not require any previous echocardiography or ultrasound experience. FEEL is intended as an adjunct to the Advanced Life Support course and as such knowledge of the current ALS algorithm is required.
Generic Instructor Course [GIC]:
To attend a GIC course you must be recommend as having ‘Instructor Potential’ either on an RC (UK) course or one of the Advanced Life Support Group [ALSG] recognised courses e.g. APLS. Please follow the RC (UK) GIC link for further information.
Immediate Life Support [ILS] course:
If you are a doctor, medical student, nurse, nursing student, midwife, ODP, cardiac technician, resuscitation officer, healthcare provider (such as a physiotherapist, radiographer, occupational therapist), dental nurse, dentist, paramedic/ ambulance technician, healthcare assistant or nursing associates are eligible for this course. It may also be suitable for you if you are a fire service technician, police personnel prison officer or cabin crew.
Paediatric Immediate Life Support [PILS] course:
You are eligible to undergo the pILS course if you are a doctor, nurse, health visitor, school nurse, midwife, ODP, cardiac technician, resuscitation officer, medical student (final year), nursing student (final year), physiotherapist, dentist, dental nurse, ambulance technician/paramedic, healthcare assistant or nursing associate, occupational therapist, radiographer, fire service technician, police officer or cabin crew. The pILS course addresses the needs of staff who need more advanced skills than those taught during Basic Life Support [BLS], but who do not require the more comprehensive two-day European Paediatric Advanced Life Support [EPALS] course.
Newborn Life Support [NLS] course:
You are eligible for the NLS course if you are a healthcare professional who is regularly involved in the delivery and care of the newborn infant. This includes both junior and senior medical and nursing staff, midwives, paramedics and resuscitation officers. All applicants must hold a professional healthcare qualification or be in training for a professional healthcare qualification.
You can recertify by attending one of the following courses:
You are unable to undertake the one-day ‘ALS recertification’ course if more than one year has passed since your last course certificate expiry date. The ‘ALS recertification’ course is not recommended if you are not practicing the skills within your current job role.
You may recertify by attending the ARNI Provider course.
You may recertify by attending:
- a full EPALS course
- day two of an EPALS course, (please note, your current EPALS certificate must still be in date to recertify on day two of the course)
You may recertify by attending the NLS Provider course.
You may recertify by attending the:
You may only attend the half-day recertification course if it is within one year of the expiry date of your most recent ILS certificate. If more than two years have passed since the date of your last ILS certificate, you will need to attend the one-day course.
You may recertify by attending the:
You may only attend the half-day recertification course if it is within one year of the expiry date of your most recent PILS certificate. If more than two years have passed since the date of your last PILS certificate, you will need to attend the one-day course.
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