Resuscitation Council UK’s FEEL course reflects teaching from similar international courses, drawing on shared experiences to shape a programme that meets UK training requirements. The course launched in 2013, and around 15 courses are held every year.
During this one-day course, you will develop the knowledge and skills to:
- achieve four standard TTE views: parasternal long axis (PLAX), parasternal short axis (PSAX) Apical 4 chamber (A4Ch), and subcostal (SC);
- perform TTE during a cardiac arrest as a team approach;
- image interpretation: diagnosis of potentially treatable causes of cardiac arrest/circulatory collapse, including:
- myocardial insufficiency (including acute myocardial infarction)
- pericardial collection (PC)
- pulmonary embolus(PE)
- tension pneumothorax
- communicate with the resuscitation team;
- understand the pitfalls and limitations of focused echocardiography;
- understand the requirements and mechanisms for ongoing training and certification in peri-resuscitation echocardiography;
- understand the importance of clinical governance with respect to emergency echocardiography.
Who is the course for?
The course is intended for healthcare professionals who are involved in the care of the critically ill patient. No prior experience of echocardiography or ultrasound is required for this course. FEEL is intended as an adjunct to Advanced Life Support, and therefore knowledge of the current ALS algorithm is required.
This is a one-day course and will take place in a Course Centre. There are many Course Centres across the UK.
We use our evidence-based guidelines and cutting-edge research to create our courses. Courses are then delivered by members of our dedicated and highly skilled Instructor base. This guarantees that our courses are uniform, and the content remains the same across all our Course Centres.
Candidates will receive a FEEL course manual one month before the course. Candidates are expected to have prepared for the course by reading the manual.
The course consists of a number of lectures, hands-on-training (HOT) sessions with live models, simulation and image interpretation.
Assessment and certification:
Candidates who attend the full day will receive a certificate of attendance, but they will not immediately receive a certificate of completion.
In order to obtain a certificate of completion, Candidates need to undertake further supervised scans which need to be reviewed by a local mentor and completed within two years from the date of the FEEL course. Once the Candidate is judged as competent in peri-resuscitation echocardiography, their mentor can sign their logbook for FEEL certification. The Course Director will then contact the BSE and Resuscitation Council UK.
After sign-off, Candidates should be able to return to work and feel confident to perform a focused peri-resuscitation echo study and acquire the necessary views.
The certificate of FEEL completion is issued by Resuscitation Council UK and is valid for four years. 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.
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.
ALS, ARNI, EPALS, FEEL, ILS, pILS, NLS courses:
- Select the relevant course type from our Courses page.
- Scroll down to search for courses; you can filter by town, Course Centre or start date by clicking on the appropriate heading.
- Click on the name of the Course Centre in the table to display all the booking information.
- Please then contact your chosen course centre directly to request an application form.
A list of course dates are available via the GIC VLE. Please login to your account, click on the Menu button and then ‘Find a GIC Course’. Course dates and Centre contact information for the provider courses offered will be listed.
Please note, not all course centres choose to advertise their dates on our website. You may wish to contact your local hospital for their course and date information.
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