PILS was launched in 2007. Around 17,000 professionals are trained in PILS every year. It is the ideal course for healthcare staff who need to develop their skills further than Basic Life Support, but do not need to train in Paediatric Advanced Life Support.

The PILS course teaches the knowledge and skills to:

  • understand the structured ABCDE approach that facilitates rapid recognition of seriously ill children;
  • provide appropriate initial treatment interventions to prevent cardiorespiratory arrest;
  • treat children in respiratory or cardiorespiratory arrest until the arrival of a resuscitation team or more experienced assistance;
  • become an effective team member who can respond appropriately in an emergency.

Who is the course for?

The PILS Course is appropriate for a range of Candidates including doctors, nurses, paramedics, ODPs, health visitors, school nurses, midwives, cardiac technicians, resuscitation officers, physiotherapists, dentistry professionals, ambulance technicians and medical and nursing students.

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.

Pre-course preparation:

Candidates receive their PILS manual two weeks before the start of the course. Candidates are expected to have prepared for the course by reading the manual. Some centres may send Candidates a multiple-choice question (MCQ) paper to support Candidate learning.

Programme:

This course consists of lectures, skill stations and simulations.

Download the full programme

Assessment and certification:

Assessment is continuous throughout the course and is guided by the assessment forms provided for each core skill. You will receive a copy of the assessment forms with your manual. 

Successful Candidates receive a Resuscitation Council UK PILS provider certificate, which is valid for one year. 

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.

Category

Yes, CPD points are available according to the table below.  If you have any further queries regarding CPD points, please contact the Royal Colleges directly.


CPD points

Provider course 

Candidates 

Faculty 

ALS (two day course)

10

5 (max 10 in any one year)

e-ALS (one day course)

5

5 (max 10 in any one year)

ALS recertification (one day course)

5

5 (max 10 in any one year)

EPALS (2-day)

10

5 (max 10 in any one year)

NLS (one day course)

5

5 (max 10 in any one year)

ARNI (one day course)

10

5 (max 10 in any one year)

ILS (one day course)

5

5 (max 10 in any one year)

PILS (one day course

5

5 (max 10 in any one year)


For accreditation of other healthcare staff, please see ‘continuing professional development statement' in ‘related documents.’ 

Category

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Course Availability

You can book one of the many courses shown for UK in the list below directly with the provider. The cost will vary based on the provider.
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Tameside Hospital Ashton under Lyne Course Admin resus@tgh.nhs.uk
NES Healthcare Aylesbury Course Admin training@neshealthcare.co.uk
South East Coast Ambulance Banstead Course Admin resus.courses@secamb.nhs.uk