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Advanced Life Support Course – Resuscitation Council (UK) Approved

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The Resuscitation Council (UK) Advanced Life Support (ALS) course is a standardised national course teaching evidence-based resuscitation guidelines and skills to healthcare professionals in the United Kingdom. The ALS course has also been adopted by the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) and the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC).

The course is very intense and the ALS manual is cascaded to candidates one month prior to the course. Candidates are required to complete a pre-course multiple choice question paper to guide preparation.


Learning outcomes

The ALS course teaches the knowledge and skills required to:

  • recognise and treat the deteriorating patient using a structured ABCDE approach
  • treat cardiac and/or respiratory arrest, including starting CPR, manual de-fibrillation, life threatening arrhythmias, and post resuscitation care
  • care for the deteriorating patient or patient in cardiac and/or respiratory arrest in special circumstances such as anaphylaxis, and pregnancy
  • lead a team, work as a team member, and use structured communication skills including giving an effective handover.


Who should attend?

The ALS provider course is designed for healthcare professionals who would be expected to apply the skills taught as part of their clinical duties, or to teach them on a regular basis. Appropriate participants include doctors and nurses working in critical care areas (e.g. ED, CCU, ICU, HDU, operating theatres, acute medical admissions units) or in the resuscitation/medical emergency team, and paramedics.

All applicants must hold a current clinical appointment and professional healthcare qualification or be in training for a professional healthcare qualification. Medical students, 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.

Prior competence in CPR is an essential prerequisite to attending the course.



The ALS course has a high ratio of instructors to candidates. The course includes core lectures and interactive workshops. The face-to-face teaching is mainly delivered in small groups with hands-on practical skill stations and clinically-based simulations. The simulations are designed to develop team and communication skills using the resuscitation skills and knowledge acquired during the course.


  • ALS in perspective
  • Causes and prevention of cardiac arrest
  • Acute coronary syndromes
  • ALS algorithm
  • Post resuscitation care.


  • Decisions relating to resuscitation
  • Cardiac arrest simulation demonstration.


  • Monitoring, rhythm recognition and 12-lead ECG
  • Tachycardia, cardioversion and drugs
  • Bradycardia, pacing and drugs
  • Special circumstances
  • Arterial blood gas analysis.


Practical skill stations and stimulations
  • Airway management
  • Initial assessment and resuscitation
  • Cardiac arrest management (simulations).


Assessment and certifications

Continuous assessment occurs throughout the ALS course, which is based on clinical simulations that allow candidates to demonstrate the core competencies that have been taught on the course. These include airway management, initial assessment and resuscitation and cardiac arrest management. A final assessment of candidates at the end of the course takes the form of management of a cardiac arrest simulation and a multiple choice questionnaire.

Successful candidates receive a Resuscitation Council (UK) ALS Provider certificate, which is valid for four years. The ALS course is recognised for continuing professional development. As the systems vary between organisations, candidates should check with their respective professional bodies for the latest requirements.


ALS instructors

Those who perform outstandingly well on an ALS course and, in the view of the course faculty, show potential as future instructors, may be offered the opportunity of attending a Generic Instructor Course (GIC).

Price: £375

Date: 30 - 31 October 2014 (2 day course)

Time: 8.00am – 6.00pm

Venue: The Centre for Research & Development, Kingsway Site, Derby DE22 3LZ

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