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Advanced Trauma Life Support Course

Who should attend?    

Doctors, CT1s and above whose career intention is surgery, trauma/orthopaedics, A&E or anaesthetics. Full UK registration is required. The course fee must be paid prior to attending.

Nurses may attend as observers on both the full course and the reverification course.  

Course aims and objectives

The ATLS® course was developed by the American College of Surgeons and has now been adopted in over 30 countries worldwide. In the UK it is run under the auspices of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. It teaches a simple, systematic approach to the management of poly trauma patients.

It is a highly interactive course combining lectures, discussions, interactive tutorials, skills teaching and simulated patient management scenarios (moulages). 

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the concepts and principles of the primary and secondary patient assessments.
  • Establish management priorities in a trauma situation.
  • Initiate primary and secondary management necessary within the golden hour for the emergency management of acute life threatening conditions.
  • In a given simulated clinical and surgical skills practicum, demonstrate a range of skills, which are often required in the initial assessment and treatment of patients with multiple injuries

There is continuous assessment throughout the course, as well as a practical exam and MCQ at the end of day three. Full attendance at the course is also necessary in order to complete. 

Attendance on a course exposes the candidate to a network of motivated colleagues with an enthusiasm for trauma management.

Additional information can be found on the Royal College of Surgeons website


Following successful completion of all elements of the course, candidates are issued with a certificate from the Royal College of Surgeons, which is valid for four years from the date of the course.

Pre - course learning

Candidates will receive a large manual approximately one month before the course, together with a pre-MCQ.  This should be completed after reading the manual and gives an indication regarding existing knowledge and what form the post MCQ will take.  This should be handed in on arrival at the course.  It will be marked and returned to the candidate in time for pre-MCQ discussion in the afternoon.

How to book

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