ALS - Advanced Life Support

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Course information


23-24 September 2017

Times: 8am-6pm both days (days can last longer depending on whether retests are required)
Location: Sawyers Building, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1SQ
Cost: £500


The Resuscitation Council (UK) ALS course is a standardised national course teaching evidence-based resuscitation guidelines and skills to UK healthcare professionals. It teaches the knowledge and skills you need to:

  • recognise and treat deteriorating patients using a structured ABCDE approach
  • treat cardiac and/or respiratory arrest, including starting CPR, manual defibrillation, life-threatening arrhythmias, and post-resuscitation care
  • care for deteriorating patients or patients 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?

This course is suitable for you if you'd be expected to apply the skills it teaches as part of your clinical duties, or to teach them on a regular basis. You might be a doctor, a nurse working in critical care areas (eg ED, CCU, ICU, HDU, operating theatres, acute medical admissions units) or in the resuscitation/medical emergency team, or a paramedic.

You should hold a current clinical appointment and professional healthcare qualification or be in training for such a qualification.


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 simulations
  • Airway management
  • Initial assessment and resuscitation
  • Cardiac arrest management (simulations)

Assessment and certification

The ALS course is based on clinical simulations that will allow you to demonstrate core competencies such as airway management, initial assessment and resuscitation and cardiac arrest management.

You'll be assessed throughout the two-day course, and there's also a final assessment of candidates at the end which 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.

You MUST be a registered health professional to attend.

Self-funded applicants: register and pay in the Anglia Ruskin University store. Payment by credit card accepted. Confirmation will be sent to you on receipt of your application to attend.

NHS-funded applicants: to book, please contact your education leads.

Bookings for the September 2017 course will close at 5pm on 18 August. This is to allow manuals to reach you four weeks before the course starts, and also allow for preparation time.

The course is taught in the Sawyers building in Chelmsford. See directions to our campus.


To enquire and for further information please contact Jennifer Pym.
Tel: 01245 684150