Cambridge University Hospitals

ALERT 21st June 2017 Last Few Places


Wednesday, 21st June – Wednesday, 21st June 2017


The ALERT™ course incorporates interactive seminars, practical demonstrations and role–play clinical scenarios during which the candidates are encouraged to reflect on their actions and to consider “What would I do next?” An ALERT™ course manual, for pre–course reading, is provided to all attendees.

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Originally developed in 1999 by Professor Gary Smith, and colleagues at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, ALERT™ is a multi-professional course to train staff in recognising patient deterioration and act appropriately in treating the acutely unwell. The course is usually delivered as a one-day interactive seminar built around practical patient-based scenarios. The day is supported by a comprehensive reference manual and slide presentation.

ALERT™ uses a structured and prioritised system of patient assessment and management to enable a pre-emptive approach to critical illness. It instructs staff in the recognition of impending clinical deterioration, the management of disordered physiology and other aspects of the delivery of acute care.

ALERT™ has now run successfully since the beginning of 2000 and has been delivered in over 100 centres in the UK and overseas. The course is :

  • a blended, flexible, learning programme
  • a track record of delivery over the past 10 years
  • multi-disciplinary
  • recognised by several medical royal colleges
  • supported by optional assessments and issuing of formal certificates
  • simple to organise and deliver with no special equipment needed

It is expected that the introduction of the ALERT™ course will result in specific benefits to patients, their relatives and hospital staff, such as:

  • improvements in the general ward care of patients
  • a reduced number of cardiac arrest calls on general wards
  • earlier, and more appropriate referrals to the intensive care unit
  • fewer re-admissions to the intensive care unit
  • fewer avoidable in-hospital deaths
  • improved decision-making regarding the resuscitation status of patients
  • improved multi-professional teamwork
  • improved communication
  • fewer complaints from patients or their relatives

Taken from 12-Nov-14

Cost: £50 (reduced rate of £35 for Addenbrooke's staff)

Course Administrator

Ann Bloomfield
01223 256229

Course Location

The course takes place at...

Clinical Skills, Level 2, Deakin Centre
01223 256229