Cambridge Postgraduate Medical Centre
Course Full

FY1 (Addenbrookes only) - ALS course 18/19 March 2021

Dates: Thu 18th Mar - Fri 19th Mar
Venue: Madingley Hall view on map
Course price: Free
Course Administrator:
Melanie Cornwell
01223 254992

This booking form is only for Foundation Year 1 doctors based at Addenbrooke's at the time of the course date  

TO APPLY YOU MUST HAVE YOUR SPECIALITY SET AS FOUNDATION TRAINING.

Please ensure you have booked your study leave for this course.  

HEE provide funding for EoE trainees to attend education and training courses which will assist in meeting aspects of the curriculum. Your place on the course you have applied for is funded by HEE, and approved by the TPD/Head of School. Non-attendance is taken seriously and if you book onto the course and do not attend on the day, your details will be forwarded to the Training Programme Director and Head of School.  


Each trainee is entilted to one funded place.  Cancellations may not be able to be accommodated for another funded place if the cancelled place cannot be re-filled by another suitable trainee.  Therefore full course payment of £500 would be required if you need to book on an alternative course date. 


The Resuscitation Council (UK) Advanced Life Support (ALS) course was launched 1993. It 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).

Who is this course suitable for?

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, paramedics and nurses working in acute care areas (e.g. ED, CCU, ICU, HDU, operating theatres, acute medical admissions units) or on resuscitation /medical emergency/ICU outreach teams. All applicants must hold a 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.

Learning outcomes

The ALS course teaches the knowledge and skills required to:

  • recognise and treat the deteriorating patient using a structured ABCDE approach;
  • deliver standardised CPR in adults;
  • manage a cardiac arrest by working with a multidisciplinary team in an emergency situation;
  • utilise non-technical skills to facilitate strong team leadership and effective team membership.
  • ALS courses are held at centres throughout the UK and are approved and certified by the Resuscitation Council (UK). This ensures uniformity of content and standard regardless of the centre.
  • The e-ALS course comprises 1-day e-learning and 1-day face-to-face.
  • All candidates will be registered on the Learning Management System (LMS) regardless of their chosen course pathway to access course modules, pre-course multiple choice questionnaire (MCQ), course evaluation and post course certificates.
  • The course programme consists of lectures, workshops, skill stations and cardiac arrest simulations (i.e. CASTeach).

Assessment and Certification

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, high quality CPR and defibrillation 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 MCQ paper. Successful candidates receive a Resuscitation Council (UK) ALS provider certificate, which is valid for 4 years. The ALS course is recognised for up to 10 continuing professional development (CPD) points.

Pre-course preparation

  • The course manual is sent to candidates one month before the course. Candidates are expected to have prepared for the course by reading the manual and submitting their completed pre-course MCQ paper before attending the face-to-face course. Candidates are advised to complete the pre-course MCQ without reference to the manual. Candidates are also given access to e-learning materials on the LMS. For those candidates attending the e-ALS course, the e-learning content replaces the first day of the 2-day course and they must access and undertake the e-learning component before attending the face-to-face element of the course. Prior competence in CPR is an essential prerequisite to attending the course.