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Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Reverification Programme

Demand for ATLS® exceeds current availability. Please check back frequently for new courses or contact your local delivery centre (see below). We do not hold waiting lists for courses.

We are currently piloting ATLS Virtual Reverification course. For more information and to book your place on the pilot please visit:  ATLS Virtual Reverification

This revision one-day course allows you to reverify your ATLS® Provider status and is offered as an alternative to re-taking the full two-day ATLS® course. ATLS® Provider status is valid for four years and you can take the ATLS Reverification course up to six months after your Provider status has lapsed.

The format of this hybrid course includes interactive discussions, scenario-based skills stations, initial assessment (moulage) scenarios and interactive e-learning tools which will enhance your learning experience.

The pre-course e-learning is a mandatory requirement for this course and must be completed by 7am the day before the face-to-face course. You will find more information on the pre-course e-learning in the Format tab below.

Due to demand and limited availability of course places, you must work in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to be eligible to attend ATLS. All ATLS® Reverification course applicants must provide proof of their ATLS Provider status when applying for a place on ATLS Reverification course.

Provider status obtained on a course outside the UK will have to be verified through the American College of Surgeons.

View a list of our current ATLS® Reverification course centres. (correct as of February 2023).

  • 1 day
  • 10.00 CPD Points
1 day
10.00 CPD Points

Suitability

This course is open to ATLS® providers who regularly manage severely injured patients and who have taken the ATLS® course within the last four and a half years.

Providers who do not regularly manage severely injured patients should reverify by attending the full two-day ATLS® Provider course. The one-day course requires a high degree of familiarity with trauma resuscitation and uses the provider's own experiences to illustrate important principles of trauma management.

Reverification of your ATLS® provider status must happen no later than six months after your status lapses (which happens four years after you take the course).

If you wait any longer than six months, you will need to re-take the full two-day ATLS® course.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, you should be able to: 

  • Demonstrate refreshed knowledge of all principles of ATLS and its safe, reliable method for immediate management of the injured trauma patient
  • Effectively use the standardised language of trauma care
 

Format

ATLS is a highly interactive course, taught using a variety of practical techniques including simulated patient scenarios, unfolding scenarios stations, group discussions and tutorials. 

Mandatory, pre-course e-learning

Before the course, you will be required to complete the pre-course e-learning consisting of 1 module and quiz, and MCQs. It takes approximately 1-2 hours to complete this work. Completion of the mandatory part of the e-learning is a requirement to attend the course. Participants who have not completed the mandatory part of the e-learning in full by 7am the day before the course will not be allowed to participate in the course and will forfeit their course fee. 

You will have access to all 13 e-learning modules and quizzes and we strongly recommend that you complete all the modules in preparation for the course. 

Course participants will receive access to the pre-course e-learning resources on the RCS VLE via notification with login details four weeks before the course at the latest.

It is also mandatory to read the ATLS student course manual prior to the face-to-face component of the course.

Assessment

You will be assessed throughout the course and you have to pass all assessed sessions to pass the course and be awarded ATLS provider status.

There are interactive sessions and clinical scenario stations and your performance of practical skills and contribution to discussions that test participants’ core knowledge will be assessed throughout these sessions.

On the final day of the course, you will take an MCQ test consisting of 40 questions with the pass mark of 30/40. If you are unsuccessful on the course you can take up to two resits within three months of the course. You will not be given your answer sheet or told which questions you answered incorrectly. Reading the ATLS manual prior to the course is the best preparation for the MCQs - there are no lectures in the face-to-face component of the course; you must arrive with a high level of clinical knowledge. 

Moulage assessment will also take place on the last day of the course. You will be given a simulated clinical scenario and you will be assessed on the initial assessment and management of a patient according to objective assessment criteria. If you are unsuccessful in your first attempt on the course you will be given the opportunity to repeat the moulage assessment on the course using a different scenario. If unsuccessful, at the course director’s discretion, you might be given a final resit on another course. 

If you have not met the minimum standard to pass the course you will not be given the opportunity to re-sit failed sessions and you will have to successfully complete another provider course to gain ATLS provider status.

Additional Information

Course content

You will refresh your knowledge of all of the principles of ATLS®, including:

  • Initial trauma assessment and management
  • Airway and ventilatory management including cricothyroidotomy
  • Assessment and management of patients in haemorrhagic shock
  • Assessment of chest injuries and chest decompression
  • Head injury management
  • Spinal restriction of motion and assessment of injuries
  • Differences in trauma management at extremes of age
  • Trauma team and necessary behaviours of team leaders and team members

How to become an ATLS® Instructor

While participating in an ATLS® course, you may be nominated as having Instructor Potential (IP).

Faculty are looking for participants who demonstrate excellent core knowledge, a commitment to the ATLS® principles and the skills and attitude necessary for the role of an ATLS® instructor. You also need to be working at ST 4 level (or equivalent) or above.

If you have been nominated as an ATLS® IP, you will need to attend an ATLS® Instructor course. Please take a look at our list of ATLS® Instructor courses

Becoming an ATLS® instructor is a fulfilling way to further your professional development while sharing your trauma management knowledge with motivated course participants and colleagues. Alongside this, we are always keen to hear from people interested in becoming faculty for other RCS courses.

Booking Options

Regional ATLS Reverification Courses

Thu
05
Sep
2024
£495
West Suffolk Trauma Course

05 Sep 2024

£495

Pricing notes:

Full price: £495

Course Fees:

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West Suffolk Trauma Course

Location:

West Suffolk Trauma Course
St. Edmund Masonic Centre
BURY ST. EDMUNDS
IP32 7AB
United Kingdom
joanne.read@wsh.nhs.uk
01284 712700

Instructions:

Mrs J Read, joanne.read@wsh.nhs.uk, 01284 712700
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Wed
11
Sep
2024
£499
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

11 Sep 2024

£499

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Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Location:

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Nicolson Street
EDINBURGH
EH8 9DW
United Kingdom
p.rafferty@rcsed.ac.uk
0131 5271702

Instructions:

Mr P Rafferty, p.rafferty@rcsed.ac.uk, 0131 5271702
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26
Sep
2024
£450
Kings Mill Hospital

26 Sep 2024

£450

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Kings Mill Hospital

Location:

Kings Mill Hospital
Mansfield Road
SUTTON-IN-ASHFIELD
NG17 4JL
United Kingdom
alice.elliott5@nhs.net
01623 622515 6281

Instructions:

Alice Elliott, alice.elliott5@nhs.net, 01623 622515 6281
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Royal College Of Surgeons Courses

Mon
19
Aug
2024
£460.00
LONDON, United Kingdom

19 Aug 2024

£460.00

Pricing notes:

Full price: £460.00
All Current ATLS Instructors: £414.00
All Current Surgical Faculty: £414.00
RCS England Members/Fellows: £414.00

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LONDON, United Kingdom

Location:

RCS - Bjorn Saven Centre for Surgical Education
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields
LONDON
WC2A 3PE
United Kingdom
education@rcseng.ac.uk
020 7869 6300
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