Our Emergency Department is extremely busy. 

If you need medical care or advice that is urgent but not an immediate, genuine emergency, please visit https://111.nhs.uk/ or call 111 first so trained NHS 111 advisors can tell you the best place to be seen quickly.

Please remember there is also the Urgent Treatment Centre at Seaton House, NG2 4LA.

Training courses

We offer a wide variety of courses in the resuscitation training department.

Please click on the links below for more information and details of how to book onto the different courses.

Adult Hospital Life Support

The Adult Hospital Life Support course is the annual mandatory resuscitation update for Registered Nurses, Registered Midwives, CSW's and Allied Health Professionals who care for adult patients.

The course covers:

  • Adult Basic Life Support
  • Safe use of a defibrillator
  • Choking management
  • Recovery Position
  • Post resuscitation documents

 

Course length: 2 hours

To book a session please visit the ESR portal or you can book a AHLS session with your local resuscitation link professional

A-E refresher

The ability to recognise patients at risk of deterioration is essential in the prevention of cardiac arrest. The A-E refresher course is designed to provide staff with an annual refresher of:

  • Assessing a deteriorating patient using the A-E approach
  •  Anaphylaxis update
  • Sepsis identification, management and treatment
  • Care of a tracheostomy or larengectomy patient

 

Who is it aimed at?

The A-E refresher course is for registered nurses and is completed annually.

 

How long is it?

The course is three hours long.

It is run either in the morning (9am-12pm) or the afternoon (1pm-4pm).

 

How do I book?

Book via ESR portal.

Airway Course for Sedation Assistants

What does it include?

  • Airway management and obstruction
  • Airway maintenance using adjuncts
  • Securing and ventilating the airway
  • Anaphylaxis and over sedation, including:
    • Location and use of white drug box
    • Signs/symptoms of anaphylaxis
    • Managing anaphylaxis
    • Assessment is continuous and is assessed by an instructor delivering the course. 

 

Who is it aimed at?

The sedation for airway practitioners is a stand-alone course aimed at non-medical staff who are involved in the administration and management of patients requiring sedation as part of an interventional procedure. This can include interventional radiology, dental, endoscopy/colposcopy procedures.

Candidates who hold a valid ALS/ILS certificate would not be required to attend within one year of certification, but will be required to attend a yearly update. 

 

How long is it?

Two hours.

 

How do I book?

Book via ESR portal.

Advanced life support (e-ALS, 2 day ALS, ALS recertification courses)

The advanced life support (ALS) course aims to give candidates the required skills to lead a multidisciplinary team in managing an acutely unwell/deteriorating patient and cardiac arrest.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Recognition and treatment of the deteriorating patient using a structured ABCDE approach
  • Delivery of standardised CPR in adults
  • Managing/leading a cardiac arrest
  • Tachycardia and bradycardia management
  • Cardiac rhythm recognition
  • Blood gas analysis
  • Special circumstances (asthma, anaphylaxis, electrolyte imbalance, pregnancy, hypovolemia and posioning)
  • Utilisation of non-technical skills to facilitate strong team leadership and effective team membership.

 

Who is it aimed at?

The ALS provider course is designed for healthcare professionals who would be expected to apply the skills taught as part of their clinical duties. All candidates must hold a professional healthcare qualification.

Appropriate participants include:

  • Doctors
  • Paramedics
  • Nurses who work in acute care areas such as ED, CCU, ICU, HDU, operating theatres, acute medical admissions units.
  • Operating department practitioners (ODP) who work in acute care areas such as ED, CCU, ICU, HDU, operating theatres, acute medical admissions units.
  • Resuscitation/ medical emergency/ critical care outreach teams who are expected to carry the cardiac arrest bleep

 

How long is it?

e-ALS course = one day pre course learning with one day face-to-face training

2 day ALS course = 2 days face-to-face training

ALS recertification course = 1 day face-to-face training for staff who require an ALS update (ALS qualifications are valid for 4 years) NB: if more than a year has elapsed since the expiry of ALS certificate, a full ALS course is required.

 

How will I be assessed?

  • Continual assessment occurs throughout the ALS course during the skills stations and cardiac arrest simulations. Candidates need to ensure they demonstrate core competencies in A-E assessment, good quality chest compressions at the correct rate, depth and recoil, airway management skills and safe use of a defribillator to go through for the testing.
  • At the end of the course a post course multiple choice questionnaire and a cardiac arrest test scenario will be completed by the candidate. Both elements need to be successfully completed to obtain certification.
  • There is an expectation that all candidates act with probity and prepare adequately for attendance at the face-to-face element of the course. Prior to the course the candidate is expected to have read the manual, accessed the e-learning materials and completed the pre course MCQ paper.

 

All candidates will be registered on the Learning Management System (LMS) to allow access to course modules, pre-course multiple choice questionnaires (MCQ), course evaluation and post course certificates.

 

How do I book?

To book email: resusbookings@nuh.nhs.uk

Generic Instructor Course

The Generic Instructor Course is for candidates who have completed an Advanced Life Support, Newborn Life Support or Advanced Paediatric Life Support course and have been recommended to become instructors.

To find out further information regarding course content or course availability, please contact sharon.martin@nuh.nhs.uk

AHLS link training (and reassessment)

The adult hospital life support (AHLS) link training course has been developed to enable registered and non-registered practitioners to become resuscitation link staff for their area and to deliver AHLS training for their colleagues.

The new link course will cover the following topics:

  • Four stage teaching (demonstration and practice) of basic life support
  • Choking and recovery position
  • How to teach safe defibrillation
  • Managing challenging candidates
  • Giving feedback
  • Administration (link paperwork, assessment criteria paperwork etc)

 

Who is it aimed at?

The new link course is aimed at registered and non-registered practitioners who wish to become resuscitation links for their area and wish to deliver AHLS training to their collegues.

The link reassessment sessions are for existing staff who are required to attend a yearly update and assessment of teaching.

Please note: your yearly link reassessment will act as your AHLS update. If you become more than 3 months out of date (and you wish to continue with the role) you will need to complete the 2 day new link course again.

 

How long is it?

New link course is a 2 day course (requiring candidate attendance on both days) and runs from 9am-4pm.

Link reassessment is either a morning (9am-12pm) or afternoon (1pm-4pm) session.

 

How do I book?

  • New link course can be booked via ESR portal.
  • Link reassessments need to be booked via emailing resusofficers@nuh.nhs.uk.

EZ-IO

Current resuscitation guidelines state that clinical staff should spend no longer than 90 seconds to obtain vascular access in a deteriorating patient or cardiac arrest situation. Intraoesseous access is readily available in both our paediatric and adult hub clinical areas. 

 

What does it include?

  • What is intraoessous access and when is it required?
  • Land marking of insertion sites and insertion technique
  • Contraindications for IO insertion
  • Time to complete your 'working in new ways' package
  • Insertion practice using simulation plastic bones

 

Who is it aimed at?

Registered nurses, ACP's, ODP's, Registered midwives

 

How long is it?

The course is scheduled for three hours but the true duration is dictated by how long it takes you to complete your 'working in new ways' package. 

Note: Annual reassessment of skills is required to ensure skills are retained and practiced.

 

How do I book?

Book a place by contacting resusofficers@nuh.nhs.uk

Medical life support (MLS)

Medical life support (MLS) is the annual mandatory resuscitation update for all medical staff at NUH. There are both adult and paediatric courses that staff can chose from depending on the patient group they see.

The course consists of:

  • Safe use of a defibrillator
  • Basic life support 
  • Choking management
  • Recovery position
  • Discussion of current paperwork related to resuscitation practices

 

Who is it aimed at?

The MLS course is a medical life support course, which is an annual life support session for all medical staff, ACP's, ACCP's and physician associates at NUH.

 

How long is it?

Two hours.

 

How do I book?

Book via ESR portal.

Newborn life support (NLS)

Newborn life support (NLS) aims to give those responsible for initiating resuscitation at birth the background knowledge and skills to have a standard approach in the management of a newborn infant during the first 10-20 minutes in a competent manner. It has been developed under the auspices of the Resuscitation Council to provide clear practical instruction in airway support and the theoretical background to illustrate its importance in resuscitation of the newborn.

 

What does it include?

The course concentrates on:

  • Practical skills of airway management with ventilator support
  • Cardiac compressions 
  • Emergency access
  • Team working and communication skills.
  • The course content gives the candidate knowledge to understand the processes:
  • Underlying apnoea
  • Bradycardia 
  • Poor condition at birth

 

Who is it aimed at?

It is designed for any healthcare professional, regardless of discipline or status, who may be called upon to resuscitate a newborn baby.

There is a requirement that all junior doctors working in the neonatal unit at NUH will hold a valid NLS certificate.

Places are limited and priority is given to medics on rotation to neonates and nurses/midwives working in the neonatal unit. Remaining places are available to junior and senior medical staff, midwives, neonatal nurses, paramedics, resuscitation officers and experienced nursing staff.

 

How long does it last?

The course lasts for 10 hours. Generally registration is at 8am and the course finishes at 6pm.

 

How do I book?

To book email: Jane.Pistana@nuh.nhs.uk

Paediatric basic life support (PBLS)

Paediatric basic life support (PBLS) provides training in recognising a sick child and basic resuscitation skills.

 

What does it include?

  • Basic recognition of the sick infant and child
  • How to get help and communicate concerns effectively in an emergency
  • Practical skills of BLS and choking in an infant and child
  • Roles in a paediatric emergency and dealing with parents and families

 

Who is it aimed at?

This course is aimed at those staff who have clinical contact with children as part of their role, but who do not require the advanced courses: 

  • Paediatric specialist nurses who do not work in the acute clinical environment
  • Health care support workers / clinical support workers working with children
  • Play specialists
  • Non-paediatric nurses working with children in the non-acute environment
  • Allied health professionals working with children in the non-acute environment (paediatric and non-paediatric specialists e.g. radiographers, research assistants, audiologists, orthotics, psychologists, OTs, dieticians, physiotherapists, optometrists, geneticists, cardiology assistant technical officers, speech and language therapists)

Please note that you do not need to attend this training if you have a paediatric BLS trainer in your area who can carry out your annual update.

 

How long does it last?

Three hours.

 

How do I book it?

Book via ESR portal.

Paediatric immediate life support (PILS)

Paediatric immediate life support course (PILS) is a Resuscitation Council UK affiliated course which builds upon the knowledge learnt in PBLS and incorporates additional skills such as an A to E assessment.

 

What does it include?

  • Recognition of the sick infant and child using the structured ABCDE approach and initial treatment interventions
  • Workshops including basic airway and breathing management, emergency access, fluids and drugs, CPR skills and ALS management
  • Simulations

 

Who is it aimed at?

  • Registered paediatric nurses caring for children in the acute clinical environment, including some specialist nurses (year 1 on 3 year rolling programme)
  • Medical and surgical trainees working in paediatrics (F1, F2 and GP VTS only)
  • Registered theatre recovery nurses caring for children (year 1 on 3 year rolling programme)
  • ODPs/registered nurses working in paediatric, emergency and specialist theatres regularly involved in paediatric anaesthesia (year 1 on 3 year rolling programme) 
  • Some other allied health professionals seeing children e.g. cardiology physiologists (annually), clinical neurophysiology staff (year 1 on 3 year rolling programme), rapid response on-call paediatric physiotherapists (year 1 on 3 year rolling programme), radiology/MRI nurses caring for children (3 yearly rolling programme)

 

How long does it last?

Eight hours.

 

How do I book?

Book via emailing PaediatricResusTeam@nuh.nhs.uk

Paediatric recognition assessment and management (PRAM)

The paediatric recognition of deterioration, assessment and management (PRAM) course has been developed in partnership with paediatric CCOT to assist with early recognition of the sick child. PRAM is a dynamic, in-house course that is reviewed annually.

 

What does it include?

  • Antecedent Report and learning from serious incidents

  • A- E Assessment, including Fragile Children & Communication

  • Workshops including basic airway and breathing management, tracheostomy care and safety, basic life support, choking and defibrillator skills
  • Circulation and respiratory simulation sessions

 

Who is it aimed at?

Paediatric nurses (including some specialist nurses) working in an acute environment (3 year rolling programme)

 

How long does it last?

Eight hours.

 

How do I book?

Book via ESR portal.