Training courses

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

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

A-E refresher

We feel that the ability to recognise a sick patient is of high importance. We have developed a new A-E course which is designed to give staff an annual refresher of:

  • Assessing sick patients using an A-E approach
  • Care of a tracheostomy/larengectomy 
  • Sepsis recognition
  • Anaphylaxis

 

Who is it aimed at?

The A-E refresher course is for existing registered nurses who have completed an AIM course within the last four years.

If you have not completed an AIM course within four years you must do an AIM course first and then the A-E course the following year.

The course needs to be completed every year.

 

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 Learning@NUH

 

What previous course attendees have said

"Very interesting and useful update to facilitate further learning"

"Very informative session"

Acute illness management (AIM)

Early recognition of an acutely unwell patient is of high importance. The Greater Manchester acute illness management (AIM) course has been developed to provide a structured approach to patient care. The course covers:

  • Human factors and communications
  • Assessing and managing acute pain
  • Airway management
  • Sepsis
  • Acute kidney injury
  • Loss of consciousness 
  • Recognition, assessment and management of the acutely ill adult
  • There will be an assessment component at the end of the day in the form of a multiple choice paper (MCQ) and practical assessment.

 

Who is it aimed at?

This course is for adult registered nurses and midwives.

AIM courses are to be completed once only and then to be followed up with the A-E refresher course every year. 

 

How do I book?

Book via Learning@NUH

 

What previous course attendees have said

"Although I don't see sick patients it's good to have a comprehensive/rounded teaching course in case I need these skills out in the community/personal life"

"Great teaching - would love to do it six monthly"

"Very nicely structured and delivered. Teachers are knowledgeable, passionate and professional. Great course"

Adult non-medical emergency airway management course for sedation practitioners / 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. A certificate of attendance is awarded on completion.

 

Who is it aimed at?

This airway session is a stand alone course and is aimed at non-medical staff involved in the administration and management of patients requiring sedation as part of an interventional procedure such as interventional radiology, dental, endoscopy/colposcopy etc.

It is expected that candidates will be drawn from various disciplines such as specialist nurses undertaking procedures including endoscopy, colposcopy and colonoscopy as well as dental nurses.

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

 

How long is it?

Two hours

 

Where is it?

Nottingham City Hospital resuscitation department

 

How do I book?

Book via Learning@NUH

Advanced life support (ALS)

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.

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.
  • Nurses and ODPs who are expected to carry the cardiac arrest bleep

 

How long is it?

Pre-course reading and then a two day face-to-face course 

We also offer a one day recertification course for those who require an ALS update (ALS qualifications are valid for four years).

 

How will I be assessed?

  • Continuous assessment occurs throughout the ALS course through skills stations and clinical simulations allowing candidates to demonstrate the core competencies that have been taught on the course.
  • A pre course and post course multiple choice paper 
  • A test scenario at the end of day two

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: ResusBookings2@nuh.nhs.uk

Advanced life support recertification

The recertification ALS course is only available to those who hold a valid Resuscitation Council (UK) ALS provider certificate. If more than a year has elapsed since the expiry of the ALS certificate the full ALS course must be attended. 

The course provides a refresher on 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
  • Utilisation of non-technical skills to facilitate strong team leadership and effective team membership.

You will be expected to re-read your ALS manual as you will be participating in a variety of ALS simulation scenerios.

 

Who is it aimed at?

The ALS provider course is designed for healthcare professionals who already hold a valid ALS provider certificate and would be expected to apply the skills 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.
  • Nurses and ODPs who are expected to carry the cardiac arrest bleep

 

How long is it?

Pre-course reading and then a one day face-to-face course.

 

How will I be assessed?

  • Continuous assessment occurs throughout the ALS course through skills stations and clinical simulations allowing candidates to demonstrate the core competencies that have been taught on the course. 
  • A pre course and post course multiple choice paper 
  • A test scenario 

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

AHLS link training (and reassessments)

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 collegues.

The new link day 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 day 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.

Link reassessment days are for existing link staff who are due a yearly update.

Please note: As link staff you must have your teaching assessed yearly (which acts as your BLS mandatory update). If you become more than three months out of date (and you wish to continue with your link role) you will need to complete a new link day course again.

 

How long is it?

New link day is a full day (9am - 4pm)

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

 

How do I book?

EZ-IO

According to current resuscitation guidelines we should be spending no longer than 90 seconds to establish vascular access in a deteriorating patient. Intraoesseous is more readily used in paediatric patients but becoming more popular with adult patients as well. IO devices allow for safe, fast and efficient vascular access. IO kits can be found in all peadiatric emergency trolleys and in adult hub areas.

 

What does it include?

  • What is intraoessous access and when is it required?
  • Landmarking on the patient and the sites of insertion
  • How to insert the IO device 
  • Contraindications for IO insertion
  • Time to complete your 'working in new ways' package
  • Opportunity to practice insertion using dummy bones.
  • We recommend downloading the EZ-IO app for up to date guidelines and useful insertion videos.

 

Who is it aimed at?

Registered nurses

 

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. 

 

How do I book?

Book via Learning@NUH

 

What previous course attendees have said

"Training delivery in resus department was excellent"

"Really useful and practical course. Clinically relevant, good opportunity to consolidate learning"

"Well run informative course" 

Medical life support (MLS)

Medical life support (MLS) has replaced the old AMLS and PMLS courses that we previously offered. This course provides a mandatory update for all medical NUH staff.

The course consists of an update on the following topics:

  • Adult basic life support (including choking)
  • Paediatric basic life support (including choking)
  • Defibrillation
  • Basic airway management
  • EZIO insertion 
  • Simulations of medical emergencies for both adults and children.

 

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 at NUH.

 

How long is it?

Two hours

 

How do I book?

Book via Learning@NUH

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 Learning@NUH

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 Learning@NUH

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?

  • Antecedents audit
  • Recognition of the sick infant and child using the structured ABCDE approach
  • CPR and choking skills
  • Acute exacerbation of asthma management
  • SVT management
  • Tracheostomy management

 

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 Learning@NUH