PHTLS Course

EPTC Course Eligibility

We no longer promote PHTLS. Although PHTLS has served us well for a number of years it does not fit the UK model. As a result most are moving to the New European Pre-Hospital Trauma Care Course.

In order to be eligible for a EPTC Course you need to be :

  • IHCD qualified Technician
  • HCPC registered Paramedic
  • Registered nurses involved in pre-hospital care
  • Fully registered Medical Practitioners e.g. F2 or above involved in pre-hospital care
  • Currently serving military personnel
  • Emergency services personnel e.g. Fire, Police, Coastguard, where, as part of their duties, they are required to provide advanced emergency care in the Pre-Hospital arena.
  • Other registered healthcare professionals involved in pre-hospital care.

Candidates attending the EPTC course must ensure they are fit and healthy and free of any existing injuries. The course is mentally and physically demanding.

European Pre-Hospital Trauma Care Course content

This list is just some of the subjects covered on the course:

          • Human Factors
          • Scene Safety 
          • Dynamic Risk Assessment
          • Airway management
          • Breathing and Ventilation
          • Circulation and Shock
          • Patient Assessment
          • Surgical airway/chest decompression
          • Spinal Trauma
          • Spinal immobilisation
          • Musculosketal Trauma
          • Immobilisation and Helmet Removal
          • Extreams of Age
          • Basic Extrication Techniques 
          • Abdominal Trauma
          • Penetrating Trauma
          • Blast and Ballistic Trauma
          • Head Trauma
          • Thermal Trauma
          • Traumatic Cardiac Arrest 
          • Emergency Service Command Structure
          • Advanced Vehicle Extrication Techniques

EPTC Course Learning Outcomes

Successful EPTC course delegates will be able to:

  • Recognise the seriousness of traumatic injury as a disease, globally, and within the local community
  • Discuss the responder’s role and responsibilities in injury prevention
  • Understand the use of baseline determinations
  • Understand how to carry out a trauma scene assessment
  • Manage a safe-scene environment from pre to post-incident
  • Understand the need to maintain manual stabilisation of the patient’s head and spine at all times

EPTC Course Dates and Information

EPTC Dates to be advised

European Pre Hospital Trauma Care Course

Please be advised we are replacing PHTLS with the new European Pre Hospital Trauma Care Course (EPTC) on the  26th – 29th October 2017. This course will fall inline with all UK disciplines and has a faculty from most of the UK agencies. The new trauma course covers all the necessary skills required to work along side the UK Emergency Services. Delegates attending  the launch will gain an insight into the world of the pre hospital arena and the new evidence based medicine that accompanies the course content. Working along side the Fire, Police and Ambulance Service on the course will give the student that much needed boost of confidence and knowledge to support them in their role in the pre hospital arena.

The medical faculty ran a pilot course in November 2017 to assess the new course content and its suitability. The feed back from the faculty students was great fully received and the comments where very quickly implemented to accommodate their request for change.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank our medical faculty students who provide us with a realistic environment to assess the course content.

The course manual is due to go to the publishers in August 2018. Once this has been finalised we will engage with an awarding body to accredit the course and manage its quality assurance systems.

EPTC Course Cost

The European Pre Hospital Trauma Care Course price and dates are to be advised late 2018.


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