We are proud to announce the 2021 return of the new European Pre-hospital Trauma Care Course. 

The European Pre-hospital Trauma Care course is 5 days duration and is aimed at people who work in the pre- hospital arena. The course was developed with Fire, Police, Ambulance Services and Clinicians to serve the UK needs. The ESTC faculty team who have developed the course come from a wide and varied background, nationwide, and have vast amounts of knowledge and experience working in the pre-hospital arena. The support from Fire, Police, Ambulance Services and Health Care Workers has been considerable and has been 3 years in the development process. The course has received recognition from various awarding bodies and is now an accredited Royal College of Surgeons England course

Based at our purpose built pre-hospital training centre, the course pushes students to the limits and tests the capabilities of the services. 

Delegates will be taught skills associated with patient assessment, stabilisation and the transfer of both the trauma patients and those suffering a medical emergency. The certificate is valid for 3 years.

The course is taught in our purpose built training suites which house some of the most up to date training rigs in Europe.

From confined space to collapsed building structures to rail and aviation we can deliver the best in scenario based training. 

EPTC Course Eligibility

The course is aimed at personnel who work in the pre-hospital arena and require an enhanced level of education in pre-hospital medicine.

All candidates are required to attend the course with suitable Personal Protective Equipment. This includes suitable helmet (this can incorporate a visor or separate safety glasses must be worn during practical activity), suitable protective clothing, suitable protective footwear and suitable protective hand protection.

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
          • Extremes 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

The course will develop individuals to gain a foundation knowledge enabling them to work individually or as part of a team in a variety of EPTC situations and locations throughout the UK.

We are currently working in conjunction with the Royal College of Surgeons England to develop a Diploma in Emergency Care. Once we have finalised the syllabus for the Diploma in Pre-hospital Trauma Care with the Royal College of Surgeons England we will announce the pathway for the students to follow. The pathways will follow two clear routes. Those wishing to pursue the Trauma pathway will be placed under the Royal College of Surgeons educational process. Those students who require Incident Command and or Leadership will follow the Skills for Justice Pathway. After the student has completed the EPTC course they can move to a more advanced level which allows the student to develop their skills in either Trauma Care or Incident Command.

Working in conjunction with Skills for Justice has opened up a new pathway of education for our Fire, Police and Ambulance Service colleagues. 

Following the course in September 2020, a number of students where identified as Instructor Potential and were invited to attend the instructor training course. This will be announced in 2021. Due to the present situation with COVID-19 all RCS activities have been suspended. Once we are in the driving seat we will announce the dates for the instructor courses 2021.

Many students have been educated at the Emergency Services Training Centre and have experienced a very well developed training faculty. Why not train at one of the best center’s in Pre-hospital Emergency Care.

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Upcoming EPTC Course Dates and Information

21st – 25th September – FULLY BOOKED


5th – 9th April

12th – 16th July

6th – 10th September

Course price – £750 inclusive of VAT. Lunch and Refreshments included.

Students requiring PPE can be supplied equipment during the course. We hold a full range of PPE to suit the students needs.

Course manual can be obtained separately for £55 however if booking on a course it is included in the course fee.



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