Clinical Skills Centre

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It is our aim to deliver excellence in clinical training and education by combining state of the art technology with an experienced and knowledgeable team.

As a recognised regional centre for the Royal College of Surgeons, we are approved to deliver the nationally recognised ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support) course. We are also approved, by the Resuscitation Council, to run the ALS (Advanced Life Support) and ILS (Immediate Life Support) courses.

The Clinical Skills Centre consists of a Clinical Skills Lab, two lecture rooms and two practical teaching rooms. One room is designated for resuscitation training, the other is a ward simulation room used for practical simulated patient sessions.

The installation of SMOTS (Scotia Medical Observation and Training System) equipment has enabled the delivery of training sessions which can be observed live from another location. This allows increased numbers to be involved in the simulation training sessions and the practice and development of a full range of skills necessary for patient care while in a safe and controlled environment.

ALS (Advanced Life Support)

The Advanced Life Support Course has been developed by the Resuscitation Council (UK). It is a national course, teaching resuscitation guidelines and skills to healthcare professionals. This course will prepare senior members of a multi-disciplinary team to manage peri-arrest situations and to treat the patient until transfer to a critical care area. The complexity and management of cardiac arrest situations including decision making and effective communication, with the team and the patient’s relatives, is included.

This course is designed for healthcare professionals who would be expected to apply the skills taught as part of their clinical duties, or to teach them on a regular basis. Appropriate participants include doctors and nurses working in critical care areas (e.g. A&E, CCU, ICU, HDU, operating theatres, medical admissions units) or on the cardiac arrest/medical emergency team and paramedics.

All applicants should hold a current clinical appointment and professional healthcare qualification.

ALS Booking Form

ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support)

The ATLS course is overseen by the Royal College of Surgeons and was developed by the American College of Surgeons over 30 years ago. ATLS is an internationally recognised course, delivered in over 60 countries. The course teaches a simple systematic approach to the management of trauma patients through inter-active tutorials, skills teaching and simulated patient management scenarios.

The ATLS (10th Edition) course consists of the mandatory completion of a series of online modules followed by 2 days of practical skills at the centre.

This course is suitable for: FY2, CT1-2, ST1-2 and SAS Grades at an equivalent level from all specialties including Anaesthesia, Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care Medicine and Surgery.

There are continual assessments throughout the course. For successful completion of the course, candidates must:

  • Complete the pre-course online learning modules
  • Attend all skill stations and demonstrations
  • Successfully complete the moulage test on day 2 of the course
  • Successfully complete the post course MCQ with a score of 80% or above

ATLS Booking Form

First Aid at Work

Health and Safety Law requires that all employers assess the risks in their workplace and provide adequate facilities to deal with illness and injury happening on their premises. This includes having sufficient numbers of trained First Aiders available on site and the equipment necessary to carry out that role.  Failure to comply with this law can render an employer liable to prosecution. More information can be found on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website.

It is recommended that managers undertake a first aid risk assessment to identify which type of first aider and how many are required in the workplace to provide adequate cover for differing shift patterns, relief for holidays and sickness etc.

The one-day Emergency First Aid at Work course is delivered in our bespoke training facilities by experienced healthcare professionals who, in addition to holding professional qualifications, have a wealth of experience in real emergency situations. They will use this practical knowledge to help you learn life saving techniques.

Brief Outline:​

  • Basic life support procedures/Role of first aider with an AED
  • Dealing with unconsciousness
  • Recovery position
  • Heart Attack
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Shock
  • Seizures and convulsions
  • Choking
  • Bleeding
  • Burns and scolds
  • How and when to get help

Who Can Apply?

  • Anyone required to act as an ‘appointed person’ who needs to reach a level of competence in the theory and practice of first aid to assist in managing illness in the workplace.
  • Anyone with an interest in First Aid and who wishes to learn Emergency First Aid Skills.

First Aid at Work Booking Form

ILS (Immediate Life Support)

ILS one-day, 08.30am – 4.30pm (registration at 8.15am)

ILS Recertification half-day, 08.30 – 12.30pm (registration at 8.15am)

These courses are certified by the Resuscitation Council (UK). The aim is to enable candidates to reach an acceptable level of competence in the practical aspects of advanced resuscitation.

The ILS courses are suitable for any individual or agency which requires competency training in CPR, use of an AED and airway techniques. Registered nurses, junior doctors, medical and nursing students, cardiology technicians, dentists, dental nurses, and other experienced allied healthcare staff.

Brief Outline:

  • Prevention of cardiac arrest
  • An overview of basic life support
  • Airway management and simple ventilation techniques
  • Manual and/or advisory defibrillation
  • The universal algorithm
  • Use of drugs (optional)
  • Cardiac arrest simulation practice

Assessment is undertaken by continual observation.

Successful completion of the course gives a 12-month Resuscitation Council certificate which can be renewed via a yearly half-day refresher course.

The course fee, which includes manual and registration, is available on enquiry.

ILS Booking Form

PILS (Paediatric Immediate Life Support)

PILS one-day, 08.30am – 4.30pm (registration at 8.15am)

PILS recertification half-day 08.30 – 12.30pm (registration at 8.15am)

​​These courses are certified by the Resuscitation Council (UK). The aim is to enable candidates to reach an acceptable level of competence in the practical aspects of advanced resuscitation.

The PILS course is appropriate for a range of candidates including doctors, nurses, paramedics, ODPs, health visitors, school nurses, midwives, cardiac technicians, resuscitation officers, physiotherapists, dentistry professionals, ambulance technicians and medical and nursing students.

Brief outline:

  • Understand the structured Abcde approach that facilitates rapid recognition of seriously ill children
  • Provide appropriate initial treatment interventions to prevent cardiorespiratory arrest
  • Treat children in respiratory or cardiorespiratory arrest until the arrival of a resuscitation team or more experienced assistance
  • Become members of a paediatric resuscitation team

Assessment is undertaken by continual observation.

Successful completion of the course gives a 12-month Resuscitation Council certificate which can be renewed via a yearly half-day refresher course.

Course fee, which includes manual and registration fee, is available on enquiry.

PILS Booking Form

TaRTS (Trauma and Resuscitation Team Skills)

A new concept in delivering in-house training in the management of the trauma patient for nurses, junior doctors and allied health professionals working in Trauma Units. TaRTS is the first UK course that is fully curriculum-mapped to the National Major Trauma Nursing Group Level 1 Clinical Competency Framework.  We provide all the evidence-based resources and guidance you need to successfully deliver this tried, tested, and trusted course to your team in-house.

The TaRTS concept has been adopted by the West Yorkshire Major Trauma Network. It has been internally and externally peer reviewed and has received endorsement from the Chair of the RCN Emergency Care Association. There is also significant interest from Trauma Units in other Major Trauma Networks across the UK.

TaRTS conveys key learning in:

  • Management of the multiply injured major trauma patient.
  • Approach to patients who may present to the ED with occult injury.
  • Adaptations to the approach for groups of patients with specific needs.
  • Overview of UK Major Trauma systems and the role of Trauma Units within the trauma network.
  • Human factors and team-working, with emphasis on the concept of ‘exemplary followership’.

The one-day course format includes:

  • Interactive and fully standardised lectures providing foundation knowledge in trauma care.
  • Clinical skills stations to practice key procedures.
  • Team moulages where candidates perform in their usual clinical role.
  • Structured debriefs with a focus on communication and cognitive processes.
  • Small group discussions to explore the wider complexities of trauma care.

Our resources are unique:

  • Presentations, moulages, skills and discussions; fully standardised and curriculum mapped.
  • Content relevant to all Trauma Units regardless of geographical location.
  • Learning applicable to the wider multi-disciplinary team.
  • Deliverable at any site with basic educational resources.
  • Requires minimal faculty training for delivery.

The benefits to you:

  • Assurance of Level 1 training for ED nurses by meeting national Major Trauma Nursing Group competencies.
  • National Major Trauma Network assurance for the peer review measures.
  • Enhanced communication across the multidisciplinary team.
  • Baseline knowledge and skills for staff members who wouldn’t ordinarily access higher level trauma training courses.
  • Only a minimal funding commitment.

TaRTS Enquiry Form