ATLS® is a global course, teaching a systematic process of trauma care for patients with life-threatening injuries.

Throughout this two-day interactive course, you will learn a range of comprehensive and adaptable trauma management skills, relevant to all specialties.

The RCS is the only programme provider of ATLS® in the UK, and we are proud to provide a safe and reliable method of teaching immediate management of injured patients, which has been adopted in 86 countries.

We are pleased to announce the launch of ATLS® 10th edition in September 2018. The Royal College of Surgeons has successfully run over 20 pilot courses with overwhelmingly positive feedback from course delegates and faculty. Whilst continuing to teach an effective and systematic approach to the management of trauma patients, the 10th edition hybrid course offers online modules and a shorter face-to-face element.

The format of this hybrid course includes a state-of-the-art and interactive eLearning tool which will enhance your learning experience and reduce the number of days attending the practical sessions from three to two.

2 days
17.00 CPD Points
After attending this course, you should be able to:

Demonstrate the concepts and principles of the primary and secondary patient assessments
Establish management priorities in a trauma situation
Initiate primary and secondary management necessary for the emergency management of acute life threatening conditions in a timely manner
In a given simulation, demonstrate the skills related to ABCD which are often required during initial assessment and treatment of patients with multiple injuries
Course content
The ATLS course consists of the following sessions

Interactive discussions
Initial Assessment
Revision of the Core Content
Trauma at Extremes of Age
Trauma Team
Scenario stations
Airway (basic and paediatric, advanced and surgical)
Restriction of the Cervical Spine Motion (ROCSM)
Secondary Survey
Moulage practice and testing
Interactive sessions and demonstrations
How to reverify your ATLS qualification
ATLS provider status lasts for four years. To reverify, you can take our one-day ATLS reverification course at any point within six months of your qualification’s expiry date.

Information for ATLS instructors
There are over 2,000 ATLS instructors throughout the UK who play a vital role in maintaining the dynamic – and growing – national course programme.

View our information for ATLS course instructors.

How to become an ATLS instructor
While participating in an ATLS course, you may be nominated as having Instructor Potential (IP).

If you have been nominated as an ATLS IP, please take a look at our list of ATLS Instructor courses.

Becoming an ATLS instructor is a fulfilling way to further your professional development while sharing your trauma management knowledge with motivated course participants and colleagues.

Alongside this, we are always keen to hear from people interested in becoming faculty for other RCS courses.

A globally renowned course
The Royal College of Surgeons is proud to be the exclusive provider of ATLS in the UK. The course and methodology was developed by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) in 1978 and is now taught in over 80 countries.