Advanced Trauma Life Support ATLS Provider Programme — Royal College of Surgeons

Demand for ATLS® exceeds current availability. Please check back frequently for new courses or contact your local delivery centre (see below). We do not hold waiting lists for courses.

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 provider of ATLS® in the UK, teaching a safe and reliable method of immediate management of severely injured patients. The ATLS® programme has been adopted in over 80 countries around the world.

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

The pre-course e-learning consists of an Overview chapter,
ATLS® participant course manual, 13 modules and quizzes, pre and post module MCQs
and it takes approximately 1-2 hrs to complete each module. Full completion of
the pre-course learning is a mandatory requirement to attend the course. Participants who have not completed the e-learning in full by 7am the day before
the course will not be allowed to participate in the course and will forfeit
their course fee. Course participants are also required to read the ATLS® participant course
manual in full to prepare for the assessments on the course.

Our priority is to provide training for doctors working for the NHS. Due to demand and limited availability we do not accept applications from doctors working overseas.

ATLS® is curriculum mandated training for many surgical specialties and therefore eligible for HEE study leave applications.

Due to high demand for places on courses, we recommend checking the website frequently for new courses and places that may become available. Regrettably we cannot offer a waiting list service, but we are doing everything we can to make more courses available.

To see a list of our current ATLS® course centres please click here (correct as of May 2020)