As we are all aware, Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) has served us well for a number years, it has been taught in 57 countries world wide and written in several different languages however, due to evidenced based medicine and a move to working with other agencies in the UK it is now felt that PHTLS is no longer a suitable platform to deliver in the UK. It is for this reason that a new trauma pathway is being developed for the Pre Hospital arena.

As a steering committee we have been working on the development of the syllabus with various agencies to ensure its content and delivery meets the needs of our pre hospital providers across the UK.

Europe has shown an interest in the development of the course with a view to expanding on our model to serve the European health care profession.

The second meeting of the  steering committee met on 8th April at The Emergency Services Training Centre, Birkenhead. The course is being supported by numerous agencies who have an interest in promoting the development of the new pathway. The faculty has made significant progress in the new course syllabus and hopes to complete early 2018. We hope to launch the content of the new syllabus in October 2017 at the Emergency Services Training Centre Birkenhead where a two day work shop will take place to inform all interested parties of the changes taking place.

The faculty is made up of people from the Royal College of Surgeons England Steering Group, College of Paramedics, Casualty Care Lead for the Fire Service, National Firearms Units, Walton  Neurological Centre, Liverpool Heart and Chest, Liverpool University, Northwest Ambulance Service Paramedic tutors, Chair of the National Ambulance Services Medical Directors Group, Director of Operations for Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Medical Director for East Midlands Ambulance Service, National Clinical Director for Emergency Preparedness and Response Critical Care NHS and Associate Medical Director Northwest Ambulance Service.

The course is taught over 4 days, the first two days being core elements and the other two days being a specialty pathway for either Remote Medicine, D13 Police Firearms, Fire Police and Ambulance Multi Agency Emergency Training or Motorsport.

Next faculty meeting 20 May 2017

People wanting to make a contribution to the new EPTC please contact Dave Alcock on 0151 638 3897

The course will replace PHTLS as a recognised pathway for Pre Hospital Training in the UK

Further information to come

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