We are looking forward to you joining us on your forthcoming course.

  • The PHEC course starts at 9.30 on the first day
    • the full  course programme and further timings can be found in the ‘PHEC Course programme‘ tab on this page.

Using the tabs on this page, you can find out everything you need to know about your course, how to prepare for it, what to expect, information about the venue and relevant travel details as well as helping you sort out your accommodation needs.

The PHEC Course takes place over three consecutive days.

When you arrive, there will be a cup of tea or coffee waiting for you and registration is a matter of signing in, picking up your delegate pack and finding a seat amongst your peers. The course starts promptly, and remains busy throughout.

The PHEC course focuses on the emergency care of adults in the pre-hospital environment. It is taught by a multi-disciplinary faculty, all of whom are current pre-hospital practitioners working across a range of areas. These include those working within the NHS ambulance services, as voluntary immediate care practitioners with one of our affiliated schemes as well as the military and in event medical services. A number of the faculty also bring experience in remote & expedition medicine as well as major incidents including operational, tactical and even strategic command roles.

The PHEC Course uses a spiral curriculum within a social-constructivist paradigm. This means that we learn together and from each other building on the skills and knowledge we already have (including those we have forgotten about). Adapting your skills and knowledge to the pre-hospital environment can be confusing and at times frustrating given the different limitations faced ‘at scene’. The PHEC helps you to find your feet in this environment by working with skilled practitioners who use their experience and advice to guide you throughout the course. To achieve this we use plenary sessions and split into small groups for the workshops and scenarios that make up the bulk of the course. As you progress you take the familiar and apply it in unfamiliar surroundings and sometimes with adaptations for the environment. As the course progresses the familiar ABCDE mantra becomes second nature and the basis of safe patient care in an emergency situation.

Assessment is continuous throughout the course, so there are no make or break tests or exams to face. With clear outcomes you can chart your own progress and develop confidence as you proceed through the three dates. Unfortunately, experience has demonstrated that a few struggle and where this happens the faculty will seek to assist you to regain the upper hand and get back on track. Working is syndicates of six, the learning philosophy provides for support from the faculty and from peers.

You will be working outside for parts of your course, come prepared!

Joining Instructions:

The PHEC is a busy course and it’s important that you aim to arrive in good time, the course starts at 09.30 on day 1 and at 08.30 on subsequent days. The venue tab provides the road addresses and travel information for those using public transport. On arrival, we’ll have tea and coffee ready for you and registration is no more than simply signing in, picking up your delegate pack and getting sat down.

You will be working outside, no matter what the weather, and so its important that you come prepared for everything the British weather can throw at you! We suggest layers so if you are cold initially you can layer up and as you warm up you can layer down. A wet weather layer is also sensible and if you have them some waterproof leggings are not a bad idea. If you are working within a pre-hospital system and have dedicated PPE do bring it.

We’ll supply pen and notebooks, tea, coffee and lunch each day, what more do you need?

The PHEC Course starts at 9.30 on the first day and at 8.30 on subsequent days. Complimentary tea & coffee is available on arrival and for those needing something more hot snacks, including bacon baps, are available to purchase.

The course programme is downloadable using the tab below

PHEC Course programme

ONLINE Course textbook

Oxford Manual of Pre-Hospital Care

The Oxford Manual of Pre-Hospital Care (2nd edition) is available as an online resource for all PHEC students to help prepare for the course (click on this link for access)

As with all manual it does date quickly and where significant variance occurs this will be addressed on the course.

Additional recommended resources

JRCALC Clinical Guidelines (Class Publishing Ltd)

  • Softback textbook
  • E publication
  • Handy pocket book version also available

Available from a range of sources including SP Services (members receive a discount), Amazon etc., the JRCALC Clinical Guidelines are the backbone to paramedic practice in the UK. They provide a useful resource to non-paramedics working within the pre-hospital environment.

Foundation Material for Immediate Care (Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care, RCSEd)

  • Softback textbook
  • E publication

Only available from the Faculty, the latest edition has taken in to account many well recognised sources of high-quality clinical reference points and best practice, for example, the British Thoracic Society, Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee and UK Resuscitation Council guidelines to name a few. In addition, it includes, where appropriate, extracts from consensus statements issued by The Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care.

Trauma Care Manual (Trauma Care

  • Softback textbook
  • E publication

Available from a range of sources including SP Services (members receive a discount), Amazon etc., this text focuses only on trauma and provides practical guidelines for the management of victims of major trauma incorporating nationally accepted standards for good practice.



UK focused podcasts covering pre-hospital topics.


Focused on UK focused emergency care TheResusRoom also provides a monthly update on recent papers of note. Of particular note is their subset of podcasts within the Roadside to resuscitations area of their website.


British Thoracic Society

Resuscitation Council UK


Resuscitation Council

  • iResus – Android & Apple versions.

Putteridge Bury Conference Centre, Hitchin Rd, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU2 8DL

NB> The post code given is the one required for sat nav systems.

Located in the beautiful Bedfordshire countryside midway between Luton and Hitchin, the Putteridge Bury Conference Centre is a part of the University of Bedfordshire. Easily accessible by road or train it sits midway between the M1 and A1 north/south routes as well as being only a few minutes taxi ride from Luton Airport and mainline rail stations at Luton and Hitchin.

Undertaking your Course at Putteridge Bury provides beautiful surroundings with modern learning technology and lots of space for learning as well as free parking on-site. Being close to Luton Airport there is an abundance of hotels and guest houses to match every budget within very easy striking distance.

Getting to Putteridge Bury

By Road

From M1
Exit at junction 10 and follow signs for Hitchin (A505). Entrance is signposted soon after the Butterfield roundabout.

From A1(M)
Exit at junction 8 and follow signs for A602 to Hitchin. Then follow signs for Luton (A505). Entrance is signposted just before the Butterfield roundabout.


There are 150 free parking spaces available.

By Rail

Luton (Thameslink and East Midlands trains) and Hitchin (Great Northern) are the nearest railway stations.

By Air

Luton International Airport

Putteridge Bury and its surrounding boasts a multitude of accommodation due to its proximity to Luton Airport.

There is no onsite accommodation available at Putteridge Bury but, quite literally down the road  there is a Hilton Garden Inn, Because of the proximity of Luton Airport across the other side of town, there its a wide variety of accommodation of all types and to suit various budgets.

TripAdvisor, Booking.com and airbnb all offer easy search facilities for your accommodation needs.

Covid-19 has introduced a new dynamic, your safety, the safety of our faculty, of venue staff and others is our number one concern.

Due to the pandemic we have restricted our courses to a maximum of 12-students and working with the venues provide a safe and enjoyable learning environment. Wherever possible we will be working in the open and when inside our venues offer large spaces laid out to permit social distancing. When working with others within a skill station or scenario we’ll provide face shields, masks, apron and gloves as well as hand gel. All equipment following use will be wiped down with surface disinfectant  wipes  before repacking.

In line with the current requirements you should provide your own face coverings for other occasions where they are appropriate when on site.

We do realise that these arrangements do have the potential to your change the learning experience but we are determined that it will remain fun and positive.

If we have to cancel a course

We are committed to your safety and the safety of all those involved in the delivery and facilitation of our courses. Should we be required to cancel a course due to local or national lockdown requirements we will of course refund your money in full.