1. What’s the typical make up of a course’s student body?
Each course is unique but typically it will include a multidisciplinary group of participants. On the PHEC some come with previous experience whilst others are complete novices. That provides for a great learning experience because, as with all courses, the knowledge rests within the room and not just with the faculty. PHEC courses may also include some non-HCP participants who work and volunteer within a range of different settings including various rescue services, the military as well as associate practitioners and emergency care support workers from the NHS.
The ICC is limited to HCPs and senior military medical technicians (with skills approaching that of their paramedic colleagues). With the distinct focus on enhanced levels of care, the experience within the room is again a major contributor to the learning experience as the faculty seek to assist you to transfer your skills and knowledge into the pre-hospital domains.
2. I’m a paramedic, are any of your courses suitable for me?
Yes, although the PHEC is unlikely to be the course for you unless you are returning to practice following a break or moving back into acute pre-hospital care practice from another area of practice. The ICC, however, is relevant for paramedic participants. Whilst much of the base material will be familiar territory the overall course approach and the focus on enhanced care skills will provide you with increased confidence and refine your approaches to patient care, team leadership and scene management.
3. I’m thinking about a PHEM career, will your courses be useful to me?
The PHEC course has been written with you in mind! If you already have some experience and want to travel further the ICC builds on your foundational skills and further prepares you for the PHEM environment.
4. I provide event medical cover, will your courses be of any use to me?
Yes! The PHEC course has a strong focus on the initial response to pre-hospital emergencies and has been written to meet the requirements of those providing event medical services within the confines of the Green Guide.
The ICC would benefit senior clinicians who work within large teams or anticipate providing complex care in their event work.
5. I’m not a doctor or a nurse or a paramedic, can I attend?
Please see the course information for each of our courses for the detail. The PHEC has a wider access and includes non-HCPs who work or volunteer in a range of specialist roles within pre-hospital care such as mountain rescue, the military and ambulance emergency care.
The ICC is focused on experienced clinicians although is open to the more senior levels of military medical technicians.