Recognition and Management of Common Clinical Emergencies

Management of Common Clinical Emergencies

This course delivers teaching on the assessment and treatment of the critically ill patient and common clinical emergencies encountered in the hospital environment.

Participants will be given the opportunity to learn the ABCDE NICE guideline assessment tool and practice both their intermediate and advanced life support skills.

Your tutor will either be an acute care nurse or a medical doctor.

Course objectives

By the end of this session, candidates will be able to:

  • Assess a critically ill patient using the ABCDE algorithm
  • Analyse and identify the presenting clinical problem
  • Initiate basic airway management
  • Initiate treatment according to findings
  • Decide whether you require help and communicate your findings to the assisting clinician
  • Evaluate the patient's initial response to treatment
  • Respond competently to a cardiac arrest
  • Initiate the universal algorithm

Course outline

  • The day will begin with a brief introduction followed by an exercise in spotting potential triggers that may lead to a peri-arrest situation.
  • There will then be a series of workshops which incorporate the use of scenarios and practical exercises

    • Airway
    • Basic Life Support and defibrillation
    • ABCDE assessment
  • The afternoon will be a culmination of all skills learned throughout the day where participants can practice real life scenarios based on ALS practical assessments
Equipment & Guidelines

You will be taught following official national guidelines for each component of the course.

Certification and Other Details

On completion of this course, you will receive a certificate of attendance. Please note this is a preparatory course for the official Resuscitation Council courses ILS or ALS and is not a recognised qualification.

You will also receive a BLS and AED certificate.


It is aimed specifically at both clinicians and nurses returning to practice or preparation for the Resuscitation Council’s Intermediate Life Support course (ILS) or Advanced Life Support (ALS) course.

The maximum number of participants per course is 8.


The course is designed, written and taught by acute nursing and medical clinicians.


The course will be held at either one of our THREE Clinical and Professional Skills Centres in UCL Medical School (Archway, UCL or Hampstead). The specific venue will be advertised with the course date.


Unfortunately, we will not have dates available for this course until the next academic year (2014/2015).