Our Education

The Institute of Pre-Hospital Care’s education programme, led by Dr Gareth Grier, aims to set a high standard for international pre-hospital medical education, and prepare doctors, paramedics and others to meet the high demands of practicing professionally and excellently in this field. The Institute does this primarily through higher education programmes; but also, through bespoke training programmes for affiliated pre-hospital care institutions and providers.

A core component of The Institute’s educational delivery is the Intercalated BSc in Pre-Hospital Medicine, provided in partnership with Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. Launched in September 2014, the degree course was the first of its kind in the U.K. and is open to eligible medical students from the UK and internationally.  

The Institute launched its first three year part-time MSc in Pre-Hospital Medicinein 2019, once again in partnership with Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. This degree is specifically for doctors and paramedics who practice in emergency settings, particularly in pre-hospital medicine, and who wish to become better practitioners in their roles. 

The Prehospital Care Programme (PCP)  for medical students was developed in 2006 and is now in its 14th year. The programme is open to all medical students at Barts and the London, and through application, around 40 students each year are enrolled into a continuous education programme involving clinical placements, reflections, and special study modules. These programmes have become very common in medical schools all across the UK. 

The Institute also runs several short courses. 

Pre-Hospital Care Course (PHCC) is a seven-day course which runs three times per year, and is open to new recruits to London’s Air Ambulance and affiliated air ambulances in the UK and internationally. 

Pre-Hospital Emergency Endovascular Resuscitation (PEER) Course  runs twice a year and is targeted at those who will be delivering endovascular resuscitation for patients in the emergency setting, whether at the roadside or in the emergency department and operating room. Endovascular procedures such as REBOA (Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta) are used for patients who are bleeding to death, and is most likely to be effective in the very early phase following injury, prior to the patient arriving in hospital. 

Pre-Hospital Underground and Novel Concepts Course (PUNCC)  is two-day course attended by our own medical teams, and prepares our clinicians for working around incidents involving patients struck by trains. This happens around once per week in our system. The second part of the course is directly related to our innovation and allows our own teams to rehearse new techniques and analysis during simulated patient events. 

Pre-Hospital Emergency Extracorporeal Life Support Course (PEELS)  is run with our colleagues at the Barts Cardiac Centre  and is designed for those undertaking procedures such as ECMO (Extracorporeal Life Support) at the roadside, perhaps related to the current Sub30 trial. ECMO is an extremely advanced intervention that is used to help patients who are in cardiac arrest, where traditional methods for resuscitation such as defibrillation and chest compressions are ineffective. 

Each year we proudly host two-days of education for students enrolled into the  Masters in Trauma Sciences  at Queen Mary University. This course acts as a taster of pre-hospital medicine during the summer school of this two-year masters degree programme.