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Immediate Life Support (ILS)


To provide the candidate with the knowledge and skills needed to recognise and manage the patient in cardiac arrest following the advanced life support algorithm.  Instruction is given in basic life support, airway management and safe use of the manual defibrillator and/or automated external defibrillator (AED).   

Accrediting Body

Resuscitation Council (UK)

Target Group

Recommended for registered nursing staff in ED, CCU, ICU, SDU and outreach team.  Hospital at night practitioners.  MTO2 and above employed in Clinical Measurement.


The ILS course is run over one day.

Half day update sessions are available to those who need to re-certify.


Candidates are subject to continual assessment throughout the session and are required to be competent at cardiopulmonary resuscitation, safe defibrillation and management of the patient in cardiac arrest.  Successful completion of the session results in the candidate being issued with a certificate from the Resuscitation Council (UK).


This session is free to all staff employed by the Trust.  External candidates will incur a charge of £100.

Booking Details

To book a place please send an e-mail to the address below including the course name in the Subject:



Additional information for course attendees

Airway management assessment form
Initial resus and defib assess form
Initial resuscitation and defibrillator assessment form


Future dates

Full Course (All 09:00 - 16:30)


Monday, 3rd December

Re-certification Course (half day - times as stated)


Thursday, 30th August, 1.00 - 4.30pm
Tuesday, 23rd October, 1.00 - 4.30pm

Useful Links

Resuscitation Council (UK)