IEC Advanced Practitioner

IEC Advanced

The IEC (Immediate Emergency Care) Advanced course is the most advanced, up to date trauma course currently available to non-health care professionals in the UK.

It covers all the skills proposed by the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care and the Chief Fire Officers Association (National Fire & Rescue Trauma Conference, 2011).Designed in conjunction with Fire & Rescue specialists, police, military and NHS professionals, it is delivered by instructors who work at the cutting edge of pre and in-hospital care.

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The aim of the course is to reduce preventable pre-hospital deaths by training candidates to identify and treat life-threatening emergencies and prepare casualties for rapid evacuation to hospital. Originally tailored for Fire & Rescue Services, where it is widely adopted, it is ideal for any emergency services and law enforcement or security personnel, including those working in remote areas. With specific modules for burns, suspension trauma and crush injuries, we can also add further modules including blast and ballistic injury, and all the requirements of the National Police Firearms Training Curriculum D.13 modules or whatever may be required to suit you and your environment or workplace.

There is also the option of our ‘train the trainer’ bolt-on, so you can cascade the training within your organisation under a Trauma Resus licence, with continued support and clinical governance.

Students also have the option to receive a First Aid at Work certificate, subject to an extra fee.

Course Syllabus

The syllabus includes:

  • Kinematics – How to perform a ‘SCENE’ approach and predict injury based on the evidence of forces and motion as derived from the accident scene
  • Catastrophic bleeding – Learn to identify both internal and external haemorrhaging and apply suitable treatment such as tourniquets and haemostatic agents.
  • Airways – Develop skills in identifying and managing airway problems, including use of OP/NP and I-GEL™ airways.
  • Breathing – Study serious chest injuries and their management, including the use of chest seals.
  • Circulation – Examine how the circulatory system works and how to identify and treat shock.
  • Disability – Identify and treat head injuries and prevent secondary brain injury.
  • Extremity Trauma – Identify and treat fractures and soft tissue injury using a wide range of splints and slings.
  • Burns – Understand the different types, severity, and treatment of burns
  • Suspension and Crush injuries – Recognition of the severity of suspension trauma, crush injuries and reflow syndrome and management of these conditions.
  • Paediatric Trauma – Recognise the difference between adult and child injuries, and adapt treatment methods for children.
  • Packaging and evacuation – Learn the different ways of packaging casualties for rapid evacuation and choose appropriate extrication and transport equipment for time-critical patients including long-boards, vacuum mattresses, scoop-stretchers and speed-boards.
  • Special Circumstances – Discuss adaptations for treatment for pregnant patients or victims of drowning or poisoning.
  • Triage – Understand major incident issues, prioritising and management of multiple casualties.
  • CPR and AEDs – Learn the Resus Council 2015 CPR guidelines and the safest and most effective way to use AEDs.
  • Medical Gasses – Understand the physiology of respiration and the indications and contradictions for oxygen and entonox therapy.

Course delivery

Course Delivery:

The IEC Package can be delivered as an intensive three-day trauma course on its own, or as a five-day package to include a two-day cascade training or ‘train the trainer’ format.

We will take students from clients’ organisations to become IEC Advanced Instructors (often these will be people with teaching and first aid experience but there is no formal pre-requisite) who will undertake the five days training with Trauma Resus instructors at either the client’s training facilities or at a suitable venue.

During this time they will learn all the medical skills required to deal with trauma and medical emergency patients in their working environment and also learn how to deliver the IEC Advanced course to others in their organisation. They will be assessed and guided throughout the three days of the IEC Advanced course, culminating in a series of written and practical tests. The training is delivered using a mix of lecture presentation, group scenario exercises and lots of practical skill-based sessions.

Students who are participating in the IEC Advanced Instructor course will then spend two days learning how to deliver the course themselves. This is achieved with inputs on adult learning and with the students delivering their own mini-lessons, skill stations and trauma moulages on subjects from the IEC Advanced course.

Once trained, and subject to Trauma Resus’ licencing and clinical governance, the new IEC Instructors can begin delivering the IEC course to their own candidates with initial training lasting four days (therefore less intense than for the instructors), planned to run consecutively or over two two-day sessions no more than twelve weeks apart. On the fourth day, candidates will be assessed by another IEC Instructor from within the client’s organisation who will determine whether the candidates have reached the grade of IEC Practitioner. If the assessor feels happy the candidates can deliver these skills comfortably, then the candidates will be allowed to use these skills for real immediately. IEC Advanced Instructors will then send all written and practical assessment forms to Trauma Resus for review, after which certificates will be issued.

IEC Instructors are certified to train others to the IEC standard for 12 months, and as IEC Practitioners for 3 years. IEC Practitioners are certified to deliver IEC skills for 3 years. Both are subject to a maintenance of skills schedule and requalification before the expiry of their certificates.

As with all our courses, the emphasis is on the development and honing of the skills needed to save life and improve patient outcomes. Delivered by trainers with exceptional medical backgrounds and experience, so they really do know their subject!

We can add any other subject required by you so that the course is tailored to suit you and your environment, workplace or leisure activity.

Valid For

Valid for

  • 3 Years (1 year for Instructors)
  • What should I do when it expires?
  • Practitioners attending only the IEC Advanced course must requalify within three years by attending a 2-day requalification course.
  • Those who qualified as IEC Advanced Instructors must attend a 1-day requalification course every year.


The award of the IEC certificate indicates that you have successully completed the course and completed the assessments but does not constitute a licence to practise, without the associated Clinical Governance

Without Clinical Governance, employers themselves are responsible for establishing that their staff have the capabilities requisite to their setting - this is essential in the interests of patient health and safety. Accordingly, they must not rely to any extent on the holding by an individual of a Certificate of Qualification from Trauma Resus as lessening their responsibility in that aspect.   

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  • Covered everything in depth at a good learning pace. Course was great. I had envisaged a day of power points but I couldn't have been more wrong. Fantastic practical day which sharpened my skills

    Chris Kitchin, Blackpool Airport
  • Very knowledgeable and helpful training style. Relaxed but professional atmosphere throughout and nothing too much trouble

    Danny Porter, Vector Aerospace
  • Loved the course. It has given me so much more confidence to carry out my role. I can't wait to share this knowledge with the rest of my watch. 10/10

    André Le Geyt, Jersey Airport
  • I feel that I have learnt a lot from the course and enjoyed the material. Feel much more confident if I am ever in an emergency situation.

    Carl Corby, Hughes Sub Surface Engineering
  • "I have really enjoyed the course. 10/10"

    Ashley Davids, Director of Clinical Services at BMI Healthcare
  • "Excellent course. Well presented and very thought provoking"

    Steven Maher, Senior ODP at Liverpool Women's Hospital

Companies we've worked with

  • Urenco
  • Sussex Fire
  • Centrica
  • Fire
  • HFR Sol
  • Londoncityairport
  • Ctia
  • Chemring
  • BP
  • Tyne Fire
  • Heathrow
  • Siemens
  • Serco
  • Nhs
  • Herts Fire
  • Vector
  • Spire
  • Luton
  • Durham Fire
  • Hia
  • Nuffield
  • BMI Healthcare
  • Airport Fire
  • Bournmouth Airport
  • Manchester Airport
  • Jersey Fire
  • Bam
  • BAE
  • Leeds Airport
  • Essex Fire

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