Paediatric Immediate Life Support (PILS)

PILS course was developed in response to a demand from healthcare professionals who may have to act as first responders and treat seriously ill children or children in cardiac arrest until the arrival of a cardiac arrest team.

This course addresses the needs of staff who need more advanced skills than those taught during paediatric basic life support (pBLS), but who do not require the more comprehensive two-day Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS) course.

*On-site team training also available after request. Click here to get in touch.

Eligibility criteria

PILS course is suitable for doctors, medical students (final year), nurses, health visitors, school nurses, nursing students (final year), midwives, ODPs , cardiac technicians, resuscitation officers, physiotherapists, dentists, dental nurses, ambulance technicians/paramedics and to anyone who may have to act as first responder in a professional setting.

Prior qualifications, training or experience required

Paediatric Basic Life Support (pBLS) training is recommended.

Method of course delivery

PILS course is run over one day.

Assessment and Certification

Assessment is continuous and is guided by the assessment forms provided for each core skill. Copies of the assessment forms should be forwarded to the candidate with their manual. Successful candidates receive a Resuscitation Council (UK) PILS provider certificate, which is valid for one year.

The PILS course is recognised for up to 5 continuing professional development (CPD) points.

The PILS course teaches the knowledge and skills to:

  • understand the structured ABCDE approach that facilitates rapid recognition of seriously ill children;
  • provide appropriate initial treatment interventions to prevent cardiorespiratory arrest;
  • treat children in respiratory or cardiorespiratory arrest until the arrival of a resuscitation team or more experienced assistance;
  • promote active ¬†membership of a paediatric resuscitation team.

Booking is easy as we accept online applications and payments.

If you would like to book a course, you can simply click on the desired course date and you will be taken to our online registration form.

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When making your online application please pay particular attention to the following:

  • Which dates you are hoping to attend?
  • Do you have any special physical needs/disabilities? If so, please state clearly what they are.

Once the form is submitted, the organising team will review the form and approve/reject the application. If the application is approved, you will receive an email confirming the approved status of the application.

Available Dates (Please click on the course date to continue the booking):

Instructor Candidate (IC)/Full Instructor(FI):

If you are interested to teach one of the courses above, please go to the link below to apply online as an instructor:

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The courses are held at the following location:

Centre for Health Education
United Kingdom.

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