Resuscitation Council ILS course

The ILS course has been developed in order to standardise much of the in-hospital training undertaken already by resuscitation officers. Its aim is to train healthcare personnel in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, simple airway management and safe defibrillation (manual and/or AED), enabling them to manage patients in cardiac arrest until arrival of a cardiac arrest team and to participate as members of that team.

Pre-course preparation

The course is run over one day and consists of lectures and practical stations. The manual is forwarded two weeks before the start of the course and the candidate is advised to study this thoroughly. Assessment on the course is continuous in nature and copies of the pre-course MCQ forms are forwarded to the candidate with their manual.

Course dates for 2017

We offer one course per month, with the exception of August. Each course runs from 9am to 6pm.

  • January 24th 2017
  • February 7th 2017
  • March 28th 2017
  • April 4th 2017
  • May 9th 2017
  • June 27th 2017
  • July 11th 2017
  • September 12th 2017
  • October 24th 2017
  • November 7th 2017
  • December 12th 2017

Cost of the ILS course

The cost of the ILS course at Circle Reading is £125 + VAT.

The cost of the course includes course materials, tea and coffee. Lunch can be purchased on site at the Circle Reading Cafe, or candidates are welcome to bring their own if preferred.

For further information, please contact Sarah Blake, Resuscitation Officer and Clinical Skills Trainer at

What professions can attend the course:

  • Doctors in hospital/community
  • Medical students
  • Nurses in hospital/community
  • Nursing students
  • Midwives
  • Operating department practitioners
  • Cardiac technicians
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Radiographers
  • Resuscitation officers
  • Dentists
  • Dental nurses
  • Ambulance paramedics/technicians
  • Fire service technicians
  • Police officers
  • Prison officers
  • Air stewards
  • Other professions that are registered with a professional body