The Advanced Trauma Life Support qualification certifies that a doctor can provide trauma care for patients with life-threatening injuries. It is a two-day course, and the only provider in the UK is the Royal College of Surgeons. However, the course is taught in 80 countries, therefore if you are an international doctor, you may be able to take the course in your home country if you haven’t done so already. The ATLS course is suitable for doctors at FY2 grade and above, or equivalent staff grades (see our help article “International Doctors: what level of post should I apply for based on my experience?” for more information on grades).

There do not appear to be alternative qualifications which would represent an alternative to ATLS certification.

To book a course in the UK, visit the Royal College of Surgeons’ webpage here. The course costs up to £750 and is usually fully-booked over 6 months in advance; if you are thinking about gaining the qualification in the UK, you need to think about it early!

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