ALS is Advanced Life Support. It is a two-day course run by the UK Resuscitation Council and which qualifies healthcare professionals the knowledge and skills to recognise and treat deteriorating patients and manage cardiac arrests. It is frequently a requirement for doctors who will be working in the emergency department, intensive care or high dependency units (or as part of the outreach team), operating theatres and acute medical admission units, and if you will be part of a “crash team” in a hospital.
In order to enroll on an ALS course, you have to search for a nearby course on the Resus Council website here.
PLS or EPALS is the paediatric version of the above course (European Paediatric Advanced Life Support. Again it is a two-day course, run at various hospitals. To enroll, search for a course here.
The cost for these courses is usually around £250 and the dates are frequently booked up around 6 months in advance, so if you will need one of these qualifications, start applying early.
The Resus Council website states that they accept European or Australian Resuscitation Council courses as equivalents, due to these courses using the same assessment structure and resources. They do not accept the American Heart Association (AHA) ACLS course as an equivalent due to differences in the course structure.