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Major Trauma Life Support course (MTLS) 25 June 2024 (blended)

A bespoke trauma education blended learning course, designed for doctors, nurses, and allied healthcare professionals involved in acute trauma care.

The course is equivalent to 25 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours.

This course is also running on  24 June. Book your place.

Your trainer will be Dr Grace McKay.

Who it’s for

This course is designed specifically for healthcare professionals involved in acute trauma care. Doctors, Nurses, Trauma Nurse practitioners, and Allied Health Professionals managing acute trauma will find this course relevant and applicable to their clinical practice.

Course content has been created in alignment with national trauma guidelines, nursing and medical curricular requirements, and the South Wales Trauma Network (SWTN) standard operating procedures. The content is appropriate for healthcare professionals working both within Wales and throughout the rest of the UK.

What you’ll learn

The overall aim of the course is to ensure that high quality trauma care is delivered to patients, through the provision of relevant and contemporary trauma education. By completing this course, you will develop competency in managing acute trauma relevant to your clinical role.

This blended learning course has been carefully designed so that you can complete the eLearning component in your own time, with a one-day face-to-face session delivered by clinicians and nursing faculty experienced in acute trauma care and medical education. The in-person session also allows for group discussion and networking.

Topics covered

The MTLS course structure consists of the following 3 components:

  • eLearning self-directed study

Learning materials will be available approximately 6 weeks before the face-to-face session.

  • face-to-face session
  • short online assessment



Time:                 18 hours

Content:            7 modules on trauma care (learning materials will be available approximately 6 weeks before the face-to-face session)


Content:            5 simulated skill sessions to rotate around


Time:                  1 hour

Content:            30 multiple choice questions on course content


eLearning content has been created by clinicians and allied healthcare professionals experienced in the field of emergency trauma management, and reviewed by medical educationalists.

You will complete the e-learning in advance of the face-to-face session; this element is designed so that you can study around your existing work and personal commitments.

1Course overview

Introduction and Welcome

Author bibliography

Overview of the course

2Trauma care overview

The SWTN (organisational aspects)

The trauma patient’s journey in Wales

Non-technical skills in trauma

3Receiving the trauma patient

Activating a trauma call

Receiving a trauma patient (preparation)

4Considerations in trauma

Catastrophic haemorrhage

Airway and c-spine control

Breathing and ventilation

Circulation and haemorrhage control


Exposure and temperature control


Patient groups in trauma





Challenging behaviour

Communication difficulties

6Considerations in trauma

Burn injuries

Spinal Cord injury

Pain assessment and management


Death and aftercare & Organ donation

7Discharging the trauma patient

Secondary survey


Debrief / self help

Face-to-face session

This session is delivered by clinicians and nursing faculty experienced in acute trauma care and medical education, and will be held at the Emergency Medicine Academic Centre (EMAC) at University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.

Example timetable:

08:00 - 08:30Registration
08:30 - 08:45Welcome to the MTLS course
08:45 - 09:30Introduction to trauma (lecture)
09:30 - 09:45Meet the SIM and Groups
09:45 - 10:301st SIM session
10:30 - 11:00Break
11:00 - 12:002nd SIM session
12:00 - 13:003rd SIM session
13:00 - 13:45Lunch
13:45 - 14:454th SIM session
14:45 - 15:455th SIM session
15:45 - 16:30Close and feedback

You will receive a completion certificate upon completing this component.


Following completion of both the eLearning and face-to-face elements of the MTLS course, you will complete a short online assessment.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must fulfil the following criteria to be considered eligible for the MTLS course:

  • doctor, nurse or allied healthcare professional managing acute trauma
  • meet the English language requirements as per NHS Health Careers
  • have access to a device with high speed internet


You will need access to a device with high-speed internet to complete the e-learning part of this course.


  • the MTLS course is endorsed by the South Wales Trauma Network, All Wales School of Emergency Medicine, and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine
  • blended delivery approach: eLearning component allows you to learn flexibly, in your own time, while the face-to-face session offers multidisciplinary peer learning
  • teaching is aligned with contemporary UK clinical practice
  • the MTLS faculty are clinical experts in acute trauma care
  • competitive fees compared to alternative trauma courses
  • once you have completed the course, you become an MTLS alumni and we will send you a tri-annual update with key alterations to guidelines or policies
  • MTLS alumni have the opportunity to apply for faculty positions following successful completion
  • MTLS alumni are invited to re-attend every 4 years to maintain contemporary trauma practice
  • for nurse attendees, this course meets level 1 and level 2 curricular requirements for annual appraisal
  • for emergency medicine doctors and allied health professionals, this course meets national curricular requirements for annual appraisal


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