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Paediatric Immediate Life Support (PILS) Training

Please note; this course is also available as an e-PILS (where candidates are expected to access PILS videos and lectures, and complete an online quiz before attending the practical course), and a 1/2 day PILS recertification course (for candidates who currently hold an PILS certificate that is due to expire).

Course Overview

Resuscitation Consultancy Medical Services is a registered course centre with Resuscitation Council UK, providing healthcare professionals with RCUK certified courses. One such course is Paediatric Immediate Life Support (PILS), which was developed by the Resuscitation Council UK to equip healthcare professionals with the necessary skills to manage and treat paediatric patients in emergency situations.

Managing Deteriorating Patients and Treating Cardiac Arrest in Children

PILS provides healthcare professionals with a wide range of skills, from managing a deteriorating patient and identifying the causes of deterioration to treating cardiac arrest in children. Furthermore, PILS also helps healthcare professionals develop team leadership abilities and effective team member skills in a cardiac arrest emergency.

A PILS qualification is recognised across the UK and Europe, allowing healthcare professionals to save young lives in many parts of the world. The course content is designed in accordance with the current UK Resuscitation guidelines, and substantive manuals are provided pre-course to enable candidates to develop core knowledge.

Resuscitation Council UK PILS Certificate

Delegates who successfully complete the PILS course will be awarded a Resuscitation Council UK PILS certificate, which is valid for one year. The certificate is also worth 5CME points or 5 hours of verifiable CPD, demonstrating the value and importance of this course.

Half-day PILS Refresher Courses

For individuals who have attended a full PILS course or refresher within the past year, Resuscitation Consultancy Medical Services offers half-day PILS refresher courses. These courses help healthcare professionals maintain their skills and knowledge, ensuring that they are always ready to save young lives in emergency situations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the structured ABCDE approach that facilitates rapid recognition of seriously ill children
  • Provide appropriate initial treatment interventions to prevent cardio-respiratory arrest
  • Treat children in respiratory or cardio-respiratory arrest until the arrival of a resuscitation team or more experienced assistance
  • Become members of a paediatric resuscitation team

Course Length:
At least 1 day

Course Assessment:
Assessment is continuous

Course Structure & Programme

The course combines hands-on practical skill stations, workshops, demonstrations and lectures. Candidates can prepare in advance of the course by studying their PILS manual (provided 2 weeks in advance of the training date) and complete the required pre-course reading and online learning.

Upon completing the course, candidates will receive a Resuscitation Council (UK) certificate and will be able to function as part of a paediatric resuscitation team.

The PILS course makes use of the following practical stations, lectures and scenarios throughout the course:

Practical Stations

  • The ABCDE approach
  • Basic life support and choking
  • Airway management and ventilation
  • BLS with adjuncts
  • Emergency circulatory access, fluid administration and medications
  • Simulation practice
  • Optional targeted training


  • Recognition and initial management of the seriously ill children.
  • Paediatric ALS algorithm and management of cardio-respiratory arrest.

For further course information, please follow the link below to RCUK website

Frequently Asked Questions

PILS training is a specialised course designed to equip healthcare providers with the knowledge and skills needed to respond quickly and effectively in paediatric emergency situations. The training covers a wide range of scenarios, including cardiac arrest, respiratory failure, and shock.

PILS training is suitable for healthcare professionals who work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, and schools. The course is particularly relevant for those who work in paediatric departments, emergency departments, or intensive care units.

PILS training involves a combination of online and practical learning. The practical course covers essential skills such as airway management, basic life support, and the use of defibrillators. Candidates will also learn how to recognise and manage specific paediatric emergencies, including choking, severe allergic reactions, and anaphylaxis.

PILS training is essential for healthcare professionals who work with children. The course provides the skills and knowledge necessary to respond confidently and effectively in emergency situations. By completing PILS training, healthcare providers can provide a higher level of care to their patients and improve outcomes in emergency situations.

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