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Children’s Advanced Trauma

CAT course

Two day advanced course in managing major paediatric trauma

Date: TBC
Cost: £200 including lunch and evening meal

Organised by Edward Snelson, Consultant, Emergency Department, Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

Visit the CAT Course Facebook page to connect with other delegates and course trainers.

You may also be interested in the Children’s Immediate Trauma course.

About the course

This course is aimed at clinicians who have a first line role in managing major paediatric trauma in a trauma centre.

It is delivered via written material, lectures and practical skills teaching including several hi-fidelity trauma simulations. These simulations use realistic numbers of clinicians from all the appropriate specialties in scenarios that run in real time for about 20-25 minutes followed by debrief and discussion.

Candidates on the course will learn from each other and from the range and depth of expertise available in the teaching faculty.


Day one (lunch provided)


  • Lectures on the essentials and tips about how to manage and lead in major/ polytrauma in children
  • Interactive sessions allowing candidates to discuss the priorities, dilemmas and latest developments in trauma resuscitation
  • Skills marketplace including splinting, chest drains and emergency room thoracotomy

Afternoon: Immersive simulations and debriefs

Evening: Meal for candidates and trainers (Included in course fee)

Day two (lunch provided)

Morning: Lectures on specific trauma categories including head, spine, abdomen, chest and limb trauma, difficult situations and investigations in major trauma

Afternoon: Immersive simulations and debriefs

Who the course is for

This course is aimed at middle grade doctors in paediatric emergency medicine, paediatric surgery and anaesthetics who have lead roles in trauma teams in paediatric major trauma centres.

Intensive care nurses, emergency department nurses and operating department practitioners who work in paediatric trauma centres may also apply.

Possession of a current APLS or equivalent certificate is a minimum requirement. It is desirable for candidates to have ATLS in addition to this.

Course booking information

There is no course currently scheduled.

To secure a place, complete the application form and send with a cheque for the full amount of £200 (£175 for Sheffield rotation trainees) payable to ‘APLS Sheffield’. BACS payment can also be made, contact for details. This is the full course fee and is non-refundable.

Application forms and cheques should be sent to:

Emergency Department Secretaries
Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
Western Bank
S10 2TH

Places will only be secured by candidates who can confirm that they have approved leave and have paid the course fee in full.

If you have any queries please email or call 0114 271 7383.

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