Table 1

Summary of major paediatric life support courses in the UK

CourseOrganising bodySubjectDuration (days)AudienceComment
Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS)ALSGBLS and ALS for children3PaediatriciansRecommended for higher professional training for paediatrics and accident and emergency in the UK
Paediatric emergencies, including serious illness and major trauma; some neonatal life supportEmergency medicine doctors
Some anaesthetists
Senior paediatric nurses
Neonatal Life Support (NLS)RC (UK)Neonatal resuscitation1Midwives
Northern Neonatal NetworkPaediatricians
GPs
Paediatric Life Support (PLS)ALSGBLS and ALS for children1Doctors and nurses involved in paediatric care
Recognition of paediatric emergencies
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)RC (UK)BLS and ALS for children2Doctors and nurses involved in paediatric careFranchised by the American Heart Association
Recognition of paediatric emergencies
Some neonatal life support
Prehospital Paediatric Life Support (PHPLS)ALSGPrehospital paediatric emergency care2+GPs
Paramedics
Some nurses
Emergency medicine staff