Pre Hospital Emergency Care (PHEC)

The material covered and assessed is based on the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh (RCSEd), material from the “Foundation Material for Immediate Care” manual from the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care.

BASICS Scotland uses formative, continuous assessment meaning no final summative exam. The assessment method has been tested and validated by Dundee University and has now been successfully used since 2016.

The course is open to doctors, nurses and paramedics who work or have an interest in working in the pre-hospital field. The PHEC course is facilitated over two and a half days with candidates taking away a logbook of targeted feedback on their knowledge skills and performance of Pre-hospital Emergency Care.

Sample Programme

PHEC BIGCAT prog 2016

Teaching Hours

The face to face teaching hours for this course is 20 hours.
You will also be required to complete a prior e-learning course supplied by BASICS Scotland.


Expected competencies prior to starting the course:

  1. Be a practising and registered Health Care Professional (Dr, Nurse, Paramedic)
  2. Basic Life support including CPR and AED use
  3. Have completed a manual handling course.


NHS Scotland employees are eligible to apply for a subsided place, the costs of this is £330.00. The fee for non NHS Scotland clinicians is £1,028.00


The PHEC course certificate last for 3 years, to recertify a full PHEC course must be attended