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Air Ambulance Course

Supporting Patients in Emergency Clinical Situations.

The Bespoke Air Ambulance Programme builds on the success of our Clinical Holding Courses and has been specifically designed for HEMS Teams.

The Air Ambulance Programme provides staff with an effective approach to safely deliver essential emergency care and treatment to patients in confined environments.

The Bespoke Air Ambulance Programme builds on the success of our Clinical Holding Courses and has been specifically designed for HEMS Teams.

The Clinical Holding Courses were originally developed following consultancy work with A&E Dept’s, Great Ormond Street Hospital, national charities and adolescent mental health provisions. The Team also has significant experience (8 years) in trauma management training for armed Police and public order medics.

The Air Ambulance Programme provides staff with an effective approach to safely deliver essential emergency care and treatment to people with impaired capacity and AMS (Altered Mental State) in confined environments.

The Programme covers four areas:

1 – The Legal context in relation to physical intervention.

2 – Primary & Secondary theory to ensure that the Programme is robust and covers all of the necessary elemtents.

3 – Emergency Interventions.

4 – Scenario Work.

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Courses Overview

The What

We take learners on a journey to expose them to the complexities of supporting children with SEMH & SEND – we do this by considering the legacy of their lived experiences (ACEs – Adverse Childhood Experiences) and recognising them as real barriers to getting their needs met – a child in crisis who is not getting their needs met, rather than a naughty child.

The Why

We then examine how their lived experiences (including environment and parenting) have shaped them to respond differently or more intensely to the environment around them.  We enable your learners to understand brain architecture, neuroscience, and attachment behaviours – and how these can change as they move from childhood to adolescence.

The How

With this understanding in place, we then look at how we can practically apply this knowledge into daily work practice and more importantly into providing positive experiences for children, so they can thrive both socially, emotionally and academically.

Course Content

The courses cover the following:

Day One

  • Understanding the Lawful context when supporting Clinical Procedures.
  • Primary Prevention considerations.
  • Secondary Prevention strategies
  • Space, positioning and applying body mechanics to assist us. (includes things to avoid and common mistakes).
  • Safe approach and effective points of contact.
  • Approaching and restricting the movement of arms, legs and head to support the application of rapid tranquillisation.

Day Two

  • Teamwork & effective communication – Applying the principles from day one and considering them in a confined environment.
  • Two People working together to support, Delirious, Hypoxic, or Confused (AMS) patients. Scenarios include standing, sitting, lying, and moving to the floor into a Recovery or Supine position. Includes an emergency response should a patient become aggressive whilst in the aircraft.
  • Applying effective head support (immobilisation) when the patient is in a supine position.
  • Undertaking support of patients in relation to RSI
  • C spine Blocked Patients in confined spaces, including Ambulance and Helicopter Scenarios. 


     (The course content also considers the internal differences in Aircraft configuration – positioning of seats etc)

Course Trainers

Lead Trainer: Gary Collins (RGN)

Gary has been qualified for 32 years with experience in medical, surgical and trauma settings. He was the Clinical Practice Development Nurse for a large General Hospital in the North West with responsibility for supporting over 2500 staff dealing with violence and aggression in all clinical settings.

Gary has worked as a physical intervention instructor since 2002. After leaving the NHS, he worked as a Principal Trainer for an organisation that delivered BILD Accredited Behaviour Support training and worked extensively in the adolescent Secure Estate. During this time, he also delivered Clinical Holding Training for the staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital, as well as consultancy work for Young Epilepsy and a number of Adult Social Care provisions in relation to the application of physical skills for clinical procedures. This included NG Feeds, taking bloods and Venepuncture & Cannulation.

Gary then spent 8 years as a Senior Instructor for a well-known organisation that delivers scenario-based, Trauma Management Training for armed Police and public order Medics. Many of the lessons learned during this period have been applied to the +ProActive Approaches courses. This includes the fact that the courses are not only instructional but also realistic.

Gary continues to deliver clinical skills training in a number of clinical settings in both Primary and Secondary Care, including both General and Psychiatric.


  • Q: How many delegates can attend?

    A: 12 people with 1 Trainer, up to 18 people with 2 Trainers. These ratios are in line with the RRN Training Standards.

  • Q: Where are the courses run?

    A: Venue supplied by yourselves – we come to you! We will supply you with a detailed venue specification to make a venue easier to source.

Q: How long does the course last?
A: 2 days (the duration will depend on your needs). The usual start and finish times are 9.30 am – 4.30 pm, however, this can be flexible depending on your needs. There will be a mid-morning & mid-afternoon break as well as a lunch break. Lunch is not provided.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Click on the ‘Download Info Pack’ button below to receive your copy of our PDF Info pack (delivered instantly via email). The pack includes full course details and costs.

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