The Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care

Mountain Medicine

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The programme aims to give registered healthcare practitioners the theoretical and practical knowledge to manage the specific illnesses and diseases that may occur in the mountain environment. This flexible blended learning programme provides a unique and challenging programme that combines mountaineering and medicine. It provides a range of interesting learning opportunities, encompassing theoretical knowledge and practical mountain skills.  

This programme of study can lead to a number of awards:

  • Completion of the certificate level study leads to a postgraduate certificate in Mountain Medicine awarded by the RCSEd
  • Successful certificate students are also awarded a diploma from the UIAA/ISMM/ICAR (International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation and their associated partners, the International Society for Mountain Medicine and the International Commission for Alpine Rescue), which accredits similar programmes around the world
  • Completion of the diploma level study leads to a postgraduate diploma awarded by the RCSEd.

The majority of the learning at certificate level is undertaken during face to face events held in the Welsh Mountains, the Cairngorm Plateau in Scotland and the European Alps. This learning is also supported by a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which is hosted on Moodle, with an assigned mentor from the teaching staff. The diploma level study is done through supported self-directed learning. Peer support is strongly encouraged and developed through shared learning activities and a love of the mountains.

Upcoming System Maintenance & Network Disruption

Due to essential systems maintenance and upgrades there will be intermittent interruptions to some on-line services on Saturday 27th of February. There will be further interruption to some core services on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd of March.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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