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Diploma in Immediate Medical Care

The examination for the Diploma in Immediate Medical Care (DIMC) is designed to test the knowledge, skills and behaviours of pre-hospital emergency care practitioners. The level of performance expected is that commensurate with level 6 on in the Skills for Health Career Framework ( Level 6 practitioners have a comprehensive, specialised, factual and theoretical knowledge within day-to-day pre-hospital emergency care, clinical practice and awareness of the boundaries of that knowledge.

There is a focus within this examination on timely recognition, diagnosis and management of conditions and situations in the pre-hospital environment rather than on the use of facilities for investigation and treatment that may be available predominantly within a hospital. This examination includes prehospital emergency care for all patient age groups from neonates to the very elderly.

All of the Faculty Examinations are administered by RCSEd's Exams Team - regulations are available from the College website. Exam enquiries can be directed to the Exam's Team at:


*Please Note: The 2021 January Diet has been postponed and new provisions have been put in place. View the joint letter from IBTHPHEM and the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh here

View DIMC exam sample questions here

View exam videos and podcast resources here

View Sandpiper bag guidance document here.

Future Exams diets

  January July
2024 23rd-26th January 2nd-5th July
2025 21st-24th January 1st-4th July
2026 27th-30th January 30th June-3rd July
2027 26th-29th January 29th June-2nd July
2028 24th-28th January 27th-30th June

Use of Post-nominals

Please Note: only Members and Fellows who are in good standing can use Post-nominals from Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care Exams. 


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.