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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 5 on in the Skills for Health Career Framework ( Level 5 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 exam videos and podcast resources here

View Sandpiper bag guidance document here.

Future Exams diets

  January July
2020   1st-3rd July - postponed
2021 20th-22nd January - Postponed 28th June-2nd July
2022 19th-21st January 29th June-1st July
2023 25th-27th January 5th-7th July
2024 24th-26th January 3rd-5th July
2025 22nd-24th January 2nd-4th July

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.