The Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care

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:

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 30th 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

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We apologise for any inconvenience caused.