The Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care

2020 FPHC Elective Opportunity



Applications to take part in the Faculty of Pre Hospital Care, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh facilitated Elective in Pre-Hospital Care elective 2020 have now closed!

How to Apply for this Elective:

  • In 200 words or less explain why you would like to undertake this elective and what skills you can offer
  • You should – in 100 words or less – explain the difficulties of providing a 24 hour PHEM service in a city such as London
  • In 200 words or less write a trauma moulage (training) scenario you would feel comfortable instructing

What you can expect from this elective placement:

A once in a lifetime opportunity to gain insight into a rapidly evolving speciality by experiencing many aspects of Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine.

There are many components that will make up your elective timetable:

  • Shifts with the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust in their Double Crew Ambulances and Rapid Response Vehicles
  • Time with Advanced Paramedic Practitioners of different types
  • Time spent with the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) paramedics
  • Operational Management Experience and time in Control Centres
  • Probably some spent with Police Firearms units, Fire Service and other units acting as an expert patient or instructor depending on your skill set
  • Opportunities to teach and instruct on skills or trauma assessments
  • Time spent in the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care in Edinburgh, with the chance to assist in the FIMC and DIMC examinations
  • Observer shifts with local Pre Hospital Responders and Care Delivery Systems

There may be the opportunity to undertake the FPHC Pre-Hospital Trauma Course either before or after the elective placement depending on your availability.

There may be opportunities for you to carry out an audit whilst on your elective placement

What will be expected of you:

  • Based in London so your own transport may not be essential.
  • To put in the time and effort organising the schedule for your elective once you have been given the appropriate contacts
  • To be enthusiastic and interested in the activities you undertake
  • To be well prepared 
  • Many individuals will have put a large amount of time and effort into ensuring your elective placement is possible, so you must be punctual and turn up to EVERY shift you have organised appropriately kitted out – you will be given help with kit.
  • This elective placement relies upon your predecessor having made a good impression to allow the elective placements to continue, make sure you do not jeopardise this opportunity for the next student

Any applications exceeding the maximum word count in any section will immediately be disregarded – the word count applies to the body of each section including any headings

If you are successful in this part of the application process you will receive a phone call from someone associated with the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care, who will conduct a short interview with you to assess if you are an enthusiastic individual who will be suited to this exciting elective opportunity.

This is a competitive process – the final decision will be made by a panel comprising previous successful elective students, an FPHC Executive Officer, the Chair of the FPHC Student Committee Executive and a Senior Member of this year’s elective placement organisation with whom this elective is undertaken.

The elective will last for 4 to 6 consecutive weeks on mutually convenient dates in 2020 but you MUST also be available to spend the week of June 29th- July 3rd 2020 at the Faculty of Pre Hospital Care in Edinburgh. Failure to do this will lead to a report sent to your medical school.

The Faculty of Pre-hospital Care is pleased to offer a £250 bursary to the successful student. Details on how to access the bursary funds will be noted in the confirmation letter.

Please send your completed application electronically to to be received by 1300 on Tuesday 1st October 2019 . Please attach evidence that you are currently a student at a UK medical school and are eligible to undertake the elective if you are successful.

The decision will be made and the successful applicant notified on Friday October 25th 2019.
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