Brain Ambulance



March 10
June 9:    COURSE FULL
September 8:
October 20:  COURSE FULL

Course Leads:

Dr Barbara Stanley
Dr Paul Simon-Whitney
Dr Amit Mishra

The Course

Successful time critical transfer of the brain injured patient from referring hospital to neurosurgical centre relies upon a coordinated management pathway involving a multidisciplinary team of personnel from both referring and receiving hospitals. Team members ranging from medical and allied specialties including emergency services, critical care, anaesthesia and emergency department must work together effectively in a time urgent fashion. Clear channels of communication are essential.

Learning currently depends upon theory, on-the-job reflection and auditing of practice. Simulation training provides the ideal opportunity to improve patient transfer using safe and well validated methods. Opportunities to assemble members of this team to rehearse and hone the technical and non-technical skills required to achieve excellence when transferring the brain injured patient currently do not exist.

The simulation scenarios will be carried out in the Sim Ambulance. Details about the Sim Ambulance can be found along the bottom of the HEE webpage here

Learning Outcomes

  • Improve knowledge of brain injury pathologies
  • Determine the need for urgent referral and transfer to neurosurgical services
  • Balance the need to transfer against the need to stabilise the patient
  • Understand and demonstrate how to assess, stabilise and transfer brain injured patients
  • Manage en route critical incidents

Target groups

  • Paramedics
  • Core and specialty trainees in anaesthesis
  • Operating department practitioners
  • Critical care nurses
  • Emergency Department doctors and nurses


“The facilitator is very knowledgable and explains how to deal with scenarios and the physiology very thoroughly. Really enjoyed the day. Thank you.” (09/2017)

“I enjoyed the day. Intimacy of a small group aided the learning outcomes.”  (06/2017)

“The ambulance was very realistic, not only in terms of space/equipment but also for simulating the much more isolated working environments.” (06/2017)

“Now more aware of limitations of measures available in transit, the importance of team working and the likely complications that can develop in neurosurgical patients, how these can be managed and how this will affect one’s approach to anaesthesia.”  (06/2017)

“I think the overall programme was very valuable and I feel that I will be more confident in a transfer of the head injures patient.” (03/2017)

“Pathology was discussed clearly, effectively, and in depth. Very beneficial in informing practice of safely transfering patients.” (04/2017)


The cost of the course is covered by HEKSS.

If you need to cancel or reschedule your course, please note that a minimum of 4 weeks’ notice is required.


The course will be held at the Hurstwood Park Simulation Centre


Brain Ambulance Programme


The course is open to all healthcare staff across Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

If you wish to register for this course please use the form below:

Registration Form Brain Ambulance