Search and Rescue Medicine Course

Northumberland, UK

26 October 2023 08:00 - 29 October 2024 17:00


Get a glimpse inside the world of search and rescue with this one-of-a-kind four day course. You’ll experience a highly practical syllabus which we can bring to you thanks to an exclusive partnership with the Northumberland Mountain Rescue team who work with us to broaden your expedition skillset.

Learn both the technical and medical aspects of search and rescue through simulations and practical exercises before putting all you’ve learnt into one full day’s training with the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Service.

You’ll be surrounded by medical experts from the World Extreme Medicine faculty plus the men and women who do this as their day job – an unrivalled opportunity to tap into their expertise and experience.

Key Facts

You must be a:

  • Medical or Allied Health Professional
  • Medical & Healthcare Students
  • First Responder
  • Aspirant and qualified Mountain Professionals

You need:

  • Basic navigation skills
  • A good level of fitness
  • Basic knowledge of expedition planning

Dates: 13 – 16 October, 2022
Location: Northumberland National Park

CPD Award: We estimate 20 hours CPD will be awarded for the completed course
Awarding organisation: Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

What’s included:

  • Tutoring, accommodation and meals
  • Safety equipment

What’s not:

  • Travel costs
  • Travel insurance (for international travellers)
  • Personal equipment
  • Additional drinks and food purchased from the bar

Search and Rescue Medicine- Northumberland

Whether you’re interested in the work of Search and Rescue (SAR) teams, looking to broaden your expedition skillset, or simply want to be better equipped for emergencies at the crag or mountainside, this course has something for you. What’s more, this course will have content with significant relevance for traditional pre-hospital and in-hospital settings.

What to expect

The best work comes from team collaboration. This course brings together World Extreme Medicine with Mountain Rescue teams working together to offer you the best of their experience.

From rivers to mountain tops, you’ll learn the fundamentals of mountain rescue, with both technical and medical skills covered.  The theory will then be built into practical technical rescue sessions and medical simulations.

Improved outcomes, innovation and performance are at the heart of SAR team skills – all elements which can be successfully used within a clinic or hospital setting too.

During the course, we’ll have the honour of being joined by SAR professionals Pete Roberts and Carl Hamilton, who have spoken globally about their research in this area and the practical application of the theory.

On the final day, we have the privilege of joining the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team (NNPMRT) on a full training exercise. You’ll work directly with NNPMRT team members in their training exercise, testing all the skills you have learnt and further developing your abilities in rescue situations.

Course Content

  • Overview of Mountain Rescue
  • Medical Care in Remote Settings
  • Communications
  • Navigation
  • Personal Equipment in SAR
  • Swift Water Rescue
  • Managing Casualties in Water
  • Mountain Rescue Equipment
  • Search and Rescue Techniques
  • Technical Ground Casualty Management
  • Crag Rescue
  • Casualty Packaging and Extrication
  • Mountain Rescue Case Studies
  • Primary Survey
  • Managing Trauma in the Mountains
  • Mountain Rescue Scenarios
  • Full Training Exercise with the Mountain Rescue Team

What you need to know

Set between the Cheviot Hills and Wooler market town, the Wooler Youth Hostel is an ideally situated base for this course.

Wooler Youth Hostel can be accessed via the A679 there are strong transport links from:

Newcastle Airport – 46 miles

Edinburgh Airport – 69 miles

Berwick-upon-Tweed train station – 16 miles

Wooler bus station – 0.3 miles

We highly recommend arriving the day before the course.  You can book additional B&B accommodation for Wednesday night at Wooler Hostel by contacting us at [email protected].  The extra charge is just £40 a night.

When making travel plans, we find a super helpful site.  Here you can discover various door to door travel options both internationally and from within the UK.

Finally, Please ensure that you follow the kit list and bring adequate kit. Unpredictable weather is common, poor kit can be dangerous and could preclude you from activities.

Kit List

You will need casual, informal clothes for the whole course.

You will be outside for at least at least 4 hours each day, the list below is an essential minimum requirement for the course:

  • Waterproof shell jacket and trousers (gore-tex or similar)
  • Base layers for lower and upper body
  • Walking/softshell trousers
  • Fleece layers
  • Insulated jacket (synthetic recommended)
  • Sturdy walking boots
  • Beanie hat
  • Spare clothing in case you get wet
  • Warm gloves
  • Leather work gloves (for rope work)
  • Climbing harness
  • Helmet
  • Day pack and waterproof cover
  • Dry bags
  • 1L Water bottle
  • Compass
  • Whistle
  • Headtorch
  • Personal toiletries including a towel

For any kit you do not have and are not able to purchase, contact

As you will be sharing rooms with other people, we recommend ear plugs and eye masks if you are light sleeper!

Please use our Facebook group and the event section to enquire about lift shares in the like – and please do share your comments and photographs upon your return!

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