How do I find out when the next available course is?

A list of our upcoming courses can be found on our Upcoming Courses page. Some courses are already full as they are booked by the host NHS Board for their own staff.

Is there a cancellation list?

Yes there is a cancellation list. We can phone you if there is a space available in your region. Sometimes spaces come up at short notice, so the choice to attend would be yours if we phoned you about this. It would be useful if you can note whether you would be interested in a place at short notice in the comments section on your enquiry form. Don't worry, you won't lose your place on the waiting list if you can't manage a place at short notice.

Is there a waiting list?

Yes there is a waiting list. Please fill in the enquiry form found on the courses page and state that you would like to be put on the waiting list and for which type of course. NHS Boards host courses for their staff, so we also have local contacts within NHS regions who hold local waiting lists too, see more details under "booking courses".
We try to allocate you to local courses eg Grampian courses for NHS Grampian based staff. We may not have places however, so we do offer courses anywhere is Scotland.
Our biggest waiting list is for PHEC Courses, so you may wait a long time (over a year is possible). We do our best to allocate places as soon as we can.


Course fees vary depending on duration and location. BASICS Scotland advise relevant fees on application forms. The residential courses are more expensive than the hospital based courses due to their delegate charges for conference centre use and accommodation etc.

If I work outside Scotland will I get a course place?

Practitioners working in remote and rural Scotland are eligible for supported course fees.Very rarely we may be able to offer a cancellation place to those working outside Scotland. For this reason we would recommend that you contact BASICS UK for a course place.

Who the courses are aimed at?

Registered doctors, nurses and paramedics working in or with an interest in working in Immediate Medical Care in Scotland.

How much does it cost?

Eligible NHS employees in Scotland are eligible for subsidised course fees.
Courses held outwith NHS premises, day delegate rates average £250 -£300. Should candidates wish to take residential rates for these non NHS venues the residential rates average £450- £500 for a two and a half day course. However, delegate rates vary depending on the venues so are costed individually. Courses that are run in NHS premises work out much cheaper (around £160 – £200). 
If you want to find out rates for a particular course please contact courses@basics-scotland.org.uk

Do I need to complete a BASICS Course to get a Sandpiper Bag?

Doctors can apply for a Sandpiper Bag once they complete a PHEC Course or have attended PHEC within the past four years (or attended Refresher training) or have the Diploma in Immediate Medical Care. Nurses & Paramedics can apply for a Sandpiper Bag once they have completed a PHEC Course (or have attended within the past four years )or have the Diploma in Immediate Medical Care.
For Information about Sandpiper Bag applications contact admin@basics-scotland.org.uk