Tactical Care Officer Course

4 days

The Tactical Care Officer Course is based around, and is compliant with, the requirements of the National Police Firearms Training Curriculum - Module D13 (Enhanced Level). 

The course focuses on the provision of effective trauma management in all environments, enabling officers to provide rapid and effective life-saving interventions, where access to emergency medical services may be limited or restricted by the tactical situation. 

The training is suitable for all police officers, but particularly officers in specialist roles such as firearms, public order and surveillance and officers of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency. It will also suit officers of agencies such as the UK Border Agency and HM Revenue and Customs. 

As with all Prometheus courses, the emphasis is on short lectures, high instructor to student ratios and role-related, scenario-based moulages. This course covers all of the competencies required for certification.

Course Accreditors
Course Content

The Tactical Care Officer Course aims to equip police and law enforcement officers with the essential medical skills required to deliver lifesaving immediate medical care in a tactical or ‘hot zone’ situation.

The syllabus includes:
Tactical Medical Support / Role of the Tactical Care Officer
Scene safety, initial approach / care under fire
Catastrophic haemorrhage / topical haemostatics
Airway, C-Spine and Oxygen assessment and management
Breathing and Chest Assessment and Management
Basic history taking
Circulation assessment and management
Upper limb fracture assessment and management
Lower limb & pelvic fracture assessment and management
Head, face and eye injuries assessment and management
Spinal injuries assessment and management
Abdominal injuries assessment and management
Ballistic and blast injury
Triage and principles of major incident management
Casualty packaging, evacuation and handover
Minor wounds and infection / infestation
Medical emergencies assessment and management
Environmental emergencies
Adult, child, infant BLS & AED and choking
Burns, including acid attacks, assessment and management
Drowning considerations (delivered with BLS/CPR)
Minor illness assessment and management
Entry Criteria

No prior qualifications required, though some basic first aid training would be useful. There will be some pre-course reading required.



The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Contact Details


+44 (0)1568 613942