Cardiac Advanced Life Support (CALS)

C.A.L.S LogoThis is a two day inter-professional course for members of cardiac surgery and critical care teams.

This course is delivered in our UK leading simulation centre, in London, using advanced technology to enhance learning. The course is appropriate for all levels of practitioners and physicians associated with Cardiac Surgery including Operating Department Practitioners (ODP), Anaesthetic Trainees, Consultants, Cardiac Surgical Trainees, Critical Care/Intensive Care Nurses & Doctors, Scrub Practitioners & Clinical Nurse Specialists.


CALS sets the standards of resuscitation for the Post-Cardiac Surgery Patient, identifying a protocol specific to the risks associated post cardiac surgery.

** Applications will be made available on this webpage approximately three (3) months prior to course date – check back regularly during that period if interested in attending. 

We do not maintain lists of ‘interested’ individuals or ‘waiting’ lists for future courses. 


  • 03-04 November 2022 – Please note:  This course is now open for applications. Please complete the application form here:  CALS Flyer and Application Nov 2022 and return it to Please note applying for the course does not guarantee a place.
  • 02-03 March 2023
  • 08-09 June 2023
  • 02-03 November 2023

“In 2003 there was a cardiac arrest on a patient 4 hours post cardiac surgery. Over the following four hours his chest was re-opened three times and eventually the patient was re-grafted in his ICU bed on bypass.

Many of the nursing and junior medical staff reported they felt disorganized and of little help to the situation and would have performed much better if they had a defined and well-practiced role. In response to this, we created the Cardiac Surgery Advanced Life Support Course.

We have devised a set of protocols that address the patient suffering a cardiac arrest and all common serious complications in the ICU or on the ward. Our aim was to create a common language for all cardiothoracic practitioners.

This protocol has grown and has been accepted as the European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery‘s official protocol and has been accepted by the European Resuscitation Council

We hope this course will empower all practitioners to act with confidence to better treat our critically ill patients using well-validated protocols, safely managing the patient until expert help arrives.”

The course is led by Course Director Professor Brendan Madden and an expert faculty in peri-operative care of the cardiac patient, collectively delivering an enriching package of learning using a series of workshops, lectures and moulage stations.

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