Diploma in Immediate Medical Care - Preparation Course

Preparation Course For The Diploma in Immediate Medical Care Awarded by Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care DipIMC. RCS (Ed) background

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care (FPHC)

Pre-Hospital Care is a well-established branch of medicine in the United Kingdom, practised mainly by the ambulance service.

In recent years, the role for other practitioners in this evolving medical specialty has increased. There are now numerous other specialists, including doctors and nurses, undertaking pre-hospital emergency medicine.

As the face of pre-hospital emergency medicine changes, the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care aims to set and maintain clinical standards for all practitioners of the evolving specialty.

The Faculty strives to promote education and teaching in Pre-Hospital Care and during 2012 has established a Regional Faculty infrastructure within the UK and Ireland. This infrastructure is designed to deliver an educational process for all members and non-members in Pre-Hospital Care.

The Goals of the Faculty are:

  • To set and maintain standards of practice in pre-hospital care
  • To promote education in and teaching of pre-hospital care
  • To initiate technical developments and research in pre-hospital care
  • To integrate effectively the efforts of all participants in pre-hospital care, and to harmonise and facilitate the onward management of the sick and injured.

The Diploma in Immediate Medical Care - DipIMC.RCS (Ed)

The Diploma in Immediate Medical Care is an inter-professional examination for practitioners wishing to work independently in the challenging setting of pre-hospital care.Applications are open to doctors, paramedics, military medics, and nurses.The examination is designed to test your ability to display knowledge of emergency medicine that could reasonably be practised outside of a hospital setting.The Diploma is an excellent way of formalising your knowledge and achieving a recognised qualification with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

The ‘All-Ireland’ Regional Advisor for the DipIMC. RCS (Ed) and the contact person for anyone within Ireland who is interested in sitting the DIMC is Brian Carlin. Brian is an experienced examiner in the FPHC and was part of the curriculum development group for the sub-specialty in pre-hospital care and was previously Assistant Director with BASICS (Scotland).

DIMC  - Ireland Candidates

The DipIMC.RCS (Ed) examination is extremely challenging, and focused preparation is key to support successful completion of the exam. It is recognised from past exams that a lack of preparation, poor exam technique and deficiency in pre-hospital care experience are the common reasons why candidates fail. 

Therefore, Brian, along with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) and local BASICS Doctors are collaborating to provide specific training and education aimed at passing the DipIMC.RCS (Ed). The final programme is in development, however, the intention is to facilitate sessions between Dublin and Belfast.

At this stage we would like to gauge the interest in both the DipIMC and attending any planned training sessions prior to the exam. Once there is a sufficient group of potential candidates I will organise an information evening to present and discuss the exam format. Please find below relevent documents for the DIMC RCSEd

More information on the exam can be found in the documents below. Please do not hesitate to contact Brian at


Brian Carlin


Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care Regional Advisor (Ireland) 

DIMC RCSEd Regulations.pdf Passing the FPHC DIMC exam RCSEd 2.pdf DIMC Application Form .pdf Skills for Health Career Framework level descriptors.pdf

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