ALERT® uses a structured and prioritised system of patient assessment and management to enable a pre-emptive approach to critical illness. It instructs staff in the recognition of impending clinical deterioration, the management of disordered physiology and other aspects of the delivery of acute care.

It is expected that the introduction of the ALERT® course will result in specific benefits to patients, their relatives and hospital staff, such as:

  • improvements in the general ward care of patients
  • a reduced number of cardiac arrest calls on general wards
  • earlier, and more appropriate referrals to the intensive care unit
  • fewer avoidable in-hospital deaths
  • improved decision-making regarding the resuscitation status of patients
  • improved multi-professional teamwork & communication

Course structure
The ALERT® course is:

  • a blended, flexible, learning programme
  • multi-disciplinary
  • practical demonstrations
  • live seminars 
  • role-play clinical scenarios
  • encourages candidates to reflect on their actions and to consider “What would I do next?”

An ALERT® course manual, for pre–course reading, is provided to all attendees.

ALERT® course dates

One-day open courses are being held at our training centre based at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth.

Dates available at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust for internal and external candidates for Jan - May 2024 are below (subject to availability) :

  • 7 May 

  • 28 May.  

Train the Trainer course dates for 2024:

  • 12 June

  • 9 October

  • 22 October. 

Click here for the full list of upcoming course dates.