Sea Oil Rig Drilling PlatformThe aim of this course is to prepare candidates for posts as offshore medics by enabling them to gain competency in the areas studied.

The Offshore Installations and Pipeline Works (First Aid) Regulations 1989, placed a duty on those in control of offshore installations, pipeline works, or any associated activities to make provision for persons to administer first aid and emergency treatment to those who become ill or injured at work. This is a UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) approved Offshore Medic training course which encompasses all aspects of the legal requirements, alongside the latest clinical thinking.

The Offshore Medic course is a four week modular programme. This allows students to complete the course in four consecutive weeks or four individual weeks over a 12 month period. The first and second weeks are classroom based theory and practical, the remaining two weeks are placement based.

The re-qualification course is classroom based for two weeks and can be completed modularly or by distance learning over a six month period.

Students will gain: – A recognised HSE Approved Offshore Medic qualification and benefit from the experience of qualified and experienced instructors.

Course Content

  • Module 1 – The Role of an Offshore Medic
  • Module 2 – Communication
  • Module 3 – Co-operate and Provide Treatment
  • Module 4 – Give Appropriate Treatment
  • Module 5 – Maintain Records
  • Module 6 – Give Advice to Offshore Personnel
  • Module 7 – Food and General Hygiene
  • Module 8 – Occupational and Toxicological Hazards
  • Module 9 – Giving Advice
  • Module 10 – Maintaining the Sick Bay
  • Module 11 – Final Assessments


This part of the course requires students to gain 60 hours of practical experience at a primary care placement e.g. one week in A&E department plus one week in primary care. Arundell James recognises it can be difficult for students to be released to complete this course in one block so on completion of the two week classroom section students have six months to complete the placement section upon proof of which the full HSE Offshore Medic Certificate will be issued.

It is the responsibility of the student to make the arrangements for this part of the course but a list of supportive placements – both locally to the centre and in other parts of the country, is provided to help students make the necessary arrangements to enable them to complete this section of the course.