Request a place On-Scene Log Writing Course

Course Details

  • Course duration: Over 2 Days
  • Course category: Command, Resilience
  • Start/finish time: Start/Finish time: Day 1 - 13:30-17:30hrs
    Day 2 - 08:00-16:00hrs
  • Course notes: The aim of this course is to give attendees a comprehensive introduction into the area of incident logging. Day two will give delegates the opportunity to put their newly acquired skills into practice during a realistic and challenging scenario. Areas to be covered are:

    • Basic awareness of Major Incidents and Ambulance Service response to such events
    • Introduction to concept, importance and ramifications of event/decision logging
    • Best practice when completing a log
    • Practical application of theoretical input.

Following requests from ambulance trusts, operational command courses and national exercises a skill gap has been identified regarding the training of staff who would be required to undertake the role of loggist for Tactical or Operational Commanders at or near the scene of an incident.  Whilst it is acknowledged that there are other Logging courses available, the focus of this course is to provide delegates with the experience of logging at the scene of a major incident thus allowing them to practice their new skills in a realistic and pressurised environment.

Course overview

Following requests from Ambulance trusts, operational command courses and national exercises a skill gap has been identified regarding the training of staff who would be required to undertake the role of loggist for Tactical or Operational Commanders at or near the scene.

The course is aligned to the National Occupational Standards and reflects the  JESIP doctrine and guidance and will facilitate Ambulance services to comply with the policy laid down in the NHS Commissioning Board Command & Control Framework (2013) which clearly states that:-

“There will be a need for additional support. The area team director’s support team should consist of:

  • A staff officer or support manager;
  • A communications manager; and
  • A loggist (someone formally trained in recording decisions and rationale during an emergency).”

The document also goes on to state that;

“Those other staff required to support the command team in the control function should also receive training to undertake their role.  This includes control room familiarisation, loggist training and situation report writing”.

This course is aimed at filling this skill gap.

Course Programme contents

  • Awareness of major incidents
  • Importance of good record keeping
  • Best practice in documentation
  • Practical application of acquired knowledge in time restrained exercises

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, delegates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of Catergory 1 and Catergory 2 responders involved in major incidents
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the background to and implications of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 and their role within it.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the latest version of Emergency Response and Recovery as it relates to Loggists
  • Explain and evaluate the importance of the legal aspects of records and documents
  • Understand the synergy between the loggists and decision makers
  • Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate recovery methods of note taking
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the need for resilience in logging and their evidential value in any post-incident proceedings

This course is aligned to the following NHS Commissioning Board Core Standards for EPRR which will assist Ambulance Trusts in meeting these standards by providing relevant educational modules:  

9.6 Have an on-call and an on duty loggist drawn from a wide pool of staff


Intended Audience

Staff that may be called upon by their trust to event log at or near the scene in support of Operational or Tactical Commanders.

Eligibility Criteria

This course is suitable for NHS Ambulance Service staff including those whose role profile requires them to undertake the role of loggist at or near the scene in support of Tactical or Operational Commanders.

No courses will be running between April 2021 and March 2022.

Methods of Delivery

Day one will involve an introduction/refresher on the roles and responsibilities of the ambulance service during a major incident, input from a subject matter expert and a number of desk top/immersive practical exercises.

The course draws on the experiences of a high profile advocate barrister as well as an Ambulance officer who has attended over 70 Public Inquests as a professional witness.  Therefore the experience and knowledge available to the delegates on this course is second to none.

Day two will give delegates the opportunity to put their newly acquired skills into practice during a realistic and challenging scenario.

If you have any additional education needs which may impact on your learning please ensure the course lead is made aware prior to your attendance.  You can also contact

Dress Code

Dress code is uniform/normal work dress/smart casual for the duration of the course. Please note that some of the course will be conducted outside, so it is recommended that you bring appropriate outdoor attire, preferably the trust-issue PPE (Helmet and High Visibility Jacket) that you would wear when responding to an incident.


Please be advised that the dress for all guests in the mess is respectable and non-revealing. Delegates are reminded that they are representing their Trust (and the Ambulance Service) whilst on a military establishment and must act accordingly. The following items are not to be worn in the public rooms (Dining Room/Bar/TV Rooms) of the mess at any time:

  • T-shirts without collar
  • Sweatshirts/shirts without collar
  • Rugby/football tops
  • Ripped, torn or faded denim jeans
  • Skirts/dresses shorter than mid-thigh
  • Shorts, shell/track suits and clothing worn for sports and physical training
  • Trainers, flip-flops, sandals or slippers
  • Bomber/ski jackets, hoddie and body warmers including fleece jackets (cloakrooms are provided for outdoor coats)

Course Location

This course is held at:

The NARU Education Centre
Defence CBRN Centre
Thorneydown Road
Winterbourne Gunner
Wiltshire SP4 0ES

Photo identification is required for access to DCBRNC.  Please ensure you arrive with enough time to complete the security process, this may take an additional 15 minutes or up to 1 hour during busy periods.  May we suggest that you visit the site the day before (anytime as it is open 24hrs) to get your photo security pass and allow quicker entry on the morning of your course.

View map and directions here


Accommodation is provided as part of the course at Winterbourne Gunner. You can check in from 1200hrs on the day of your course.  No lunch will be provided on day 1 and your first meal will be your evening meal.

Please note some rooms do not have on-suite facilities. Winterbourne Gunner is a military site, we have no control over the accommodation.  Rooms are allocated on the day of arrival.

Please bring your own towel and toiletries.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner is provided during the course, starting with your evening meal on day one and finishing with lunch on the final day.

There is a café, cash bar and gym on site. Wi-Fi is available in the accommodation block, however, there is a charge, please speak with the Mess Manager for details.

Pre-read Downloads

All candidates should be familiar with the:


Equipment Requirements

Water bottle (to refill from our water fountain, we no longer supply bottled water)

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