Request a place Public Health England – Radiation Protection Supervisor – Refresher Course

Course Details

  • Course duration: 2.0 days
  • Course category: Command, Resilience
  • Course category: null
  • Start/finish time: Start time: 0915hrs
    Finish time: 1700hrs
    Finish time on final day: 1230

This course is delivered by Public Health England on behalf of the NHS ambulance services who are legally obligated to prepare for and respond to radiation incidents and emergencies involving irradiated and contaminated casualties.  Radiation Protection Supervisors are a key part of this national capability.

Course overview

Course overview

This is a refresher course for previously trained Radiation Protection Supervisors at UK Ambulance Trusts. The course refreshes participants on the key knowledge and skills required to fulfil this role, and provides an update on recent and anticipated regulatory and practical changes.


Target Audience

This course is aimed at previously trained Radiation Protection Supervisors working within Ambulance Trusts across the UK. It is expected that participants will have been active in the role of Radiation Protection Supervisor in the time since their initial training.

Course Programme contents

  • Radiation protection principles: Refresher
  • Desktop exercise
  • Radiation monitoring: Refresher
  • Radiation monitoring: Practical session
  • Reviewing experiences: Analysis of calls received by RPAs
  • Lessons learned
  • RPS and RPA feedback
  • Regulatory requirements
  • IRR 99
  • Transport of radioactive materials
  • Group Work: Exercise
  • Performance will be access by the presenters and feedback throughout the exercise
  • Course Closure

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of this training, participants will:

  • Have refreshed their knowledge of radioactivity and associated terminology
  • Be reminded of the risks associated with radiation exposure, and the need to restrict exposure to as low as is reasonably practicable
  • Be up to date with current regulatory requirements, in particular the relevant requirements of legislation covering:
    • Occupational exposure
    • Environmental protection; and
    • Planning for major emergencies


  • Have refreshed their skills in using the RAMGene monitor and the EPD, and be reminded of appropriate action to take in response to measurement results.
  • Be aware of recent interaction between Ambulance Trusts and the on-call RPA, and have discussed or practiced liaising with the RPA.

Note: On conclusion of the training the competence of delegates to carry out the role of RPS will be assessed.

The course maps to the following HART National CPD Modules:

  • IRU/11a DIM – Radiation
  • IRU/11b DIM – Electronic Personal Dosimeter
  • IRU/11d DIM – RAM GENE


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:  

9.9 Have 24-hour radiation protection supervisor arrangements in line with local and national mutual aid arrangements
9.23 Have arrangements in place to provide radiation protection supervisors



Intended Audience

This refresher is  aimed specifically at those within the NHS ambulance service appointed to the role of Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS).  Candidates  must have attended the Initial RPS Course.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates will be employed within the NHS ambulance service and will be appointed (or preparing to be appointed) to the role of Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS).  Candidates  must have attended the Initial RPS Course and will be approaching or reached 2 years post qualification.

Methods of Delivery

Training is provided with a combination of presentations and practical immersive exercises.

Dress Code

Dress code is smart casual civilian clothing.  Some practical exercises may be held outdoors so please bring appropriate clothing and footwear.

Course Location

This course is held at:

Public Health England
Radiation Protection Division
Hospital Lane
Leeds LS16 6RW

View map and directions here



Accommodation is NOT provided as part of the course.

Students will need to arrange their own accommodation.

PHE have preferential rates at the Mercure Leeds Parkway Hotel. 08448 159 020 opt 1.



Pre-read Downloads

We recommend you review your original RPS course notes prior to the refresher.

Equipment Requirements

No equipment is required for this course.


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