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Updated Diploma in Immediate Medical Care: applicability to military and civilian clinicians
  1. Oliver O'Sullivan,
  2. L Osborne and
  3. G Pells
  1. Headquarters Army Medical Services, Ministry of Defence, Camberley, UK
  1. Correspondence to Oliver O'Sullivan, Army Medical Services, Camberley GU15 4PQ, UK; oliver_osullivan{at}


The Diploma in Immediate Medical Care (DipIMC) is the entry-level interprofessional civilian qualification for prehospital emergency care (PHEC) in the UK. It is designed to test the knowledge, skills and behaviours of PHEC practitioners. Military personnel are eligible to enter, dependent on the level of PHEC experience they have. The DipIMC examination has changed in recent years; this paper aims to update aspiring candidates on the application process, recommended preparation and skill-set required to pass.

  • DipIMC
  • diploma in immediate care
  • prehospital emergency care
  • PHEC
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  • Contributors All three authors (OOS, LO, GP) designed, drafted and revised the work.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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