The Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee guidelines are the essential resource for paramedics, although the principles are also applicable to the work of all pre-hospital clinicians.
These JRCALC guidelines are an important part of clinical risk management and ensure uniformity in the delivery of high-quality patient care. As such, they form the basis for UK paramedic training and education.
The story of JRCALC
JRCALC combines expert advice with practical guidance to help paramedics in their challenging roles and supports them in providing patient care. The guidelines cover an extensive range of topics, from resuscitation, medical emergencies, trauma, obstetrics and medicines, to major incidents and staff wellbeing.
The JRCALC iCPG and JRCALC Plus apps contain the complete and most current clinical guidance. Updates are published throughout the year, and the apps remain fully functional without a phone signal which always ensures the most up-to-date information for clinicians.
As such, the JRCALC apps have become the defining source for clinical guidance for UK paramedics and should be used to inform clinical decision making.
Printed Reference and Pocket Book versions
In May 2021, the JRCALC Clinical Guidelines 2021 Pocket Book was published, following previous pocket-book editions in 2019, 2017, 2016, and 2013.
The most recent reference edition of the JRCALC clinical guidelines was published in 2019. Following a three-year cycle, it is likely that the next reference edition will be published in 2022.
If you work for a UK NHS Ambulance Service, you may be eligible for a JRCALC Plus account through your trust’s subscription.
Please enquire with your employer or contact firstname.lastname@example.org via your NHS email address.
- To order to the JRCALC Clinical Guidelines 2021 Pocket Book, click here.
- To order to the JRCALC Clinical Guidelines 2019, click here.
- For Ambulance Care Essentials, click here.
- For Ambulance Care Practice, click here.
- For First Responder Essentials, click here.
More details about obtaining the electronic versions are available here.
Class Professional Publishing support the publication of the JRCALC clinical guidelines and manage subscriptions to the JRCALC apps. If you have any further queries about the JRCALC apps, please contact the Customer Support team at Class Professional Publishing on 01278 427800 or email@example.com.
Self Learning CPD tools are also available
ParaPass is the perfect way to test your knowledge of the guidelines and will count towards your CPD Portfolio.
It provides a dynamic, accessible and affordable learning platform for ambulance staff that is evidence-based, contextualised and in a question style that is in keeping with the challenges that arise in practice.
Ongoing Updates to the Guidelines
The publishers, Class Professional Publishing, will continue to provide additional updates to the 2019 Guidelines here.
Archived additional updates to the 2016 Guidelines are here, while archives to the previous 2013 edition are here.
Questions and Answers
We are pleased to receive questions relating to the JRCALC Guidelines, and will endeavour to answer your question promptly having consulted with JRCALC experts as necessary. For more information click here.
For queries about the app, email firstname.lastname@example.org