Immediate Medical Management on the Field of Play
What is the course?
The RFL Immediate Medical Management On the Field of Play Course (IMMOFP) is a high level medical qualification which is designed specifically for the pre-hospital management of players.
The course is accredited with the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh).
How does the course work?
This is a two-day course that’s hosted at Huddersfield Giants RLFC.
Candidates are assessed on five elements according to an objective marking criteria, with an overall pass mark of 75% needed to pass the course. The assessment will compromise the following:
- Pre-course MCQ - 5% - 40 question MCQ paper
- On-course workstation - 10% - On-going, on-course assessment. Candidates will be assessed by instructors delivering the workstations with respect to their practical engagement in the learning tasks undertaken
- Practical Scenario Exam - 25% - Objective marking criteria for professional performance within the practical scenario
- CPR Exam - 25% - Objective marking criteria for professional performance within the practical scenario
- Theory Paper - 35% - 50 question MCQ paper
The qualification must be reaccredited with recertification as set out in the four-year cycle below:
- YEAR 1 Two-day IMMOFP course
- YEAR 2 One-day refresher course
- YEAR 3 One-day refresher course
- YEAR 4 Two-day IMMOFP course
Medical staff have two months from the anniversary of the previous years course to attend the next course. Keeping the qualification up to date and booking on a course in time is the personal responsibility of medical staff.
Who can attend?
The RFL IMMOFP course is designed for all medical staff working (or volunteering) at clubs who are, or may be, involved in giving treatment or advice to players within a professional club environment (training and/or match days).
To attend the you must be one of the following:
Doctor Must be full registered with the GMC, practicing, possess the appropriate professional indemnity insurance. It is best practice to hold a Diploma in Sports Medicine or equivalent.
Physiotherapist Must be CSP & HCPC registered with a degree in physiotherapy and possess the appropriate professional indemnity insurance.
Sports Therapist Must be a graduate Sports Therapist with an accredited degree and a member of a recognised professional body.
Sports Rehabilitator Must be degree qualified, BASRAT registered and have the appropriate indemnity insurance.
After starting their role at a club new Doctors and Physiotherapists have three months to successfully complete and pass the course, or until the first available course becomes available if there are no courses within this time frame. Sports Therapists and Sports Rehabilitators must both successfully complete the course before entering the field of play.
Candidates who are not HCPC physiotherapists or Doctors may consider it appropriate to complete Level 2 (PHIICIS or ATMIFF) prior to enrolling on the IMMOFP course to gain understanding of the course demands, knowledge, and experience. NB L2 alternative qualifications would not enable personnel to enter the field of play to provide treatment and would only be undertaken as part of CPD.
2022 Course Dates
- Wednesday 12th & Thursday 13th January
- Wednesday 30th & Thursday 31st March
- Wednesday 6th & Thursday 7th July
- Wednesday 21st & Thursday 22nd September
- Thursday 10th February
- Wednesday 25th May
- Thursday 20th October
What does it cost?
Two Day Course
For staff currently employed by a Rugby League Club, payment (£675+VAT) will be made via a deduction from the clubs Central Distributions at the time of booking. Candidates must get permission from their Club before applying. Independent candidates must pay for the course in full (£825+VAT) via BACS within 7 days of receiving confirmation of securing a place by the RFL. We reserve the right to offer your place to another candidate if payment is not received within this time frame.
One Day Course
For staff currently employed by a Rugby League Club, payment (£350+VAT) will be made via a deduction from the clubs Central Distributions at the time of booking. Candidates must get permission from their club before applying. Independent candidates must pay for the course in full (£450+VAT) via BACS within 7 days of receiving confirmation of securing a place by the RFL. We reserve the right to offer your place to another candidate if payment is not received within this time frame.