Basic Life Support

Course Description

Basic Life Support training is mandatory for registered nurses and healthcare assistants but is beneficial to all. Our course is ideal for anyone wishing to learn basic CPR skills.

This course follows the guidelines of the Resuscitation Council (UK) and includes the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) and the DRABCD approach to resuscitation.


Learning Outcomes

After this half day course attendees will be competent in the following areas:

• Understand the role and responsibilities of the first aider
• Assessing the situation and acting safely, effectively and promptly in an emergency
• The Chain of Survival
• Dealing with an unconscious casualty
• Dealing with the unconscious casualty not breathing normally
• Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
• Using an AED (Automated External Defibrillation)
• Treatment of choking

Topics covered within this course include:

• An overview of the legal requirements
• Managing an incident and prioritising (primary and secondary assessment)
• Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillators (AED)
• The recovery position and airway management
• Administer first aid to an unconscious casualty
• Principles of resuscitation
• Applied practical workstation and simulated practical assessment



The session is followed by a multiple-choice assessment designed to test learners’ understanding of the course. A certificate will be issued after the successful completion of the training course.

Attendees must be physically able to carry out procedures required to meet Resuscitation Council UK assessment criteria. Learners are recommended to attend a refresher course after the one year period to keep skills up to date.

Attendees are continually assessed throughout the course to ensure learning outcomes have been achieved.

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