Basic Life Support (BLS) Training

Also known as CSTF Resuscitation Level 1 - Basic Life Support

Basic Life Support
£20 +VAT

For those working within health and social care settings, regardless of role, you may find yourself faced with potentially life-threatening situations. This Basic Life Support course is designed to give you the knowledge and understanding required to react quickly and appropriately in emergency situations, increasing the safety and quality of care provided to those within the sector.

This course will help provide you with invaluable knowledge on how to deliver potentially life-saving help. It teaches you how to assess situations with primary and secondary surveys, techniques such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the recovery position and how to react to a variety of emergencies such as choking or anaphylaxis.

  • Developed in partnership with health and social care experts
  • Accredited by CPD
  • Skills for Health accredited and Skills for Care endorsed training provider
  • Aligned to the Core Skills Training Framework (CSTF)
  • Fully online course and assessment with no time limits
  • Full audio voiceover
  • Approximate duration: 2-3 hours
  • On completion, certificate is posted the next working day

Who should take this course?

This online course is suitable for anyone wanting to gain initial non-practical Basic Life Support training, including non-clinical staff. It can also be taken by health and social care workers wanting to refresh their existing knowledge and complement their practical training.


CPD Approved

All of our courses are accredited by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to universally accepted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

On successful completion of the course you will be sent a quality assured certificate through the post the next working day. This can be used to provide evidence for compliance and audit. 

This certificate does not have an expiry date. However, based on industry best practice guidelines, the recommended renewal period for this training is 1 year. We will print this recommended renewal date on your certificate.

Skills for Health Quality Mark Digital

High Speed Training was the very first training provider to be awarded the prestigious Skills for Health Quality Mark Digital. Skills for Health is the UK’s Sector Skills Council for Health, responsible for informing national policy, maintaining the Core Skills Training Framework (CSTF) and championing the entire UK healthcare workforce.

The Skills for Health Quality Mark Digital demonstrates exceptional, quality assured learning and development. Meaning that our training processes have met rigorous quality assurance assessment and nationally recognised expectations of the UK health sector.

Skills for Care Endorsed Training Provider

Learn more about our Skills for Care endorsed training provider.

We're proud to be officially endorsed by Skills for Care, the strategic body for workforce development in social care in England and a delivery partner for the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). Skills for Care endorsement is a trusted quality mark only awarded to the best learning and development providers within the social care sector.

Care England National Care Forum Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland Member

Our Commitment to Health and Social Care

High Speed Training has supported thousands of Health and Social Care workers in gaining accredited certificates to help them deliver safe and effective care. We best serve care providers by committing to being at the forefront of sector issues, policy and legislation, ensuring our training is up-to-date, comprehensive and meaningful.

As part of our commitment to Health and Social Care, we have worked hard to build partnerships with authorities and leading bodies, including Care England, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE), and the National Care Forum (NCF).

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Course content

1Introduction to Basic Life Support

What is basic life support, delivering basic life support, legal requirements, infection prevention and control, hand hygiene, personal protective equipment, cleaning and waste disposal.

2The Primary and Secondary Surveys

The primary survey, danger, response, airway, breathing, circulation, the secondary survey and primary and secondary survey considerations.

3The Recovery Position and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Heart attack or cardiac arrest, respiratory arrest, the chain of survival, the recovery position - adults, children and infants, the recovery position for suspected spinal injuries, administering CPR with rescue breaths - adults, children and infants, administering hands-only CPR, considerations when administering CPR - adults, children and infants, automated external defibrillator (AED), DNACPR, ADRT and ReSPECT and after the event.

4Responding to Emergency Situations - Part 1

Choking, assessing the severity, partial obstruction, blocked airway, treating choking in adults and children, treating choking in infants, anaphylaxis, triggers of anaphylaxis, how to prevent anaphylaxis, signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, how to respond to anaphylaxis and adrenaline auto-injectors.

5Responding to Emergency Situations - Part 2

Diabetic hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia, signs and symptoms and treatment of hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia, stroke including signs and symptoms and treatment, electric shock and drowning safety considerations and resuscitation.

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Aims of the course

By the end of this course you will:

  • Understand the safe steps to take for responding to a medical emergency and the importance of a primary and secondary survey.
  • Be able to recognise and respond to choking and severe breathing difficulties, including anaphylaxis or cardiac arrest.
  • Know how cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is performed.
  • Understand how to place someone in the recovery position.
  • Understand the role of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) as well as how to locate and use one.
  • Know the adaptations required for paediatric and infant basic life support.


The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will be asked 30 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 80%. The answers are marked automatically so you will instantly know whether you have passed. If you don't pass don't worry! You can take the test as many times as you need with no extra charge.

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