Basic Life Support (BLS) Training

Also known as CSTF Resuscitation Level 1 - Basic Life Support

Duration 2-3 hours

Last audited 10th February 2023

CPD Approved Skills for Care Approved
Basic Life Support
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  • 100% online training

  • Start when you like

  • Learn on any device (desktop, mobile or tablet)

  • Instant assessment and result

  • 1 learner per course

  • Train teams of all sizes

  • Bulk discounts starting at 10% off 10 courses

  • Learn on any device (desktop, mobile or tablet)

£25 +VAT

include vat

Includes a 10% discount for 10+ courses

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. 

100% online training

Access anywhere

Same day digital certificate

Printed certificate posted next working day

Full audio voiceover

Unlimited assessment attempts

Developed by qualified health and social care professionals

Accredited by CPD

Skills for Care endorsed training provider

Aligned to the Core Skills Training Framework (CSTF)

What you'll learn

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.

Training you can trust

  • Course Content
  • Assessment
  • Suitable for

Module 1: Introduction 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.

Module 2: The Primary and Secondary Surveys

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

Module 3: The 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.

Module 4: Responding 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.

Module 5: Responding 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.

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.

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.

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