Basic Life Support (BLS) Training

Also known as CSTF Resuscitation Level 1 - Basic Life Support

CPD Approved Skills for Care Approved
Basic Life Support
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  • 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

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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. 

This course was last audited on: 10th Feb 2023
  • Developed in partnership with health and social care experts
  • Accredited by CPD
  • 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
  • Same day digital certificate. Printed certificate posted the next working day

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

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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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.

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.

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Add your chosen course to your basket. Once you’ve added all the courses you need, follow our step-by-step checkout process where you can purchase using Debit or Credit card.

For companies ordering 5 or more courses, you’ll also be given the option to pay by invoice.

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Course access

Once you’ve completed your purchase, look out for an email containing the details you’ll need to start your training.

Simply click the "Get Started" button on the email, and from there you can select whether the training is for yourself or for your team.

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If your delivery address is in the UK, we will send a hard copy of your certificate to your UK postal address once you’ve completed your course. Although we try to deliver your certificates as soon as possible, please allow 3-4 working days for delivery.

Don’t want to wait? You can instantly download your digital certificate as a PDF after course completion.

Additionally, please note that if your company is paying by invoice we can only issue certificates after your order has been fully paid.

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Continued support

Our friendly customer support team is happy to help at any stage of your training. Call us on 0333 006 7000 or contact, and we’ll do our best to answer any questions you may have. 

Additionally, have you seen our help page? It’s full of useful information to help guide you through your training experience.