• Level 2
  • 2-3 Hours Duration
  • 1 Year Certificate

Basic Life Support Training

This basic life support training course aims to help teach staff a basic knowledge of first aid – covering CPR, recovery position, bleeding, choking and shock.

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This basic life support training course aims to help teach staff a basic knowledge of first aid – covering CPR, recovery position, bleeding, choking and shock.

The course takes place over 3 hours and will teach the theoretical knowledge followed by the relevant practical “hands on” assessments to improve knowledge and skill.

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Course Summary

  • Examine help to prioritise a casualty.
  • Review the role of a First Aider.
  • Consider levels of response & taking a casualty's history.
  • Discuss Stroke, Angina & Heart Attack.
  • Examine Treatment of Bleeding, Burns and Shock & Post Traumatic Stress.
  • Role Play/Practical: Primary and Secondary Survey, CPR, Recovery Position, Choking Person

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    Where Do You Deliver The Basic Life Support Training?

    We can deliver this training at your premises, as long as it's within the UK. Also, we have our own venues in Stoke on Trent, London, Swindon, Epsom & York if you need access to a training room (additional charges will apply). We can also deliver this training virtually using Zoom. However, sessions delivered via Zoom will be theory only and will not include any practicals.

    Will attending this training make me competent?

    In short, no. No classroom-based training course can give you full competency - be very wary of anyone claiming they can. Our classroom-based assessments are designed to bridge the gap between classroom learning and workplace competency. We will be sure to provide you with the relevant workbooks and competency proformas to be observed and signed off within the workplace according to your local policy.

    What equipment will you use for training?

    We have a variety of different training equipment and tools available. The training will be relevant and transferable. However, if you have a specific requirement for a particular type of equipment, please make this clear during the booking process, and the team will ensure this is provided. Alternatively, we can use your own equipment for training.

Basic Life Support Training

Our basic life support training course is designed to provide individuals with the practical bls knowledge and skills necessary to properly and effectively respond to medical emergencies. During this pracitcal and theoretical course, you will learn how to properly assess and manage a patient’s airway, breathing, and circulation.

In addition, you will  learn how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) and perform CPR.

Our experienced instructors will guide you through hands-on exercises and simulations to ensure that you feel confident and prepared in the event of a real-life emergency.

You have the option upon booking of this course to choose a certificate from us or a full nationally recognised OFQUAL accredited certificate.

This certification is essential for anyone working in a healthcare setting, as well as individuals who want to be prepared to handle medical emergencies in their personal and professional lives.

Importantly, don’t wait any longer to get the training you need. Sign up for our basic life support course today. Take the first step towards becoming a more prepared and confident responder in times of crisis.

Learn the valuable life saving skills of basic first aid – covering CPR, recovery position, bleeding, choking and shock.

The course takes place over 2-3 hours. The course will teach the theoretical knowledge followed by the relevant practical “hands on” assessments to improve knowledge and skill.

This basic life support training course meets all the requirements to fully sign off standard 12 of the care certificate.

  • Course Duration: 2- 3 hours
  • Course Level: Level 2
  • Certificate: 1-year certificate
  • Max Delegates: 12
  • Practical: Yes
  • Course Mode: Face to Face 

BLS Course Content:

Our practical basic life support training combines theory with extensive practical skill sessions, often using manikins or simulation equipment to allow repetitive practice of life-saving skills in a risk-free environment.

Now, let’s explore the course outline to give you an idea of what’s coming your way:

1. Prioritising Casualties:

Our BLS Awareness Course will guide you in understanding how to decide who needs help first in a medical emergency. It’s about making quick, but informed, decisions to ensure those in need receive assistance promptly. We’ll teach you how to assess the situation and identify the most critical cases.

  • Learn how to assess the severity of injuries.
  • Determine who requires immediate assistance based on the severity of their condition.

2. Role of a First Aider:

As a First Aider, you play a vital role in providing immediate assistance to injured or unwell individuals. This part of the course will explain your responsibilities and what you should do to help someone effectively.

You’ll learn how to keep a clear head during emergencies and respond appropriately.

  • Understand the vital responsibilities of a First Aider.
  • Ensure you can provide timely and appropriate support during emergencies.
  • Stay composed and take charge to make a genuine difference when someone is injured or unwell.

3. Levels of Response and Casualty History:

To provide the right help, you must first understand how a person responds to injuries or illnesses. We’ll teach you how to assess their condition by asking questions and taking their history.

This knowledge helps you make decisions that can save lives.

  • Recognise different levels of response in casualties.
  • Develop the skills to gather relevant information for proper care.
  • Ensure you can evaluate a casualty’s level of consciousness.

4. Medical Conditions Awareness:

In this section, you’ll gain insights into specific health conditions you may encounter during emergencies. We’ll cover how to recognize signs and symptoms of conditions like Stroke, Angina, and Heart Attack.

This knowledge enables you to respond effectively and potentially make a life-saving difference.

  • Acquire knowledge about common medical conditions.
  • Understand conditions such as Stroke, Angina, and Heart Attack.
  • Learn how to respond effectively in critical situations when faced with these medical conditions.

5. Injury Treatment:

You’ll learn how to provide immediate care for various injuries, from minor cuts to more severe situations. This part of the course covers the treatment of Bleeding, Burns, Shock, and Post Traumatic Stress.

These skills are invaluable for a First Aider.

  • Master the practice of first aid for various injuries.
  • Learn how to provide care for Bleeding, Burns, Shock, and Post-Traumatic Stress.
  • Gain insights into addressing the emotional well-being of casualties through Post-Traumatic Stress support.

6. Practical Demonstrations:

This hands-on section allows you to put what you’ve learned into practice. You’ll be guided through Primary and Secondary Surveys, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), helping someone into the Recovery Position, and assisting a Choking Person.

These practical skills are essential for real-life emergencies, and you’ll have the opportunity to master them.

  • Gain hands-on experience with essential life-saving techniques.
  • Learn how to conduct Primary and Secondary Surveys.
  • Understand the correct procedures for CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation), the Recovery Position, and assisting a Choking Person.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this basic life support course, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain help to prioritise a casualty
  2. State the role of a First Aider
  3. Identify levels of response & taking a casualty’s history
  4. Describe Stroke, Angina & Heart Attack
  5. Explain Treatment of Bleeding, Burns and Shock & Post Traumatic Stress
  6. Demonstrate: Primary and Secondary Survey, CPR, Recovery Position, Choking Person

Who Should Attend:

Our basic life support course is suitable for anyone who wants to be prepared to respond effectively in emergencies.

Whether you are a parent, teacher, caregiver, or simply a concerned individual.

Having a life-saving skills benefits everyone including;

  • Health Workers – Required certification to work in hospitals, clinics, care homes, etc. Prepares them to respond in clinical emergencies.
  • First responders – Police, fire department, EMTs need skills to provide initial care until EMS arrives. Saves lives.
  • Coaches/fitness instructors – Equips them to respond appropriately in exercise or sporting emergencies. Essential life safety skills.
  • Educators – Critical for teachers, camp counselors, childcare staff to have pediatric CPR abilities and emergency readiness.
  • Workers in public settings – For staff at malls, theaters, hotels, airports to assist patrons and visitors in need until help arrives.
  • Community members – Makes citizens ready to deliver bystander CPR and provide aid to each other. Expands first responder network.
  • Parents & caregivers – Allows home providers to respond confidently when young children or elderly in their care suffer breathing or cardiac issues.
  • Remote workers – Necessary preparation for people who work alone or in isolated settings with delayed emergency access.

BLS training gives key skills to assess patients, provide interventions, activate EMS, and sustain life in those critical first minutes until definitive care arrives. Essential for many professions and people.


How long will the basic life support training last?

This training will last 2-3 hours. We give a range of time to account for variable factors such as; underlying knowledge and competence of delegates, class interaction and engagement and reduced delegate numbers. If a course finishes earlier than the allotted time, it will be due to one of these reasons. However, our trainer will ensure that all learning outcomes have been met.

Assessment & Certification


Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to put your knowledge and skills to the test through various assessments. These assessments ensure that you are well-prepared to respond to emergencies with confidence and competence.


Upon successful completion of the basic life support course, you will receive a certification to recognise your dedication to have completed a basic life support training.

This bls certification demonstrates your commitment to making a positive impact on your community and being a crucial part of emergency response.

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“brilliant training this morning with Ben Page, went into depth with both moving & handling & BLS.”

Date of experience: 2022

Reviewer’s Name-Bryony Tideswell

“I thoroughly enjoyed training with Caring for Care. I attended, First Aid and Basic Life Support and Moving and Handling with Hoists.

The course tutor Kevin was knowledgeable and informative and delivered both courses with a high standard of professionalism and ensured safety measures were in place for COVID-19 for all involved.

Both courses were one day each and both were well presented and well divided into sections with many examples and activities to help understand the subjects.”

Date of experience: 18 August 2020

Reviewer’s Name: LB

“I really enjoyed this course. It will help me improve the quality of care for my end of life residents as it will ensure a smooth process to verify an expected death. This will greatly reduce the times we currently have for a GP to attend which in most cases can be up to 8 hours or so. Families just want to know their loved one is in the care of their chosen service and they can get on with the rest of planning. Thank you. I learned so much and confirmed what i already knew. Keep up the good work. John our trainer was fab.”

Date of experience: 30 January 2020

Reviewer’s Name: Kath Rimmer

Questions and Answers (FAQs)

1. What is basic life support training?

Basic life support (BLS) training teaches skills to help sustain life in emergency situations until advanced care arrives.

Key elements include:

  • CPR – Chest pushes, rescue breaths, and AED use to support blood flow and oxygen when heart stops. Covers adults, kids, infants.
  • Choking – Methods to clear blocked airway, like back blows and abdominal thrusts.
  • Recovery Position – Moving an unconscious person onto their side to open airway.
  • Emergency Response – Steps of checking victim, calling emergency services, starting care.
  • Rescue Breathing – Using masks and bag valve masks to help breathing.
  • Vital Signs – Checking pulse, breathing, responsiveness to assess condition.
  • Special Situations – Adapting response for drowning, hypothermia, overdose.
  • Team CPR – Giving roles for two or more rescuers.
  • AED Usage – Safely using automated external defibrillators during CPR.
  • Bloodborne Pathogens – Using protective gear and safe response to body fluids.

The training prepares people to act fast and give key help until emergency services arrive. Hands-on practice and skill testing are essential. Regular refreshers keep knowledge current.


2. Who will conduct the basic life support training?

One of our expert tutors. These all have an abundance of first hand care experience and knowledge in basic life support – so you’ll be in great hands!

We will let you know who is doing the training in advance. You can check out their skills and experience by finding them on our meet the team page.


3. What is the purpose of basic life support (BLS)?

The main purpose of basic life support (BLS) training is to help you understand how to help people who need

Specifically, BLS aims to:

  • Learn lifesaving skills – Learn key skills like CPR, AED use, and choking relief to help sustain life in emergencies.
  • Be more prepared – Training gives you knowledge and confidence to act quickly when faced with an emergency.
  • Expand responder network – Adding more trained people in the community expands early intervention capacity when someone needs help.
  • Meet job requirements – Many healthcare and emergency jobs require current BLS certification.
  • Continuing education – Refreshers update your skills on latest protocol changes.
  • Better patient outcomes – BLS started fast can greatly improve survival and recovery chances.
  • Reduce legal risk – Training reinforces proper techniques to avoid further harm.
  • Add to existing knowledge – BLS complements first aid, healthcare, and public safety training.
  • Personal reassurance – Knowing you may be able to save lives provides comfort.

Taking BLS training ensures you can provide urgent intervention in a medical crisis until emergency services arrive. It prepares you to act.


4. What are the core skills taught in BLS training?

BLS (Basic Life Support) training focuses on essential life-saving skills. Taking a basic life support (BLS) course is important to be prepared to act in a medical emergency.

Here are the core skills typically covered in basic life support (BLS) training:

  • CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) – Chest compressions, rescue breathing, and AED usage to support circulation and oxygenation in an emergency.
  • Assessing consciousness – Checking responsiveness and awareness using techniques like shouting or shoulder tap.
  • Checking airway and breathing – Looking, listening and feeling for air exchange to determine if airway is clear.
  • Recovery position – Placing an unconscious person on their side to allow drainage of fluids and keep airway open.
  • Choking relief – Methods like back blows, abdominal thrusts, and chest thrusts to clear foreign body airway obstructions.
  • Rescue breathing – Using bag valve mask or pocket mask to provide breaths to a non-breathing victim.
  • AED usage – Safe operation of automated external defibrillator as part of CPR protocol.
  • Emergency response steps – Taking action in sequence of Check, Call, Care including calling life-threatening emergency number, 999.
  • Vital sign assessment – Techniques to check pulse, breathing rate, skin signs to monitor patient condition.
  • Team CPR – Coordinating roles between rescuers to maximize efficiency and outcome.

The core lifesaving skills taught equip individuals to sustain life until rescue experts arrives to take over care. Hands-on practice is essential to gaining competency.


5. How often should BLS training be renewed or refreshed?

BLS training should be renewed or refreshed regularly depending on where you work and what you do. Usually, it is advised that you  refresh your basic life support skills every one to two years to ensure you know what to in case of life-saving situations.

The recommended frequency for renewing or refreshing basic life support (BLS) training is:

  • Healthcare Providers – Renew BLS certification every 1-2 years to stay current with guidelines and maintain skills. Many employers require yearly renewal.
  • General Public/Workplace – Refresh BLS skills every 2 years at minimum. Yearly refreshers are encouraged for the public to improve retention and consistency.
  • BLS Teachers – Renew BLS instructor certificates every 2 years by teaching courses, taking a refresher class and passing the exam. Keep own BLS provider certification up-to-date yearly.
  • After Use – If BLS skills are used in a real emergency, refresh training sooner to address any weak areas.
  • Protocol Changes – When major CPR guideline changes occur, extra BLS retraining helps adapt techniques and cement new standards.
  • Skills DeclineStudies show CPR skills start declining in as little as 2 months. A 2022 studies shows a sharp decline after 5 month of bls training. More frequent retraining reduces skill decline.

Regular renewal reinforces proper technique and updates providers on the latest science-based improvements for best practice. Keeping BLS knowledge and skills fresh is key to being prepared.

6. Can I use my BLS skills in everyday life situations?

Yes, the skills learned in a basic life support (BLS) course can be very useful in real-life emergency situations outside of healthcare settings.

Here are some examples of how BLS skills may be applied in everyday life:

  • Car accidents –  the course prepares you to check for responsiveness, breathing, pulse, bleeding, and spinal injuries. You can provide first aid, CPR if needed, and call emergency services.
  • Choking incidents – The choking relief techniques you learn, like back blows and abdominal thrusts, could save someone’s life at home, in a restaurant, or in public.
  • Near-drowning – BLS teaches key skills to rescue and revive a drowning victim through positioning, rescue breaths, and CPR if the heart has stopped.
  • Heart attacks – Your ability to recognise signs of cardiac arrest, perform CPR, and use an AED or assist others in doing so could save the life of a loved one or stranger.
  • Drug overdoses – Though additional opioid emergency training is ideal, basic CPR and recovery position skills help in overdose events.
  • Severe allergic reactions – Managing airways and breathing difficulties with BLS techniques buys time until epinephrine and medical care is accessible.
  • Electrocution/lightning strikes – Safely accessing the victim and performing CPR/defibrillation when appropriate may be lifesaving. We have a special cpr and defibrillator training.

So, the emergency response and lifesaving skills taught in BLS training can be very useful for many life situation outside of hospitals and clinics. Taking a course gives you skills to help others in daily life.


7. Are there special considerations for BLS training in healthcare settings?

Basic life-saving training in healthcare settings may benefit from adding specific topics to improve the team’s effectiveness. Key areas to look at include infection control, teamwork, and coordination with other health and social care teams. By addressing these aspects, training can be tailored to the unique demands of the work environment.

  • Infection control – Stress using barriers like gloves, masks, goggles when doing CPR or using equipment to avoid spreading illness.
  • Patient mobility – Discuss how to perform skills on beds, stretchers, chairs, etc. Change techniques for lines, tubes, wounds.
  • Code teams – Coordinate roles for responding as a code team with doctors, nurses, techs. Cover code pagers, equipment rules.
  • Pediatric patients – Ensure skills for child and infant CPR, sizes of masks/shields, right defibrillator dose.
  • Patient dignity – Respect privacy with gowns, sheets when practicing. Get consent when able.
  • Medical conditions – Note how things like hypothermia, overdose, trauma change approach.
  • Documentation – Review recording vital signs, CPR info, medications, interventions, orders.
  • Emergency equipment – Train on real AEDs, carts, suction, oxygen used on site.
  • Team communication – Reinforce clear communication used in emergencies and handoff to ambulance crew.
  • Debriefing – Support staff emotionally after difficult experiences. Offer resources.

Adapting BLS training to the specific healthcare setting and sensitivities helps ensure staff learn skills most relevant for their workplace and patients.


8. What does basic life support training include?

Basic life support (BLS) training typically includes learning the following skills and techniques:

  • Adult CPR – Chest pushes, rescue breaths, and using an AED for adults.
  • Child/Baby CPR – Special techniques for CPR on young kids and infants.
  • Choking – Methods like back blows and abdominal thrusts to clear blocked airway.
  • Recovery Position – Placing an unconscious person on their side to open airway.
  • Checking Vital Signs – Checking breathing, consciousness, pulse.
  • Emergency Response – Following steps of “Check, Call, Care” including calling emergency services.
  • Automated External Defibrillators – Safely using AEDs with CPR on cardiac arrest victims.
  • Rescue Breathing – Proper technique for giving breaths using mask or bag valve mask.
  • Team CPR – Coordinating compression and breathing roles between two rescuers.
  • Special Situations – Adapting CPR for drowning, overdose, hypothermia etc.
  • Bloodborne Pathogens – Using protective gear and safe disposal of contaminated materials. Check our bloodborne pathogens training course content.

The training aims to equip learners with core skills to act as first responders until professional help comes. Hands-on practice and skill testing are key parts.



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