Basic Life Support and AED skills to save someone in need

The purpose of this Level 2 Award in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation is to provide the learner with the skills, knowledge and understanding in the provision of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and of the safe use and management of an Automated External Defibrillator. This qualification offers the trained provider the opportunity to provide effective emergency lifesaving first aid care using an AED. This is achieved through the understanding of the BLS/AED algorithm and the responsibilities and treatment principles of AED use.

National MedicAid’s Basic Life Support courses have been designed to meet all the required learning outcomes and are aligned to the Skills for Health UK Core Skills Training Framework or UK-CSTF.  This includes both level 2 adult and paediatric patient care.  The course is also Skills for Care Endorsed and follows the requirements set out in the Resuscitation Council (UK) guidelines for adult and Paediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) basic life support (BLS).

This course covers Basic Life Support skills and includes skills for Adult, Child and Infant as well as healthcare variations on infant CPR. The course includes Safety, precautions, initial assessment, recovery position, CPR, compression-only CPR, CPR handover and choking. This is ideal for nurses, care workers or medical professionals needing annual updates to complete professional membership. 

AED training is also included in the course. Learning AED skills is becoming more important with the increase in the numbers of units in the community and workplace. They are easy to use with a little training and make a real difference in the chance of survival to someone in cardiac arrest. If you have already completed any other first aid course you will understand the importance of the prompt use of an AED making this an ideal next course to take to develop your skills.

All our first aid courses fully meet the UK and European Resuscitation Council Guidelines 2015 as per the HSE requirements.

This course comes with 6.0 hours of CPD .The content of this and all our courses has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines and come with a Certified CPD Statement as well as a National MedicAid Certificate

  • Firefighters
  • Nurses
  • Care workers
  • Doctors
  • First Aiders
  • Medical workers
  • People needing basic CPR skills
  • Introduction to CPR BLS and AED
  • Fears of first aid
  • Asking permission to help
  • Scene Safety
  • Chain of Survival
  • Introduction to the ABCDE Approach 
  • ABCDE Approach to Patient Care
  • Barriers and Gloves
  • Respiration and Breathing
  • Pulse Points
  • Initial Assessment and the Recovery Position
  • Infant Recovery Position
  • First Aid vs BLS Healthcare Professionals
  • Heart Attack
  • Adult CPR
  • Effective CPR
  • CPR Hand Over
  • Compressions Only CPR
  • Drowning
  • Adult Bag Valve Mask
  • Child CPR
  • Child CPR Breakdown
  • Child CPR for Healthcare Professionals
  • Infant CPR
  • Infant CPR for Health Professionals
  • Adult Choking 
  • Child Choking
  • Infant Choking
  • AED Introduction
  • Types of AED Units
  • AED Setup
  • AED Demo
  • Child AED
  • AED Maintenance
  • AED Pads
  • AED Batteries
  • AED Troubleshooting
  • AED Locations
  • Types of AED
  • AED's in Different Sectors

Learning Outcomes 

  • 1.1 Describe the principles that underpin basic life support
    1.2 Explain the circumstances under which resuscitation is performed
    1.3 Explain why early intervention is necessary
    1.4 Describe different types of cardiopulmonary arrest

2.1 Demonstrate cardiopulmonary resuscitation
2.2 Demonstrate compression-only resuscitation
2.3 Demonstrate the use of resuscitation barrier devices
2.4 Demonstrate how to manage a choking casualty
2.5 Demonstrate the use of an automated external defibrillator
2.6 Describe the differences when using an automated external defibrillator on a child

3.1 Demonstrate how to place a casualty in the recovery position
3.2 Identify the risks when placing a casualty in the recovery position
3.3 Describe handover and reporting procedures

4.1 Identify when a defibrillator battery requires changing
4.2 Identify when electrode pads need replacing
4.3 Demonstrate how to troubleshoot problems if the automated external defibrillator does not function correctly

5.1 Describe the safety considerations when using AEDs