Basic Life Support for Healthcare Professionals

med-aed“In health care environments where an AED is available, it is important that all staff who may be called on to use it are trained and that their qualifications are kept up to date.”

Standards for Clinical Practice and Training.


This qualification, and the learning outcomes covered thereby, is based on the recommendations of the European Resuscitation Council, the Resuscitation Council (UK) and the Skills for Health Assessment Principles for First Aid Qualifications.

The aim of the qualification is to enable learners to attain the knowledge and competencies needed to deal with a range of life threatening emergency situations. Learners should be able to demonstrate the practical administration of safe, prompt, effective first aid in emergency situations with an understanding of the role of the first responder.

Intended audience

This qualification is designed for clinical and non clinical staff in healthcare institutions who have an obligation to provide an effective resuscitation service.

Structure of the qualification

This qualification is comprised of one unit with 4 guided learning hours*

*Minimum contact teaching hours apply to this qualification (to comply with Skills for Health guidance):

Initial training should be delivered in no less than 4 hours  excluding breaks.
Re-qualification training should be delivered in no less than 2 hours excluding breaks.

To attend a re-qualifying course, learners must produce a copy of a Basic Life Support Certificate. This certificate must not have expired by more than 3 months.

On initial and requalification courses, all practical and theoretical assessments must be passed to gain the qualification.

Learner outcomes

The Basic Life Support qualification has one unit that Learners are required to complete in order to achieve the qualification.

Basic Life Support for Healthcare Professionals

  • Know how to assess an incident using a stepwise approach.
  • Be able manage an unresponsive casualty who is breathing normally.
  • Be able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is not breathing normally.
  • Be able to use an available automated external defibrillator.
  • Be able to administer emergency and therapeutic oxygen.
  • Be able to use a range of airway adjuncts.


Course cost

The Basic Life Support training is delivered in-house for clients across the UK and globally at a time to suit you. The cost of this, inclusive of learner resources, handouts, CPR & AED Made Easy books and certificates*, is:

  • Initial training from just £480.00 for up to 12 people. 
  • Re-qualification training from just £360.00 for up to 12 people.

A certificate is issued by Simply First Aid*.

The intervals for retraining will differ according to the characteristics of the participants (e.g. lay or healthcare). It is known that CPR skills deteriorate within months of training and therefore annual retraining strategies may not be frequent enough. Whilst optimal intervals are not known, frequent ‘low dose’ retraining may be beneficial.

ERC Guidelines, 2015

*Simply First Aid is approved to deliver qualifications listed on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). If you would like QCF certification, this is available at an additional cost.