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First Aid at Work

Who should attend?

The Health and Safety (First Aid) regulations of 1981 require all employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to enable first aid to be given to employees if they become injured, or ill at work, during all the hours the particular work area is open.  Doctors and Nurses are deemed competent and therefore wards are already covered.

This qualification (level 3) is based on the Health and Safety Executive (H.S.E) training standard for delivery of First Aid at Work courses for the purposes of the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981.  This three day course is therefore suitable for any member of staff who wishes to become a full and comprehensive first aid provider for their area, which has been risk assessed as medium to high.  They must also be able enough to work with a ‘casualty’ on the floor.

Course aims and objectives

The aim of the qualification is to enable learners to gain the knowledge, confidence and skills to deal with a variety of first aid emergencies.

  • The role and responsibilities of the first aider
  • Incident and casualty assessment
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (including mouth to mouth)
  • Management of the unconscious casualty
  • Choking
  • Wounds and bleeding
  • Shock
  • Minor injuries
  • Hypoxia
  • Chest injuries
  • Asthma and hyperventilation
  • Eye injuries
  • Angina and heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Burns and scalds
  • Poisons
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Angina and heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Sprains and strains
  • Spinal injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy


This course is assessed both practically and by written tests (day one and day three).  Day one is an EFAW course and must be passed in order to continue with the following two days. Successful completion will only be achieved by an assessed demonstration of all the required skills and by passing both the written tests.  Some reasonable adjustments can be made for staff with disabilities, in order to make the course as inclusive as possible.   Successful candidates will be issued with an external, nationally accredited (Ofqual), certificate which is valid for three years from the date of the course.

Pre-course Learning

There is no formal pre-course learning.  Candidates are issued with an A4 First Aid Manual when they attend.  However, candidates are encouraged to download the Resuscitation Council (UK)/British Heart Foundation app, called Lifesaver.  This provides interactive scenarios where one can practise CPR and answer questions and is available for Smartphones, Tablets and PCs. They can also read/download the current Resuscitation Council guidelines for Adult CPR/Choking 

How to book

For course dates and more information, please contact Jane Daulman

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