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Basic First Aid Course

About our Basic First Aid Course

This 1/2-day basic first aid course is perfect for people looking for a general introduction to first aid. Not only will we teach you the most common illnesses and injuries suffered by adults, but for group bookings we can also tailor the course to meet your first aid needs.

Be able to provide basic life support until the qualified first aider arrives on scene.

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Who is it for?

This course is ideal for a nominated person to cover in a low-risk environment. This course meets the employer’s responsibility where an employer’s assessment of first-aid needs identifies that a designated qualified first-aider is not required. Even in small, low-hazard organisations where first-aiders are considered unnecessary, there is always the possibility of an accident or sudden illness.

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How is it assessed?

You will be continually assessed by our highly experienced St John Ambulance Cymru trainers in line with current HSE guidelines. This will be done through practical demonstrations, hands-on experience, and Q&A sessions.

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After successful completion of our training, learners will receive a St John Ambulance Cymru certificate. This first aid qualification is valid for three years. This certificate will enable you to be appointed in a small, low-risk workplace to provide emergency cover in the absence of first-aiders but only where the absence is due to exceptional, unforeseen and temporary circumstances. Absences such as annual leave do not count.

When it comes to learning how perform basic first aid at work, St John Ambulance Cymru is the leading training provider in Wales. In the UK, St John Ambulance is one of the voluntary aid societies (VAS) who are recognised by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) as standard setters for first aid training in accordance with the Health and Safety (First Aid) regulations 1981. We don't require external accreditation through an Awarding Organisation.

Studying basic first aid is essential for everyone, as it equips individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge to provide immediate assistance in an emergency situation. A basic first aid course covers fundamental techniques that can make a significant difference in the outcome of an injury or illness. Whether at home, work, or in public spaces, accidents and medical emergencies can happen unexpectedly. Knowing how to respond promptly and appropriately can save lives and prevent further harm.

Delegates who take this short course have the first aid skills to offer immediate assistance in an emergency situation. However, if you want to be qualified first aider for your workplace, then there is only one first aid training course you can take. This is the first aid at work course, which is a level 3 award. Only someone who has this work qualification can be a workplace first aider. We also offer emergency first aid at work training which is a level 2 award. Call us to discuss whether or not you need to a fully qualified first aider at work. The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 allow for a person to be appointed to provide emergency cover in the absence of first-aiders but only where the absence is due to exceptional, unforeseen and temporary circumstances. Absences such as annual leave do not count.

We teach the basic first aid course across Wales. It's a great low-cost introduction to first aid, so we want to make it as accessible as possible. If there are six or more employees in your business that need the essential first aid training, then we can also come to you.

What is covered on our Basic First Aid training course?

Manage an incident

Manage an unresponsive casualty who is breathing normally

Provide first aid to a casualty with suspected chest pains

Manage an unresponsive casualty who is not breathing normally

Recognise and assist a casualty who is choking

Manage a casualty who is in shock

Manage a casualty who is wounded and bleeding

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