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Course contents

This training course is broken down into 4 sections

  1. 1 Basic Life Support for Adults
  2. 2 Treating a Choking Child
  3. 3 Obstructed Airways - Infants
  4. 4 Training and Record Keeping
CPR on a dummy - Basic Life Support Training
Section 1: Basic Life Support in Care - Adults

The first element of Basic Life Support is an initial assessment, known as a Primary Survey. This is a systematic process of approaching a casualty, identifying any hazards, and dealing with an immediate and life-threatening emergency. In this section, we will look at DR ABC - the acronym used in the primary survey, obstructed airways, treating choking adults and CPR.

Section 2: Basic Life Support in Care - Children

Between the age of 1 and the onset of puberty, the size, and physical and mental abilities of a child vary wildly. You’ll need to use your judgement as to whether they need your help and exactly what they need you to do. This section will look at how to treat a child who you believe is choking as well as performing CPR on a child (aged between 1 and the onset of puberty).

Section 1: Basic Life Support in Care - Obstructed Infants

An infant is a child aged 1 or younger. If their airway becomes blocked, they’re particularly vulnerable as they can’t communicate the fact that they’re choking, so it’s up to you to make sure that you’re able to spot the warning signs. Our third section will take a look at the steps that you should take if you believe an infant is choking and again, how to perform CPR on an infant. 

Section 1: Basic Life Support in Care - Record Keeping

Our final section will discuss the importance of practical training and the benefit of additional training. As well as the need for confidentiality and a robust system of record keeping. 

About this course

This Basic Life Support in Care Training Course gives learners basic knowledge surrounding life support but, practical training will need to be completed to physical administer the care too. 

It is broken down into 3 basic elements, initial assessment (primary survey), airway maintenance and CPR. The primary survey can be remembered through the acronym DRSABCD (Dr's ABCD).

  • D - Danger - check it is safe to approach the casualty
  • R - Response - is the casualty alert and talking?
  • S - Shout for help
  • A - Airways - open their airway if unresponsive
  • B - Breathing - look to see if they are breathing normally 
  • C - CPR/circulation - if not breathing, commence CPR, if breathing check for bleeding & put in the recovery position
  • D - If CPR is needed a defibrillator should be used alongside it if possible

This course also includes information about CPR, the respiratory system obstructed airways (adults & children) and record keeping.

Standard 12 of the Care Certificate - Basic Life Support in Care - requires staff to:

  • Provide basic life support to those in care

This course works alongside our 14 other awareness courses that make up the Care Certificate Standards. ​

This course equips learners with the knowledge that's required to be put into practice in the workplace, whereby they can do the 'practical' part of their training, followed by having the Care Certificate supplied to them by their management as they meet the required standards. These courses provide part of training but practical training is still required to obtain the care certificate.

Chris Miller, a presenter of Basic Life Support in Care Training

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Chris Miller

The importance of Basic Life Support in Care Training

It’s important that you comply with the law and understand the positive impact this training course can have on your organisation and employees.

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Each of our courses ends with a multiple choice test to measure your knowledge of the material.

This Basic Life Support in Care Training course concludes with a 20 question multiple choice test with a printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questionnaires guide the user through the sections of the training and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout.

As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to reprint certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.

What does my certificate include?

Your Basic Life Support in Care Training Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and stamps of approval or accreditations by recognised authorities.

Please note if you are using our course content via SCORM in a third party LMS then we are unable to provide certificates and you will need to generate these in your host LMS yourself.

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Why is this training important?


It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work.

Basic Life Support in Care is Standard 12 out of 15 standards in the Care Certificate. The Care Certificate is an agreed group of standards that set out what is expected of the job roles in the health and social care sector. It forms part of an induction programme that should be covered if you are 'new to care'. 

The Care Certificate was developed by Skills for Care, Health Education England and Skills for Health. 

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