First aid

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First aid is an important part of training in social care, including basic life support as part of inductions. 

For Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulated providers, ensuring the appropriate first aid training for all staff helps comply with their Fundamental Standards of quality and safety.

You’ll need to assess the appropriate level of first aid expertise required and ensure people are appropriately trained. Workplaces where there are more significant health and safety risks are more likely to need a trained first aider.

We have resources to support you.  We don’t deliver training but you can search our Endorsement Framework directory for first aid courses delivered by recommended training providers.

Our Recommendations for CQC providers guide includes a section around induction related training, including further information about first aid training and what you need to think about.

The section includes what generally should be covered by the training, who should deliver the training, how competence should be signed off, recommended resources and what formal qualifications could be considered.

This induction applies across social care and health with standards focused on basic life support and health and safety that closely relate to first aid. 

We have materials to support you with the Care Certificate.

Domiciliary care is an area of work where a large proportion of staff work alone. By providing appropriate first aid equipment, you can help your staff and the people they care for.  This guidance is strongly recommended to anybody who works alone.

Our choosing workforce learning guide helps you think about what you need from a learning provider.  It helps you ask the right questions before choosing which one to use. With thousands of learning providers available, this helps you select the best one for your needs.

For those wishing to develop their First Aid related knowledge and skills further after induction, we recommend the First Aid Essentials qualification unit. Further information about this unit, as well as other qualifications is available from our Skill Selector.  

Funding towards the cost of qualifications may be available from our Workforce Development Fund.  

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