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1st Aid Awareness Training


I have a large number of people who work in care homes, currently they complete a 1 day 1st aid course in their first few months, but a review has shown the content of the course is not focused on their needs.

The main driver for this training is their NVQ 2 and 3 in social care.
Current work place practices mean they will have little or no chance of placing this learning into practice.

They need some general awareness and ideally some sort of confirmation of learning to support their NVQ portfolio.

There is no issue with the Organisations policies or current 1st Aid provision, i.e. they don't need to complete the training to ensure their units comply.

I just can't seem to find a product out there that will support this. any ideas?
Carolyn Griffiths

2 Responses

  1. Some Suggestions or Turn to Rapid E-learning
    Hi Carolyn.

    I’ve been involved with e-learning content selection for 15 years now and I’ll admit that this is an area that has stumped me too. In fact, I remember about 3 years ago being approached a national care agency for advice about developing a custom e-learning course covering the then new care NVQs, as they identified this need too.

    I have checked again and have found two organisations that say they offer material in this area, but I can’t vouch for either of them, so you’d need to check them out yourself first.

    CareConnect Learning offer some online materials for NVQ2:

    ThirdForce also say they offer some NVQ2 material:

    Apologies in advance if these lead nowhere.

    But just one more thought. If you have a large audience, then – if commissioning a bespoke e-learning resource doesn’t appeal – you might want to consider looking into developing a rapid e-learning course, using one of the many tools that are out there, to translate content you may have in other formats into an online piece. You may even be able to source some content from a face-to-face provider who would be willing to partner to create something like this. Rapid e-learning tools such as my current favourite, Articulate ( are great for awareness building and assessments.

    Feel free to contact me offline if you want to know more about this option.

  2. training or abdication?

    First aid is a practical skill – not a knowledge thing – e-learning is great for knowledge – but NOT for (these sort of) skills.

    I would say for the cost of a one day course – have them trained – these people are looking after people lives.

    I spend a lot of my voluntary work time attending calls to care homes, and am disgusted as the poor level of care many are given, with many homes letting residents fall and break hips and then putting them back into bed (and not getting help for days) – others calling 999 for a small nose bleed.

    Which I guess supports your findings…

    Please train these important people in our community – is £300 for 10 people too much to ask???

    Why not ask your provider for a professional to deliver a course specifically for your staff – this weekend for example I am running a course for people involved in the world of motor sport so the course is focused to their needs.
    If your provider only offers ‘appointed person’ training then look elsewhere..

    In direct answer to your post… the BBC have a good set of pages –



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