The Importance of First Aid

The Importance of First Aid

First Aid at Work trains candidates to become qualified first aiders who can apply learned techniques on a casualty in the vital moments before the emergency services arrive. It is suitable for those who work in potentially hazardous environments, for example construction sites or kitchens.

First Aid at Work will teach you not just CPR and how to use a defibrillator, but how to deal with burns and scalds, choking, allergic reactions, spinal or head injuries and many other life-threatening conditions and injuries. The course also highlights often-overlooked areas such as talking to casualties and keeping them calm as well as how to manage an emergency.

With three days of highly interactive practical and theory work you’ll have the confidence to approach situations both in and out of the workplace and stay cool, calm and collected under pressure.

Do I need to do the full three-day course? 

Not necessarily. Every workplace environment and individual is different – and so are their first aid needs. Our Emergency First Aid at Work is a one-day course designed to give participants the confidence and ability to take life-saving action during an emergency and is designed for those with specific responsibility to provide first aid in a low-hazard environment such as an office or those working in a community or voluntary role.

We also have specialist courses, such as Paediatric First Aid, available; talk to our team for more details.

There are no formal entry requirements, but candidates must be physically able to participate in all practical activities during these courses.

Talk to us; our team will help you choose the right course to ensure you’re getting the comprehensive learning you need.

What about mental health and wellbeing?

According to the charity Mind, every year 1 in 4 people in England will suffer a mental health problem of some kind; mental ill health is responsible for 72 million lost working days a year, costing £34.9 billion. Employers have a legal duty of care to their employees. This includes providing a safe working environment and taking reasonable care to prevent any harm, mental or physical, that may occur in the workplace.

Our two-day Mental Health First Aid course qualifies candidates as their workplace’s mental health first aider. Delegates will gain an in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing, learn how to create a positive mental health culture within their workplace, and how to spot the triggers and signs of mental illness. They will also learn some physical first aid skills relevant to response to mental illness, how best to reassure and support a person in distress, and how to implement reasonable adjustments upon their return to work.

Wellbeing Champion courses also train employees to be wellbeing advocates in the workplace. This will give them the knowledge and practical tools to promote mental, physical, social and financial wellbeing whilst driving engagement and building a positive workplace culture.

Training options range from individual attendance at an open course held across the UK to experienced trainers delivering closed courses for your staff, either on site at your premises, at a suitable local venue or at our training room in Gainsborough. In addition, the Mental Health First Aid and Wellbeing courses can be delivered remotely via Zoom.

We’re confident we have a solution that suits your needs; talk to us today about your requirements.

We are always keen to get client feedback on everything we do, to ensure we are continually moving forward; this is from one of our recent Emergency First Aid at Work courses:

'Just a quick note to say thank you for sending such an amazing trainer for today’s Emergency First Aid Training. The interaction in the training room was incredible! I received really positive feedback from each attendee after completing the course, particularly on how well the course materials were delivered.'

Contact Us About First Aid

Our team are here to help. To find out more information or discuss your first aid training needs talk to our Training Team by calling 01427 420 405 or email

About the author

This article is provided by our sister company, Stallard Kane, a specialist risk management service provider offering expert advice and solutions in Health and Safety, HR, Risk Solutions and Training. This article is for general guidance only and aims to provide general information on a relevant topic in a concise form. This article should not be regarded as advice in relation to a particular circumstance. Action should not be taken without obtaining specific advice.

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