Nobody wants to be in that situation, but it can be invaluable to be prepared if you find yourself confronted with someone who needs urgent help. Basic Life Support (BLS) training can prove vital to the chances of the patients to survive – quite literally. That is why at HUC, we offer Basic Life Support (BLS) training not only to our clinical colleagues who need to refresh this module on an annual basis, but to everyone working for us. You just never know…

BLS refers to several First Aid measures used to improve the chances of survival for victims with life-threatening illnesses or injuries until they can receive full medical care at a hospital. As part of your training, you learn how to give CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation – chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth. how to use a defibrillator, which are now commonly available in many public spaces, and how to relieve airway obstructions. A recent example of these life-saving measures is Christian Eriksen, who suffered a cardiac arrest during Euro 2021.CPR alongside AED efforts by the medical team saved the footballer’s life.

It showed that BLS can be required by anyone, young or old, perceived as ‘healthy’ or ‘unhealthy’. Knowing how to perform First Aid is essential, life saving even, for you, your children, your parents or a stranger.

The BLS training at HUC can be completed virtually or face to face. Virtual BLS training sessions are available on our e-Learning platform Bluestream Academy. These sessions go into great detail and cover Adult BLS which explains the differences between a cardiac arrest and heart attack, chain of survival, basic life support sequence, CPR and how to help a choking adult.

In addition, we have partnered with Emergency Medical Training (EMT) Academy to provide face to face trainings which are held in our centres in Welwyn Garden City, Peterborough City Care Centre, the Enhanced Services Centre Bedford and Luton Town Practice. Face to face training takes 2 hours and is open for all Clinical and Non-Clinical colleagues. These trainings cover the same content as the virtual sessions as well as practicing CPR, using AED and Anaphylaxis on adults, children and babies. Clinicians also undergo Sepsis training and how to use a Sepsis Kit as part of their BLS.

Feedback from our colleagues over the years has been remarkable. “This is one of the best BLS courses I have attended so far,” said one of the participants. “Very knowledgeable and helpful. The training was delivered exceptionally well,” another told us.

Clinical colleagues at HUC complete BLS training yearly as certificates only last for 1 year, with courses running every month in Hertfordshire and every other month in the locations mentioned above. At HUC, BLS courses can be easily accessed by emailing training.bookings@huc.nhs.uk and BLS training dates are continuously advertised on our employee Intranet and our weekly Clinical Matters newsletter.