First Aid Awareness

Unit Title: First Aid Awareness

Provisional Level: 2

Guided Learning Hours: 2

Purpose and Aim:

To equip care workers with the skills to understand the key issues that can arise during emergency situations.

First aid is the first help or care that a suddenly sick or injured person receives. It is given as soon as possible after an accident or an illness. This immediate help prior to the arrival of the emergency services can mean the difference between life and death, or at the very least can affect recovery.

General Principles of First Aid

  • Speed of action
  • Summoning and directing help
  • Duty of care

Accidents and Injuries

  • Burns and scalds
  • Choking
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Common tissue injuries

Emergency Situations

  • Bleeding
  • Shock
  • Head injuries
  • Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack and angina


This unit is assessed through written and oral questions and practical demonstration of CPR and recovery position.  Please note completing this course will not enable staff to be a qualified First Aider at Work.