Basic Life Support – Level 2 – Online CPD Course



Basic Life Support Training – Level 2 – Online Course – CPD Accredited – Resuscitation Council (UK) Compliant – UKCSTF Aligned.

Welcome to our adult basic life support (BLS) online training course for front-line healthcare and social care providers (including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)). All our online training courses, programmes and qualifications are accredited by the CPD Certification Service (CPDUK).

This online  training courses are also developed in line with the latest UK legislation and meet the requirements set out by Resuscitation Council (UK), the National Health Service (NHS), Skills for Health’s UK Core Skills Training Framework (CSTF), the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Skills for Care, UK Health and Safety Executive and other professional and regulatory bodies.

Who is this adult basic life support training course for?

This adult basic life support e-learning course should be completed by those who work in health and social care services including:

  • NHS and private sector staff
  • Locum doctors
  • Nurses 
  • Allied Healthcare Professionals (AHPs)
  • Healthcare Assistants (HCAs)
  • Healthcare & social care support workers
  • Voluntary staff working in the NHS & private sector
  • Nursing care home staff
  • Care staff working in community settings

Our online adult basic life support training courses should be completed by all healthcare and social care staff. This includes voluntary staff and unpaid working in NHS and private hospitals. Locum doctors, locum allied health professionals, agency nurses and healthcare assistants can also complete these adult basic life support e-learning courses.

These adult basic life support training courses are also relevant for health and social care support workers, including those who work for nursing care homes, residential care homes and charities.

Course aims and objectives

The aims and objectives of this online adult basic life support training course are to:

  • To provide the learner with a clear understanding of the legislation regarding adult basic life support,
  • Provide the learner with a full understanding of the current Resuscitation Council (UK) guidance for adult basic life support,
  • To inform learners how to give essential CPR to individuals,
  • To help learners understand the risks surrounding CPR, and
  • To provide essential adult basic life support training resources in an engaging and meaningful way.

 Adult basic life support learning outcomes

Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation learning outcomes are divided into three levels based on knowledge, skills and understanding. The appropriate level of training is dependent upon an individual’s role, work context and a local risk assessment. The levels given here are for the majority of staff who might need to be involved in delivering CPR. However, there are additional specialist levels of outcomes which need to be achieved for those who are expected to lead a resuscitation team, are resuscitation team members or teach resuscitation.

These specialist outcomes are not covered in this course. For further information about specialist outcomes, please see the Resuscitation Council (2015) Resuscitation Guidelines and the Quality Standards for Clinical Practice and Training. Where staff are exposed to and involved in the care of patients from a range of age groups, they should receive the relevant type of resuscitation training.

Key learning outcomes – Adult basic life support course – level 1

On completion of the adult basic life support training level 1, the learner will:

  • Be able to recognise a cardiorespiratory arrest,
  • Know how to summon immediate emergency help in accordance with local protocols, and
  • Be able to start CPR using chest compressions.

Key learning outcomes – Adult basic life support course – level 2 

On completion of the adult basic life support (Level 1 outcomes plus the following), the learner will:

  • Understand current legislation and local resuscitation policies and procedures,
  • Know how to recognise and respond to patients with clinical deterioration, escalating care in accordance with local policy,
  • Be able to initiate an appropriate emergency response, which may include management of choking, and the use of the recovery position, all in accordance with current Resuscitation Council (UK) guidelines,
  • Be able to initiate and maintain effective chest compressions in accordance with current Resuscitation Council (UK) guidelines,
  • Be able to provide basic airway management i.e. ensure an open airway,
  • Be able to initiate and maintain effective lung ventilation in accordance with current Resuscitation Council (UK) guidelines,
  • Know how an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) can be operated safely and appropriately,
  • Understand their individual role and responsibilities in responding to persons in emergency situations,
  • Understand their individual responsibilities in reporting and recording details of an emergency event accurately,
  • Understand the importance of undertaking any resuscitation interventions within the limits of their personal capabilities and context of any previous training received, and
  • Know how they should apply the local Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Policy within the clinical context.

What is covered in this online adult basic life support training course?

This adult basic life support online training course covers the following:

  • An introduction to adult basic life support,
  • Why is adult basic life support important?
  • The adult basic life support chain of survival,
  • The National Early Warning Score (NEWS2) system,
  • DRSABC systematic approach to cardiopulmonary resuscitation
    • Checking for Danger (approach the victim safely),
    • Checking for Responsiveness,
    • Shouting for help,
    • Open victim’s Airway (head tilt, chin lift),
    • Checking if the victim is Breathing (look, listen and feel for breathing),
    • If not breathing normally, call the ambulance and start delivering effective chest Compressions,
  • The Resuscitation Council (UK) adult basic life support algorithm,
  • How to deliver effective chest compressions,
  • How to deliver effective rescue breaths,
  • Why it is important to continue CPR,
  • Knowing when to stop CPR,
  • When and how to position a victim in the recovery position,
  • How to deal with an airway obstruction by a foreign body,
  • An introduction to automated external defibrillators (AEDs),
  • The Resuscitation Council (UK) automated external defibrillators (AED) algorithm,
  • Differences between the Resuscitation Council (UK) adult and paediatric basic life support algorithms,
  • Organisational and individual responsibilities for cardiopulmonary resuscitation,
  • Localised delivery of cardiopulmonary resuscitation,
  • Do not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNAR) orders,
  • Where to get additional information about adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation (online learning BLS resources).

Why is adult basic life support important?

It is a common expectation that healthcare and social care staff will have sufficient knowledge and skills to be able to recognise and respond to signs of clinical deterioration. Where healthcare staff can anticipate, identify and respond to patient signs of clinical deterioration, they can prevent further decline that might otherwise culminate in cardio-respiratory arrest. Consequently, there has been a particular focus on promoting greater awareness and understanding of the needs and care of the deteriorating patient.

While the priority is on preventing clinical deterioration, some patients’ condition will progress to cardio-respiratory arrest and require cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Early and effective resuscitation can save lives. Research in emergency care of collapsed people has led to significant advances in resuscitation techniques. Healthcare organisations must have a clearly defined resuscitation policy and ensure that they provide an effective resuscitation response and service.

As part of their duty to ensure safe and effective care, healthcare organisations must ensure that their workforce receives the appropriate training, including periodic updates, in order to maintain a level of resuscitation competence relevant to their role. The requirements stated are minimum standards and apply to the majority of the workforce in roles and settings where they might be required to provide initial CPR until the arrival of advanced life support expertise and support.

Assessment and certification

At the end of this adult basic life support e-learning course, learners will be required to complete an online assessment. On successful completion of the knowledge test (80% pass mark), learners will be able to download a FREE CPD certificate that is valid for one year.

Course accreditation

The content of this online adult basic life support training course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

Payment and additional information

After adding your adult basic life support e-learning course (s) to the shopping cart (by selecting Add to Cart), you will be able to make a secure payment using all major credit and debit cards. 

Once you have purchased your adult basic life support online training course (s), you will be sent a confirmation e-mail. You will then receive a link and login details to access your e-learning course (s) within 24 hours of purchase.

How to access your online adult basic life support training course

  1. Pay for your courses (All major debit and credit cards accepted)
  2. Once you have registered you will receive your login details within a few minutes
  3. You will then be able to reset your password, log in and take your selected online course (s)
  4. On completion, you will be asked to complete an end of course assessment (minimum 80% to pass)
  5. You can immediately download, save or print your CPD Accredited Certificate
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To complete this adult basic life support online training course, you will need access to a computer device, e.g., desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone device.

Career path

Our online adult basic life support training courses are suitable for:

  • Those who are looking to improve their knowledge of the subject area,
  • Those whose jobs require periodic continuing professional development (CPD),
  • Those who need to show evidence as part of their professional registration requirements, e.g., doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.

What is the Skills for Health’ UK ‘Core Skills Training Framework’ (CSTF)?

There is increasing recognition that there are wide variations in the quality and consistency of healthcare training provided across the UK. To minimise these challenges, LearnPac Systems works with various UK health and social care organisations to develop statutory and mandatory training courses in line with Skills for Health’s UK Core Skills Training Framework (CSTF). This includes mandatory training courses in the Skills for Health’s UK Core Skills Training Framework – CSTF Statutory Mandatory Training Subject Guide Version 1.3, Skills for Health Clinical Care UK Core Skills Training Framework Subject Guide April 2015 and other awareness courses for health and social care workers.

This online adult basic life support course was developed in line with the CSTF learning outcomes. 

Why choose our accredited e-learning courses?

The benefits of using our accredited e-learning courses in the workplace include:

  • National Skills Academy for Health national delivery partner
  • The UK accredited e-learning provider
  • An approved UK training centre
  • Ofqual accredited qualifications
  • Nationally recognised CPD certificates
  • Free blended learning environment to support existing training
  • Access your online training immediately
  • The highly interactive e-learning portal
  • Substantial cost reductions (no travel fees & other expenses)
  • Embrace the benefits of eLearning for healthcare providers
  • Significant man hour reductions
  • Online training only takes as long as the learners needs
  • Low carbon footprint through e-learning
  • Over 200 online CPD courses
  • Repository of online learning materials and assessment
  • Fully qualified and experienced trainers, instructors and assessors
  • Subject matter experts and content developers
  • Convert your existing classroom courses to e-learning courses
  • All training courses based on the latest guidance and best practice

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