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The RQF and the QCF

By Life Saving Training | October 1, 2015

The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) is now the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).   As of the 1st October 2015, The RQF will be introduced to replace the QCF. The RQF will provide a single, simple system for cataloguing all qualifications regulated by Ofqual.   Learn more about the RQF here: www.gov.uk/government/news/ofqual-to-introduce-new-regulated-qualifications-framework https://ofqual.blog.gov.uk/2015/10/01/explaining-the-rqf/   If…

Choking – First Aid

By Life Saving Training | September 8, 2015

What is choking? Choking is where a foreign object becomes stuck in the throat, causing a blockage. If the blockage is mild, the casualty should be able to clear it themselves. If the casualty is unable to speak or make any noise, then the blockage is severe and the person will eventually lose consciousness. How…

Drowning and Secondary Drowning – First Aid

By Life Saving Training | September 8, 2015

What is drowning? Drowning is death by suffocation from submersion in any liquid. Hypothermia and cardiac arrest can also occur due to immersion in cold water. How to treat a drowning casualty who is conscious and breathing If the casualty has been rescued from water, help them to lie on an insulating surface (a coat…

Asthma – First Aid

By Life Saving Training | August 26, 2015

What is an asthma attack? An asthma attack is where the muscles of the air passages in the lungs go into spasm, narrowing the airways, making it difficult to breathe. There are many different triggers, including allergens such as pollen, dust mites, animal fur, colds/flu and airborne irritants such as cigarette smoke, chemical fumes and…

Stroke – First Aid

By Life Saving Training | February 2, 2015

What is a stroke? A stroke is a medical emergency where the blood supply to the brain is disrupted. Most strokes are caused by a clot in a blood vessel which blocks the flow of blood to the brain. However, some strokes occur due to a ruptured blood vessel causing bleeding into the brain. Strokes…

Recognising and Treating Jellyfish Stings in the UK – First Aid

By Life Saving Training | July 4, 2014

Are you still peeing on people who’ve just been stung by jellyfish?! Save yourself some embarrassment and read this to get up to speed… What are jellyfish? Jellyfish usually live in the sea, although some types can be found in fresh water. They usually have an umbrella shaped body, with long thin tentacles hanging underneath.…

Heart Attack – First Aid

By Life Saving Training | June 4, 2014

What is a heart attack? A heart attack is a serious medical emergency where there is a sudden obstruction of the blood supply to the heart. This may be caused by a blood clot in a coronary artery and lack of blood to the heart can seriously damage the heart muscle. The main risk is…

Angina – First Aid

By Life Saving Training | June 4, 2014

What is Angina? Angina occurs when the arteries that supply the heart with blood become hardened and narrowed. This means they restrict the amount of blood getting to the heart. Chest pain may be felt during exertion, excitement or stress. An attack forces the person to rest and the pain should ease soon afterwards. How do…

Epilepsy and Seizures – First Aid

By Life Saving Training | May 21, 2014

On average, 87 people are diagnosed with epilepsy every day and it affects 600,000 people in the UK. That’s about 1 in every 103 people. Epilepsy is a neurological condition and can affect anyone, at any age. A seizure can consist of involuntary contractions of the many muscles in the body due to a disturbance…

First aid has been around since the 11th Century, so why do so few people know what to do when someone becomes ill or injured in the UK today?


By Life Saving Training | January 21, 2014

Let’s look at the stats. Approximately 95% of the population in Norway are first aid trained. In Germany and Austria, about 80% are first aid trained. Here in the UK, the figure is more like 5–10%. That’s right, 90-95% of people in the UK don’t know what to do when someone becomes ill or injured.…