One of the changes that came in with the October 2009 update to the HSE First Aid at Work Regulations Approved Code of Practise is the strongly recommended half-day Annual Refresher Course for those who are First Aiders in the workplace. This applies to all persons with an EFAW or FAW qualification who trained after 1st October 2009.

'Strongly recommended' is a strange phrase, which means it is not 'mandatory' however, should an incident occur and the First Aiders have not undergone refresher training, the HSE and the courts would ask why this has not occurred. It was bought in as it is recognised that skills such as CPR deteriorate if they are not practised. Automated External Defibrillation (AED) is now a part of all first aid courses - a 1/2 day AED course is another way of achieving a first aid update for your staff.

Course outline:

  • Incident management and scene assessment in an emergency
  • Treatment of an Unresponsive Casualty
  • Treatment of a casualty having a Seizure
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Treatment of Bleeding and Shock

Other information:

Candidates attending this course will still need to update their full qualification at the 3 year anniversary of their initial training. This course does not replace that requirement.

EFAW candidates will need to re-take their full one-day course.

FAW and FAWR candidates can take a 2-day First Aid at Work Requalifcation course, provided they renew within the prescribed time scales of not more than 3 months prior to course expiry date, and not more than 28 days after certificate expiry. This time window will allow them to keep their existing expiry date + 3 years at any time during this time window.

This course can be run 'in-house' for groups, for individuals please contact our office to discuss where we can accommodate your training.

Persons using an AED should receive regular training - it is recommended by the resuscitation council that this should be at least yearly and "preferably more often" (see ).

Underwood Training believes that it is important an individual is trained using the same training model of AED as they will have to use in their workplace in an emergency situation. For that reason we only run this course in-house. If your workplaces does not have a suitable space to hold a course, we can host the course for you at no additional cost at our training premises in Leeds. Our course includes the following content:

  • Update on CPR techniques
  • Use of appropriate adjuncts e.g. pocket mask, bag & mask and if available airway adjuncts e.g. OP airways
  • Theory - when and how to use an AED
  • Safety issues
  • Practical application of the training AED on a manikin
  • After-care - what to do after utilising the AED
  • Maintenance of an AED

If you are considering purchasing an AED for your company, please contact us and we will support you in working out what is necessary for you to make this happen. A medical adviser, regular update training and access to a training AED model of the same make when purchasing the AED are all considerations that must be addressed as well as issues of emergency procedures, location, accessibility and storage.

The Medical Emergencies module can also be added to this training course - for more information on this please see the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) +/- Medical Emergencies page.

This 2-3 hour course is required to be undertaken yearly by those in health related professions including GP and Dental Practices. It is also undertaken yearly by nursing staff, and is often run in-house, although if your workplace does not have a suitable place to hold the course we will happily host it for you at our training premises in Headingley. Underwood Training runs regular training sessions for clinical places such as Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds.
It is suitable to use for CPD purposes and meets the current guidelines as laid out by the Resuscitation Council (UK). Courses are run in-house at your premises for a group of up to 12 persons to 1 trainer.

The Medical Emergencies course can be added if required.

Course outline:

  • Introduction and context to workplace
  • Basic Life Support Heart Attack – practical (if your workplace uses pocket masks and/or bag and mask, we will run the training with this equipment rather than teaching “mouth-to-mouth”)
  • Chain of survival and theory
  • Basic Life Support Non Heart Attack (if applicable)
  • Treatment of an unresponsive casualty
  • Use of an Automated External Defibrillator
  • Choking

Tailoring to your workplace:

A number of our clients have requested that we cover choking within the session as this is often a concern – particularly in dental practices! We feel that there is time to fit this into the 2 hour session as most students are updating their skills and pick up the practical components very quickly. For some workplaces anaphylaxis has been requested due to the procedures/drugs that are used on the premises. Please discuss your requirements at point of contact.

 Other hot topics which you may want to consider are medical conditions which are common amongst your client base, or staff. For dental practices the British Dental Association recommends that training in dealing with Medical Emergencies is undertaken in addition to CPR training. Topics covered can include:


  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Anaphylaxis (Epipen training)
  • Epilepsy
  • Fainting
  • Panic Attacks
  • Stroke


If your workplace has an AED, this update training can be incorporated into the training (maximum 8 persons to 1 trainer for this option). See the AED course information page for more information.


To cover a large number of the tailored items above it may be necessary to book a slightly longer session. Please discuss your requirements at the point of booking.




Candidates need to be fit enough to cope with the practical demands of the course i.e. to be able to kneel, roll over a casualty and perform simulated CPR on a manikin.

The Aquatic First Aid course meets the requirements of national governing bodies such as the BCU and RYA for their coaching qualifications. It is an 8 hour course to meet NGB requirements, but on occasion if required ASAP it may be possible to attend a 6 hour workplace course and continue for another 2 hours at the end of the course to complete the additional content of the Aquatic Course outlined below. Please contact us for details.

Course outline:

  • Introduction and basic legislation
  • Principles of first aid
  • Vital signs
  • Incident procedure
  • Treatment of an unresponsive casualty
  • Insulation and shelter, evacuation issues
  • Bleeding and shock, including scenarios
  • Basic life support Heart attack
  • Chain of survival
  • Basic Life Support Non Heart Attack (child/drowning)
  • Use of an Automated External Defibrillator
  • Choking
  • Hypothermia/ Hyperthermia
  • First Aid water module – issues based
  • Common medical problems
  • Conscious casualty positioning
  • Manual handling considerations in first aid provision throughout


Candidates need to be fit enough to cope with the practical demands of the course i.e. to be able to kneel, roll over a casualty and perform simulated CPR on a manikin. A willingness to participate in all practical aspects of the course is essential, as although there is no formal examination, this course is continually assessed by the trainer.

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