12. Basic Life Support

Please note that in order for your Care Certificate to be transferable across organisations, you will need to complete the Skills for Care workbook, even if you have undertaken one of the courses listed below.


All staff working with people at risk of choking will need to undertake the 3 hour course save a Life. There is a link to the booking site on this page:

To book: Visit the DCC Training website.

Team Leaders in Residential and Respite services will need to undertake the one day Frist Aid at work course. Email anne.jessamine@devon.gov.uk to book this as we use an outside provider.

Skills for Care workbook – underpinning knowledge and principles for all health and social care staff.


The trainer on your course will assess your basic life-saving skills and will issue you a certificate of competence. Keep this in your Induction folder.

Skills for Care Workbook – questions to evidence understanding.

(Model answers are in the County Wide Best practice Folder, under Induction


The training providers who deliver the courses have assured us that they meet the UK Resuscitation Council guidelines.

From December 2017, life support courses will include use of defibrillators. These are available in the community, not in your workplace.