Heartstart UK is an initiative co-ordinated by the British Heart Foundation to teach members of the public what to do in a life-threatening emergency: simple skills that can save lives.
The skills of Emergency Life Support (ELS) are simple, can save lives and be learnt conveniently on a squadron night. Edibility for this course is open to all, there is no requirement for cadets and staff to have any prior first aid knowledge to obtain this badge.
Heartstart provides opportunities for people to learn the vital skills of ELS. Through Heartstart UK the BHF aims to strengthen the chain of survival by promoting and supporting ELS training in the community.
The benefit of CPR performed by a bystander in an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is significant. If you can perform effective CPR whilst the ambulance is on its way you can more than double a person’s chance of surviving!
Heartstart courses are run throughout the Air Training Corps by qualified Volunteers. They offer practical advice, whilst encouraging discussion on improving resuscitation knowledge and practice. The Heartstart course is usually taught to the cadets during their ‘Junior Cadet’ Training. The course is only 2 hours long so the vital skills learnt are taught on one single parade night and receive a certificate of attendance which lasts for 3 years.
Everyone is welcome to attend a course. Lucky for us we have our own Heartstart Instructors on our very own unit, so obtaining these vital skills is easier than you think!
The Heartstart Course will teach you how to:
- Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
- Care for an unconscious casualty (Recovery Position)
- Help someone who is choking
- Manage serious bleeding
- Recognise and treat someone having a heart attack.
Young First Aider
The Young First Aider course provides a basic introduction into first aid. The course gives students grounding in managing an incident and the most commonly needed first aid skills to save a life.
The Young First Aider course is aimed for cadets who have a key interest in first aid and want to put their skills leant from the Hearstart course into practice. Cadets from the age of 13 can complete the award scheme which is run throughout the year. Eligibility to complete this course requires the cadet to have successfully completed the Heartstart [Blue Badge] prior to the course.
This course teaches the cadets with the Basic life-saving first aid skills needed to save a life. This can be from knowing how to treat a casualty with an asthma attack to someone who needs help from having a heart attack.
The package delivered to the cadets is fun and informative. The information and skills gained from completing the course will enable the cadets to deliver Effective Safe Prompt (ESP) first aid in any situation they may come across.
The Young First Aider course is delivered throughout the Air Training Corps as a Wing or Squadron level course. The course has to be taught by professionally qualified instructors and assessed by an external qualified Assessor. The course offers the cadets a professional qualification and an YFA ‘red’ badge in first aid. The course is designed, run and governed by St John Ambulance using their material and must be run according to their rules and regulations.
The Young First Aider course is usually taught to the cadets over a weekend as the course is 12 hours long. The cadets are assessed by continuous assessment over the weekend by their trainer, using different methods of understanding and a final examination on completion of the course.
Once they have successfully completed the course and passed their exam. They are presented with a certificate which is valid for 3 years and receive a YFA [Bronze Badge], which classes them as a competent first aider.
The Young First Aider Course will teach the cadets how to recognise, treat and save a casualty from:
- Bleeding and shock
- Burns and scalds
- Communication and casualty care
- Foreign Objects
- Coping in an emergency
- Primary survey
- Bone, muscle and joint injuries
- Recovery position
- Chest pains
- Bites and stings
- Electric shock
- Bleeding (minor)
Activity First Aid
The Activity First Aid Course is an in-depth and advanced training course delivered to cadets and staff over the age of 16. The course teaches the students the vital first aid skills, techniques and knowledge to save a life using equipment and advanced practical skills.
The course teaches the learners with the Advanced life-saving first aid skills needed to save a life. This can be from knowing how to treat a casualty with mumps to someone who needs help from being involved in a Road Traffic Incident [RTI].
The course is aimed for learners who have intensive background knowledge of first aid and want to pursue a further interest in either a healthcare related career and/or are thinking of becoming a first aid trainer. The level of qualification delivered is the equivalent standard of a First Aid at Work [FAW]. Therefore it is necessary to be up-to-date with knowledge and skills before applying for a course. Eligibility to complete this course is that the cadet must have successfully completed the Heartstart [Blue Badge] and the Young First Aider Course [Silver Badge] prior to the course.
The Activity First Aider course is delivered throughout the Air Training Corps at Wing level with occasional local courses. The course is taught by professionally qualified Adult instructors and assessed by both internal and external qualified St John Ambulance Assessors. The course offers the learners a nationally recognised professional qualification and an AFA badge in first aid. The course is designed, run and governed by St John Ambulance like the YFA course using their material and must be run according to their rules and regulations.
The course is usually taught to the learners over a weekend as the course is 18 hours long. The learners are assessed by continuous assessment, knowledge based questions, presentation skills and various tests over the weekend by their trainer.
The information and skills gained from completing the course will enable the individual to deliver Effective Safe Propmt (ESP) first aid using the necessary skills, knowledge and equipment needed in an emergency situation.
Once they have successfully completed the course and passed their final exam. They are presented with a certificate which is valid for 3 years and receive an AFA [Silver Badge] and then are able to or use the qualification in your civilian life. Then the possibility of progressing in becoming a First Aider Trainer [Gold badge] if desired then is available to all.