Did you know that the government has revealed plans to add CPR to the national school curriculum in England?

The draft proposal sees first aid and CPR being added to the curriculum as part of wider Health Education Classes in England from 2020.

With out of hospital cardiac arrest survival rates being up to three times higher in countries where first aid is taught in schools compared to the UK, this landmark move could save thousands of lives each year.

The announcement follows years of tireless campaigning to get first aid and CPR onto the curriculum. A key player in which has been Qualsafe’s Medical Director, Dr. Andrew Lockey, Hon. Secretary to the Resuscitation Council (UK), as well as the British Heart Foundation, St John Ambulance and British Red Cross.

The draft legislation, which was published on 19th July 2018, proposes that teachers talk about the steps that pupils can take to protect and support their own and other’s health and wellbeing, including learning basic first aid. A public consultation on this has now been published, which allows members of the public to comment on the draft legislation. The consultation asks for individual views on the proposed legislation and statutory guidance, as well as whether or not it provides sufficient information and support to schools in teaching the subject. To show your support and to respond to the government’s consultation, simply click here. The full draft legislation can be found here.

After years of campaigning for CPR and basic first aid to be taught in schools, here at Qualsafe, we are thrilled to see this now take a step closer to becoming reality. Paramedic and author of the UK’s No.1 range of first aid training books, Nigel Barraclough had the following to say:

“Norway has been teaching CPR in schools for many years and the increase in bystander CPR is the main reason that they have survival rates as high as 25% compared to the UK’s 10%. We would really encourage supporters to respond to the Government consultation.”

For the second year running, the Resuscitation Council (UK) is inviting all first aid training providers to take part in Restart a Heart Day 2018!

Developed by the European Resuscitation Council, Restart a Heart Day was created to raise awareness of the importance of teaching members of the public how to help restart the heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest.

In the UK, Restart a Heart Day has fast become a major national event for the mass public training of children within secondary schools, with around 195,000 young people being taught CPR in 2017 alone!

This year, on 16th October 2018 Restart a Heart Day is going global! For the first time, with the oversight of ILCOR, World Restart a Heart Day will be taking place across the globe with support from Resuscitation Councils in America (North, Central and South), Canada, South Africa, Asia, Australia, and more!

By being a part of this global initiative, you can help the UK to reach its goal of training over 200,000 people and further increase the number of people trained in CPR around the world. What’s more, as well as helping to save lives, your participation is a great way to promote your services to the local community.

We hope you can take part in World Restart a Heart Day, as together we can ensure that all citizens of the world can save a life! If you have an event planned, the RCUK ask that you fill in a short survey to keep track of how many people are being trained on the day.

For more information, please visit the Restart a Heart Day 2018 webpage or download your invitation letter from the Resuscitation Council UK here.

To celebrate the HCPC approval of the Medipro Level 6 Diploma in Paramedic Practice, Medipro are giving one lucky person a FREE place on their 2 year Paramedic Programme!

For more information on how to enter this fantastic competition, simply click here: http://medipro.co.uk/free-paramedic-course-competition/

Unable to attend this year’s Qualsafe Conference, or do you just want to relive your Conference experience? We’ve put together a highlights video which helps to showcase what we got up to on the day of the event, so why not take a sneak peek and see if you can spot yourself in the background! 
The 27th April 2018 saw the return of the hugely successful Qualsafe Conference to the award-winning Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. Firmly cementing its place as one of the UK’s largest safety Conferences, the event featured 10 thought provoking presentations and workshops from influential industry experts in First Aid, Food Safety, Fire Safety and Prehospital Care. The day also provided the perfect opportunity for hundreds of delegates to network with like-minded professionals, test their skills and meet with several leading exhibitors. 
To view the video click here


Following CIEH’s surrender of recognition as a regulated Awarding Organisation, we understand that many Centres have been placed in a difficult position and we want to do everything that we can to make this transition period as smooth as possible.

As such, we would like to offer the following to those affected:

New Centres:

  • FREE Centre Approval (Worth £275) and
  • A FREE First Course*


QA Centres wishing to gain approval for qualifications previously delivered through CIEH:

  • A FREE First Course* and
  • 12 FREE corresponding books from Qualsafe.com**

Simply call us on 0845 644 3305 or email info@qualsafeawards.org today!


*Maximum of 12 free Learner Registrations (excludes Prehospital Care qualifications and Education and Training qualifications).  Maximum of 1 free course per Centre. Offer expires after 3 months of Centre Approval.  **Excludes The Practical Guide to the Level 3 Award in Education and Training Book. Offer expires after 3 months of Centre Approval.



Every 5 years the European Resuscitation Council (ERC), the Resuscitation Council (UK) and the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) review the latest research and evidence in resuscitation, and then release updated guidelines.  In addition to this, for the first time in history, this year the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) have also produced guidelines for first aid.

With these changes underpinning first aid practice, make sure that you click here for a summary of the changes and information about the next steps.



Qualsafe Awards is delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for the Federation of Awarding Bodies’ Awarding Organisation of the Year!

With the Federation of Awarding Bodies representing over 110 awarding organisations throughout the UK, we are incredibly proud to have been shortlisted for this fantastic award.  Over the last decade we have developed a thorough understanding of what training organisations want and need from an Awarding Organisation, which has helped us to develop a wide range of high quality qualifications to help our Centres succeed and Learners achieve.

With the winner due to be announced on 22nd October, we would like to thank our Centres for their continued support and we hope that we can continue to share our success with you in the future! 



We are pleased to announce that we will be attending this year’s Emergency Services show on 23rd-24th September, at the NEC Birmingham. With over 5,000 visitors last year, this iconic event is truly unmissable for those involved in emergency care.

Our leading industry experts will be there to discuss Qualsafe Awards’ new First Response Emergency Care (FREC) qualifications and meet with fellow professionals, so be sure to come and see us!

To find out more please contact Qualsafe Awards on 0845 644 3305 or email us at: info@qualsafeawards.org.



Did you know that guidance from the Health and Safety Executive and Skills for Health states that from 1st October 2015:

  • First Aid Trainers must hold a formal regulated teaching/training qualification
  • First Aid Assessors must hold a formal regulated assessing qualification or have attended the relevant CPD Training with an Awarding Organisation
  • First Aid Internal Quality Assurers must hold a formal internal quality assurer qualification or have attended the relevant CPD Training with an Awarding Organisation.

The guidance details the requirements of Trainers and Assessors separately. It is accepted, however, that both roles are normally performed by the same person, providing the qualifications for both roles are met.

To discuss these requirements with one of our dedicated Customer Relationship Executives, simply call 0845 644 3305 or email info@qualsafeawards.org today.