About this course
This Irish Heart Foundation / American Heart Association certified course covers CPR, use of a defibrillator and first aid for choking. It also covers use of a bag valve mask and high performance CPR.
This Basic Life Support (BLS) course is designed to provide healthcare professionals with high quality CPR skills, how to use an Automated External Defibrillator, relief of choking and how to use a Bag valve mask. As such this course is applicable to nurses, doctors and a range of allied health professionals.
The recommended minimum age for entry is eighteen. It is recommended that attendees be currently working or seeking work in a healthcare setting.
This course is delivered in English as such an acceptable level of English to assimilate and relay the information in the course is required. For further information see our English Language policy
This course duration is approximately six hours.
- cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
- Using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
- Relief of choking – Adult, Infant and Child
- Use of a Bag Valve Mask (BVM)
- High performance CPR
Upon successful completion of this course participants will receive a Irish Heart Foundation / American Heart Association certificate which is valid for two years.
Learners will be continually assessed throughout the course on the practical skills acquired .
There is also a formative assessment consisting of
Multiple choice written assessment
Practical skills assessments
Learners are asked to review the learner handbook available on this page prior to course commencement.
BLS Healthcare Providers Handbook
On successful completion of this award, learners will have the opportunity to progress to The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council suite of programmes including Cardiac First Response Advanced, Emergency First Response, Emergency Medical Technician or other programmes specifically designed for healthcare providers. see www.dx2training.ie/events for a full list of progression programmes
Our Upcoming Courses
First Aid Response Refresher 03.10.23
Patient Manual Handling 03.10.23 (Waterford)
Manual Handling 03.10.23 (Waterford)
QQI Level 6 Manual Handling Instructor 04.10.23 (Waterford)
Our BLS for Health Care Providers Faculty
Dan Davern MSc GDip BSc Dip NQEMT AP MCPara MInSTR
Dan is Managing Director here at DX2 Training Solutions. While his main responsibility is the oversight of our organisation he is also dedicated to providing exceptional service to our clients, the delivery of our training programmes and business development. Dan currently holds a BSc in Analytical Science, Dip in Continuing Education and Training, Dip in Emergency Medical Technology, GDip in Emergency medical science giving him Advanced Paramedic status on the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council Register, MSc in Emergency medical science from UCD and numerous other qualifications which can be seen on his Linkedin profile. Dan is currently studying a PhD in Emergency Medicine at the University of Cape Town and a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Education from NUI Galway. Dan is also a Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council Educational Award Holder at Tutor Level, a PHECC examiner and sits on The Education & Training Committee at the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council in addition to his membership of NAEMT’s European Education Committee. Dan is a liaison for the college of Paramedics UK here in Ireland and is also a member of the college as a HCPC registered UK Paramedic. Dan is a keen Golfer now that his GAA and Rugby careers are over. Dan was awarded Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur as an established business for Fingal in October 2014.
Shaun Oliphant BSc DipHE NQEMT AP MCPara
Shaun was appointed to faculty with DX2 Training solutions in 2021 and became programme manager for UK programmes in 2022. He currently holds a Bsc (Hons) and a DipHE from Birmingham City University giving him Advanced Paramedic status in Ireland and HCPC Paramedic status in the UK. Shaun has worked in EMS in several areas such as emergency departments, minor injury units, forensics, education, UK and Irish ambulance services. He holds education and training awards from the UK whilst and an educational award at Tutor level from PHECC. He is an active volunteer member of Waterford County Civil Defence, as a team leader medic and educator.
Dermot is a qualified advanced paramedic with a diploma in Emergency medical technology from Northeastern University and an higher diploma in Emergency medical technology from UCD. Along with Dermot’s many years of clinical practice he also holds a Cardiac First Responder Advanced Instructor certificate and a diploma in continuing education and training from NUIM.
Derek Fox MSc GDip NQEMT APTroy Taylor
Derek has been a faculty member with DX2 Training Solutions since 2012, he currently holds a Dip in Emergency Medical Technology from Northeastern University in the USA, a GDip in Emergency Medical Science from UCD giving him Advanced Paramedic status here in Ireland and an Msc in Emergency Medical Science. Derek is a multi disciplined instructor delivering multiple courses across our suite and specialises in the delivery of Paediatric Education for Pre-Hospital professionals and our Emergency First Response course. Derek is currently a Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council Examiner and facilitator.