We've got some really useful links below that you might find helpful, click on the topics to jump to a particular section. If you know of any great sites that you think we should have here, why not make a suggestion.

Clinical Guidelines

It's important that you use the clinical guidelines from the organisation or setting in which you will be performing first aid ( the Scenario Library does not give any clinical advice and does not guarentee the accuracy of any suggested treatment). In this section we have listed some links to generic clinical guidelines that you may need to consider before making a decision as to what is the most appropriate clinical response (as a first aider) to any of the scenarios. You should definitely not take the suggested treatment as definitely correct and is ultimately your responsibility to review what guidelines are appropriate.

First Aid Manual

The first aid manual is produced by St John Ambulance, St Andrew's Ambulance Association and the British Red Cross. As the name suggests, it is designed to be a manual covering the basic first aid techniques for a wide range of issues from the unconcious casualty to dealing with insect bites. It's worth getting a hold of a copy (they aren't that expensive) for reference.

Available from: Amazon (latest edition at time of posting)
UK Resuscitation Guidelinesscreenshot of resus guidelines site

The UK Resusciation guidelines from the UK Resusciation Council provide comprehensive guidelines for the practice of medicine in resusciation for a range of different skill levels. The protocols of your own organisation are likely to be based upon these guidelines. They are an interesting read generally, even if you aren't looking for something specific.

Website: 2015 Resus Guidelines
JRCALC GuidelinesScreenshot of JRCALC Guidelines Site

The Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee (JRCALC) produces clinical guidelines for NHS paramedics. If you want a higher level of guidance, check out the link below. You will find on the JRCALC guidelines page information on where you can get a copy and what their purpose is.

Website: JRCALC Guidelines


First Aid Training

There are lots of different ways you can get first aid training. Many organisations offer commercial first aid training as well as some short free courses covering the basics. You may also be interested in volunteering with a first aid organisation so that you can learn new skills, put them into practice for real on more regular basis at events around the country and meet some great people. Below are just a few links that cover those different training routes.

Big News: We will be launching our brand new first aid training directory on the 9th June 2017!

St John AmbulanceScreenshot of SJA Training Course Page

St John Ambulance is a first aid organisation that provides first aid advice and commercial first aid training as well as the opportunity to volunteer at many events across the country. Below are links for each of those areas.

Website: First Aid Advice
Website: Volunteering
Website: Training Courses
British Red CrossScreenshot of Red Cross Training Page

The British Red Cross also offer a variety of first aid advice, training and the opportunity to volunteer as a first aider (and many other roles) across the country.Below are links for each of those areas.

Website: First Aid Advice
Website: Volunteering
Website: Training Courses
Heartstart Courses - British Heart FoundationHeartstart Course Page Screenshot

The British Heart Foundation oversees a number of courses around the country called heartstart courses. These are simple short sessions in basic life support which take only a couple of hours. There are still lots of schemes running across the country although the BHF have now stopped taking applications for new Heartstart schemes.

Website: Heartstart Training


Anatomy and Physiology in 3D - BioDigitalScreenshot of the human in BioDigital

This is a really cool 3D representation of the human body. You can easily sign-up for a free account and explore the human body in massive amounts of detail by adding/removing different systems and organ types. There are also some common conditions available to explore in the free version. A really good way of getting a grip on where different bits of anatomy are!

Website: BioDigital Site
Lifesaver - Interactive First Aid Videos - UK Resus CouncilScreenshot of lifesaver homepage

Lifesaver is a really good interactive video that is produced by the UK Resusciation Council that covers some basic first aid and puts you to the test in an acted situation. It helps you think things through and get people's interest as to why learning a bit of first aid might be a good idea!

Website: Lifesaver Website
A Collection of Articles - ACLS, David PattersonScreenshot of ACLS Educational Body Systems page

This site has grouped together a collection of useful educational articles about the basics of how the different body systems work and some first aid related topics. The articles have been grouped together by David Patterson.

Website: ACLS Body Systems Website