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First Aid for Dentists: Compliant CPD


The GDC has identified Medical Emergencies training as one of the three highly recommended topics to be completed as part of the minimum verifiable Continuing professional development (CPD) requirements.


To comply with GDC standards, all dental practices should carry out regular medical emergency training, following guidance and training updates from the Resus Council. A GDC registrant must complete at least 10 hours of medical emergencies in each CPD cycle and recommends that you do at least two hours every year. 


Our 3 hour CPR and Medical Emergencies course is specifically designed for Dental practices and aims to ensure that all members of staff can identify and initiate the management of clinical emergencies. This includes monitoring the patient and identifying patients who are 'at-risk' or are becoming critically ill.  This course is delivered in accordance with the Resuscitation Council (UK) guidelines for Medical Emergencies and Resuscitation in General Dental practice.

These courses can be delivered at your dental practice (In House) or at our training venue.


The course is suited to all members of the dental team including trainees. All candidates MUST be physically able to carry out the procedures covered by the course.


In-house practice specific training

Practical CPR demonstrations and assessment of competency on adult and child resuscitation.


Hands-on practical XPR sessions utilising basic resuscitation aids on both adult and child resuscitation manikins.


BVM (Bag Valve & Mask) & Oxygen protocols including oxygen cylinder awareness


Correct use of Automatic External defibrilators in conjunction with oxygen


Airway management and correct use of NPAs (nasopharyngeal airway) & OPA (oropharyngeal airway) management


ABCDE patient approach


Emergency medicines use and review.

Correct use of:



Glyceryl Trinitrate Spray


Glucose (Quick acting)




Review of emergency medications/drugs used in dental practice as regulated by the BDA

Priorities of treatment



Heart attacks & cardiac arrest





Panic Attacks

Anaphylactic Shock

Recovery positions.


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Emergency First Aid at Work (Lev 3 RQF)

To comply with Health  & Safety at Work legislation, dental practice owners should carry out an assessment of first aid needs to determine whether they need to have a 'qualified' first aider.


Typically, dental practices will have at least one member of staff on site who has completed a 1-day Emergency first aid at Work (EFAW) course.  This course can be combined with Medical Emergencies training subject to prior approval.


EFAW qualification lasts for three years. The HSE strongly recommends annual CPR updates in the intervening years. The EFAW qualifies for 6 hours of verifiable CPD


Course content


  • The roles & responsibilities of a first aider
  • Assessing an incident
  • Managing an unresponsive casualty
  • CPR & defibrillation
  • Recovery position
  • Choking
  • Seizures
  • Shock
  • Wounds & bleeding
  • Minor injuries: cuts, grazes, bruises, minor burns, and scalds