When an individual is injured or suffering from a sudden illness, there are first aid actions that you are and are not allowed to carry out. If you have not received any first aid training, you should not attempt first aid on the individual involved under any circumstances. Without specialist training, you may make the individual’s injury or condition worse unintentionally. Instead you should seek out help from someone who has received training and is capable of helping the individual.
It is important to note that basic life support is not the same as first aid. While you don’t need to be assessed in first aid, you do need to be assessed in basic life support as part of the Care Certificate. For more information on this, see Standard 12.