Statement from the GDC

A patient could collapse on any premises at any time, whether they have received treatment or not. It is therefore essential that all registrants must be trained in dealing with medical emergencies, including resuscitation, and possess up to date evidence of capability. General Dental Council ‘Scope of Practice’ 2013
The GDC also state that each member of the dental team must complete at least 10 hours of medical emergencies training within every 5 year CPD cycle. It is recommended you do 2 hours every year
This course complies with the requirements and recommendations made by the GDC, Resuscitation Council UK and the CQC.


This 1 day course is ideal for clinical staff working in the GP or dental surgery environment. We will provide you with ample time to work as a team and assimilate the knowledge and skills to manage a medical emergency within primary care. Candidates will also be awarded an Emergency First Aid Certificate approved by Ofqal.
You will also gain confidence in using your own medical equipment and drugs in a number of simulated emergency scenarios.


On completion of the course candidates will receive a certificate with 6 hours verifiable CPD which has approval from Health Education England . You will also receive a Emergency First Aid at work certificate approved by Ofqual- This complies with HSE First Aid Regulations.

On completion of the course the practice will receive a host of resources to help them assimilate the knowledge and skills. This includes medical emergencies flow charts to use as an aide memoir after the course and access to our clinical support telephone advice line and web site support pages.


This course is at least 6 contact hours
The course is run in accordance with the RCUK guidance and that of the GDC and CQC
This course of practical hands-on experience using simulated scenarios and role-play that delivers the skills and confidence to manage a situation in real life.

Learning Outcomes

  • Carry out the duties of the work place first Aider
  • Explain the structured approach to patient assessment & treatment-ABCDE
  • Demonstrate a structured approach to assess and treat various medical emergencies using a simulated patient
  • Recognition and treatment of Chest Pain, Anaphylaxis, Hypoglycemia, Hyperglycemia, Convulsions, Asthma, Stroke, Cardiac Arrest, Choking Bleeding, Thermal injuries, Fractures.
  • Use of emergency drugs and equipment – Oxygen, AED and Airway Adjuncts
  • Use of Pulse Oximeter and Glucometer
  • Use of Auto-Injectors and IM Injection technique
  • Team working and non-technical skills
  • Risk assessments and equipment checks and the HSE and CQC Requirements


The course will cover all the learning outcomes and will be a mixture of short lectures and practical skill stations


The course is very practical in nature and candidates will work in small groups to assess and treat a simulated emergency in the surgery or waiting room. The instructor plays the patient role and is a very convincing patient!
Candidates are expected to manage the patient using a structured approach using your own equipment and drugs


Assessment is continuous