QA Level 4 Award in Immediate Life Support (RQF)

This regulated and nationally recognised qualification has been specifically designed to enable learners to develop their knowledge and skills in providing emergency care to patients experiencing cardiorespiratory arrest or life-threatening illness and injury in a prehospital care environment.

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During this 1 day course, Learners will develop the necessary skills associated with immediate life support, including: airway management, patient assessment, management of major illness/injury, post-incident procedures, Managing the Return of Spontaneous Circulation (RoSC), patient handovers and more.


QA Level 4 Award in Immediate Life Support (RQF)


Learners must have successfully completed the QA Level 4 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (QCF or RQF) or similar qualification, e.g. Associate Ambulance Practitioner, IHCD Ambulance Aid or be a registered healthcare professional working in an emergency care or primary care environment.


This qualification is valid for a period of 1 year. The Learner needs to retake the qualification before the certificate expiry date to remain qualified.

Who is this course for?

The QA Level 4 Award in Immediate Life Support (RQF) is ideal for those who have a responsibility at work, or in community or voluntary activities to provide emergency care to patients, such as event medical providers, emergency ambulance personnel, registered healthcare professionals and those working in specialist roles within the emergency services and military.

Learning Objectives

  • Be able to safely use and maintain emergency care equipment
  • Be able to implement methods and procedures to assess and manage an incident
  • Be able to diagnose, assess and manage patients with life-threatening and non-life threatening illness and injury
  • Be able to implement methods and procedures to manage a patient’s airway
  • Be able to carry out immediate life support
  • Understand resuscitation decision making processes and procedures
  • Know how to manage a patient with suspected major illness


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