First Aid Training Programme for Custody Staff


Our First Aid training programme is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to carry out their duties in a safe and effective manner. Following the successful completion of the initial two day input, students will have the ability to adopt a proactive approach to both identify and then administer appropriate first aid interventions.  

The programme will enable organisations to ensure their CDO’s have the ability to respond to a wide range of first aid situations and receive refresher training to comply with guidelines laid down by ACPO (now NPCC) and Authorised Professional Practice doctrines. 

The three year programme begins with a two day course which covers all aspects of first aid required in the custodial environment and includes defibrillator training and assessment. Students will then receive one day refresher training in years two and three including defibrillator assessment, before re-commencing the program in the fourth year with the two day input. This programme avoids the need to provide two days of refresher training in each year.

Our programme’s outcomes exceed those contained within the ACPO (NPCC) Police First Aid Learning Programme (Modules 1, 2 & 3) where Module 3 is specifically designed for those working in police custody suites. Additionally, the programme complies with the relevant sections of the Police & Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) 1984, the related PACE Codes of Practice and the Authorised Professional Practice doctrines released by the College of Policing.

The learning outcomes can also be adapted to meet local force needs, policies and procedures.

Throughout the programme, the student’s development is supported by our own web based E-learning Continuing Professional Development (CPD) system where each student receives twelve, monthly first aid tutorials covering the entire syllabus.

At the conclusion of the two day course, each student’s performance is assessed against National Occupational Standards before they return to the workplace.

Where the two day course is delivered as part of the Foundation CDO training course, students will also be required to complete the relevant section of their competency portfolio with their assigned mentors. Successful completion of the section will evidence their ability to perform first aid interventions to National Occupational Standards.