What are the aims of first aid?

Understanding the critical aims of first aid training

First aid is a crucial skill set that everyone, not just healthcare professionals, should learn. It provides immediate and temporary care to individuals suffering from injuries or health conditions until professional medical help is available. The Mandatory Training Group offers comprehensive first aid courses designed to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to respond effectively in emergencies. In this blog, Rose Mabiza explores the aims of first aid, backed by key facts, definitions, and legislation, to highlight its importance and encourage enrolment in our training courses.

The aims of first aid

First aid training primarily focuses on three key aims: preserving life, preventing further harm, and promoting recovery. These goals ensure that individuals are capable of acting confidently and efficiently in a variety of emergency situations.

Preserving life

One of the primary objectives of first aid is to preserve life. This involves performing life-saving techniques such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and using automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Immediate response in such situations can significantly increase the survival rates of affected individuals.

Preventing further harm

First aid also aims to prevent the condition of the casualty from worsening. This includes applying basic hygiene practices, securing the scene, and providing necessary immediate care, such as managing bleeding or ensuring the person is in a safe and comfortable position.

Promoting recovery

Effective first aid can contribute to a quicker recovery by applying appropriate techniques and ensuring a timely handover to professional medical services. This may involve simple actions such as applying a bandage or more specific support like splinting a limb.

Key facts and statistics

  • According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), there were 441,000 non-fatal injuries to workers reported under RIDDOR in 2020/21.
  • First aid can be the difference between a temporary or long-lasting disability.
  • Effective first aid training could reduce the number of workplace accidents by providing workers with knowledge and confidence to prevent the escalation of emergencies.

Legislation and regulations

In the UK, the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 mandate that employers provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities, and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. This includes a requirement to have a sufficient number of trained first aiders on-site. The Mandatory Training Group’s courses are designed to help organisations comply with these regulations, and updates from relevant bodies such as the HSE guide our training practices.

Best practices

Best practices in first aid include regular training updates, practising skills in simulated environments, and keeping first aid kits well-stocked and accessible. The Resuscitation Council (UK) provides guidelines that are crucial for training, ensuring that first aiders remain knowledgeable about the latest techniques and protocols.

Recommendations for effective first aid compliance

  • Regular training - Individuals should undertake first aid training every three years to refresh their knowledge and skills.
  • Practice makes perfect - Regularly rehearse the skills learned during training sessions to ensure readiness when real-life situations occur.
  • Stay informed - Keep up to date with the latest first aid techniques and health and safety regulations to ensure compliance and effectiveness.


First aid training is indispensable, and its impact goes beyond mere compliance with health and safety regulations—it empowers individuals, fosters safer workplaces, and enhances community health. By understanding and applying the aims of first aid effectively, we can create environments where safety is paramount, and care is immediately available.

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About the author

Rose Mabiza

Rose has dedicated over 15 years to improving health and social care quality through practice, targeted education and training. Her extensive experience includes working with older adults, individuals with mental health conditions, and people with autism and learning disabilities.

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