The majority of people in the UK lack the confidence or skills to provide basic first aid in an emergency situation. This leads to unnecessary deaths, injuries and disabilities, and can put greater pressure on emergency services.

The impact of not knowing first aid

Up to 59 per cent of deaths from injuries could be prevented had first aid been carried out before emergency medical services arrived. These are the findings of a British Red Cross study conducted by the University of Manchester.

Only one in 20 adults feels confident and willing to take action in potentially life-threatening emergencies.

To address this issue MTC Learning hosts the British Red Cross to run courses for the community and in the past 6 months have helped over 150 people in the community become first aiders. Friday 31st January saw the 6th Session run at MTC Learning with 14  community members learn these essential skills to enable them to save a life.