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Hi All,

My background: Computer Science -> Software Developer (2 Years)

I've never really cared for medicine or healthcare but after taking an intensive emergency first aid course I felt enlightened. I felt like every human living on earth should have the ability to diagnose illnesses and handle emergency accidents.

I would like to take a nursing or paramedic course for personal gain, I'll never use it for work but I care for the knowledge and skill only.

Is it possible to gain the knowledge I seek without having to go to university? I want an affordable and accredited part time course that I can take after work...

Any help is greatly appreciated!
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...I felt like every human living on earth should have the ability to diagnose illnesses and handle emergency accidents... I'll never use it for work but I care for the knowledge and skill only....
I am sure there are online first aid / healthcare courses you can do, but without hands on experience how do you know how you will react in an emergency situation?

Also you wanted to learn skills.... how can you do that in front of a computer / in a lecture theatre? You'll need the practise.
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I am sure there are online first aid / healthcare courses you can do, but without hands on experience how do you know how you will react in an emergency situation?

Also you wanted to learn skills.... how can you do that in front of a computer / in a lecture theatre? You'll need the practise.
Thanks for the reply. Once I get the theory done, i'll find ways to volunteer on weekends for a while and take practical courses. The issue is, i'm strugling to find source of theory.
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Thanks for the reply. Once I get the theory done, i'll find ways to volunteer on weekends for a while and take practical courses. The issue is, i'm strugling to find source of theory.
The Resuscitation Council (UK) would be a good start. They run official ALS and BLS (amongst many others) courses, and there are online ones:https://www.resus.org.uk/information-on-courses/
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The Resuscitation Council (UK) would be a good start. They run official ALS and BLS (amongst many others) courses, and there are online ones:https://www.resus.org.uk/information-on-courses/
It’s be interesting to see how someone with no healthcare experience would do on an ALS course.


OP, why not volunteer with something like St John Ambulance?
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It’s be interesting to see how someone with no healthcare experience would do on an ALS course.


OP, why not volunteer with something like St John Ambulance?
:oops: But there is a link on that website for https://www.resus.org.uk/cpr/cpr-training-resources/ 0xygen
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:oops: But there is a link on that website for https://www.resus.org.uk/cpr/cpr-training-resources/
I was being honest about it being interesting, seeing as they say everything you need to know is in the ALS manual and covered in the various stations. (Though I’m pretty sure you need professional registration to do the course, I had to prove I had registration when I did mine).
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I was being honest about it being interesting, seeing as they say everything you need to know is in the ALS manual and covered in the various stations. (Though I’m pretty sure you need professional registration to do the course, I had to prove I had registration when I did mine).
:yes: I think all FY2s (and above) get it for free too? (Well, paid for by the acute trust they are working for.)
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:yes: I think all FY2s (and above) get it for free too? (Well, paid for by the acute trust they are working for.)
I don’t know how it’s funded for medical staff, but thought it was expected of F2s.

It’s needed for my role, so there’s no way I’d pay for it, though some nurses do self fund.

To bring it back to the thread, for the OPs use, I don’t think even being able to do A to E management (in ALS) is of much value to them, as it’s very much based on resources, drugs, fluids etc which aren’t available to the lay person. First aid courses, CPR with AED would be more use (and arguably should be part of the school curriculum imo).
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I don’t know how it’s funded for medical staff, but thought it was expected of F2s.

It’s needed for my role, so there’s no way I’d pay for it, though some nurses do self fund.

To bring it back to the thread, for the OPs use, I don’t think even being able to do A to E management (in ALS) is of much value to them, as it’s very much based on resources, drugs, fluids etc which aren’t available to the lay person. First aid courses, CPR with AED would be more use (and arguably should be part of the school curriculum imo).
:yep: and hence why https://www.resus.org.uk/cpr/cpr-training-resources/ is probably the most useful.
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If the OP was serious about wanting to develop AND USE these skills , the obvious suggestion is to point them in the direction of the various volunteering opportunities for lay-persons, that is Stuff like St John / Red Cross /CFR / Search and rescue volunteering in either the ALSAR or MRC models / motorsports rescue units etc ...
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