Although all GPs should have an annual Basic Life Support update, it is not mandatory.
In its framework for appraisal and data to Responsible Officers, NHS England says that evidence of annual BLS training should be expected from GPs. This is apparently a nationally agreed item that will be flagged to the responsible officer if it is absent, but confusingly, is “not necessarily directly relevant to the doctor’s revalidation recommendation.” Which goes with our interpretation is that it's good to get BLS training annually, but it's not mandatory.
So can you skip BLS training in your appraisal? Arguably yes, but since you can't skip the mandatory 50 hours of CPD, you may as well include an hour of BLS, and allay any pre-appraisal anxiety about having any argument with your appraiser.
Here at NASGP we've tried a few accredited online training modules, and our favourite is the one from Blue Stream Academy. We've got an exclusive offer for NASGP members for a 20% discount of not just this, but over 60 other online practice-based modules, including BLS, child and adult safeguarding too.
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