How to choose a good first aider

What are the skills required to be a good first aider? How can you choose a good first aider to keep your office or workplace safe?First Aider Sign

These are difficult questions for people responsible for choosing who becomes a first aider.

Here’s our summary of the qualities required to be a good first aider.

Our team think that a good first aider should possess more than just practical skills. A key skill in first aid is being able to communicate with people in distress and taking control of an emergency situation. 

Personal Skills

  • Teamworking
  • Work co-operatively with others
  • Take prompt and effective action to assist others
  • Personal responsibility
  • Act with confidence in emergency medical situations
  • Take action to resolve unanticipated situations

Knowledge and understanding

  • Knowledge of key lifesaving first aid skills
  • Confidence to perform practical first aid skills
  • Limitations and risks of applying first aid to others
  • How to recognise and respond to danger and risks when dealing with patients

Teamwork & leadership

  • Ability to show leadership in an emergency situation
  • Work co-operatively with others
  • Take prompt and effective action to assist others


  • Communicate effectively with other first aiders and medical staff
  • Demonstrate empathy when communicating with patients
  • Show effective listening skills
  • Give a concise, accurate handover to medical staff

Do you have a skill to add to this list? Please leave a comment below! 

John Furst

JOHN FURST is an experienced emergency medical technician and qualified first aid and CPR instructor. John is passionate about first aid and believes everyone should have the skills and confidence to take action in an emergency situation.

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  1. coop says:

    a good first aider can help reconise potential hazards and eliminate risk.

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