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Congratulation!

To the staff at Hampshire Court Hotel and DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge Belfry on passing the RLSS Emergency Responder Pool qualification yesterday. It was a strange teaching experience with the social distancing but enjoyable. Well done.

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The HSE strongly advises that individuals holding First Aid at Work or Emergency First Aid at Work qualifications complete an annual refresher training session.

Following changes from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) regarding First Aid and additional guidance from Resuscitation council UK, are you up to date?

As many businesses are getting back up and running, some might forget about their responsibilities regarding First Aid in their workplace! There have been a few adjustments in how we should treat a person who is ill or injured and what should be included as additional PPE to keep the First Aider and casualty as safe as possible.

IS-Training is up to date with all the current guidance regarding teaching/training during the new Covid-19 world we are now in. Please get in contact for more information regarding refresher training or other training/courses. Stay safe!

Excellent enjoyable course

“Lots of information delivered in an interactive and enjoyable way, highly recommended”. “Very good communication, lots of knowledge, information and content”.

Just some of the feedback from the QA Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (Blended) course delivered over the past two days. Thanks to the staff from Exclusive Collection at Pennyhill Hotel.

New for 2021 First Aid at Work Blended Learning is now available

IS-Training is pleased to announce new for 2021 Blended Learning for two of the work based First Aid courses.

QA Level 3 Award – First Aid at Work (FAW) blended learning: Duration – 3 day course (day 1 – 6hrs online learning, days 2&3 – classroom based face to face sessions).

QA Level 3 Award – First Aid at Work (FAWR) Renewal – 2 day course (day 1 – 6hrs online learning, day 2 – classroom based face to face session).

Go to the First Aid at Work page for a snippet video of the blended learning

Contact IS-Training for further information

COVID-19 First Aid training update Jan 2021

The latest guidance for first aid training

The First Aid Quality Partnership (FAQP) met on the 5th January 2021 to discuss the impact of the latest lockdown restrictions on the delivery of First Aid training. The key message resulting from this meeting was:

The provision of First Aid qualifications can continue to be delivered in line with existing COVID-secure guidelines.
The HSE were reassured that the industry will continue to be able to meet employer demand during lockdown in a COVID-secure way and will:
• approach each of the UK devolved administrations to clarify the position of First Aid training provision as part of each of their individual lockdowns. Training can continue, in line with existing COVID-secure guidelines, until they have received a response to their clarification.
• provide further clarification around the delivery of First Aid training to employers who are required to close during the lockdown (for example, universities, leisure centres etc.), taking into consideration the requirement to train first aiders to allow for safe opening once lockdown restrictions are lifted.
Members of the FAQP will continue to monitor demand for first aid training and will flag if employers are not booking first aid training. This will be used to determine whether a further certification extension needs to be requested from the HSE.

FAW or EFAW certificates that expired after 16 March 2020 can remain valid until 31 October 2020 or 6 months from date of expiry, whichever is later. All requalification training for these certificates should be completed by 31 March 2021.

In relation to First Aid training – the HSE and DfE have not relaxed their rules on maintaining adequate first aid provision in the workplace. Therefore, whenever an employer needs to maintain mandatory first aid provision by sending a first aider on a relevant first aid training course (whether on furlough leave or not). IS-Training is continuing to deliver training courses during the lockdown period to those who require it as part of their job role at their work premises (with a COVID Risk Assessment being undertaken prior to the training taking place).

IS-Training is satisfied that, providing training is delivered in line with existing COVID-secure guidelines, training for Qualsafe Awards First Aid qualifications can continue.

NHS Covid-19 App

IS-Training is supporting the NHS by encouraging all participants attending course to download the app and scan in on arrival, either by the venues QR poster or an IST QR poster.

https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/nhs-covid-19/

Paediatric First Aid update

First aid certificates

The DfE has updated their guidance on early years foundation stage (EYFS) disapplications. This states that if paediatric first aid (PFA) certificate requalification training is prevented for reasons associated directly with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, or by complying with related government advice, the validity of current certificates can be extended to 25 November 2020 at the latest. This applies to certificates expiring on or after 16 March 2020.

The guidance states that providers, if asked to do so, should be able to explain why the first-aider has not been able to requalify and demonstrate what steps have taken to access the training. Employers or certificate holders must do their best to arrange requalification training at the earliest opportunity.

IS-Training has availability if you are looking to update/re-qualify Paediatric First Aid qualification. Contact us for further information.

FIRST AID CERTIFICATE EXTENSIONS

First Aid at Work (FAW) and Emergency First aid at Work (EFAW) certificates requalification

First aid providers have resumed first aid training and assessment. In some cases, there remains a back log or limited availability.

FAW or EFAW certificates that expired after 16 March 2020 can remain valid until 31 October 2020 or 6 months from date of expiry, whichever is later. All requalification training for these certificates should be completed by 31 March 2021.

To qualify for the extension, employers must be able to demonstrate that:

  • they have made every effort to arrange requalification training as soon as possible and can explain in detail why they have not been able to do so. For example, they must show evidence that staff with expired certificates are booked on to EFAW or FAW requalification courses,  if requested by an inspector
  • they have adequate and appropriate equipment and facilities to give first aid to any employee who is injured or becomes ill at work
  • the level of first aid cover provided remains appropriate for their particular work environment
  • the level of first aid provision necessary in high risk settings is fully maintained, eg in construction, agriculture, engineering and chemicals

This guidance now applies to employers in England, Scotland and Wales.

Annual refresher training

If first aiders are unable to access annual refresher training face to face during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, HSE supports the use of online refresher training to keep their skills up to date.

HSE still strongly recommends that the practical elements of actual FAW, EFAW and requalification courses are delivered face to face, so that competency of the student can be properly assessed.

Interrupted first aid training

If because of coronavirus you cannot complete training for your first aid qualification within the usual timeframe, training can restart at a later date as long as:

  • a full recap of training delivered before the interruption is done before moving onto undelivered modules
  • the awarding body is content that you can show:
    • a full understanding of all aspects of the course content
    • the knowledge required and competencies at the end of the training

https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/first-aid-and-medicals/first-aid-certificate-coronavirus.htm

HSE and First Aid – Covid 19

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the HSE have released a statement regarding a further extension to First Aid at Work and Emergency First Aid at Work certificate validity:

First Aid at Work (FAW) and Emergency First aid at Work (EFAW) certificates requalification

First aid providers have resumed first aid training and assessment. In some cases, there remains a back log or limited availability.

FAW or EFAW certificates that expired after 16 March 2020 can remain valid until 31 October 2020 or 6 months from date of expiry, whichever is later. All requalification training for these certificates should be completed by 31 March 2021.

To qualify for the extension, employers must be able to demonstrate that:

  • they have made every effort to arrange requalification training as soon as possible and can explain in detail why they have not been able to do so. For example, they must show evidence that staff with expired certificates are booked on to EFAW or FAW requalification courses, if requested by an inspector
  • they have adequate and appropriate equipment and facilities to give first aid to any employee who is injured or becomes ill at work
  • the level of first aid cover provided remains appropriate for their particular work environment
  • the level of first aid provision necessary in high risk settings is fully maintained, eg in construction, agriculture, engineering and chemicals

This guidance now applies to employers in England, Scotland and Wales.

First Aid in the workplace

The HSE strongly advises that individuals holding First Aid at Work or Emergency First Aid at Work qualifications complete an annual refresher training session. Following changes from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) regarding First Aid.

As many businesses are getting back up and running, some might forget about their First Aiders!

There have been a few adjustments in how we should treat a person who is ill or injured and what should be included as additional PPE to keep the first aider and casualty as safe as possible.

IS-Training is up to date with all the current guidance regarding teaching/training during the new Covid-19 world we are now in.  

Please get in contact for more information regarding refresher training or courses.

Stay safe!