We have today recevied updated guidance from one of our Ofqual Awarding Organisations regarding the delivery of First Aid Training during the lockdown period which begins on 6 January 2021. In summary:

 

Training Guidance

Whilst the restrictions and guidelines vary between each nation, the requirements for training are common in each, so our guidance at present for the whole of the UK is for training to only go ahead when it is deemed essential and cannot be delayed.

During the lockdown many businesses are still operating and are required to meet the HSE requirements in respect of first aid and other training, to allow them to continue to operate. Where training is deemed essential then it can go ahead, but if it can be delayed then it should be until safe to do so.

The decision as to whether training is essential must be employer led and where training does go ahead, we will operate it following our Covid-19 risk assessment.

 

Blended Learning

There are limits on what can and cannot be delivered remotely with regards to first aid. Please see the Blended Learning Guidance displayed on the First Aid Awarding Organisation Forum.

EFAW -  6 hours learning time, of which 2 hours may be distanced via webinar

FAW - 18 hours learning time, of which 6 hours may be distanced via webinar

FAW Requalification - 12 hours learning time of which 6 hours may be distanced via webinar

Paediatric First Aid -  12 hours learning time of which 6 hours may be distanced via webinar

Emergency Paediatric First Aid - 6 hours learning time; no distanced learning is permitted

 

Distance Learning

We introduced distance learning to courses during 2020 to minimise the amount of time that candidates are in the classroom with each other.  This should be utilised wherever possible and can of course be used for non-essential training where there is no contact with candidates. The following groups of qualifications can be delivered through distance learning:

  • First Aid for Mental Health - may be taught via online classroom
  • Asthma and Anaphylaxis Training - may be taught via online classroom
  • Bespoke shorter First Aid theory sessions - may be taught via online classroom
  • Annual Refresher Training (theory and updates on practical in light of covid-19 taught through use of video) - online self-study
  • Sports Injury Module (add-on for the EFAW course) - online self-study

 

What this means in reality

What this means currently is that we have to establish with candidates/their employers whether their training is currently essential. For some key-workers it will still be necessary to undertake First Aid Training at this time, whilst for others it would be prudent to postpone.  If an upcoming course is not viable e.g. only one person who is booked is a key worker, we may have to move your course date - thank you for your understanding.

If your workplace has a number of key workers that need training, we are able to accomodate groups of 4-6 candidates on an in-house group course at our training premises. It is rare with the current covid-19 situation that we will train a group of 12 candidates, however this is possible if your venue is both large enough and covid-secure for a larger group.  If we do deliver training at clients' own premises this can only be arranged after a covid-19 risk assessment for the training area. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

In addtion, we will continue to follow our Covid-19 risk assessments and will be requiring candidates to be screened for any risk of covid-transmission prior to attending any of our in-person courses.

Due to a mixture of staff shielding/part-time furlough, staff children not allocated places at school and the small amount of training that we are still delivering, it is not possible for us to fully staff our office. Emails will be checked a minimum of 3 times per week, and daily where possible. If your query is urgent please phone Helen's mobile on 07971 298 265. Thank you for bearing with us.

 

This is of course a very fluid situation and we will update you should we receive any further guidance.

 

 

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