A number of changes to both First Aid at Work and Paediatric First Aid have come into effect for January 2017.
One of the main aims of these changes is to bring training even closer into line with the Resuscitation Council UK guidelines issued in October 2015 regarding the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). Specific changes to Paediatric First Aid have also been introduced in anticipation of new guidelines to be issued by Department for Education (DfE).
Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work & Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work
In June 2016 the Heath & Safety Executive (HSE) issued a First aid eBulletin advising that the syllabus for the above to qualification was being revised to include use of an AED. Here at Radmoor Training we had always covered this as part of our workplace training but from January 2017 it is now included as part of the assessment criteria. First aiders will be trained in how to turn on an AED, apply the pads and administer a shock if required. It’s important to note that this is not designed to replace dedicated AED training, but is more to ensure that first aiders can use an AED if required. For those organisations or individuals that possess their own AEDs or intend to purchase one we would still recommend a certain number of first aiders obtain a full AED qualification.
Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid & Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid
Current guidelines from the DfE do not include a specific syllabus for Paediatric First Aid qualifications, this information disappeared from Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) documentation a few years ago. However the DfE will shortly be rectifying this and once again publishing guidelines. To successfully meet these guidelines, two new qualifications have been introduced for Paediatric First Aid. Although similar in name, these qualification belong to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) rather than the previous Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). See https://ofqual.blog.gov.uk/2015/10/01/explaining-the-rqf/ for more information about RQF and QCF.
Despite the fact these are both new qualifications, there will be very little noticeable difference for learners on a Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid or Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid qualification. Most of the changes are to assessment criteria and methods, not to actual content. Both qualification will include safe use of an AED similar to the Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work & Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work above. The other changes include a reshuffling of some subjects, so anyone completing only a Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (one day) will cover Minor Injuries and Bites and Stings but will not cover Anaphylaxis. Sickle Cell Crisis has been removed from the assessment criteria completely.
Will It Affect Me?
All of these changes will have little effect on learners, employers or settings. Learners should now expect to cover safe use of an AED on all courses that include CPR (including infant and baby CPR). For those involved with Paediatric First Aid then our qualification will continue to meet all requirements of the Department for Education and the EYFS.