We are now once again able to provide our full range of First Aid Training, but now in a safe and socially distanced manor.
Since mid March the guidelines issued from various bodies and the government put a stop to all First Aid Training. From the start of June new guidelines and statements have been released from The First Aid Quality Partnership (FAQP), the First Aid Awarding Organisation Forum (FAAOF), Our Awarding Organisations, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and the Department of Education (DfE). The combinations of all these is that will are effectively now able to restart our First Aid Training, but it a safe and socially distanced manner.
We plan to start offering training again from mid June. Our open course schedule will follow shortly, once training venues in Cannock, Staffordshire and the wider Midlands start to re-open.
What Are We Doing To Make Training Safe?
We have introduced a number of changes to our training set up and procedures to ensure that our First Aid Training is Safe for both learners and trainers. We have a full and detailed procedures, safe working practises and risk assessment document available on request, but some of the changes we have introduced are summarised below.
Classroom Set Up
- Learners will be sat 2m apart, with reduced maximum class size to ensure social distancing.
- Tissues and hand sanitiser will be provided around the classroom and training area.
- The classroom and training area will be cleaned prior to use, including any work surfaces and high touch areas like door handles. These will be re-cleaned at regular intervals throughout the day(s).
- Every effort will be made to ensure a suitable air flow through the room.
- On arrival, all Learners will complete a health declaration. Learners will be excluded if they are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms which are a new continuous cough and/or a temperature >37.8°C and/or a loss of taste/smell. Temperatures will also be check via non-invasive techniques (forehead).
- Learners will also be excluded if they are in a situation where they should be self-isolating (e.g. a family member has had symptoms, or the Learner should be shielding as they are in an at risk group).
- On arrival, all Learners will be asked to thoroughly sanitise their hands before entering the classroom and training area.
During The Training
- An initial training session will then take place on Coronavirus / COVID-19 to include:
- Infection Control and Social Distancing during training
- Infection Control when delivering first aid
- The correct use of PPE
- Modifications will be made to ensure that the practical aspects of the course can still be delivered safely. As examples, this will involve
- More CPR manikins with less sharing. Our usual manikin cleaning processes is adequate for the control of infection, which includes new lungs and deep cleaning after each training session
- CPR face shields will be provided for each learner
- Hand cleaning will take place before and after each practical exercise
- Equipment will be cleaned in-between each learner. This will include all equipment such as epi-pen and other adrenaline auto injector trainers, Automated External Defibrillator training units etc.
- During some practical sessions, particularly during assessments, it may not be possible to maintain 2m distance. During the session, all persons involved in the activity will wear appropriate PPE. This will also ensure that learners are familiar with the use of PPE if they are required to use it once qualified. PPE will be provided if required. If learners have PPE provided in their workplace or setting for this purpose, we would encourage them to use that so they are familiar with it. 3-ply civilian face masks are adequate for these activities. As no bodily fluids will be encountered, gloves are not required as hand washing and sanitising will suffice.
- Some other practical aspects of the training may be altered to maintain social distancing, and all group work will unfortunately be removed.
All of our trainers have been working or volunteering in the health care sector during the Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic. As such they are all trained in infection control at a level much higher than would be required to maintain a safe training environment.
After The Training
Post training, we will offer a full trace system. Any learner that develops symptoms after the course will be requested to contact us immediately. We will then inform all other learners on the course (or their employers) via the contact details provided at booking.
Renewal of Qualifications
For existing first aiders there is also guidance on when they should complete the re-qualification.
Guidance correct as of 6th June 2020 and applicable to England.