Once again we sadly find ourselves plunged into another lockdown in our efforts to control the spread of COVID-19. Once again we are also having to look at how we deliver our training.
Thankfully, we have been here before and have good procedures in place to ensure we can train in a COVID-secure manner.
This was backed up by a meeting of the First Aid Quality Partnership (FAQP) on the 5th January 2021, who have recommended that:
“The provision of First Aid qualifications can continue to be delivered in line with existing COVID-secure guidelines.“
There are however, still some points that require clarification from the government, but it is still expected for training to continue. We that in mind, here at Radmoor Training we have decided to take the following approach:
- We have cancelled and / or rescheduled our training due to take place the week beginning the 4th of January 2021 and 11th January 2021. This decision had already been made prior to the 5th of January guidance.
- From the 18th January 2021 we will continue to offer training to those where it is required or essential.
- If you are still working, and that work requires a first aid qualification, then we will continue to offer training.
- If you are currently not working, but will be returning to work in the near future, and that work requires a first aid qualification, then we will continue to offer training.
The FAQP also stated from their meeting that:
“The HSE were reassured that the industry will continue to be able to meet employer demand during lockdown in a COVID-secure way”
At the time of writing, the HSE and DfE have not issued any extensions to current first aid certificates. 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), this should be the primary driver behind obtaining that training.
You can read a summary of how we are able to deliver COVID-secure first aid training on our post from earlier in the year: Safe & Socially Distanced First Aid Training Now Available. Full documentation, including Risk Assessments and Control Measures implemented during training is available on request. Please get in touch for details.
We will also be re-releasing a revised schedule of open courses for 2021 shortly.