Instructors - First Aid Qualifications

Every organisation in the UK has responsibilities for first aid according to the Health and Safety (first aid) Regulations 1981.

This is provided for your information. It was last checked on 29/04/2014. Please check the British Red Cross website for any amendments or changes to this information.

First Aid at Work

Who is it for?
This course is ideal for higher or advanced level hazards (e.g. construction, manufacturing or chemical plants) or where your needs assessment identifies a requirement to provide additional training, covering a broad syllabus including the recognition and treatment of a wider range of conditions.

Duration: 3 days

Course content includes:
The HSE guidelines set out a syllabus for First aid at work in accordance with set criteria for selecting a training provider. The guidance cites the specific use of teaching materials such as the current edition of the first aid manual of the Voluntary Aid Societies (including the British Red Cross), who are acknowledged by the HSE guidance as standard setters for first aid practice.

By selecting the British Red Cross as your training provider you can be confident that attendees receive a quality learning experience built on their extensive experience and input to the HSE requirements.

In addition to the topics covered on an emergency first aid at work course, on completion of training, successful candidates will be able to:

Administer first aid to a casualty with:

  • injuries to bones, muscles and joints, including suspected spinal injuries
  • chest injuries
  • eye injuries
  • sudden poisoning
  • anaphylactic shock.

Recognise the presence of major illnesses and provide appropriate first aid (including heart attack, stroke, epilepsy, asthma, diabetes.)

Qualification
First aid at work certificate; valid for three years. For best practice British Red Cross support the HSE recommendation to complete an annual update of your first aid skills.

Pre-requisites
British Red Cross courses are renowned for providing a quality learning experience offering hands-on practical training skills that leave first aiders feeling confident to use their skills in a real life situation. It is therefore important that participants are physically able to perform the relevant actions and techniques included in the HSE syllabus.

As the HSE requires at least 18 training and assessment contact hours for this course, participants must be in attendance for their entire course duration to be eligible for evaluation and qualify for a certificate for First aid at work.

Notes
For more information on this course please call 0844 871 8000.

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Emergency First Aid at Work

Who is it for?
This course is ideal for low hazard environments (e.g. offices, shops, libraries) or where your needs assessment identifies a requirement for a first aider trained in emergency first aid at work.

If your needs assessment identifies additional hazards or risks or staff with a medical condition such as asthma, diabetes or a heart condition British Red Cross recommend the first aid at work course as this covers a broader syllabus including the recognition and treatment of a wider range of conditions.

Duration: 1 day

Course content includes:
The HSE guidelines set out a syllabus for Emergency first aid at work in accordance with set criteria for selecting a training provider. The guidance cites the specific use of teaching materials such as the current edition of the first aid manual of the Voluntary Aid Societies (including the British Red Cross), who are acknowledged by the HSE guidance as standard setters for first aid practice.

By selecting the British Red Cross as your training provider you can be confident that attendees receive a quality learning experience built on their extensive experience and input to the HSE requirements.

On completion of training, successful candidates will be able to:
Understand the role of the first aider, including reference to:

  • the importance of preventing cross infection
  • the need for recording incidents and actions
  • use available equipment.
  • assess the situation and circumstances in order to act safely, promptly and effectively in an emergency
  • administer first aid to a casualty who is unconscious (including seizure)
  • administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • administer first aid to a casualty who is choking
  • administer first aid to a casualty who is wounded and bleeding
  • administer first aid to a casualty who is suffering from shock
  • provide appropriate first aid for minor injuries (including small cuts, grazes and bruises, minor burns and scalds, small splinters)
  • burns and scalds.

Qualification
Emergency first aid at work certificate; valid for three years.

For best practice British Red Cross support the HSE recommendation to complete an annual update of your first aid skills.

Pre-requisites
British Red Cross Courses are renowned for providing a quality learning experience offering hands-on practical training that leave first aiders feeling confident to use their skills in a real life situation. It is therefore important that participants are physically able to perform the relevant actions and techniques included in the HSE syllabus.

As the HSE requires at least six training and assessment contact hours for this course, participants must be in attendance for the entire course duration to be eligible for evaluation and qualify for a certificate for Emergency First aid at work.

Notes
For more information on this course please call 0844 871 8000.

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First Aid at Work Requalification

Who is it for?
This course is designed for people who need to renew a first aid at work qualification.

Duration: 2 days

Course content includes:
The HSE guidelines set out a syllabus for first aid at work in accordance with set criteria for selecting a training provider. The guidance cites the specific use of teaching materials such as the current edition of the first aid manual of the Voluntary Aid Societies (including the British Red Cross), who are acknowledged by the HSE guidance as standard setters for first aid practice.

By selecting the British Red Cross as your training provider you can be confident that attendees receive a quality learning experience built on their extensive experience and input to the HSE requirements.

In addition to the topics covered on an emergency first aid at work course, on completion of training, successful candidates will be able to:

Administer first aid to a casualty with:

  • injuries to bones, muscles and joints, including suspected spinal injuries
  • chest injuries
  • eye injuries
  • sudden poisoning
  • anaphylactic shock

Recognise the presence of major illnesses and provide appropriate first aid (including heart attack, stroke, epilepsy, asthma, diabetes.)

Qualification
First aid at work certificate; valid for three years. For best practice British Red Cross support the HSE recommendation to complete an annual update of your first aid skills.

Pre-requisites
Our courses are renowned for providing a quality learning experience offering hands-on practical training skills that leave first aiders feeling confident to use their skills in a real life situation. It is therefore important that participants are physically able to perform the relevant actions and techniques included in the HSE syllabus.

Notes
For more information on this course please call 0844 871 8000.

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First Aid for Appointed Persons

Who is it for?
Suitable for people 18 years and over, this course is designed for staff who work in lower risk environments, have a small number of staff, or where HSE guidelines indicate a first aider is not necessary. Training to qualify as an accredited first aider is available on the first aid at work or emergency first aid at work course.

Please note, if you have staff members with asthma, allergies, diabetes or a heart condition - and these are detailed in your risk assessment - the HSE recommend that you consider completing the three day first aid at work course. This is because these conditions are no longer covered in the first aid for appointed persons or emergency first aid at work course.

Duration: 1/2 day

Course content includes:

  • Welcome and introduction
  • Health and safety introduction
  • Aims of first aid
  • Role and responsibility as a first aider
  • Management of a first aid incident
  • Primary survey (initial care of conscious and unconscious casualty)
  • Recovery position
  • Cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Secondary survey
  • Monitoring the casualty
  • Course review

Qualification
First aid for appointed persons certificate, valid for 3 years. British Red Cross recommend refreshing your skills every 12 months.

Pre-requisites
Candidates must be physically able to carry out the procedures detailed in the course outline and must attend all sessions to be eligible for assessment.

Notes
For more information on this course please call 0844 871 8000.

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First Aid Annual Skills Update

Who is it for?
Suitable for people 18 years and over, this course is designed for anyone who wishes to refresh their existing first aid at work training. This course is strongly recommended by the HSE to all first aiders holding a valid first aid at work or emergency first aid at work course accreditation.

Duration: 1/2 day

Course content includes:

  • Assessing the situation in an emergency
  • Administer first aid to a casualty who;
  • is unconscious (including seizures)
  • requires cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • is wounded or bleeding
  • is in shock
  • HSE accident reporting
  • First aid kits and avoiding cross infection

Qualification
No certificate. Refresh every year.

Pre-requisites
Candidates must be physically able to carry out the procedures detailed in the course outline and must attend all sessions to be eligible for assessment. You must have a valid first aid at work 1 day, first aid at work 3 day or first aid at work requalification certificate to complete this course.

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First Aid for Child Carers

Who is it for?
The first aid for child carers/paediatric first aid training course is designed for people caring for children in any setting. It is suitable for au pairs, nannies, childminders, nursery and pre-school workers, sport and leisure staff, crèche leaders, parents and anyone responsible for the welfare of children.

The child carers/paediatric first aid training course is recognised by Ofsted and includes the requirements of the appointed person in the workplace. In-line with the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, it can be used as evidence for an NVQ in childcare and education.

British Red Cross offer first aid training for every need, including a range of courses for members of the public. The most popular first aid for baby and child course is perfect for new and expectant parents, grandparents and carers.

Duration: 2 days

Course content includes:

  • Dealing with accidents
  • Unconscious and breathing baby and child
  • Unconscious and not breathing baby and child
  • Choking baby and child
  • Shock
  • First aid kits and hygiene techniques
  • Bleeding and wounds
  • Burns and scalds
  • Objects in eyes, ears and nose
  • Recording, reporting and administering medication
  • Extremes of hot and cold
  • Sickness and fever
  • Meningitis
  • Broken bones
  • Head neck and back injuries
  • Swallowed something harmful
  • Adult first aid

Qualification
On completion of the course, a certificate will be issued which is valid for 3 years.

Pre-requisites
Candidates must be physically able to carry out the procedures detailed in the course outline.

Notes
Child carers must hold a valid paediatric first aid certificate.

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Fire Safety Awareness

Who is it for?
Suitable for people 18 years and over, this course is designed for those who are responsible for overseeing fire safety, designated fire marshals and anyone who needs to know how to use a fire extinguisher.

Duration: 1/2 day

Course content includes:

  • Recognise the cost of fire
  • The role of the fire marshal
  • Liaison with the fire service
  • Action on discovering a fire
  • Fire safety legislation
  • The chemistry of fire
  • Common causes of fire
  • Fire safety precautions & prevention
  • Fire drills and evacuation
  • How to use fire extinguishers

Qualification
Fire safety awareness certificate, valid for 3 years.

Pre-requisites
Candidates must be physically able to carry out the procedures detailed in the course outline.

Notes
For more information on this course please call 0844 871 8000.

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Automated External Defibrillators (AED)

Who is it for?
Suitable for people 18 years and over, this course is designed for workplace candidates who wish to be trained in the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) machine and do have a current first aid certificate.
British Red Cross also offer an AED with life support course for those who do not have first aid certificate.
This course is currently running in Euston only, however you can organise a training session for a group of six people or more at your place of work by requesting a group booking.

Duration: 2 hours

Course content includes:

  • Recap of personal safety
  • Assessing the incident and patient
  • DRABC check and sending for help
  • Defibrillation (recognition of heart rhythms)
  • CPR and use of AED on a casualty
  • General guidelines for using a defibrillator
  • Recording of information (sample report form)
  • Handover to the emergency services

Qualification
AED certificate, valid for 1 year.

Pre-requisites
Candidates must be physically able to carry out the procedures detailed in the course outline and must attend all sessions to be eligible for assessment.

Notes
Candidates must hold a valid first aid certificate and be competent in CPR skills. For more information on this course call 0844 871 8000.

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AED with Life Support

Who is it for?
Suitable for people 18 years and over, this course is designed for candidates who wish to be trained in the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) machine but do not have a current first aid certificate. This course includes basic life support training and use of the AED machine. The course covers adult information.

British Red Cross also deliver an AED course for those who do have a current first aid certificate.
This course is currently running in Euston only, however you can organise a training session for a group of 6 people or more at your place of work by requesting a group booking

Duration: 1/2 day

Course content includes:

  • Assess an incident and explain rationale for checking for danger
  • Demonstrate how to open an airway and check for breathing
  • Demonstrate how to deal with an unconscious casualty
  • Explain how to recognise a casualty who is not breathing normally
  • Demonstrate how to perform CPR on a non breathing casualty
  • Explain how the heart and defibrillation works
  • Describe how to check and maintain an AED machine
  • List the checks to be made before using an AED
  • Demonstrate the use of an AED
  • Demonstrate the use of an AED with CPR when on own
  • Demonstrate the use of an AED with CPR in pairs

Qualification
AED with life support certificate, valid for 1 year.

Pre-requisites
Candidates must be physically able to carry out the procedures detailed in the course outline and must attend all sessions to be eligible for assessment.

Notes
For more information on this course call 0844 871 8000.

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First Aid for Sports

Who is it for?
Suitable for people 18 years and over, The National Coaching Foundation advertises this course for those who are involved in sporting activities and may need to administer basic first aid. This course covers adult and child information.

Request a group booking

Duration: 1 day

Course content includes:

  • The role of the first aider
  • Communicating with a casualty
  • Contents of a first aid kit and avoiding cross infection
  • Recording of incidents and accidents
  • Assess the situation and circumstances in order to act safely, promptly and effectively in an emergency

Administer first aid to a casualty who:

  • is unconscious (including seizures) - adults and children
  • requires cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) - adults and children
  • is choking - adults and children
  • is wounded & bleeding
  • is in shock
  • has burns and scalds including friction burns and sunburn
  • has fractures including spinal injuries
  • has minor bleeding from special areas: face, mouth, tongue, loss of teeth, ripped nails
  • has winding
  • has chest injuries
  • has sprains, strains and dislocations, damage to Achilles tendon and cramp

Qualification
First aid for sports certificate, valid for 3 years.

Pre-requisites
Candidates must be physically able to carry out the procedures detailed in the course outline and must attend all sessions to be eligible for assessment.

Notes
For more information on this course call 0844 871 8000.

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