COVID safe first aid training
Restarting first aid training during COVID 19
The current first response training (Nov 2020) is split into three sessions and designed so it can be delivered through facilitated online sessions using online platforms such as Zoom and Teams. The syllabus identifies what items are required to be demonstrated in person, this is limited to the life support session.
Until areas reach the GREEN readiness level the full course can not be delivered face-to-face, therefore members will need to participate in the three online facilitated sessions, each lasting two hours and then complete a face-to-face validation session, lasting about 15 to 20 mins, which will cover the mandatory practical elements of the life support session.
Online elements must be delivered by those who are First Aid Trainers, within the Scouts this must be someone holding a full first aid qualification along with the relevant training modules of the Adult Training Scheme and appointed as a trainer on Compass (for example County Trainer – First Aid). All First Aid Trainers need to have the first aid variant listed on their Compass record to allow us to communicate with them when there are updates.
Sessions are facilitated, this means that the trainer needs to engage with the participants throughout the session, checking knowledge where they can with a variety of tools identified in the training materials.
The ratio for this training is normally 1:12 but due to the current circumstances this can be run at up to 1:20 so long as the trainer is confident that they can meet the requirements of the training and do the relevant knowledge checks throughout.
Face-to-face validation for demonstrating elements of life support is possible once an area is in Amber readiness level. You'll need to have a risk assessment in place for the training – an example can be found here.
The focus of the face-to-face validation is the compulsory elements for practical demonstration within the life support session, this includes assessment and approach of a scene and CPR. This can be done in a short 15 to 20 mins session with the appropriate hygiene arrangements in place.
The Resuscitation Council UK has released a statement for use by all those teaching CPR and life support, all first response trainers must read this statement:
'Mannikins should already be cleaned to the standard required for the prevention of transmission of Covid-19. This should involving wiping the chest, forehead and face of the manikin using disinfectant/alcohol wipes between learners and allow the surface to dry naturally before the next learner takes their turn. So for now, trainers should teach regular CPR but with learners only being required to demonstrate compression only CPR'
Certificates are available from the brand centre to be issued to those who attend the sessions, one available for each online session, the face-to-face validation and the completion of the whole programme. Certificates can be accessed via www.scouts.org.uk/brand and searching for First Response.
Compass - Once a learner has attended a session their compass record can be updated. There are two new modules; 010A First Aid Learning and 010B First Aid Practical. These will need to be added to existing members PLPs by Training Advisers or Line Managers. The Training Compliance Volunteer Team (email@example.com) are also able to add the modules once they receive a completed certificate.
010A First Aid Learning - enables the recording of the three learning sessions; Life Support, Major Illness and Trauma and injury. Validation is the requirement to complete all three sessions.
010B First Aid Practical - enables the recording of the practical element of the training to be recorded. Validation is by demonstration.
Each module, once validated will populate a First Aid Mandatory Ongoing Learning (MOGL) record to record that the individual is compliant with our current requirements.
The existing 010 First Aid has been discontinued and will appear in PLPs as X010 - (Discontinued) First Aid. This can be removed from PLPs where it has not been completed.
It is important that the new syllabus of training is recorded within the PLP, even if the member has previously completed 010 First Aid and has existing First Aid MOGL records. This allows, once the reports have been updated, to capture the detail of where members are with their First Aid learning in more detail.
It is important that the three learning sessions are completed and validated (010A) before the Practical is validated (010B).
Both the Appointment and Training reports require amendments to include 010A and 010B records. This is currently being worked on and updates to the reports will be released in January. We are also ensuring that required amendments to the Compliance Assistant tools are made as soon as possible.
Whilst we are dealing with the response to the COVID pandemic we are taking compliance statistics from the mandatory ongoing learning records. We are accepting that at the current time completion of all three learning elements would be considered as compliant. This will be able to be recorded in Compass through a 010A First Aid Learning module and will pre-populate the completion of mandatory ongoing learning for first aid.
Members will be required to complete the face-to-face validation in order to have completed the full training, this can be done once they are in amber and comfortable to attend but must be done within 6 months of the area going to green readiness level. This can be recorded in Compass through 010B First Aid Practical and will pre-populate an additional mandatory ongoing learning for first aid record.
Where a County is unable to be and meet the needs within their County for first aid we would encourage local networking between Counties, this can be facilitated by the Assistant Regional Commissioner or Country Training lead. If there are still challenges then we have a national support mechanism available which those at Regional or Country level can access on behalf of counties, identifying Trainers who can assist with in County delivery.
If using external First Aid Trainers they must be appointed to do so by an accredited body such as a first aid training organisation, a national governing body or similar. In doing so they must follow the requirements for delivering first aid set out by their accreditation body. Members' may participate in these training sessions and where possible we would encourage the principle of do as much online as possible limiting the contact. Although the external provider will deliver to their syllabus, the minimum requirements for this training are those set out in the first response syllabus.
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