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COVID safe first aid training

Restarting first aid training during COVID 19

This guidance is to support volunteers to participate and deliver first aid training whilst the UK faces restrictions from COVID-19. This guidance will be maintained in line with changes to government guidance.

It's important that we have members trained in first aid, it's best practice to have least one valid first aider at face-to-face activities. You are valid if:

  • Your First aid module is still valid from before the pandemic
  • You've completed Module 10A (online theory)
  • You have a relevant first aid certificate from other sources (e.g. work)

Below are the different options to help you complete the online theory (Module 10A) whilst we have restrictions. 

NOTE: Members have until the end of January 2022 to become compliant with their first aid training (Modules 10A and 10B).

Trial validation criteria for First Aid Trainers

We're starting to trial a new First Aid specific validation criteria for First Aid Trainers. It will focus only on the skills required for First Aid and will ensure that our First Aid trainers will be able to generate all evidence required whilst helping to deliver First Aid training.

This will in turn make it easier for Counties, Areas and Regions to recruit and train First Aiders in a timely fashion. The role of First Aid Trainer will remain and will be distinct from a County/Area/Region Trainer, where the validation criteria remains the same.

The new criteria for Modules 28 and 29 can be summarised as:

Module 28 - Facilitating:

If they are a First Aid Trainer, they need to:

  • Deliver a first aid training session supported by an experienced facilitator or whilst being observed by an experienced presenter
  • Discuss how the presentation went and reflect on any improvements or adaptions that might be made in the future with particular reference to:
    • Whether the objectives of the presentation were met
    • The learning methods used
    • Resources and tools used to enhance the experience
    • Collection and use of feedback
  • Once the experienced facilitator is happy that you've met the criteria, they should pass this information to the Training Adviser who will update your Compass record.

Module 29 - Presenting:

If they are a First Aid Trainer, they need to:

  • Deliver a first aid training session supported by an experienced presenter or whilst being observed by an experienced facilitator
  • Discuss how the session went and reflecting on any improvements or adaptions that might be made in the future with particular reference to:
    • Relating to others in a learning session
    • Communicating effectively in a learning session
    • Working with individuals and in small groups
    • Helping individuals to solve their own problems
  • Once the experienced presenter is happy that you've met the criteria, they should pass this information to the Training Adviser who will update your Compass record.

First aid face-to-face validation example risk assessment

Check out an example risk assessment for face-to-face first aid validation.

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