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First Aid

This module aims to cover the skills and knowledge necessary to enable adults to manage an incident and provide basic first aid.

This module is split into two parts; part A covers the theory and part B the practical validation. The modules aim to cover the skills and knowledge necessary to enable adults to manage an incident and provide basic first aid.

The Scouts run a first aid training programme in partnership with Girlguiding which covers the required topics but members may also undertake training with external providers so long as it meets the syllabus outlined below and is delivered by a reputable body. Examples of reputable bodies include: St John Ambulance, The British Red Cross, British Canoeing, Mountain Training, etc.

Topics covered:

Session 1 - Life Support

  • The principles of first aid and initial response (arriving at and managing an incident)
  • Emergency life support (recovery position and safe airway)
  • CPR, including technique for adults and children
  • Choking
  • Causes and treatment of unresponsiveness

Session 2 - Trauma and injury

  • Shock
  • Bleeding
  • Fractures and sprains
  • Head injuries
  • Dental incidents
  • Burns

Session 3 - Major illness

  • Asthma
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke
  • Seizures
  • Diabetes
  • Sepsis and meningitis

First response is a 6 hour programme and can be delivered in one of the following ways:

  • face to face 6 hour training course - not currently allowed due to COVID restrictions
  • 3 x 2hr online facilitated sessions followed by a short (15-20min) face to face validation session
  • blended model - 2.5hr eLearning followed by a 2.5-3hr online facilitated session, followed by a short (15-20min) face to face validation session

Please discuss this with your Training Adviser to find a suitable model for your needs.

You can find out more about how first aid training is being delivered during COVID restrictions here.

First aid training FAQs.