FAQs - Knowing what to do if something goes wrong – including first aid
We will keep this page up to date with frequently asked questions about First Aid & Incident Management.
Yes, we have provided guidance on how to safely administer first aid during the Covid-19 pandemic in the guidance. The priority is to deal with the situation, whilst keeping everyone as safe as practical.
First aid training can be delivered virtually whilst face to face training is not an option, however this will not cover the full syllabus as there are some aspects which are required to be demonstrated by the learner. An attendance record should be maintained locally so that when we reach readiness level Green, those requiring it can do the top up and complete their course.
The 6 month extension is from the time that your area reaches readiness level Green. You can refresh your first aid knowledge by doing a virtual training, but will still need to demonstrate practical elements once we reach Green and this is allowed. If virtual training is not available do not worry, you should still update your knowledge by reviewing the training syllabus and participant resources and then complete a full first response course once available.
Yes as an interim measure we are accepting this, but once face to face training restarts you need to complete any elements not covered virtually in order to fully complete, and at this point your Compass record can be updated.
We are currently updating the first response syllabus to clearly show what elements must be demonstrated and this will be available here by the end of July.
Unfortunately not, Compass only has the ability to record full completion of first aid. We have however developed a simple log sheet which can be used by Counties and Districts to record peoples progress through first aid training at this time.
Those who are permitted to deliver first response are the same people who can deliver it virtually. This could be internal or external trainers, but in either case, this must be delivered to the syllabus we have provided.
As an interim measure, we are accepting the virtual first response as acceptable in order for people to complete their Wood Badge (by updating module 10 as complete). However, once face to face training restarts, you will need to complete any elements not covered virtually in order to fully complete. At this point your Compass record can be updated for ongoing learning.
Make sure your standard first aid kit is in date and suitable for the environment you are now operating in. In addition make sure you have relevant PPE items listed in the guidance, and a means of disposing of them safely after use. If you don’t have CPR face shield in your first aid kit, this would be sensible in case you have to administer CPR to a child.
If others have in-date first aid then they should be used to cover the first aid requirement for your section meeting. If no one else is available then yes you can, an extension of 6 months from the date your area moves to Green readiness level has been issued for all members to cover their first aid. If virtual training is not available do not worry, you should still update your knowledge by reviewing the training syllabus and participant resources and then complete a full first response course once available.
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