Covid-Secure First Aid Training – here to help
We are entering a second lockdown to try and contain the spread of coronavirus and save lives. We want to assure you that all our scheduled and bespoke first aid courses will be going ahead as planned. First Aid for Life are a covid-secure First Aid training business and consequently will be continuing to run our practical courses and be there for those who need us throughout the lockdown.
As a form of education, First Aid for Life will continue to provide training during lockdown, particularly as the essential training we provide is vital to the safe running of workplaces. First Aid for Life will continue with its covid-secure arrangements for all courses that are delivered face-to-face during this time, including temperature checks, face masks, social distancing, sanitisation and extra ventilation. You can find out more about our covid-secure arrangements here
Covid-secure measures in place
The safety of your staff and ours is of critical importance. Everyone will need to adhere to social distancing and so when booking a group course, please provide us with as large a room as possible. We will also be working to extremely strict hygiene and infection control measures to minimise any infection risk.
There will be wipes and/or hand sanitiser available for all attendees and ask everyone to clean their hands, on arrival and regularly throughout the day. Especially prior to and after any practical elements. Everyone will be asked to wear a face covering and there are new training methods to allow for social distancing. We request all attendees support and cooperation in maintaining everyone’s health and safety throughout the day.
If you are looking to book blended learning. You can undertake the online pre-learning now and the practical element as we emerge further from lock-down. Our scheduled courses are available here.
To book a scheduled open course for an individual please click here.
Covid-secure classroom set up:
Learners on all our courses will be socially distanced throughout, there is no longer pair work on the practical course. You will have your own mannequin, face shield, bandage and equipment.
If you are arranging a bespoke course, we ask that you to give us the largest room possible and undertake a risk assessment to ensure it is suitable for the agreed number of attendees to maintain a safe distance from each other whilst undertaking the sedentary and practical elements of the course.
We also ask that you make provision for breaks and toilets in order for everyone to safely access these facilities without overcrowding.
When you come in:
On arrival, we will check that all Learners are well and anyone exhibiting respiratory COVID-19 symptoms such as a new continuous cough and/or a temperature >37.8 – will be asked to leave immediately.
We will also check that no Learner is in a situation where they should be self-isolating (e.g. a family member has had Covid19 symptoms, or the Learner should be shielding as they are in an at-risk group). We will notify you if this is the case and exclude from the course, as necessary.
As everyone arrives we will asked them to thoroughly sanitise hands alcohol wipe/gel/sanitiser. Please also ensure that everyone washes their hands on arrival at the premises. We will ask everyone to cleanse their hands before, during and after all the practical sessions and when they return to the training room following breaks.
We will be reminding everyone on the importance of social distancing and basic hygiene throughout the course.
Enhanced infection control measures:
We use Laerdal Manikins and replace the one-way air flow, valved lungs extremely regularly as per infection control advice. There are additional safety measures in place:
- One-way valves which stop air coming back out of the manikin mouth and direct expired air out of the back of the head via a filter.
- We will use Alcohol/sanitising wipes to scrub the mannequins between Learners.
- In addition we will deploy anti-surfactant wipes (e.g. Trionic wipes) after each session. The Trionic wipes are even stronger and remove any bio-film as well as killing any residual germs.
We have been advised that these steps alone are sufficient to prevent infection. This is all that is normally used on most first aid courses. The Health and Safety Executive and Consultant Microbiologists at NHS England have approved these measures as being sufficient to kill Covid19. However, in the current climate. We are also issuing each Learner with a personal CPR face shield to provide double failsafe protection.
Learners should use the face-shield facing the same way up each time. Check that writing is the correct way up each time. They should nip the manikin nose as usual through the face shield.
We will still use alcohol/sanitising wipes on the manikin between Learners even with a face shield. Trainers will always use as many manikins as possible to reduce sharing.
The HSE and DofE still require rescue breaths to be trained and assessed, we will let you know if this changes. We will therefore carefully follow the manikin hygiene procedures detailed above. Trainers will ensure that everyone is fully aware of the Resus UK guidance on performing real life CPR during the COVID-19 pandemic and the protective measures that should be taken.
On unregulated courses – there is no need to give breaths into the mannequin if you prefer not to do so.
The different ways to learn First Aid
First aid can be learnt in a variety of ways and all have their benefits. We offer practical, blended, online and remote learning options. You can choose the way that works best for you.
For regulated courses, everyone still needs to have a practical component. However there is the option of blending these with online learning to enhance the learning, cover the theory online and consolidate everything on a shorter practical course.
There are so many different ways that you can learn First Aid. Especially during COVID-19 times, it is useful to have multiple options for you to meet your essential First Aid requirements. Find the method that works best for you. On all our courses, you will receive a certificate valid for 3 years.
First Aid for Life and OnlineFirstAid.com continue to deliver essential first aid training to schools, nurseries, businesses and individuals across the UK. We are able to offer innovative approaches to the challenges faced during Covid19 to help you meet all your legal and regulatory requirements.
We are First Aid Experts in human, pet and Mental Health First Aid. All our trainers are highly experienced health and emergency services professionals. They truly understand the importance of infection control and keeping everyone safe.
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They are ideal if you are self-isolating at home if you are vulnerable. It is however recommended that you take a practical course to cover all elements of First Aid learning.
E-learning is a popular approach for people needing to refresh their regulated First Aid at Work courses.
The teenage courses are ideal for the skill section of the DofE awards. I will sign you off as your assessor on your portal.
All the comprehensive online courses provide Appointed Person Qualifications.
We have superb online courses for children home-schooling or learning first aid back in school. They come with free worksheets, handouts and we can arrange a live Zoom call too.
Many parents find the online courses an ideal solution to learning this vital skill. They can access the courses in short bursts whenever they like. You can stop and start as often as they like. And revisit them as often as they like for an entire year.
First Aid for Life provide award-winning first aid training tailored to your needs – Please visit our site and learn more about our practical and online courses. It is vital to keep your skills current and refreshed. We are currently providing essential training for individuals and groups across the UK. In addition, we have a great range of online courses. These are ideal as refreshers for regulated qualifications or as Appointed Person qualifications.
You can attend a fully regulated Practical or Online First Aid course to understand what to do in a medical emergency. Please visit https://firstaidforlife.org.uk or call 0208 675 4036 for more information about our courses.
First Aid for Life is a multi-award-winning, fully regulated first aid training provider. Our trainers are highly experienced medical, health and emergency services professionals who will tailor the training to your needs. Courses for groups or individuals at our venue or yours.
First Aid for life provides this information for guidance and it is not in any way a substitute for medical advice. First Aid for Life is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made, or actions taken on this information.