We have an agile response to Covid-19 we still consider it important to protect our learners and ourselves from the Covid virus.
It also very important that people are keeping up to date with their regulated workplace training and first aid training. This is a legal requirement for most workplaces. With pressures on emergency services there has never been a more important time to have competent first aiders.
Getting you Trained, Keeping us all Safe
There are obvious concerns for some learners about attending a traditional classroom course during Covid -19. Unfortunately, unlike other subjects, the HSE and DfE , do not accept a first aid qualification delivered solely online. A blend of online and face to face remains acceptable.
Our awarding organisation, Qualsafe, have given us guidance on how we can support essential training whilst maintaining safety.
We can provide training in our virtual classroom blended with a short face to face session incorporating the physical demonstrations and assessments. The virtual classroom time makes good use of workers on furlough and reduces the time needed for the practical sessions.
Face to face Learning
If there is sufficient space we can provide face to face training for a smaller number of learners including the following precautions
As a business, controlling infection has always been a priority. Our trainers are double vaccinated and boosted. We take a lateral flow test before each course. Learners have access to their own resources, manikin/s and face shields. Manikins have a very stringent cleaning regimen between uses.
Pre course – we will be
-Explaining our infection control measures in advance of booking and arriving
-At times, asking for learners to complete a lateral flow test before attending the course
-Keeping up to date with changes and notifying the learners direct
-Asking learners to bring, pens and note paper
On arrival – we will be:
-Screening for COVID-19 symptoms and exclude as necessary
-Checking Learner should not be self-isolating
-Supplying alcohol wipes/gel/sanitiser and asking to thoroughly sanitise hands
-Supplying masks for learners if required
The Course – we will be:
-Sanitising hand contact points and shared items
-Delivering a brief session on effective infection control
-Seating Learners at least apart
-Supplying individual equipment, either sealed or sanitised
-Adapting the assessments to reduce close contact
-Bandaging and tourniquets will be done on ourselves
-Supervising closely to ensure compliance
-Maintaining physical distancing
-Supplying face masks for situations where an assessment may affect the distancing requirements (Full guidance will be given)
-Requiring handwashing during the day
CPR – extra safety measures include:
-You will have your own books
– One manikin per Learner
-Removable parts, lungs / airways / valves- replaced for each learner
-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
-Faces are cleaned with hot soapy water, rinsed and soaked in Milton sterilizing fluid which helps remove bio-film as well as killing germs
(The Health and Safety Executive and Consultant Microbiologists at NHS England have approved these measures as being sufficient, however, in the current climate; each Learner will have access to a disposable CPR face shield if required
NB These guidelines are correct at 1/12/21 and will be changed in line with the most up to date information