The concerns presented by COVID-19, and the need to prevent its spread within hospices and hospitals, has forced many customers to put critical face-to-face life support and mandatory training on hold. The balancing act now is keeping up with statutory and mandatory requirements while simultaneously adhering to social distancing, restrictions on the gathering of groups and keeping everyone safe.
While the HSE did allow extension times on the expiry of first aid certificates, the first aid training industry in England is confident that enough courses will now be available for all required requalification training to take place. The HSE has therefore agreed a final deadline for requalification of 30th September 2020.
The HSE still strongly recommends that the practical elements of actual First Aid At Work, Emergency First Aid At Work and requalification courses are delivered face to face, so that student competency can be properly assessed.
In line with this, while Basic Life Support (BLS) courses can be found online, we strongly recommend that hospices start returning to face-to-face BLS and AILS (Adult Immediate Life Support).
The First Aid Training College and Ashtons have a concise COVID-19 training policy in place and we are confident that we can offer you safe and effective training. Our training mannequins have always been hygienically maintained and the advantage of each student having their own face mask for the session has always been a safety precaution for us. Mannequins will also be cleaned between each user and we are encouraging the use of face masks and sitting at least one metre apart in the classroom sessions.
If you would like to find out more about our first aid and life support training, please get in contact. We are currently taking bookings from September through to December 2020 but have a couple of days left in August.
The First Aid Training College is now also able to offer you a full suite of 23 mandatory and statutory training courses. This a relatively affordable but very effective way of training your workforce and we have successfully rolled this out with a few customers now.
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Article by Adrian Munday, Managing Director at The First Aid Training College.