FIRST AID TRAINER QUALIFICATIONS (SEPTEMBER 2014)

There is a lot of discussion taking place on various forums regarding Trainer/Assessor qualifications.

FOFATO/FAIB will have a proper discussion on this topic with its Registered Training Providers and at our Conference on 14th  October 2014.

What is very clear is that a lot of scaremongering is already taking place particularly from some Awarding Bodies.

FOFATO/FAIB are also in discussion with HSE on this subject.

There is certainly no need to make hasty decisions.

Many of the First Aid Trainers in the United Kingdom will already have perfectly acceptable qualifications to teach First Aid. What is more important is that every Trainer is verified on an annual basis.

We will keep you informed as soon as we have further information.

PAEDIATRIC FIRST AID (UPDATE) FOR EMPLOYERS AND TRAINING PROVIDERS

FOFATO explains in simple terms the requirements Dept for Education and OFSTED requirements for Employers and Training Providers.

DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION

Statutory Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage (DFE-00337-2014)

Published: March 2014

Effective: 1st September 2014

Paragraph 3.25

At least one person who has a current Paediatric First Aid certificate must be on the premises and available at all times when children are present, and must accompany children on outings. Childminders, and any assistant who might be in sole charge of the children for any period of time, must hold a current Paediatric First Aid certificate. Paediatric First Aid Training (see addendum 18) must be relevant for workers caring for young children and where relevant babies. Providers should take into account the number of children, staff and layout of premises to ensure that a Paediatric First Aider is able to respond to emergencies quickly.

Paragraph 3.25  (addendum 18)

“Providers can choose which organisation they wish to provide the training (preferably one with a nationally approved and accredited first aid qualification or one that is a Member of a Trade Body with an approval and monitoring scheme) but the training must cover the course content as for St John Ambulance or Red Cross paediatric first aid training and be renewed every 3 years. ”

The First Aid Industry Body (FAIB) is a Trade Body with an approval and monitoring scheme.

Please note the FAIB Paediatric First Aid course (Schedule 4, of the FAIB certificate of approval) clearly indicates the content of the course and is fully in line with the Ofsted requirements and the content of the British Red Cross and St John Ambulance Paediatric First Aid course.  

 

OFSTED

Guide to registration on the Early Years Register (Birth -5) (Reference no: 140063)     

(This covers Day Nurseries, Pre Schools and Childminders etc).

Published: 20 August 2014

Page 6

In the case of childminders you will need to have:

completed, or have a date within 8 weeks from applying to complete, a First Aid course that covers infants and young children. (This can be FAIB Paediatric First Aid course).

 

Guide to registration on the Childcare Register (Birth-17) (Reference no: 120084)

(This covers Schools, Nannies, Au Pairs and Childminders etc).

 

Published 20 August 2014

Page 10 (Paragraph 36)

Before you can be registered:

You must have completed, or have a date within 8 weeks from applying to complete, an appropriate First Aid course. (This can be FAIB Paediatric First Aid course).

THE FAIB/FOFATO CONFERENCE/AGM (14 OCTOBER 2014) STOCKPORT, CHESHIRE.

The (1st) FAIB/FOFATO Conference/ Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday 14th October 2014 (starting at 9.30 am) at the Cheshire Conference and Events, Stockport, Cheshire. SK3 9DD.

  • Update from FAIB/FOFATO on a number of topical issues in relation to FAIB and the First Aid Industry directly relating to Training Providers (including FAIB meetings with HSE). 
  • Paediatric First Aid (Guest Speaker and discussion). 
  • Trainer Qualifications and Trainer Register (Guest Speaker and discussion).  
  • Time for Networking. 
  • First Aid Product Exhibitors including those selling First Aid Supplies, Defibrillators and First Aid Insurance.
  • A CPD Certificate will be issued to all participating Conference Delegates. 
  • Refreshments will be provided throughout the day including a buffet lunch as well as tea, coffee, fruit juice and water. 
  • A number Raffle prizes including a Training Defibrillator. 

Please note a representative from HSE will be attending.

PAEDIATRIC FIRST AID (THE DEPT FOR EDUCATION) AUGUST 2014

The Department for Education document “Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage” (DFE-00337-2014) effective from 1st September 2014 is the guidance document used for Paediatric First Aid and particularly by Local Authorities.

This document includes the following paragraph “Providers can choose which organisation they wish to provide the training (preferably one with a nationally approved and accredited first aid qualification or one that is a Member of a Trade Body with an approval and monitoring scheme) but the training must cover the course content as for St John Ambulance or Red Cross paediatric first aid training and be renewed every 3 years. ”

(For information this is Paragraph 3.25 addendum 18 of the Dept. for Education Early Years document).

The First Aid Industry Body will be discussing and consulting about this very important topic at our Conference on 14th October 2014.

We will be particularly interested to hear the views of your clients (the Employers) at this time.

We are aware of what is being said by other Bodies but the important thing is your relationship with your clients and making them aware of the content of the Statutory Framework for Early Years.

It is very clear that the First Aid Industry Body Paediatric First Aid is acceptable to the Department for Education because we are a Trade Body with an excellent Approval and Monitoring scheme.   

The First Aid Industry Body is also in current communication with Ofsted and the Local Government Association (LGA) on this issue.

 

THE FEDERATION OF FIRST AID TRAINING ORGANISATIONS (FOFATO) NEWSLETTER 2 (APRIL 2014)

Firstly I want to thank all those FOFATO Members who have renewed their certificates following our recent reminders.

We are now getting a lot more enquiries and lots more interest in joining FOFATO, particularly from some of the smaller Training Providers (who perhaps require more personal assistance than some of the larger Training Providers), which of course is one of the main reasons FOFATO was formed some 7 years ago.

Those who have recently renewed their Membership should have now received their new certificates. If anybody who has paid and not received their certificates then please let us know .

In relation to renewal of your Membership several Training Providers have asked if this can be done by Standing Order just like the procedure that we have for payments for the First Aid Industry Body (FAIB). We will now set up this option and attached a Standing Order form with your renewal invoice.

As previously mentioned, the key to our success has been to listen to and communicating with all our Training Providers on a regular basis and please remember we are always happy to take phone calls.

FOFATO will give you (as it always has done) the personal touch and provide Advice and Guidance service.

Remember that we can also put a link from our Website to your website and vice versa, just let us know if you are interested in this facility.

 

Please be aware that the Paediatric Register has now moved to the First Aid Industry Body (FAIB) and your name will be removed from the FOFATO Paediatric Register once it expires.

 

 

 FOFATO National Trainer/Assessor Register

We are also getting much more interest in the FOFATO Trainer/Assessor Register.

We check the credentials of each and every Trainer/Assessor who wishes to join this register. This ensures that every Trainer/Assessor will have a good portfolio and a high level of competence. This will assist Training Providers in finding suitably qualified and competent Trainers/Assessors.

In relation to this register we would like Training Providers to work with FAIB in 2 areas.

Firstly we want to encourage our Training Providers to share information on the Annual Monitoring that must be conducted on every Trainer/Assessor (if that Trainer works for other Training Providers). This should be more efficient, save time and money and avoid duplication of monitoring which has occurred under the HSE system.

Secondly we ask that our Training Providers encourage their Trainers/Assessors to register with us.

Monitoring of Trainers/Assessors

In relation to the FOFATO Trainer/Assessor Register please be aware that the monitoring by our Inspectors within the First Aid Industry Body ( FAIB) will be different to those conducted by HSE. The FAIB Inspectors will be mainly used to monitoring the competence (particularly in terms of up to date First Aid knowledge) of Trainers/Assessors rather than checking reams of paperwork which can be done electronically. We feel that is a good way to begin to improve the quality of Trainers/Assessors across the Industry.

This of course also links in with a move to improve the standards and consistency of Trainers/Assessors. We are aware of the moves aimed at achieving a standarised Training qualification in 2015. We have already had concerns expressed to us about this and is an area that were are starting to look into.

Use of LOGOS

Any paid up member of FOFATO is entitled to use the FOFATO logo for their own use on certificates, letterhead and websites. The logo is a download from the FOFATO website.

 FOFATO Products

As a Member of FOFATO whether as an individual or Training Organisation you will be able buy FOFATO products at discounted prices (usually some of the best in the First Aid Industry). Over the next few months we will be sending out further information on our range of products.

 Annual Conference/AGM/CPD Event

FOFATO will be holding a Conference alongside the First Aid Industry Body (FAIB) AGM. The Conference will be held around September/October 2014 in Stockport, Cheshire.

We will also be asking what our Members want out of this Conference.

 

THE FEDERATION OF FIRST AID TRAINING ORGANISATIONS (FOFATO) NEWSLETTER 1 (JANUARY 2014)

Firstly Happy New Year to all of our Members and particular those that we have not spoken to so far this year.

The key to our success has been to listen to and communicating with all our Training Providers on a regular basis.

FOFATO will give you (as it always has done) the personal touch and provide Advice and Guidance service, either by talking to you on the phone (which we prefer) or by sending out e mails to you on a regular basis.

FOFATO Membership  (Fees reduced to those charged in 2007)

We will have just 2 Levels of Registration within FOFATO (now that the FOFATO Paediatric Register has moved under FAIB).

The first will be Training Provider Registration, where we have REDUCED the annual fee to its original price when FOFATO began in 2007 to just £60 + (VAT) .

The second will be an Individual Trainer/Assessor Registration which will remain at £20 + (VAT).

Please be aware that the Paediatric Register has now moved to the First Aid Industry Body (FAIB).

Finally please note that we have the facility to put a link on the FOFATO website and vice versa. If you wish us to put a link to your website please let us know.

 Training Organisation Certificates

We have recently sent renewal letters to all our Members. Thank you to all those who have already renewed their Membership.

We will be sending out the renewal certificates electronically as soon as possible.

We have now sent out the majority of your 5 year certificates to all those Training Providers that have paid at least the first years monitoring charges. However if any Training Provider feels that a payment has been made and you have not received your certificate then please let us know as soon as possible.
 

FAIB/FOFATO National Trainer/Assessor Register

FOFATO has previously consulted with our Members regarding the creation of a National Trainer/Assessor Register. The feedback was positive and we now want to move ahead with this because we feel that this will ensure that every Trainer/Assessor has a good portfolio and a high level of competence. This will assist Training Providers in finding suitably qualified and competent Trainers/Assessors.

In relation to this register we would like Training Providers to work with FAIB in 2 areas.

Firstly we want to encourage our Training Providers to share information on the Annual Monitoring that must be conducted annually on every Trainer/Assessor (if that Trainer works for other Training Providers). This should be more efficient, save time and money and avoid duplication of monitoring which has occurred under the HSE system.

Secondly in order to increase the numbers on our Trainer/Assessor register we ask that our Training Providers encourage their Trainers/Assessors to register with us.

In order to make you fully aware, the monitoring by our Inspectors within the First Aid Industry Body ( FAIB) will be different to those conducted by HSE. The FAIB visit will be mainly used to monitoring the competence (particularly in terms of up to date First Aid knowledge) of Trainers/Assessors rather than checking reams of paperwork which can be done electronically. We feel that is a good way to begin to improve the quality of Trainers/Assessors across the Industry.

This of course also links in with a move to improve the standards and consistency of Trainers/Assessors. We are also aware of the moves aimed at achieving a standarised   Training qualification in 2015. This is something that is giving us some concern and which we are looking into presently. We will seeking your views as well as giving our view upon this will be providing further information as soon as possible.

Annual Conference/AGM

FOFATO will be holding a Conference alongside the First Aid Industry Body (FAIB) AGM. The Conference will be held in September/October 2014 and will be in Stockport, Cheshire.

We will also be asking what our Training Providers want out of this Conference and what they want to see from FOFATO in future years.

 

PAEDIATRIC FIRST AID

FOFATO have now wrote to the Chief Executive of the Local Government Association in London. This is with the full support of our Local M.P. Andrew Stunnel, the Parliamentary Under Secretary in the Dept. of Communities and Local Government.

We have asked in our letter that all Local Authorities are made aware that the Industry Body route has been accepted by the Government Minister Chris Grayling.

We have also asked our Members to let us have the details of the contact for Paediatric First Aid within each Local Authority so that we able to contact them directly.

The First Aid Industry Body option will save Local Authorities A LOT OF MONEY.

 

THE FIRST AID INDUSTRY BODY (FAIB)

FAIB is going from strength to strength with more Training Organisations showing interest every day. The intetest has come, not just from private Training Organisations but also from the Public and Educational sector with many colleges wanting to register with ourselves. A new First Aid Industry Body website (www.faib.co.uk) will be up and running very soon. We intend to publish the names of Training Organisation who register with us (once we have their authority).

 

CONTENT OF EMERGENCY FIRST AID AT WORK (EFAW) COURSE

The Emergency First Aid at Work course should last at least 6 contact hours, excluding breaks.
On completion of training, successful candidates should be able to:

-understand the role of the first aider including reference to the use of available equipment and the need for recording incidents and actions;
-understand the importance of basic hygiene in first aid procedures;
-assess the situation and circumstances in order to act safely, promptly and effectively in an emergency;
-demonstrate how to administerfirst aid safely, promptly and effectively to a casualty who is unconscious and/or in seizure;
-demonstrate how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation promptly and effectively;
-demonstrate how to administer first aid safely, promptly and effectively to a casualty who is wounded or bleeding and/or in shock;
-administer first aid safely, promptly and effectively to a casualty who is choking;
-provide appropriate first aid for minor injuries.

CONTENT OF FIRST AID AT WORK (FAW) COURSE

The First Aid at Work course should last at least 18 hours, excluding breaks.
On completion of training, successful candidates should be able to;

-understand the role of the first aider including reference to the use of available equipment and the need for recording incidents and actions;
-understand the importance of basic hygiene in first aid procedures;
-assess the situation and circumstances in order to act safely, promptly and effectively in an emergency;
-demonstrate how to administer first aid safely, promptly and effectively to a casualty who is unconscious and/or in seizure;
-demonstrate how to administer cardipulmonary resuscitation promptly and effectively;
-demonstrate how to administer first aid safely, promptly and effectively to a casualty who is wounded or bleeding and/or in shock;
-administer first aid safely, promptly and effectively to a casualty who is choking;
-provide appropriate first aid for minor injuries;
-recognising the presence of major illness and applying general first aid principles in its management.
In addition, candidates should be able to demonstrate the correct management:
-soft tissue injuries;
-injuries to bones including suspected spinal injuries;
-chest injuries;
-burns and scalds;
-eye inuries including how to irrigate an eye;
-sudden poisoning and anaphalylactic shock.

To help facilitate a move to a shorter course, the syllabus should only include those elements important to the effective provision of first aid in the workplace. Within this framework, it is important that anatomy, physiology and medical aspects etc, are kept to a minimum. Therefore, the new course should provide more emphasis on essential practical elements and less emphasis on theory.

As alluded to above, the syllabus reflects a trade off between the need to be relatively specific and the need to maintain a degree of flexibility so the course can be tailored to the needs of the employers/the audience.

With this in mind, it is suggested that for the first aid management of major illness, first aiders should be able to recognise when an individual has a serious medical condition, whatever the cause, and should be able to apply general first aid principles in managing it. Placing more emphasis on specific medical conditions may suggest that the first aider will need to attempt a ?diagnosis? when dealing with a medical emergency. First Aiders should not be expected to make a diagnosis of a specific illness.

Where someone suffers an asthmatic attack, heart attack or stroke(examples of medical conditions commonly covered in current first aid at work course), while first aiders should apply general principles, there is little they can do in terms of applying procedures that would be specific to any of these conditions prior to the availability of medical expertise. Therefore the amount of detail provided on individual medical conditions should be kept to a minimum.