FOFATO MEMBERS NEWSLETTER NO. 4 JANUARY/FEBRUARY (2015)

THE FEDERATION OF FIRST AID TRAINING ORGANISATIONS (FOFATO) NEWSLETTER 4 (JANUARY AND FEBRUARY 2015)

Dear Training Provider,

Firstly I would like to wish our Members a Happy and hopefully Prosperous New Year.

Medical and Training Adviser

FAIB has now appointed a Medical /Training Adviser Victoria Dollard. Victoria was previously a Senior Nursing Sister with over 24 years experience both nationally and internationally in the Public and Private sectors.

Victoria is the founder and Managing Director of a Training and Care Quality Commission (CQC)  Ambulance provider with a Global reach delivering all levels of First Aid, Medical, Security, Health and Safety and Teacher Training.

Victoria currently holds a 1st Class Honours Degree in Education and a Certificate in Education. Victoria is currently studying for a Doctorate in Education, exploring the concepts of Health Education and Health Literacy particularly focusing on health curriculums for Educational establishments, or health centers as clinics or rehabs, like the one at https://www.eliterehabplacement.com/Missouri

Victoria has sat on International Committees who have been researching and developing a number of Re-Training programs.

Victoria will also give assistance to FOFATO.

Accreditation for FAIB (Lets get the facts correct)

We wish to put the record straight in relation to the information being given to our Registered Training Providers (from various sources with the Industry including HSE and Ministers).

Following a meeting with the Minister (and HSE) in 2013, the minutes of the meeting show that FAIB were told that the options were 3 options, (1) seek our own accreditation, (2) seek accreditation directly or third party through the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS)  or (3) through Ofqual.

Following discussions with our Advisory Panel (and the fact we had to make a quick decision because HSE had already agreed to review their guidance to Employers once FAIB had accreditation) we took up option 1 with a Body called the Quality Care Academy (QCA). The main  reason being was that they worked within the Healthcare Sector.

FAIB was monitored twice by QCA and we agreed to a 1 year accreditation because (as will always be the case) we wanted to give our Training  Providers the opportunity to express their opinions at our next Conference on 2014.

HSE however decided that this was not suitable because the QCA was an “unaccredited body”. Unfortunately QCA went into liquidation late in 2014 due to changing of rules from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) with whom they were seeking accreditation.

Despite HSE changing the goalposts (and achieving all we ever wanted “THE LEVEL PLAYING FIELD”), FAIB must and have moved forward very quickly so that we are able to force the issue with HSE over suitable guidance as quickly as possible.

FAIB is now seeking a third party accreditation with UKAS, which we hope will be achieved in the very near future.

Medical Issues

Inhalers in schools

Guidance has been produced in England by the Dept of Health (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/341902/Department_of_Health_response_to_asthma_consultation.pdf)

 

and in Scotland by Healthcare Improvement Scotland (http://www.sign.ac.uk/pdf/QRG141.pdf)

 

The FAIB and FOFATO  National Trainer/Assessor Register and Professional Code of Conduct

We are now moving forward with the introduction FAIB/FOFATO Trainer/Assessor Register with a Professional Code of Conduct which has been welcomed by the Minister and HSE.

Many Trainers/Assessors in this Industry work for several Training Providers and we would like our Training Providers to share this information and so therefore save time and money. We would of course want to see fairness across Training Providers to the extent that the workload of monitoring is shared.

In relation to the register we would like our Training Providers to share information on the Trainer/Assessor  Monitoring (which under FAIB rules must be conducted Annually) on every Trainer/Assessor. This should be more efficient, save time and money and avoid duplication of monitoring which has occurred under the HSE system. FAIB will make available a generic monitoring form available to all Training Providers which will also be used by our Inspectors.

We would also ask our Training Providers to encourage their Trainers/Assessors to register with us.

The cost will continue to be £20 + VAT per year and we will publish a list of Approved Trainers/Assessors with details of their e mail address.

Qualifications of Trainers/Assessors (2015 and beyond)

The National Register of Trainers also links in with a move to improve the standards and consistency of Trainers/Assessors and FAIB feel that this is critical in achieving the high standards that we want to see in this Industry.

We are aware of the moves aimed at achieving a standardised Training qualification in 2015 by the Awarding Bodies.

Within FOFATO and FAIB we already know that the vast majority of Trainers/Assessors  have the required qualifications and  DO NOT need to complete another Trainer/Assessor course. This is an issue that we are currently taking up with HSE and the Ministers involved.

FAIB have made very clear that we want to see competent Trainers/Assessors producing quality Training that in turn produces Confident and Competent First Aiders.

FAIB will check that Trainers/Assessors have the relevant qualifications but also that they are regularly involved in Teaching First Aid and are being Annually monitored by competent and qualified Assessors.

FAIB has also been requested (by a number of its Registered Training Providers to look at the possibility of accrediting the old HSE Lay Trainers certificate.

A number of our Training Providers still continue to run this course and feel that it is far more applicable to this Industry than generic Trainer/Assesor Awards.

FAIB is currently looking at bodies that could accredit FAIB for this purpose.

Paediatric First Aid

FOFATO and FAIB has conducted its own Paediatric First Consultation (as asked to do so by the HSE FAW Quality Partnership) which for obvious reasons was separate to that conducted by Ofqual/SQA  Awarding Bodies.

We produced our own simple consultation form covering a number of options regarding the required number of contact hours for a Paediatric First Aid course. This form has been sent out to all our Registered Training Providers and consequently onto Employers .

The results have shown that the vast majority want to continue with the 12 hour classroom course  however a number would like to see the option of being able to conduct part of the course as distance  learning (as long as it was distance learning part was controlled by FAIB). The way that FAIB would see this operating is that 6 contact hours of distance learning (theoretical) would be conducted first then the other 6 hours (mainly practical) would be conducted in the classroom.

 

 

We of course understand that there is still an issue within Scotland because there appears to be no governing body to achieve consistency and consequently most of the course are held over 6 hours. Perhaps the introduction of the FAIB blended learning course may help.

There was no interest in extending the course to 22 guided learning hours.

The Paediatric First Aid course you are offering under FAIB is 12 hours and the content as listed on your certificate of approval.

Finally and just to make clear  the Ofqual Paediatric First Aid Level 2 (as it was) and Level 3 as it is now and is now 22 Guided Learning hours but still 12 hours direct contact time and has the same content as the FAIB course.

Letters to Members of Parliament

Thank you to all of the Training Providers who have written to their own Member of Parliament and consequently the Ministers concerned with our case.

We have received quite a number of replies from Members of Parliament and from the Minister for Business Vince Cable.

Unfortunately the vast number of the replies have simply been passed from the Minister straight to HSE and response from HSE has repeated the same information as before without actually answering most of the questions put to them.

The Minister covering HSE is now Lord Freud who has responded to FAIB but again just copying and pasting the HSE letter. However one of our registered Training Providers received a response from Lord Freud inviting them to a meeting which we hope will be arranged in the near future.

Also in the latest letter from Vince Cable, he  indicated that he would be interested to hear the responses from HSE. We are now in the process of replying to Vince Cable.

Social Media Forums

There is more and more emphasis being placed on social media forums to circulate information about businesses and Industries.

First Aid is no different and there is now lots of information being circulated particularly on Linked In and Facebook some of which is not factually correct.

On Linked In, there are pages for Ian Kershaw, FOFATO and FAIB. We have also created a new group called First Aid Industry Body and we would like our Training Providers and Trainers to register with this group. We can then pass on information through this forum that is not only correct but relevant to FAIB.

We have also created Facebook pages for  FAIB and FOFATO but unfortunately information has been put onto these forums (from non-FAIB and FOFATO Training Providers)  that is not factually correct, we ask our Training Providers to contribute with correct and relevant information. Please help us to get our views across the First Aid Industry.

Links to FOFATO website   

We have now started to put links onto our FOFATO website for those that have requested us to do so. In return we ask that you put a link to our website. Training Providers can put a description of their Organisation and a link to their website. Again if any other Training Providers wish us to add links please let us know giving us details of your website.

Payment of FOFATO Annual Subscriptions

We have been asked by a number of Training Providers if the FOFATO annual payment can be made by standing order. This facility is available and would again save us valuable time. Please let us know if you wish to pay by this method.

28 Day Extension Rule

You are all aware that under HSE there was a period of 28 days beyond the expiry of the First Aid at Work (FAW) certificate where Students were still allowed to attend a 2 day FAW requalification course.

We have been receiving a lot of enquiries about this subject.

Please be aware that FAIB has continued this 28 day rule but has also given some discretion so that the Training Providers can make the final decision themselves.

Ofqual and the QCF

Ofqual has announced that vocational qualifications will no longer need to meet the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)  rules in order to be eligible for Public Funding.

An article written by Professor Alison Wolf who is an adviser to the Government  has written an article which is very interesting reading particularly in relation to the Ofqual system.

Professor Wolf writes “The job of Awarding Bodies, under  QCF rules, is largely to determine whether candidates have ticked every box. They have no capacity to innovate. They also have no incentive  to demand high quality, instead it becomes logical  and tempting to compete by cutting costs and making it easier and more straightforward for candidates to pass an award”.

We have written to Professor Wolf in relation to the problems that we have had with Ministers and HSE and are hoping to have a meeting with her.

The Skills Funding Agency

A number of our Registered Training Providers have contacted us regarding the issues surrounding funding and particularly in the way that it is linked to Ofqual system.

We have held a meeting with Kirsty Evans, the Deputy Director Funding Policy Implementation for the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) on Friday 6th March 2015  (minutes available upon request).

It was a useful meeting in terms of obtaining the information we required.

The SFA confirmed that it would not usually approve funding for provision that was part of an Employers statutory responsibility. However the SFA confirmed in 2013 that following Ministerial agreement that a certain number of qualifications in fork-lift truck, food hygiene, health and safety and first aid at work would be funded on the basis that they could support unemployed learners into work.

However as suspected it was confirmed the SQA does not have any contractual relationship with Awarding Organisations but that it was Government Policy that where qualifications are offered to learners they must be regulated qualifications offered by an Ofqual recognised Awarding Organisation.

We understand that SFA can do nothing further but we do intend to take this to next level  and the SFA indicated for us to contact Vince Cable or Nick Boles, Minister for Skills which of course we will do.

We will keep you informed of any progress.

The FOFATO Shop

The FOFATO shop has been off line for a period of time because we have created a new and better website.You will be pleased to know that it will be back on line in the very near future. We will sell the main products that you require and have bought from FOFATO over the past 8 years including First Aid Training Products like Mannikins, Students Packs, Books and Trainer Defibrillator units and products for your clients like Defibrillators and First Aid kits.

We have always attempted to sell our products at the best prices on the market but the more Training Providers that buy our products means we are able to negotiate better prices with the suppliers and consequently give you even better prices.

In the meantime if there are any products you require for you or your clients just let us know.

FOFATO Insurance 

FOFATO have offered Insurance to Training Providers and Trainers over the past 8 years at very competitive rates and a good number of Training Providers and Trainers have joined our scheme.

We have always aimed at providing the best cover at the right price. We also offer the option of paying monthly (as long a the annual policy is over £200). Please contact Daryl Smith on 0800 458 3301 for a quote or any further information or simply click the link on the front page of the FOFATO website .

Thank You

Finally, I wish once again to thank all Training Providers who have registered with FOFATO over the last 8 years and hope that you will do so in future years.

If there is anything more you want to see from FOFATO do not hesitate to speak to me directly.

 

Ian Kershaw MBE

The Federation of First Aid Training Organisations

FOFATO MEMBERS CHRISTMAS NEWSLETTER NO 3. DECEMBER (2014)

FEDERATION OF FIRST AID TRAINING ORGANISATIONS (FOFATO) NEWSLETTER 3 (DECEMBER  2014)

Dear Training Provider,

Firstly I would like to wish our Registered Training Providers a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

The interest in FOFATO  and the First Aid Industry Body (FAIB) is becoming bigger and better.

We are seeing the number of Training Providers who are joining FOFATO is increasing.

We know that the name of FOFATO is spreading quickly from Employer to Employer as a consequence of the link with FAIB.

We know that the key to our success will be listening to and communicating with all our Training Providers on a regular basis.

The FAIB/FOFATO  National Trainer/Assessor Register and Professional Code of Conduct

We are also now getting much more interest in the FAIB/FOFATO Trainer/Assessor Register and particularly since our Conference in October 2014. We aim to send out our proposals early in the New Year.

We would like Training Providers to work with us 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 the Trainer/Assessor  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. FAIB will make available a generic monitoring form which is used by our Inspectors.

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

Qualifications of Trainers/Assessors (2015 and beyond)

The National Register of Trainers also links in with a move to improve the standards and consistency of Trainers/Assessors and FAIB/FOFATO feel that this is critical in achieving the high standards that we want to see in this Industry.

We are aware of the moves aimed at achieving a standardised Training qualification in 2015 by the Awarding Bodies.

Within FOFATO  we already know that the vast majority of Trainers/Assessors  have the required qualifications and  DO NOT need to go on another Trainer/Assessor course. This is an issue that we are currently taking up with HSE and the Ministers involved.

FOFATO have made very clear that we want to see competent Trainers/Assessors producing quality Training that in turns produces Confident and Competent First Aiders.

FOFATO will check that Trainers/Assessors have the relevant qualifications but also that they are regularly involved in Teaching First Aid and are being Annually monitored by competent and qualified Assessors.

Paediatric First Aid

You will all be aware that FAIB/FOFATO is currently conducting its own consultation about Paediatric First Aid. We have produced our own consultation form which has been sent out to all our Registered Training Providers.

We have already received back a number of these forms but we still need a lot more and particularly from Employers. Could Training Providers please pass on the Consultation form to their clients. If you require another Consultation form please let us know.

The closing date for return of the forms is now 31st January 2015.

Social Media Forums

There is more and more emphasis being placed on social media forums to circulate information about businesses and Industries.

First Aid is no different and there is now lots of information being circulated particularly on Linked In and Facebook some of which is not factually correct.

On Linked In, there are pages for Ian Kershaw, FOFATO and FAIB. We have also created a new group called First Aid Industry Body and we would like our Training Providers and Trainers to register with this group. We can then pass on information through this forum that is not only correct but relevant to FAIB.

We have also created Facebook pages for  FAIB and FOFATO and again information has been put onto these forums (from non-FAIB/FOFATO Training Providers  that is not factually correct, we ask our Training Providers to contribute with correct and relevant information. Please help us to get our views across the First Aid Industry.

Letters to Members of Parliament

You will all be aware  that we have recently sent out information regarding a political campaign against the way that FAIB/FOFATO is being treated by HSE. The aim of this campaign is to achieve a meeting with the Minister(s) concerned.

We would like all of Registered Training Providers and Trainers to contact their Member of Parliament  and consequently the Ministers involved. We have already sent to you a draft letter covering all the points of contention. If you require a copy of this letter then please let us know.

Links to FOFATO website   

We have now started to put links onto our website for those that have requested us to do so. In return we ask that you put a link to our website. If any other Training Providers wish us to add links please let us know giving us details of your website.

Payment of FAIB Annual Subscriptions

There are still a number of Training Providers who have not paid their Annual Subscriptions . Please help us to keep costs down and save us time by ensuring payments are made on time.

Thank You

We wish to thank each and everyone of you for your continued support of FOFATO.

Once again we wish you a Merry Christmas as well as a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

  

Ian Kershaw MBE

The Federation of First Aid Training Providers.

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.