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.

 

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).