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The new TQUK First Aid Manuals have been tweaked in line with the Resus Council (UK) 2015 Guidelines which are to be implemented by organisations by January 2017. The manuals have been designed and updated to complement the Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (QCF) and Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF) qualifications, two regulated qualifications offered by Training Qualifications UK but are equally suitable for unregulated courses.

Both Awarding Organisations and other providers of First Aid Manuals have an obligation to ensure that the training materials associated with the delivery of its “EFAW” and “FAW” qualifications are in line with guidance issued by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

As you will no doubt be aware, Awarding Organisations have a responsibility to ensure that their “EFAW” and “FAW” qualifications, among others, are being taught by their centres in accordance with many different publications including the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) publication “First aid at work The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981. Guidance on Regulation” and by default of stated point 58 in said document, the Assessment Principles for Assessment Principles for First Aid Qualifications which has been produced in cooperation between the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Skills for Health and Awarding Organisations and should be familiar to most first aid training providers for its Appendix 1 “Occupational Knowledge and Competence in First Aid”. The following points in particular underpin our compliance in this matter.

“First aid at work The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981. Guidance on Regulation”

62. Training organisations should use training material, and teach the first-aid management of injuries and illness, as covered in FAW/EFAW training courses and in accordance with:

  • current guidelines published by the Resuscitation Council (UK); and
  • the current edition of the first-aid manual of the Voluntary Aid Societies (St John Ambulance, British Red Cross, St Andrew’s First Aid); or other published guidelines, provided they are in line with the two above or
  • supported by a responsible body of medical opinion.

 Assessment Principles for Assessment Principles for First Aid Qualifications

Standards of first aid practice

Skills and knowledge must be taught and assessed in accordance with currently accepted first aid practice in the United Kingdom as laid down:

  • by the Resuscitation Council (UK); and
  • in other publications; provided that they are supported by a responsible body of medical opinion.

In adhering to the two publications and in particular the points above, TQUK has maintained, and will continue to ensure that First Aid materials produced remain as up to date and compliant with these two crucial publications as possible by:

  • Introducing Version 4 of the First Aid Manual to reflect Resus Council (UK) 2015 Guidelines AND
  • Only making additional changes in first aid protocol when the Voluntary Aid Societies update the current edition of their first-aid manual.

Sample copies of the Manuals can be viewed here online and to place an order please phone or email.

There appears to be a bit of confusion regarding the recent changes made to the TQUK First Aid Manuals in relation to the Resus Council (UK) 2015 Guidelines which are to be implemented by organisations by January 2017. The manuals have been designed and updated to complement the Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (QCF) and Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF) qualifications, two regulated qualifications offered by Training Qualifications UK but are equally suitable for unregulated.  Both Awarding Organisations and other providers of First Aid Manuals have an obligation to ensure that the training materials associated with the delivery of its “EFAW” and “FAW” qualifications are but:

·         Can you be sure that your materials have been written in line with the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 whether offering regulated qualifications or unregulated courses?

As you will no doubt be aware, Awarding Organisations have a responsibility to ensure that their “EFAW” and “FAW” qualifications among others, are being taught by their centres in accordance with many different publications including the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) publication “First aid at work The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981. Guidance on Regulation” “Found this one instead of the one your provided. Same content, catchier and more serious title) and by default of stated point 58 in said document, the Assessment Principles for Assessment Principles for First Aid Qualifications (Does this back-up or worsen our point?) which has been produced in cooperation between the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Skills for Health and Awarding Organisations and should be familiar top most first aid training providers for its Appendix 1 “Occupational Knowledge and Competence in First Aid”. We feel that the following points in each are important. Do you?

“First aid at work The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981. Guidance on Regulation”

62. Training organisations should use training material, and teach the first-aid management of injuries and illness, as covered in FAW/EFAW training courses and

in accordance with:

·         current guidelines published by the Resuscitation Council (UK); and

·         the current edition of the first-aid manual of the Voluntary Aid Societies (St John Ambulance, British Red Cross, St Andrew’s First Aid); or other published guidelines, provided they are in line with the two above or

·         supported by a responsible body of medical opinion.

Assessment Principles for Assessment Principles for First Aid Qualifications

Standards of first aid practice

Skills and knowledge must be taught and assessed in accordance with currently accepted first aid practice in the United Kingdom as laid down:

·         by the Resuscitation Council (UK); and

·         in other publications; provided that they are supported by a responsible body of medical opinion.

In adhering to the two publications and in particular the points above, TQUK has maintained, and will continue to maintain a firm stance ensure that First Aid materials of both itself, its centres and its “non-centres” remains as up to date and compliant with these two crucial publications as possible by:

·         Introducing Version 4 of the First Aid Manual to reflect Resus Council (UK) 2015 Guidelines AND

·         Only making additional changes in first aid protocol when the Voluntary Aid Societies update the current edition of their first-aid manual.