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First Aid Training – External First Aid Qualifications

First Aid Training – External First Aid Qualifications

External First Aid Qualifications

Introduction

Cambridgeshire’s First Aid Scout Active Support Unit is frequently asked to award the 10A and 10B modules for people who hold external qualifications. This is a difficult situation as while we don’t want to place extra training on individuals the world of first aid is very different from pre Hospital and medical professional qualifications.

However, there are a range of first aid qualifications that are registered with OFQUAL and which have a set (minimum) syllabus. These qualifications can be “topped up” to meet the requirements of the Scout Association “First Response” module 10 syllabus, however for the purpose of recognition, a learner has to present to their TA/LTM a full syllabus of the course attended in order to identify the necessary top up module.

Only training courses registered with OFQUAL can be accepted as part completion of module 10.
The external certificate will need to have the qualification reference listed on the certificate and has to be delivered as at least 2/3rds Face to Face. External courses delivered completely online  are deemed invalid for completion of module 10.

This page sets out the top up requirements / exemptions for people holding common first aid certificates. The following have been mapped as the most likely to be presented.

  • Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW)
  • First Aid at Work (FAW)
  • Emergency Paediatric First Aid (EPFA)
  • Paediatric First Aid (PFA)
  • Emergency Outdoor First Aid (EOFA)
  • Outdoor First Aid (OFA)
  • Activity First Aid (AFA)
  • National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)
  • First Response Emergency Care Suite (Levels 3 & 4)

Information for Medical Professionals (Ambulance Service, Nurse, Doctor & Medical Student)

All qualifications MUST have OFQUAL registration.

Any other qualifications would need to be submitted to the SASU with a full Qualification Specification that lists all topics along with the range of conditions.

» Click here to download a spreadsheet of how the syllabus for external courses matches the module 10 First Response.

Individual Qualifications

Emergency First Aid at Work

This one-day course fails to meet the Scouts First Response syllabus and requires a range of topics to be completed to make up the difference. No modules can be awarded by holding this qualification alone.

These additional topics gives the holder of the EFAW various options

First Aid At Work (FAW)

The FAW is a 3-day course that is comprehensive however it doesn’t cover all of the First Response Syllabus with the registered course missing the paediatric elements, types of shock, Sepsis and Meningitis. No modules can be awarded by holding the qualification alone.

These additional topics gives the holder of the FAW various options

  • Take the full First Response Course
  • Cover the missing modules with a SASU trainer
  • Complete the self-paced catch-up learning here » First Aid at Work Conversion
Emergency Paediatric First Aid (EPFA)

This is a one-day course which doesn’t meet the syllabus requirements with a significant element missing with focus around the more adult elements. No modules can be awarded by holding this qualification alone.

These additional topics gives the holder of the EPFA various options

  • Take the full First Response Course
  • Cover the missing modules with a SASU trainer
Paediatric First Aid (PFA)

This 2-day course covers several elements of the First Response Syllabus but holding this award alone will not allow any modules to be awarded.

These additional topics gives the holder of the PFA various options

Emergency Outdoor First Aid (EOFA)

This 1-day course covers several elements of the First Response Syllabus and allow the following modules to be awarded.

  • Module 10A Life Support
  • Module 10B Practical

These additional topics gives the holder of the EOFA various option

  • Take the 10a First Response Course for the 2 missing modules – major illness / trauma and injury
Outdoor First Aid (OFA)

This 2-day course covers several elements of the First Response Syllabus and allow the following modules to be awarded.

  • Module 10A Life Support
  • Module 10B Practical

These additional topics gives the holder of the OFA various option

  • Take the 10a First Response Course for the 2 missing modules – major illness / trauma and injury
Activity First Aid (AFA)

This 2-day course covers several elements of the First Response Syllabus and allow the following modules to be awarded.

  • Module 10A Life Support
  • Module 10B Practical

These additional topics gives the holder of the AFA various option

  • Take the 10a First Response Course for the 2 missing modules – major illness / trauma and injury
National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)

This 5-day course covers several elements of the First Response Syllabus and allow the following modules to be awarded.

  • Module 10A Life Support
  • Module 10B Practical

These additional topics gives the holder of the AFA various options:

  • Complete an update on the following missing elements, could be a handout
    • Shock – Cardiogenetic, Septic & Neurogenic
    • Sepsis
    • Meningitis
First Response Emergency Care Levels 3+

This 5-day course covers all elements of the First Response Syllabus and allow the following modules to be awarded.

  1. Module 10A Life Support
  2. Module 10A Trauma and Injury
  3. Module 10A Major Illness
  4. Module 10B Practical

FREC 3 needs to look at Sepsis topic for full coverage

Medical Professionals

This is a complicated area with wide variations

Ambulance Service

There are a number of qualifications across the services but the holder of any of the following should be awarded all modules;

    • Emergency Care Assistant (ECA)
    • Institute of Healthcare Development (IHCD) Technician
    • Associate Ambulance Practitioner (AAP)
    • Paramedic
Nurse

Nursing doesn’t cover front line first aid. A discussion is required with a county First aid trainer in order to identify the elements of the syllabus that need to be covered, based on the nursing role held and work undertaken. This is especially relevant where an Advanced Nurse Practitioner role is held. Evidence of annual NHS Adult and Paediatric Basic Life Support (BLS) qualification should be provided for 10B to show recent and up to date CPR.

Doctor

As Doctors specialise, not all areas are likely to be current and UpToDate. There is a huge difference between and A&E doctor and a Pathologist. It is likely that a professional discussion will determine what is appropriate for the individual.

Medical Student

A medical student can’t be awarded any modules as they could be at any stage across multiple levels of training. If they have an associate award such as BLS some elements could be covered off.

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