Thursday, 15 December 2016

Level 3 Award in Education & Training 2nd February 2017

RTA will be delivering another trainer course is in Warrington on 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th February 2017 cost is £350, includes course book and all tuition and support.  We've had great sucess delivering these trainer / assessor courses.  We also deliver assessor and IQA units.
Great value qualify as a trainer.

Workplace First Aid amendments 2017

The HSE have revised the Emergency First Aid and First Aid at Work syllabuses following the changes to Resuscitation Council UK guidelines on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in October 2015.  Further the revision will require all workplace first aiders to be trained in the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) from the 31 December 2016. This meets the Resuscitation Council UK guidelines which now state that the management of a casualty requiring CPR is to request an AED.  AED's are becoming much more accessible both in workplaces and public access units.
As the Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) qualification covers CPR, and the EFAW forms the first unit of the First Aid at Work (FAW), changes are only required to the EFAW.
The EFAW Learning Outcome 4: ‘Be able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is not breathing normally’ has two Assessment Criteria, the second criteria, 4.2: ‘Demonstrate CPR using a manikin’ can readily incorporate the AED without change as the AED now forms part of the CPR sequence (Resus Council UK).  This means a new Ofqual regulated qualification in order to cover the changes to resuscitation is not necessary.
AED training only needs to cover the safe use, correct placement of pads and follow the AED voice prompts. This can readily be introduced during the Learner performing CPR on a manikin. However as this needs to be demonstrated, each Learner will require access to an AED training defibrillator as well as manikin to practice on.  Ideally one AED Trainer to 4 learners or course time may need adding.

Paediatric First Aid changes 2017

There are a few changes in the new year for First Aid per Ofsted and the Early Years Foundation Stage.
For the Level 3 Emergency Paediatric First Aid (Unit 1, 6 hr course) there is a slight increase in emphasis on personal protective equipment, the contents of the first aid kit and administering first aid relating to bites, stings and minor injuries.  
Anaphylaxis has been moved to Unit 2 which makes up the Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF) (12 hr course).  Stings, bites and minor injuries have moved into the first unit as mentioned above.   Shock focuses more on the recognition and treatment of massive blood loss (hypovolemic).  Sickle cell coverage has been removed from Unit 2 along with the need to identify and record illnesses.  

Friday, 30 September 2016

Has your nursery considered obtaining Millie's Mark  obtained via the NDNA.
Nurseries will be able to apply for Millie's Mark, which will be awarded as a special endorsement to childcare providers that can meet a set criteria including:
  • Evidence of needs assessment for setting staff
  • Evidence that all staff hold an appropriate in-date PFA (full or emergency) certificate
  • Evidence of classroom-based training for one-day courses.
The awarding of Millie’s Mark will be dependent on all of the criteria being met in addition to the legal requirements as set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Pool Extraction Board.

RLSS / IQL have produced a new spinal cord injury management board for swimming pools.  The Pool Extraction Board (PXB)  can be operated by 2 lifeguard on pools with no freeboard or up to a 30cm freeboard with 3 lifeguards.  Did my training on this board this week so I can roll out delivery.  Conclusion: I recommend this equipment very well thought out and designed.  See link.PXB

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Workplace AEDs (De-fibs)

Is your workplace considering buying a defib.  I have a contact that will supply a new AED with case and all pads / batteries as needed, on a contract for only £1 a day. The unit will also be checked
periodically by the company and any faults or expiring parts put right/replaced.  Get in touch for more information.