Introducing a brand new prehospital care qualification…

Qualsafe Level 4 Diploma for Associate Ambulance Practitioners (RQF)

Developed in collaboration with NHS trusts and key stakeholders, and reviewed by NENAS, the Qualsafe Level 4 Diploma for Associate Ambulance Practitioners (RQF) provides learners with the practical and theoretical knowledge required by those who work in, or hope to work in an ambulance environment, supporting registered and non-registered healthcare professionals.

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Also available from Qualsafe Awards…

QA Level 3 Diploma in Ambulance Emergency and Urgent Care Support (RQF)

Developed alongside South Central Ambulance Service for those who would like to begin, or advance their career in an ambulance environment to support registered and non-registered healthcare professionals. This qualification can also aid career progression in a relevant profession including Paramedic or Associate Ambulance Practitioner roles.

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Interested in these qualifications?

Alongside our industry-leading FREC® qualifications, we have a wide range of prehospital care qualifications. Designed by our in-house clinical professionals, these regulated and nationally recognised qualifications have been created to support a wide range of different prehospital care roles, for both professionals and those within the community.

To find out more about becoming a prehospital care Centre, please contact your CRE or email info@qualsafeawards.org.

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The Latest on Training During COVID-19

November 2022

For advice on dealing with COVID-19 while delivering first aid training, we strongly recommend our Centres take a look at our updated CPR Manikin Hygiene guide here.

You can also view the following FAQP statement related to training during the pandemic online at the link here.

Contact your Customer Relationship Executive (CRE) if you have any questions.


Qualification Withdrawal – QA Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment (RQF).

As of Friday 9th July 2021, we will cease our awarding of the QA Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment (RQF).

Qualsafe Awards will no longer offer this qualification. Centres wishing to continue delivering this qualification must do so with another Awarding Organisation.

Why are we withdrawing this qualification?

We have been disappointed to discover a high level of fraudulent activity and malpractice related to qualifications which lead to learners gaining a CSCS card. The associated costs of investigating such malpractice and the level of compliance which is required to maintain public confidence and ensure the safety of those holding this qualification has risen significantly. We feel that the resulting increase in costs and quality assurance processes will also become unmanageable for our Centres. For this reason, we are withdrawing this qualification and increasing our focus on providing new, innovative qualifications.

What will happen ahead of Friday 9th July 2021?

As of Monday 28th June 2021, we will raise the price of QA Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment (RQF) learner registrations to £20 per learner to cover the costs of our increased monitoring activities. In addition, we will require Centres to adhere to the following rules:

  • Provide a minimum of 5 working days’ notice for each course.
  • A full list of those who will be attending the course – including all learner names – must be submitted at least 5 days prior to the course.
  • Have a minimum of 3 learners on each course you are delivering.
  • Course cancellations must be communicated with at least 12 hours’ notice or charges (to cover the cost of scheduled EQA monitoring) may be incurred.

Failure to comply with these requirements will result in certificates not being issued for your learners.

What will happen after Friday 9th July 2021?

For any learners currently holding a QA Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment (RQF), their certificates will remain valid and can continue to be used to apply for the Green Labourer CSCS Card. We will continue to verify their certificate to CSCS.

For any Centres who still hold learner registrations for the QA Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment (RQF) after Friday 9th July 2021, you will be refunded.


Teaching Rescue Breaths During the Pandemic

Rescue Breaths Moratorium Update

November 2022

Back in February 2021, Qualsafe informed Centres that in response to the increased prevalence of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases and the increased transmission of new variants, the First Aid Quality Partnership (FAQP), First Aid Awarding Organisation Forum (FAAOF) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) supported the position of Resuscitation Council UK (RCUK) in that practical demonstration of rescue breaths may be omitted from adult based first aid training courses, as a precautionary measure while COVID-19 transmission rates remained high.

Throughout the pandemic, RCUK has regularly reviewed its guidance based on published evidence, seeking to balance the delivery of high-quality treatment to casualties whilst maintaining staff/rescuer safety.

Airway management manoeuvres

In August 2022, the RCUK updated their guidance in relation to CPR and COVID-19. Recently published evidence suggests that COVID-19 is predominantly transmitted via the aerosol route as opposed to direct contact and via fomites.

New evidence has emerged suggesting a low likelihood that airway management manoeuvres are aerosol generating, leading to the removal of airway management manoeuvres from the list of aerosol generating procedures (AGP). The risk associated with COVID-19 has also decreased because the majority of the population have been immunised, and more effective treatments and less virulent strains now predominate.

In supporting the decision of the RCUK, the FAAOF have now agreed to remove the temporary rescue breath moratorium in place since 2021.

This means that any first aid courses starting on or after 1st November 2022 MUST return to teaching and assessing rescue breaths during the delivery of CPR training. Any learner not willing to demonstrate rescue breaths won’t be able to gain the regulated certificate.

We strongly recommend revisiting our existing guidance on manikin hygiene found here: https://www.qualsafe.com/PDFs/QA%20COVID-19%20Manikin%20Hygiene%20Info%20V2.pdf

You can also view the following FAQP statement related to training during the pandemic here: https://faaof.org/statement-relating-to-training-during-the-pandemic/

Given we are moving towards the winter season and the impact of all winter viruses remaining largely unknown, we will keep a close eye on the risk to benefit ratio related to rescue breaths. If necessary, Qualsafe will recommend to the wider first aid industry that further restrictions or omissions be introduced.


Blended Learning has landed…

Futureproof your First Aid training with Qualsafe Awards’ new, ground-breaking Blended Learning package!

The training expectations in the workplace have changed, so to support you – we have created this innovative product to add to your portfolio of training solutions, enabling you to tailor your services to your clients’ needs.

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Packed with fully immersive quizzes, activities and ultra-high quality video production – our e-Learning has been designed to impart knowledge from our trusted clinical experts; guaranteed to provide your learners with the highest possible standard of learning that compliments your classroom delivery.

This brand new delivery method is now available and ready to save you time and money! No complicated sign-up, all first aid Centres are automatically approved.

To get started with Blended Learning, sign into the Qualsafe Awards Portal and head to ‘Learner Registrations’ – under First Aid at Work, you will now find a ‘Blended’ option, and a full demo of our industry-leading e-Learning:

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