First Aid Training During COVID-19

Updated: 11/06/2020

As the COVID-19 situation constantly develops, Qualsafe Awards aims to keep you informed of all of the latest changes to advice from the different bodies who provide guidance for the first aid industry.

The First Aid Quality Partnership (FAQP) has now made a statement and the First Aid Awarding Organisation Forum (FAAOF) have amended their previous statement to provide joint FAQP/FAAOF guidance for first aid training during the COVID-19 pandemic. The joint statement is available here.

Based on the above, Qualsafe Awards have updated our more detailed advice ‘Providing Safe, Socially Distanced First Aid Training‘ which must be closely followed when delivering training and assessments.

We have also updated our detailed guidance on manikin hygiene which can be found here.

We have now made available a downloadable risk assessment and screening questions for our Centres.

Further information from the First Aid Industry:

The HSE have also updated their advice regarding emergency first aid at work and first aid at work certificate validity extensions. This update relates to certificates which expired on or after 16th March 2020 and the time remaining for requalification training to be completed:

“The first aid training industry in England is confident that enough courses will now be available for all required requalification training to take place. HSE has therefore agreed a final deadline for requalification for these qualifications of 30th September 2020.”

For further information on the HSE’s advice, please click here.

The DfE have also updated their advice regarding paediatric first aid certificate validity extensions. This update relates to certificates which expired on or after 16th March 2020 and the time remaining for requalification training to be completed.

“Additionally, If PFA certificate requalification training is prevented for reasons associated directly with coronavirus (COVID-19), or by complying with related government advice, the validity of current certificates can be extended by up to 3 months. This applies to certificates expiring on or after 16th March 2020. If requalification training is still unavailable, a further extension is possible to no later than 30th September 2020.”

For further information on the DfE’s advice, please click here.

If you require any further support or clarification, please contact us at info@qualsafeawards.org – however, please be aware that we are running with a reduced number of staff and response times may be longer than usual.


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