HSE First Aid Bulletin Update

Following the recent HSE first aid bulletin, we have pleasure in providing you with an update on Blended Learning, AEDs, haemostatic dressings and tourniquets, as well as details about how this will affect first aid training going forward.

Blended Learning

The HSE have announced that Blended Learning is now an accepted means by which workplace first aid training can be delivered. This means that training providers can now deliver first aid qualifications using a combination of face to face classroom training and electronic distance based training.

However, the HSE also state that it is an employer’s duty to ensure they are satisfied that the training is as effective as face to face learning, and that their training provider has adequate systems in place to support Learners and prevent identity fraud.

As such, Qualsafe Awards is proud to reveal that we will be launching our brand new Blended Learning system to Centres in the near future.

With Qualsafe Awards’ commitment to providing the highest possible quality, this means you will not only be able to provide your customers with the most up-to-date training methods that meet HSE requirements, you can also be confident that you are using the UK’s No 1 Blended Learning system.

With more information due to be announced in the upcoming months, make sure that you keep your eyes peeled for further updates.

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)

The HSE have stated that the use of an AED should now be included as standard on all workplace first aid courses. This brings first aid training in line with the Resuscitation Council (UK) opinion that using an AED now forms a standard part of the basic life support algorithm.

How this affects Training:

The HSE bulletin asks that all training providers introduce training and assessment in AEDs into first aid courses by the end of 2016. The HSE does not expect every first aider to have an in-depth knowledge of AEDs, but Learners will need to cover the correct placement of AED pads and following AED instructions.

We understand that some Qualsafe Awards Centres will want to introduce this change immediately, whilst others will need time to implement it. For this reason, we will have a phased introduction:

From July 2016, we will be introducing additional Lesson Plans for all first aid qualifications that demonstrate how to incorporate the safe use of an AED into courses. We will also be introducing new CPR Practical Assessment Papers that include the option to assess Learners in this subject. Learners who complete the training and assessment will have additional text included on their certificate that acknowledges these skills.

From December 2016, all Centres will be required to deliver and assess the use of AEDs as part of first aid courses.

Please also note that the HSE and the First Aid Awarding Organisations Forum have clarified that 1 AED trainer will be required per manikin (minimum of 1 per 4 Learners) in order to ensure that Learners have sufficient hands-on practise. To assist training providers with implementing this change with minimal costs, we have sourced some high quality, cost-effective Mini AED Trainers, which can be found by clicking here.

Tourniquets and Haemostatic Dressings

Following their introduction into the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) first aid guidelines, the HSE have now fully confirmed that haemostatic dressings and tourniquets can be included in workplace first aid training.

The HSE advises that when carrying out a first aid needs assessment, employers who identify a specific risk of life-threatening bleeding (e.g. those working in arboriculture, construction, glass work, agriculture or those who use dangerous machinery) should consider providing tourniquets and haemostatic dressings and ensure that their workplace first aiders are trained in their use.

How this affects Training:

With employers now being required to consider life-threatening bleeding as part of their first aid needs assessment, training providers are now likely to be asked by employers to cover these topics on courses and asked to provide advice on suitable tourniquets and haemostatic dressings. It is therefore essential that all first aid training providers are able to provide training and advice.

As such, from July Qualsafe Awards will be introducing new Wounds and Bleeding Practical Assessment Papers that include the option to assess the application of tourniquets and haemostatic dressings. Learners who complete the training and assessment will have additional text added to their certificate that details their competency in these skills.

However, it is essential that those who teach, assess or quality assure assessments in tourniquets and haemostatic dressings are competent to do so. As we know that many training providers will not have a cost effective, simple way to gain the skills and knowledge needed, we have recently launched a new E-learning package that provides Trainers and IQAs with everything they need to know. To find out more please click here.

Whilst learning these life-saving skills is currently dependent on the circumstances of the Learner and their workplace, the Qualsafe Clinical Team strongly recommend that training in tourniquets and haemostatic dressings is provided as standard on all first aid courses. An evidence-based rationale document detailing why we have made this recommendation will be made available to Centres shortly. There are also many advantages for Centres who provide this as standard, such as being able to provide their customers with more in-depth training and advertise that their courses also cater for higher risk environments.

Training Materials

We are proud to say that Qualsafe.com first aid books and PowerPoint presentations already include sufficient advice on AED usage, tourniquets and haemostatic dressings to satisfy HSE requirements, so you can cover these topics without the need to purchase or print additional training handouts.

In line with RCUK, ERC , ILCOR and FPHC guidelines and supported by a distinguished medical review panel, you can be confident that Qualsafe.com training books are the No 1 choice for high quality training providers in the UK.

Further Information

Should you need any further help or guidance, please contact your dedicated Customer Relationship Executive on 0330 660 0899 who will be happy to help.