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Important Information

Qualsafe Awards has recently been made aware of some false statements on social media regarding our First Response Emergency Care (FREC) suite of qualifications.

We would like to assure Centres and learners that Qualsafe Awards will continue to award the FREC suite of qualifications and that the purpose and audience of these qualifications remains unchanged.

Our FREC qualifications are used throughout the country by a wide range of organisations, including the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Jigsaw Medical, Bristol Ambulance EMS, West Midlands Fire Service, Medipro and many more.

Ideal for those working in a variety of prehospital care roles, including the NHS and private Ambulance Services, our levels 3, 4 and 5 FREC qualifications have seen unprecedented demand since their launch, with 7,000 learners being certified in the last 2 years.  What’s more, this fantastic suite of prehospital care qualifications now also form part of the only HCPC approved vocational route to becoming a Paramedic in the UK!

For further information or to find out how to gain approval to deliver these qualifications today, simply call 0845 644 3305 or email info@qualsafeawards.org.


It’s Official!

Our Managing Director, Nigel Barraclough is this year’s Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) ‘Individual of the Year’ 2017.

With the Federation of Awarding Bodies representing over 150 awarding organisations throughout the UK, Nigel is incredibly proud to have won this fantastic award. As a prominent voice in the first aid industry, Nigel’s continued passion, innovation and dedication has resulted in huge advancements of first aid training standards, helping to save countless lives throughout the UK.

Nigel would like to say a special thank you to all of our fantastic customers, whose continued support has been a key factor in him winning this prestigious award.


Federation of Awarding Bodies 2017

We are extremely pleased to announce that our Managing Director, Nigel Barraclough, has been shortlisted for the prestigious ‘Individual of the Year’ Award 2017 from the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB).

As a prominent voice in the first aid industry, Nigel’s continued passion, innovation and dedication has resulted in huge advancements of first aid training standards, helping to save countless lives throughout the UK.

With the winner due to be announced on 19th October, Nigel would like to say a special thank you to all of our Centres, whose continued support has been a key factor in his shortlist for this award.


Introducing QA Level 2 Award in citizenAID (RQF)

In the last 3 months the UK has been left devastated following several terrorist attacks that have claimed the lives of countless victims and left many in hospital with critical injuries.

As you will be aware, whenever there is an incident like this, the initial priority is understandably to ensure public safety, which can unfortunately cause delays to the emergency services being able to reach the injured.

To help members of the public learn life-saving skills for use in these extreme situations, highly experienced military and civilian clinicians have created the citizenAID phone App and pocket guide. Designed to improve public resilience, this not-for-profit initiative has been widely publicised by media outlets including the BBC and Sky News, and has already been accessed by over a quarter of a million people since January.

To offer further support to the public, earlier this year our team of industry specialists were approached by the creators of citizenAID to develop a regulated qualification to complement the phone App and pocket guide. We were extremely proud to have been asked to work with citizenAID and together we have developed the QA Level 2 Award in citizenAID (RQF), a 3 hour qualification specifically designed to help people react safely, prioritise the injured and give life-saving first aid to victims in the event of a deliberate multiple casualty incident. An overview of the qualification can be found here.

To obtain all of the information you need to start delivering this qualification, including Trainer requirements and Lesson Plans, Qualsafe Awards Centres should simply visit the Downloads section of their Customer Portal today*.

If you are not currently a Qualsafe Awards Centre and would like to join, simply complete our information request form here and we will send you our clear and straightforward Centre Application pack today.
*Please note that all Quaslafe Awards Centres that are approved to deliver the QA Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF) and selected prehospital care qualifications have automatically been approved to deliver the QA Level 2 Award in citizenAID (RQF). This includes: QA Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (RQF), QA Level 4 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (QCF), QA Level 5 Diploma in First Response Emergency and Urgent Care (RQF), QA Level 2 Award for Community First Responders (RQF), QA Level 3 Award for Emergency First Responders (RQF) and Forestry First Aid +F (QAR). If you are a Qualsafe Awards Centre who is not approved to deliver these qualifications, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.


Fundraising for Qualsafe Awards Trained Manchester Attack Victim

As you will be aware, on Monday 22nd May 2017, 22 people were tragically killed and more than 59 were injured in a terrorist attack at Manchester Arena.

Among those who were injured was Josie Howarth, who runs the Wonkey Donkey Visitors Centre for abused and abandoned donkeys in Knottingley. Josie and her sister were waiting in the foyer of Manchester Arena for their nieces when the attack occurred.

Having recently received first aid training from a Qualsafe Awards Centre, Josie was able to save her own life by improvising a tourniquet from her handbag strap to stop the catastrophic bleed from her leg.

Both Josie and her sister have now undergone major operations to treat their injuries, but Josie still remains in a critical condition due to a severe infection from contaminated shrapnel. A GoFundMe page has been set up by a close family friend on behalf of Wonkey Donkey Visitors Centre in order to raise funds to cover the organisation’s running costs whilst the family recover.

To donate to this very worthy cause, please click here.

If you can’t donate personally, we ask that you please share this with as many people as possible so that the family don’t have to worry about keeping the sanctuary running during this extremely difficult and emotional time.

You can read more on Josie’s story and how her improvised tourniquet helped save her life, by clicking here.


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