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Blended Learning – Frequently Asked Questions

The HSE has announced that blended learning is now an accepted means by which workplace first aid training can be delivered. As such, we are delighted to announce that we will be launching our brand new blended learning system to Centres in 2018. 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 the highest industry standards, you can also be confident that you are using the UK’s No 1 blended learning system.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is blended learning?

Blended learning refers to a course that is delivered using a combination of face-to-face classroom training and electronic distance based training (e-learning).

Which qualifications will be available in a blended learning format?

Initially we will be releasing the QA Level 3 First Aid at Work (QCF) and QA Level 2 Emergency First Aid at Work (QCF) qualifications in a blended learning format. Further qualifications will also be launched in 2018, including the QA Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF) qualification.

How will blended learning change the structure of first aid courses and assessment?

It has been agreed that Learners attending a blended learning first aid course should complete no more than a third of this online and that the general practical elements of the course should be delivered via face-to-face training.

As such, the structure of a blended learning first aid course will be as follows:

  1. Learner completes a third of their course online, learning many theory based subjects
  2. Learner attends a face-to-face classroom session where they:
    1. Begin by undertaking an assessment to test their online learning
    2. If successful in their assessment, complete the remaining two-thirds of their course via face-to-face training, including assessment in these topics

The overall time taken to complete a first aid course will not change.

The structure of non-blended learning first aid courses will not be affected.

Can Centres track their Learners’ progress online?

Yes. Centres will have access to a fantastic new part of the Qualsafe Awards Customer Portal that will allow them to enrol their Learners onto the online part of their qualification and then track their progress to ensure they have undertaken this prior to their face-to-face training.

I am a Qualsafe Awards Centre – do I need to apply for approval for the blended learning system?

Existing Qualsafe Awards Centres who are already approved to deliver the QA Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF) and QA Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (QCF) qualifications will automatically be approved to deliver the blended learning versions of these qualifications. Once our new blended learning system is launched, Centres should speak to their Customer Relationship Executive in order to arrange access to this part of the Customer Portal.


Important Information for CIEH Centres

Following CIEH’s surrender of recognition as a regulated Awarding Organisation, we understand that many Centres have been placed in a difficult position and we want to do everything that we can to make this transition period as smooth as possible.

As such, we would like to offer the following to those affected:

New Centres:
  • FREE Centre Approval (Worth £275) and
  • A FREE First Course*
 

QA Centres wishing to gain approval for qualifications previously delivered through CIEH:

  • A FREE First Course* and
  • 12 FREE corresponding books from Qualsafe.com**

Simply call us on 0845 644 3305 or email info@qualsafeawards.org today!

 

*Maximum of 12 free Learner Registrations (excludes Prehospital Care qualifications and Education and Training qualifications).  Maximum of 1 free course per Centre. Offer expires after 3 months of Centre Approval.  **Excludes The Practical Guide to the Level 3 Award in Education and Training Book. Offer expires after 3 months of Centre Approval.


Qualsafe Awards has been shortlisted for…

We are extremely pleased to announce that Qualsafe Awards has been shortlisted for the prestigious ‘Awarding Organisation of the Year’ Award 2016 from the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB)!

We are very proud to be nominated for this fantastic award and would like to say a special thank you to all of our Centres, whose continued support has been a key factor in our nomination.


Life Connections 2016

Did you know that Qualsafe Awards will be exhibiting at Life Connections 2016? On 18th – 19th October, our leading industry experts will be at the Kettering Conference Centre to showcase our fantastic first aid qualifications and our ground-breaking Prehospital Care qualification range including:

  • QA Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (QCF)
  • QA Level 4 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (QCF)
  • QA Level 5 Diploma in First Response Emergency and Urgent Care (RQF)
  • Plus our pioneering new qualification that is set to change the Pre-Hospital Care Industry – QA Level 6 Diploma in Paramedic Practice (RQF)

We look forward to meeting up with some of our Centres and having the opportunity to give them an exclusive insight into our newest Prehospital Care qualification, which we will be launching on the day!


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 2018.

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 0845 644 3305 who will be happy to help.


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