The Qualsafe Future of First Aid Conference 2015

The countdown is now underway for UK’s largest first aid conference- The Qualsafe Future of First Aid Conference 2015.

Returning to the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham on 27th November 2015, the Qualsafe Future of First Aid Conference will provide delegates with exclusive access to the latest first aid changes and best practices to help stay at the forefront of the first aid industry. Throughout the day a selection of dynamic speakers will be bringing their unique insights into a number of fascinating topics, including:

  • The ERC First Aid Guidelines- Setting the Scientific Standard
  • Medication in First Aid- When Life and the Law Collide
  • When is a faint not just a faint- The Sinister Side of Syncope
  • The Resuscitation Council UK Guidelines 2015- The Essential Insight
  • 2015 Summarised- From Paediatrics to Adults

Attendance at this year’s conference will entitle delegates to 6 CPD points, and will provide an excellent opportunity to network with fellow industry professionals.

With last year’s conference selling out in record time, make sure you secure your ticket today to avoid disappointment. Simply call 0845 644 3305 or email us at:

For more information on this year’s speakers and their topics, please visit

Level 3 Paediatric First Aid Qualification – Important Clarification

Qualsafe Awards would like to provide some clarification in response to a recent statement that has been incorrectly issued by another Awarding Organisation regarding the new Level 3 Paediatric First Aid qualification:

Incorrect Statement issued by another Awarding Organisation:
From Sept 2014 the Level 2 Award in Paediatric first aid will cease. Awarding organisations have put forward a proposal to make the paediatric first aid course a level 3 award.

Accurate statement:
The units in the current Level 2 Award in Paediatric First Aid (QCF) qualification have recently undergone a national review. During this review Awarding Organisations re-assessed the levelling (Levelling, in simple terms, is a score allocated based on the complexity and autonomy of the skills learned. For the avoidance of doubt, the Level of a qualification does not relate to its duration) and it was agreed that the updated units should be categorised as Level 3. This is largely due to the autonomy of the role of the paediatric first aider.  Therefore, from 1st September 2014 the existing Level 2 Paediatric First Aid qualification will be replaced with the Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (QCF).

Incorrect Statement issued by another Awarding Organisation:
While the hours of this award have increased, awarding organisations, in consultation with the HSE have agreed to continue to offer this as a 2 day programme to ensure it is competitive with other organisations.

Accurate statement:
During the review of the paediatric qualification, the guided learning hours were also reassessed and for the first time an allowance was created based on time that the Learner may spend doing home study, reflection, repetition of skills etc. This increases the allocated guided learning hours, but does NOT, at present, increase the hours that Centres must allocate to face to face classroom learning/assessment. This remains at 12 hours.

Incorrect Statement issued by another Awarding Organisation:
The main benefit to employers is that someone attending this programme will also be deemed the competent first aider in the workplace for HSE purposes.
The HSE could never accept a paediatric qualification as it was only 12 hours. This new qualification meets both requirements.

Accurate Statement:
The new Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid does NOT meet the requirements of FAW and this is NOT suitable for the purposes of the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981. Adult first aid protocols are not formally assessed during this QCF qualification and the course is delivered at a much faster pace than the 18 contact hours required for FAW.

However, a proposal has been made and is currently being debated, to bring paediatric first aid qualifications in line with FAW. Please note that this suggestion is yet to be debated fully and could not be viably implemented unless all key stakeholders in the first aid industry AND the Department for Education agree. Further information and a national consultation document will be sent to all Centres in the near future so that everyone can provide their feedback on this. We would like to reassure Centres that no change in course duration will take place until the above consultation has taken place and we would never implement such changes without sufficient prior notice to Centres.

First Aid Assessor and IQA CPD Days

Did you know that guidance from the Health and Safety Executive and Skills for Health states that from 1st October 2015 all those who assess or quality assure first aid qualifications must hold a formal qualification?

However, regulated first aid qualifications follow the Skills for Health First Aid Assessment Principles, which provide an option for those who don’t hold formal assessing or internal quality assurance qualifications to attend a Continual Professional Development (CPD) training day instead.

Here at Qualsafe Awards we are dedicated to providing the best possible support for our Centres, and as such we are delighted to offer our 1 day CPD event which will cover all the information needed to successfully assess and quality assure regulated first aid qualifications.

Delegates who successfully complete this CPD training day will receive a certificate that is accepted by all Awarding Organisations, making it the ideal solution for those who only assess or quality assure first aid qualifications and a great alternative to completing a longer formal qualification.

What’s more, all attendees will receive 7 CPD points for their attendance and will benefit from the opportunity to network with Qualsafe Awards experts as well as other training organisations.

With our CPD Days being held regularly throughout the UK, please call 0845 644 3305 today to book your place or to find out more information!

HSE First Aid Guidance Update

The HSE has announced important information about the upcoming changes to first aid training.

New Implementation Date
The proposed implementation date for the new guidance has now been revised to 1st October 2013. Current HSE approvals will end the night before, when either legislative change will take effect or the HSE will put further arrangements in place.

Draft Guidance Published
The new draft guidance places responsibility on employers to do various levels of ‘due diligence’ to ensure that the quality of training meets the legislative requirements as follows:

Quality Assurance Route:

Level of due diligence required by the employer:


Regulated First Aid Qualification accredited by an Ofqual/SQA recognised Awarding Organisation (such as Qualsafe Awards)

No due diligence required.


Training from the Voluntary Aid Societies
(St. John, Red Cross, St Andrews Ambulance)

The draft guidance says that employers may still “wish to undertake some of the elements of due diligence”.


First Aid Association/body affiliation

Full due diligence should be carried out by the employer as “HSE is not in a position to verify the level of assurance” of this route.


Private / independent training provider with no accreditation/affiliation

Full due diligence should be carried out by the employer as “HSE is not in a position to verify the level of assurance” of this route.

Employers Likely to Choose Regulated Qualifications
As you can see from the guidance, choosing regulated qualifications is the only Quality Assurance route that requires no due diligence from employers and therefore the majority are likely to select this route.

Why Act NOW?
Here are the benefits of moving to Awarding Organisation accreditation NOW:
•    Demonstrate to clients that you are already providing the new ‘platinum standard’ in first aid training.
•    Reassure clients that you are well ahead of the changes and they won’t have to do any due diligence – you have it all in hand! Congratulations to them for choosing such a good training provider!
•    Avoid trying to introduce changes at the last minute
•    Save money compared to the current FAW system


Register today by calling 0845 644 3305 or email


Below are links to the new guidance:

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HSE First Aid Approval Announcements

The HSE has now confirmed that their approval of first aid training providers will expire at midnight on 5th April 2013 and the new Ofqual regulated Level 3 First Aid at Work course will be available to deliver from 1st January 2013.

By delivering the new qualification, all training providers (even those with their own HSE approval) will be able to save around £10 per learner in assessment costs on both the 3 day FAW and 2 day FAW requalification courses.

Choosing to deliver the new Ofqual regulated First Aid at Work course will not only demonstrate your commitment to providing the highest possible standards, but will enable you to make significant savings too.

Most training providers will SAVE around £10 per learner by joining Qualsafe Awards ready for January!      

To work out how much you could save, simply use our online calculator.

Becoming a Centre is not complicated and you will be guided through every step.

Register today by calling 0845 644 3305 or email

Link to HSE Announcement:

Qualsafe Awards