The Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF) has been accredited by the regulators of England and Wales (Ofqual and the Welsh Government) and is part of the Qualifications and Credit
It is supported by Skills for Health; the Sector Skills Council for Health.
Qualification Overview and Objective
This qualification is designed for those learners wishing to gain a nationally recognised qualification in First Aid.
The qualification is designed for those learners already working or preparing to work in industry and that have been identified within the company’s risk assessment of First Aid. The recommended duration of the course for this qualification is 3 days; however the course duration may be increased to meet additional learning needs if required, but not reduced.
Topics covered include: the roles and responsibilities of the First Aider; assessing an incident, recognising signs and symptoms of injury and illness, assisting a casualty who is suffering from major injury and illness, chest injuries, spinal injuries and anaphylaxis. The qualification is assessed via ongoing oral questioning and practical demonstration.
The qualification provides learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills in First Aid.
In order to register on to this qualification, learners are required to meet the following entry requirements:
- 16 years of age or above
*n.b. A registration and training materials fee of £22.40 +VAT per delegate is applicable to the First Aid at Work 3 day course, in addition to the course price.
The European Resuscitation Council issued guidelines in 2015 that have a direct impact on first aid training. The article published in the resuscitation journal states the definition of first aid and makes reference to the use of tourniquets and haemostatic dressings.
With reference to haemostatic dressings and tourniquets (Zideman et al., 2015) state the following, “Use a haemostatic dressing when direct pressure cannot control severe external bleeding or the wound is in a position where direct pressure is not possible. Training is required to ensure the safe and effective application of these dressings”
The European Resuscitation Council issued guidelines in 2015 that have a direct impact on first aid training. As of the 31st December 2016 will be a requirement as part of the first aid training both in the emergency first aid at work course and the first aid at work course.
This course includes additional tuition on the use of tourniquets and haemostatic dressings in a first aid situation.
The HSE has stated that training of haemostatic dressings and tourniquets may be appropriate for those sectors that require it based on their first-aid needs assessment. It is up to employers to decide if they wish their workplace first-aiders to be trained in these areas and so centres are free to add this training to existing courses. However, these subjects will not be a formally assessed part of the HABC Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work or HABC Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work courses (QCF)
Duration: 3 days