First Aid Qualification Update – Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Training

In June, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) announced the requirement for all workplace first-aiders to be trained in the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) from 31 December 2016. This is as a result of a change to the guidelines of the Resuscitation Council UK, which now state that when managing a casualty in need of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), a first-aider must request an AED.

To accommodate these changes and cover the use of an automated external defibrillator, Highfield will be amending the qualification specification and practical assessment pack for the following qualifications:

Centres running courses from 31 December 2016 will be required to assess learners in the use of an AED. However, this will be optional prior to this date.

We anticipate that the subject of using an AED will be covered in the CPR section of each qualification. Learners should be assessed on their ability to demonstrate the following skills:

  • place AED pads correctly
  • follow AED instructions

Additionally, please note, the following requirements must be met when delivering training on the use of an AED:

  • centres must have 1 training AED available for every 4 learners on a course. This does allow for adjustment to lesson plans so long as the ratio of 1:4 is maintained and centres ensure learners are not disadvantaged.
  • centres running first-aid courses must ensure their tutors and assessors are sufficiently knowledgeable and competent in the use of an AED

We shall keep you updated with any further updates we receive regarding these qualifications. In the meantime, if you require any further information, please contact your account manager.

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