Providing safe and socially distanced first aid training during COVID-19

Discussions have recently taken place between the First Aid Quality Partnership (FAQP), which includes the First Aid Awarding Organisation Forum (FAAOF), the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the wider first aid sector to agree on guidelines for first aid delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The full statement is available to view at the FAAOF website: http://www.firstaidqualifications.org.uk/

In response to this, Highfield has written a guidance document outlining the principles for centres who wish to run first aid courses when it is safe to do so. The document can be found under the downloads section of every first aid qualification on our website as COVID-19 guidance.

It contains guidance on hygiene and infection prevention and control practices that those delivering first aid training need to have in place and assessment adjustments that can be put in place to allow for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have also provided links to the following videos which you can show your learners to assist with handwashing or sanitising on arrival at a training session:

Handwashing: https://vimeo.com/395442604 
Hand sanitising: https://vimeo.com/395442618

The HSE has also released guidance covering requirements for workplace first aiders in non-healthcare settings during the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as first aid cover and qualifications at this time. This is available at https://www.hse.gov.uk/news/first-aid-certificate-coronavirus.htm#non-healthcare

To further help you safely deliver first aid during COVID-19, we have developed a free downloadable presentation accessible here: https://content-web3.highfieldqualifications.com/media/5404/delivering-safe-first-aid-training-during-covid19.pdf

If you are a Highfield centre delivering first aid courses and have questions regarding the COVID-19 guidance, please contact your account manager.

For anything else, you can contact the team on 01302 363277 or info@highfield.co.uk

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