First Aid Training Covid-19 Updated

Training Courses

The Scout Association has developed a new syllabus with Girlguiding. This will incorporate both theory sessions, delivered as either one 6 hour session or three 2 hour sessions and a short practical demonstration. Some changes have been made to the syllabus from the previous format including omitting minor injuries, extremes of temperature* and demonstration of the recovery position. (* Content around temperature extremes can be added with the agreement of the trainer where a Group / Section has a particular need such as Sea Scouts).

Currently, due to Covid-19 restrictions, delivery of learning cannot be undertaken through a face to face course. Whilst these restrictions persist, probably until we are at a Green Readiness State, it is possible in many cases to undertake 90% of the training through online channels. This separates the training into two elements and new Modules have been created that appear within Compass as follows:-

Module 10A – This covers all the theory training provided by the current on-line options.

Module 10B – This covers the practical assessment that must be undertaken as soon as possible.

On Line Learning (Blended)

We are currently promoting online training provided by Hampshire Scouts. This is a blended activity comprising of two parts

Firstly, 2.5 hours of e-learning

Followed by a 2.5-3hr online facilitated session led by a first aid trainer.

All training is booked directly through Hampshire Scouts and you must have completed the e-learning element BEFORE the on-line course. The relevant webpage to do this is at https://training.hampshirescouts.org.uk/first-aid/

At the end of the e-learning, you will be prompted to complete the following screen

 

If you have not already done so, you now need to book the Zoom Training . This too is available from the Hampshire Scouts webpage at https://training.hampshirescouts.org.uk/first-aid/

Once the course is completed, a certificate is produced, a copy of which you need to send to advise the County Training Team at Adult-Training@somersetscouts.org.uk  so that a record may be kept and entered on Compass. Completion of  both of the above two elements will satisfy the requirements for Module 10A and be sufficient to qualify for your Wood Badge.

The e mail advice of completing Module 10A (above), will also add you to the pool of learners who can be advised of the dates and location of the practical assessment – Module 10B . This is a  25 / 30 minute assessment in small groups as required by the National Restrictions.

Volunteer Vaccinators

We are aware that some of our adult volunteers have also volunteered to assist with the England Vaccination Programme and registered with St John Ambulance. If you have done this and completed their first aid training session (covering CPR, recovery position and use of a defibrillator) you will have received a certificate like this one.

If you provide a copy of this certificate to the County Training Team at Adult-Training@somersetscouts.org.uk  this will cover all the requirements of the practical assessment (Module 10B). You will then just need to complete the online theory (see above) to complete all your First Aid training. If you have any questions regarding this, lease contact the County Training Team at Adult-Training@somersetscouts.org.uk

 When do we need a first aider?

You must always have “suitable first aid materials” and an adult with a current first aid qualification for all Scouting activities. (During the current Covid-19 Pandemic, there are additional materials you need which is covered in The Scout Association guidance.)

What if my training is out of date – what happens ?

Members have until January 2022 to become compliant with their first aid training. You should complete the learning elements of first response training through online facilitated sessions followed by a short COVID safe face to face validation for the practical elements. We would encourage members to undertake this training as soon as they can, especially the online learning elements but you have until January 2022 to complete the full programme. Sessions to validate the theory (Module 10b) have been available in Somerset and will continue to be scheduled. Once you have completed Module 10a, you will be advised where and when the next session is being held.

External Courses

We are aware that in the current times, some commercial First Aid providers are still offering training. If, through your work or other voluntary position you undertake one of these courses (or have done so in the last few months, please email a copy of the certificate to Adult-Training@somersetscouts.org.uk  We will assess the course and if required, ask you to do some top-up elements via an online course. This may just be the scouting procedures we need to follow or might cover additional knowledge such as hypothermia and hyperthermia, depending on the course content you did.

Latest Headquarters Information is available at https://www.scouts.org.uk/volunteers/staying-safe-and-safeguarding/incidents-and-illness/first-aid-training/first-aid-training-updates/

We appreciate that all is not simple and straightforward at present however, the above options are set out and in place to ensure that, where possible, we have the opportunity to refresh our first aid training in readiness for a time when face to face training and assessment can recommence.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls