First Aid Training Covid-19 Updated

Training Courses

The Scout Association has said we cannot run the practical elements of first aid courses until we are at the “Green” Readiness Level.

We are aware that the Scout Association are currently developing a new syllabus with Girlguiding. This will incorporate both remote theory and a short practical demonstration. Further details are expected before the end of 2020.

Until that programme is finalised and in place, it is possible in many cases to undertake 90% of the training through online channels. These cover the theory aspect of  a First Response (6 hour) Course. This must be supplemented with the practical demonstrations and assessment for you to consider your First Aid training complete and recorded on Compass.

To capture these two elements, 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.

Currently, we are unable to consider where and when these practical assessments will be taking place. The sessions should last around 15 / 20 minutes and we will publish details on the County Training Calendar. In addition, once we are again able to deliver “in-person” training, dates and venues will be published on the County Training Calendar for the full six hour course.

On Line Learning

We are currently promoting online training provided by Hampshire Scouts. This is an online course which is open to all Adults in Scouting. There are many versions on their website so please ensure that you select the correct one with is the following link https://hampshire-scouts.thinkific.com/courses/firstresponse 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.

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

NOTE: If you need Module 10 (First Aid) to complete your Wood Badge you can complete the online training course which will be recorded as Module 10A. This is all that is required for your Wood Badge HOWEVER, you will still be required to complete a practical assessment within 6 months of the area reaching the Green Readiness Level for your first aid to cover scout activities.

 When do we need a first aider?

You must ALWAYS have “suitable first aid materials”. (During the current Covid-19 Pandemic, there are additional materials you need which is covered in The Scout Association guidance.)

Your risk assessment must define if you need a first aider, except activities that are adventurous or a nights away which must have a first aider. In addition, your risk assessment must define the level of first aider you need.

Who / What is deemed ‘in-date’?

The Scout Association has given an extension until 6 months after we reach Green Readiness Level to those who have expired since 1st January 2020 and cannot renew because of the pandemic.  It does not matter what course you did but, if you did an external course through work or another organisation or voluntary role, the extension is ONLY to using it within Scouting, the certificates will expire according to the extension given by the issuing body.

If you had first aid training listed on your Compass record that expired before 31st December 2019 or have never undertaken any frst aid training that has been recorded within Scouting then you should complete the online training now and you will have the extension until 6 months after we return to green level to complete the practical session and assessment.

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