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Regulated Qualifications

Regulated qualifications in England and for Public Funding, what are they and how do I access any additional funding.

First aid at work – Re-qualification. FAQ’s.

Who can attend an FAW requalification course is a question that often comes up on our helpdesk.

Firstly and most importantly, when a First Aid at Work certificate expires the person holding this certificate can no longer act as a workplace first aider. So from the employers’ point of view they may not be meeting their statutory duties under the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981.
Secondly, the employer should have in place a robust training records regime in place to ensure compliance is maintained. Thirdly we get asked, I work with Children & Young people do these courses contain first aid covering children. The simple answer is no, but the HSE do allow for additional training to be provided, such as Basic Life Support skills to be taught for Babies & Children within the course. A additional certificate will be issued if your employer requires this. Please note this additional training does not meet the statutory EYFS paediatric first aid standards. We recommend educational establishments to contact us to discuss their needs to ensure compliance is met and maintained.

The Health & Safety Executive under the current Health & Safety Regulations (First Aid) state the following;

”The FAW requalification course lasts two days and should cover the same content as the initial three-day FAW course (Appendix 5). If the first-aider does not retrain or requalify before the expiry date on their current certificate they are no longer considered competent to act as a first-aider in the workplace. They can requalify at any time after the expiry date by undertaking the two-day requalification course. However, it may be prudent to complete the three-day FAW course, especially where a considerable period – i.e. in excess of one month – has elapsed since the FAW certificate expired. It is for the employer to decide the most appropriate training course to requalify the first-aider”.  Employers can read the full HSE statement here.

Remote First Aid advise employers that those that have expired FAW certificate attend the full initial 3-day FAW training course especially if they are not providing first aid regularly. However we will consider on an individual basis an expired FAW that is no more than 28 days expired in-line with the HSE recommendations.

However, overall it is the employers’ responsibility to have sufficient first aid provision to meet the First Aid Regulations and that includes selecting a suitable training provider such as Remote First Aid who are a nationally recognised training provider. Remote First Aid are required to see the original FAW certificate and will take a copy to add to the training records in-line with the compliance requirements for training providers.

First Aid at Work Re-qualification Course

Head Injury Advice in Rugby & Football

The ongoing debate as to whether repeated impact to the head, such as when heading the ball in football, can contribute to serious brain injury and dementia in later life. There continues to be calls for the National Governing Bodies of both Rugby and Football to investigate the cause and effect properly and appreciate the extent of brain damage that can occur following repeated head injuries.  The coroner in Jeff Astle’s inquest described as “industrial disease”, namely dementia brought on by heading the ball repeatedly in his career. The recent retirement of Kevin Doyle (34) from top flight football including representing the Republic of Ireland due to repeated headaches & nausea that doctors believe was from over 20 years of heading the ball as a boy and as a professional footballer.


Football

The Football Association has just announced that they will fund a comprehensive study to establish whether it is safe for UK children to continue to head the ball, or whether they should cease to do this in training as is already advised in some other countries. It is the repetitive nature of heading in training that is of particular concern, although the study will also look at the impact of heading balls during a match.
Some feared that today’s footballers could even be at greater risk of head injury and of developing dementia as the footballs used today are heavier than they were in the past. Although todays balls, carefully engineered for precision appear lighter and more stream lined they are in fact 40g heavier than the classic brown leather balls used before the 1990’s. However, the issue arises when considering the old footballs on a rainy day, which when wet become significantly heavier and thus more dangerous when headed. Research suggests that this is the time when severe head injuries will have been inflicted.

If you are involved as a Parent, Coach or Referee of a child that plays association football then the Football Association have produced guidelines on Concussion called ”if in doubt, sit them out”. These guidelines can be read at the FAs website with useful tools to use:

http://www.thefa.com/get-involved/coach/concussion


Rugby

With suspected concussion, Premiership club doctors have 13 minutes to decide if a player is fit to return to the field in the top flight game.

  • All Premiership grounds and Twickenham have medical teams with access to replays to help with this crucial decision.
  • Any player with confirmed or suspected concussion will be permanently removed and will not be permitted to return to training until deemed fit by medics. 

Concussion can also affect someone’s mood, balance, sleep, thinking, concentration and senses. Most symptoms resolve in 7-10 days and many much sooner.

It is important to realise that concussion is an injury to the brain and this injury needs to be rested to fully recover, in a similar way to that of a sprain or strain. The injury to the brain occurs during the collision, when the brain is shaken within the skull. If someone rests appropriately following concussion they will nearly always make a full recovery. At local club levels the pitch side first aider maybe the one person making the return to play decision.

The RFU have a fantastic online training course specific to parents, players, teachers and coaches. http://www.englandrugby.com/my-rugby/players/player-health/concussion-headcase/


Coaches and first aiders should be confident to:

Remove – any player who has experienced a head injury and shows any of the above symptoms should be removed from play immediately.

Recognise – learn the signs of concussion. Only about 10% of people experiencing concussion with actually be unconscious, therefore the other 90% of people who have experienced concussion will remain conscious. Look out for the more obvious signs such as a dazed or blank expression or tonic arm extension following the blow to the head; along with the symptoms listed above.

Applying a wrapped ice pack will reduce superficial bruising and swelling – but has no effect on any brain recovery.

If a severe head injury has been sustained and you are concerned about the casualty’s spine; they should only be removed from the field by someone appropriately trained to do so. If worried and no one appropriate to help; reassure the casualty, support their head in a neutral position, stop the game – or move to another pitch and await removal of the casualty by paramedics.

Rest – for at least 24 hours for an adult and 48 for a child or adolescent (see above)

Recover – Ensure the player remains completely symptom free before contemplating any form of return to play.

Return – return to play using the gradual return to play (GRTP) method as outlined above

It may take 4-6 weeks before a player is fully fit and back to competitive play. This may seem a long time away from the game. However, it is comparable to the recovery time following a soft tissue injury and your brain is so important to every aspect of life, that it is vital we take head injuries seriously.


Article researched and produced by Paul Jones – Director of Training

Remote First Aid strongly advised that you attend a fully regulated Practical First Aid course to understand what to do in a medical emergency such as our nationally recognised and fully regulated 12 hour practical Activity First Aid training course that covers all the RFU recommended elements for coaches and clubs. Remote First Aid are pleased to deliver Activity first aid training to both top flight and county level clubs including The Premier League  Team, Exeter Chiefs & Pitchero Junior Teams in Swindon.

Remote First Aid provides this information for guidance only and it is not in any way a substitute for medical advice or practical face to face training. Remote First Aid is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made, or actions taken based on this information we have provided.

Regulated Qualifications

What are Regulated Qualifications?

Regulated qualifications, are those that are developed by subject specialists that are reviewed, recognised and monitored by the regulatory bodies in order to make sure that they meet specific criteria and quality standards. The requirements for the qualifications to be accredited are set out in the Regulatory arrangements for the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). Once proposed qualifications meet the requirements set out in the mentioned document, they are listed in the Register of Regulated Qualifications where can also be found a list of recognised awarding organisations who have the power to award qualifications within the (RQF), the national credit transfer system in England, Wales and Ireland. Scotland has its own framework – the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework which is jointly regulated by several awarding and regulatory bodies.

What are the Advantages of Regulated over Non-Regulated Qualifications?

Here at Remote First Aid we deliver a range of Regulated training courses and assessments, this offers our clients and the wider community continuous quality control in all aspects of our training and assessment delivery. The most obvious advantage of regulated over non-regulated qualifications is that the regulated ones provide the learners and stakeholders with a guarantee of quality of both the qualification programme and the awarding body that offers accredited qualifications. Non-accredited qualifications, on the other hand, are not regulated and there is no guarantee that they meet appropriate standards. There is no way to tell whether they are fit for their purpose, if they include relevant content or if appropriate methodology for assessment is used. Sometimes, however, the courses that are offered by non-recognised organisations may lead to a recognised qualification, such as First aid at work, so long as the non-regulated organisation follows the required national approved code of practice. The downside of this is the non-regulated provider may have to demonstrate to any potential client that they meet the same rigorous standards a regulated provider offers.

Who are the Regulatory Bodies?

The regulatory bodies in the UK who recognise awarding organisations and their qualifications that we offer as an approved training centre are:

Remote First Aid holds a range of approvals with the above four regulators above through the various awarding bodies and organisations we work with. If you have a training course that you would like to become approved by one or all of the above regulators then get in touch with our specialist team of course writers and subject specialists, who can work with you to gain a relevant regulator approval.

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