Which first aid course should I select?

We receive many requests from employers and individuals on the most appropriate first aid training for their circumstances. The simply answer is we refer you back to your first aid risk analysis. This should guide you on the level of training and qualification you require for any given industry or work sector. To help you build a credible workplace first aid risk analysis. The HSE provide information to employers and give case studies to help you build a credible risk analysis this can be accessed at the end of this article. In our article we have outlined the current first aid legalisation contained within the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and the additional first aid training that a employer or organisation may require to meet other regulatory requirements.

Workplace first aid

RFA offer 9 fully regulated First aid at work qualifications.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) were both the regulator and guidance setter for workplace first aid until October 2013. The UK Government ordered a review of this aspect and their report ”Reclaiming health & safety for all” made industry wide changes that came in to force on the 1st October 2013, this can be read in full at the end of this article alongside the summary of changes. These changes are particularly advantageous where additional or specialist training may be required due to the work activity, for example in the outdoor education industry, where employers will be able to choose the most appropriate specialist provider to meet their identified training needs – and potentially avoid duplication in training. Remote First Aid offer a wide range of regulated first aid training meeting the 2013 changes, these now include NEW (2017) First Aid at Work for the Forestry sector, First Aid at Work including Management of Catastrophic Bleeding, Forest School First Aid and many more courses meting employers needs.

Pre-school first aid

For business & child care providers working with children from birth to the age of five know as the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), The UK government in England have revised first aid training provision effective from April 2017. These changes allowed employers to select either a 6 hour Emergency paediaitric first aid course or the Full 12 hour paediatric first aid course, depending on what child care provision is being offered to the Child. Ofsted a UK governmental department (for England) is charged with setting both paediatric first aid training syllabus’s. They also state that those involved in the childcare sector should consider in refreshing their staff in paediaitric first aid procedures annually.  The fully revised Ofsted Framework document can be read in full below and specifically in Annex A relating to Paediatric first aid training. Remote First Aid deliver both, Emergency paediatric first aid & the Full paediatric first aid courses that are both fully regulated. We also deliver the Ofsted recommended 3 hour annual refresher course to organisations involved in child care. Remember we also offer high quality child safety courses with our leading trainers in this sector.

Schools first aid

National Schools First Aid Training Programme.

For schools working with children aged 5 years plus the HSE have produced an extensive document of what they are required to provide under their statutory duty as an employer. Remote First Aid offer schools the option of when booking a First Aid at Work course the option to include child and adult basic within their training course. The HSE state that the employer, in this case a School should consider a range of duties, including providing first aiders with the appropriate skills for such activities as off-site trips, sporting and adventures activities, after school clubs and other after school provision. Remote First Aid offer a range of fully regulated first aid courses such Activity first aid suitable for PE teachers, Outdoor first aid for teachers offering adventure activities such as Mountain biking, Climbing Hillwalking etc, Forest school first aid suitable those working both on & off-site running forest school activities. We offer schools over 18 options or combinations of first aid training to ensure they meet all their compliance needs, which now includes the fully regulated Responding to Anaphylactic Emergencies. For instance we can offer the School employer a fully regulated combined one day training programme (7.5 hours) to include the following:

  • Emergency first aid at work
  • Responding to anaphylactic emergencies
  • Basic Life Support – Adults & Children where the school holds an Automated External Defibrillator or if the school has no Defibrillator the
  • Basic Life Support Adults & Children

The above combined training fee is just £499.99 for up to 6 staff or £699.99 for up to 12 staff attending. We do offer contract rates for bulk course deliveries to LEAs & Academy Organisations purchasing more than one course. Feel free to drop us an email outlining your training programme and one of our training managers will respond to your request. Please email us at: RFA@remotefirstaid.com putting in the subject line BULK TRAINING REQUEST.


Other first aid training

National Governing Bodies (NGB) in sports often set the parameters as to what first aid training a coach, instructor or teacher requires. As a NGB holder you have the responsibility to ensure that you choose the correct level of first aid training. This training maybe a single course form those mentioned above or even a combination of these. For instance Mountain Training the NGB for their related activities recommend either a 8 hour or 16 attendance to a relevant course depending on the qualification you hold. We two regulated qualifications in outdoor first aid meeting their specifications. British Canoe recommend their coach’s and leaders to attend either a First Aid at Work (FAW) or Emergency First Aid at Work EFAW) course and/or attend a course appropriate to the remoteness they operate in, so the 16 hour outdoor first aid course maybe more appropriate as a standalone qualification or combined with the FAW or EFAW.

Security Industry, The Licences Trade & Care Sector Acts & Regulations

The Security Industry Authority, Alcohol  License – Personal Licence & Health & Social Care Act Regulation 18 (1. puts the business operator and individual in the position of ensuring that they hold the correct level of first aid qualification to ensure compliances are met. Individuals will be required to provide a in-date relevant first aid certificate when applying for a personal license and any employing organisation will require a copy of this alongside all other relevant qualifications before employment takes place. Individuals are reminded to check that the first aid qualification level held meets their licence operators minimum standards. For instance a Door Supervisor or Personal Licence holder may find the First Aid at Work certificate most appropriate for their role. Dental Practices & GP Surgeries are subject to the Care Act and appropriate first aid and response training will need to also meet their minimum standards.


Associated links

”Reclaiming health & safety for all”

Summary of October 2013 changes

EYFS Framework 2017

HSE Guidance on First Aid Provision in Schools

Mountain Training Specifications for First Aid

British Canoe June 2017 First Aid update

UK Government Personal Licence Holder

Security Industry Authority 

Care Quality Commission

If you have any questions or require support from our subject experts in first aid training feel free to drop us an email at: info@remotefirstaid.com

HSE First Aid Needs Assessment

This article is produced for guidance only. It is the individuals and organisations responsibility to ensure that the Health & Safety at Work Act and all other associated Acts and Regulations are met for both organisational & personal licencing requirements above.

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