Delivery of DDS First Aid Training Courses

Course Delivery – Covid-19
We are pleased to confirm we have re-commenced delivering our full range of courses, both those with certificated qualifications as well as our awareness level training.

The provision of these will continue to observe our Covid-19 secure training guidelines to ensure the safety of both our trainers and delegates.

Course venues will be risk assessed and maximum class sizes determined to observe safe and socially distanced first aid training. There are still some changes in our course delivery, training resources and equipment, although we hope to gradually reintroduce the previous course delivery style our clients enjoyed.

We are also maintaining our prices the same with no increases at present to help those that want to access training to do so.

Resuscitation Guidelines 2021
On 5 May 2021 the Resuscitation Council (UK) published their Guidelines 2021; where these have been revised, we will start incorporating any changes into our courses.

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)
Community Public Accessible Defibrillators are to be registered on a new database called The Circuit – the national defibrillator network. This is supported by The British Heart Foundation, in partnership with the Resuscitation Council (UK) and Association of Ambulance Chief Executives. Although each ambulance service has AEDs listed in their respective area The Circuit will aim to link all these into one database that is accessible throughout the various ambulance services.

Please get in touch to discuss your requirements, we can advise on the most appropriate courses and help you to ensure you have the first aid cover required to serve your clients, staff and anyone that comes into contact with your business.

Remember an employer should make an assessment of first aid needs appropriate to the circumstances (hazards and risks) of each workplace and the work undertaken.

Ref: First Aid at Work
The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981

DDS First Aid Training
Updated Information at 17 May 2021

Covid-19 – Delivery of DDS First Aid Training Courses

The provision of First Aid qualifications can continue to be delivered in line with Covid secure guidelines.

During this time many businesses are still operating and are required to meet the HSE requirements in respect of first aid and other training, to allow them to continue to operate safely. Where training is deemed essential then it can still go ahead.

HSE Guidance as at 8 January 2021:

“Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW), First Aid at Work (FAW) certificates expiring after 16 March 2020 can remain valid until 31 October 2020 or 6 months from date of expiry, whichever is later. All requalification training for these certificates should be completed by 31 March 2021.

To qualify for the extension, employers must be able to demonstrate that:

  • they have made every effort to arrange requalification training as soon as possible and can explain in detail why they have not been able to do so. For example, they must show evidence that staff with expired certificates are booked on to EFAW or FAW requalification courses,  if requested by an inspector
  • they have adequate and appropriate equipment and facilities to give first aid to any employee who is injured or becomes ill at work
  • the level of first aid cover provided remains appropriate for their particular work environment
  • the level of first aid provision necessary in high risk settings is fully maintained, eg in construction, agriculture, engineering and chemicals.”

Paediatric First Aid qualification extensions ended on 25 November 2020. This means anyone required to hold a first aid qualification for early years foundation stage, childcare etc. must now have a current in date certificate to be valid.

The same rules apply to Outdoor First Aid qualifications, i.e. the certificate must be current to be valid to cover the activity.

Each course venue will be risk assessed and we will determine the maximum class size to observe safe and socially distanced first aid training. There are some changes in our courses and the training resources at present to maintain a trainer/delegate social distance and some equipment is not being used for the safety of all.

For the time being we are not delivering awareness training courses as these are not essential training to maintain certificated qualifications.

Together, we will get through this.

Covid-19 – Safety in Training

How we’ll ensure the health and safety of delegates on our courses

We will implement the following measures to keep learners and trainers safe:

Before the course:

  • We will ask anyone who is unwell with symptoms of Covid-19 to not attend the course. (Symptoms are; temperature 37.8c or greater, new persistent cough, loss or change to sense of smell or taste). Delegates should be prepared to have their temperature taken on arrival.

During the course:

  • We encourage regular hand washing and provide alcohol-based hand sanitisers in each training room for regular use.
  • The seating in our training rooms will be 2 metres apart to allow social distancing on arrival and throughout the day. Learner numbers on courses will be reduced to allow this, depending on room size. Breaks will also need to observe this requirement.
  • Whenever reasonably practical, social distancing will be maintained except where absolutely necessary for training and assessment purposes.
  • For sessions of training and assessment where it is necessary to come within 2 metres of other learners, related to a situation where a first aider may be expected to wear PPE in a real emergency, appropriate PPE will be worn.
  • Face coverings will be required to be provided by each delegate and worn at the appropriate time when practical sessions require this.
  • Gloves will be provided to each delegate for relevant practical sessions.
  • Where necessary, group training will be done within the same small group to minimise the number of people with whom learners come into closer contact with.
  • Where possible one manikin will be provided per delegate, where this is not possible and manikins are shared each manikin will be kept to the same small group of delegates throughout the course. All equipment will be cleaned regularly. Alcohol/sanitising wipes between each learner session will be used. This will prevent hand to surface/surface to hand contamination. This will be with medically graded wipes and as per Resuscitation Council Guidelines.
  • For certain courses (assessment required) involving rescue breath training as part of CPR, resuscitation face shields will be provided to each delegate for a double failsafe to existing protective measures. On some courses this procedure will be demonstrated by the trainer but the delegate will not be required to undertake this element.
  • Please note: To comply with some certificated qualification courses the assessment element involves practical aspects that have to be achieved to successfully complete the course and gain the qualification. Please speak to the trainer to avoid any anxiety with this.
  • Before and after each practical session delegates will be requested to wash or sanitise their hands.
  • Sorry, at present we will be unable to provide the usual refreshments and sweets our delegates have enjoyed on some of our courses. Therefore, each attendee should ensure they bring their own drinks and snacks to stay healthy, happy and hydrated!

After the course:

  • Helping with Track & Trace – Any delegate must inform us if they develop Covid-19 symptoms within 14 days of attending the course.

We do hope the above offers confidence that we take your safety seriously and will risk assess each venue and course.  We are all in this together.

COVID-19 – Coronavirus – Update

DDS First Aid Training is planning to resume training from 1 September 2020.

This will be subject to the advice of Public Health England (PHE) and the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).
We will undertake safety measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our clients along with trainers during our courses.

Extensions to current training certificates
The HSE previously announced a three month extension to those holding Emergency First Aid at Work or First Aid at Work qualifications. This has now being extended to six months and to 30 September 2020. This applies to those with a valid and current certificate that was due to expire on or after 16 March 2020.
The extension applies subject to the individual showing they were unable to requalify due to the pandemic and lack of training availability or safety concerns.

HSE statement in full can be read here.

The Department for Education (DfE) has allowed the same extension for
Paediatric First Aid.

The same rules are currently being applied to those holding Outdoor First Aid certificated qualifications, although holders should check this extension validity with the National Governing body (NGB) or outdoor activities provider first.

It is anticipated that training should be undertaken prior to the above date otherwise qualifications will lapse and not be valid.

Our courses
Here at DDS First Aid Training our courses will be adjusted to observe due diligence and be risk assessed before delivery.

  • Clients may have their temperature checked on arrival at the course venue.
  • Attendees will be asked to sign a declaration on health at the time of signing in.
  • Attendees exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will be prevented from undertaking the course.
  • Venues must be suitable to ensure a hygienic and safe environment; e.g. size, layout, facilities.
  • Lessons will, where practical observe the current social distancing requirements and the course will be structured to accommodate this.
  • Handwashing facilities and the use of alcohol gel will be encouraged at commencement of the course and at various times during the day.
  • Appropriate PPE will be required to be worn by those attending a course if it is impractical to observe social distancing.
  • Personal contact details will be retained to facilitate a ‘track and trace’ service in the event of learning a delegate develops COVID -19 symptoms.
  • Equipment used during the course will be cleaned and maintained to reduce the transmission of the virus.
  • The first aid taught will reflect protocols that ensure the safe performance of first aid during the current COVID-19 outbreak that is supported by a body of medical opinion and the Resuscitation Council UK.

Customer support
As support for our customers we wish to clarify advice on giving Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in first aid and community settings. This applies to ‘layperson’ first aiders out of hospital.
At present Compression only CPR is encouraged for adults, without the inclusion rescue breaths. Even with resuscitation shields or pocket masks rescue breaths increases the risk to the rescuer.

Whilst undertaking the breathing check the rescuer should not include the look, listen, feel method and rather look for signs of life and that of normal breathing.

Full current details can be found here.

If any of our clients, existing or potentially new wish to contact us to clarify aspects of a clinical query please do so, thus alleviating any uncertainties and helping to reassure current best and safe practice in the present climate.

David is still working with the ambulance service on active emergency front line duties.

Together we will get through this, take care.

DDS First Aid Training

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

DDS First Aid Training is following the advice of the government and that of NHS England and is suspending all further training courses during this time of concern. We are keen to minimise delegate contact and ensure the safety and health of all. This is with effect from Monday 23 March 2020.

During this unprecedented time we want to support our customers by offering advice on any aspect concerning the above or that of a first aid query. Please feel free to contact us by email or telephone and we will endeavour to help.

For those having certificated current qualifications expiring shortly the HSE has announced a three month extension to the expiry date. This applies to:

Emergency First Aid at Work and First Aid at Work

The Department for Education (DfE) has allowed the same extension for:
Paediatric First Aid

HSE statement in full

Meanwhile, for your information the rest of the training team; Beryl, Silvia, Leroy and Winston, not forgetting Ben our junior and Annabelle our little baby (Our manikins) are practicing social distancing and self-isolation!

We will review the situation and re-commence training when it is safe to do so, as our safety to both trainer and customer is of our highest priority.

During these difficult times David will be assisting with the ambulance service helping on front line duties to care for those in need.

We look forward to seeing you when things return to normal and end by saying… Stay Safe and Take Care of each and every one.

Team DDS First Aid Training