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