First Aid during the pandemic

First Aid during the pandemic

Support for carrying out First Aid during COVID

The Scout Association has given us guidance on what PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to wear and there are changes to the procedures for CPR for adults and CPR for children. Dorset Adult training have provided a short course to give all scouters confidence in what they would need to do. This is optional and is offered as support. Click the button below then sign up by clicking ‘Sign in’ at the top right.

 

Training Courses

The Scout Association has said we cannot run the practical elements of first aid courses until we are at the Amber Level (previously the guidance said until we were at face-to-face scouting, then green level but has since been updated). These would need to follow current government guidelines so the practical element has been reduced as small as possible. Learning is now available online in two options:

  • Part self-study online, followed by a 2 hour Zoom session (will be launched shortly), followed by a short practical
  • Three 2 hour Zoom sessions, followed by a short practical

There will still be the option to do the instructor-led course but this will not happen until we are a Green level.

 

 

When do we need a first aider?

In summary, The Scout Association POR says;

  • You must ALWAYS have “suitable first aid materials”. (During the pandemic, there are additional materials you need which is covered in TSA 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. And your risk assessment must define the level of first aider you need.

The relevant rules are;

POR 9.2 Preparations  (a) Prior to every activity the Leader must ensure that:

  • (many others not relevant to first aid)…
  • a risk assessment is carried out in accordance with Rule 9.4. Risk Assessment and safety instructions are communicated to all supervising adults and participants;
  • suitable first aid materials are available.

POR 9.7.i All groups undertaking adventurous activities must have immediate access to someone holding a relevant and current first aid qualification. This need not be the permit holder. The detail of the first aid skills required will be identified by the risk assessment.

POR 9.56 All groups undertaking a nights away event must have immediate access to someone who has a current First Aid qualification, minimum First Response. The level of First Aid competence required for each event will be determined by the event risk assessment.

 

Who is deemed ‘in-date’?

The Scout Association has given an extension until 6 months after we reach green level to those who have expired because of the pandemic. As it is not always possible to access a course immediately, instead of taking this as expired after 17 March 2020, we will use 1 Jan 2020 as the date. What does this mean to individuals?

If you had first aid training listed on your Compass record that expired after 1 Jan 2020, your first aid training is considered still ‘in-date’. This will extend until 6 months after we return to green level. It does not matter what course you did. If you did an external course such as EFAW, 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 after 1 Jan 2018 but before 1 Jan 2020, your first aid training is considered ‘expired’. If you do the training to complete the theory elements by either (a) the 3 Zoom sessions or (b) self-study and its 1 Zoom session, you may then have the extension until 6 months after we return to green level. You can read more here.

If you had first aid training listed on your Compass record that expired before 1 Jan 2018 your first aid training is considered ‘expired’ until you have completed all the elements of the training. You can get ahead by opting to do Option 1 or Option 2, read more here.

If you have never had first aid training listed on your Compass record, you must wait for all the elements of the training. You can get ahead by opting to do Option 1 or Option 2, read more here.

If you do an external course or have done one in the last few months, please email a copy of the certificate to firstaidsupport@dorsetscouts.org.uk. They will assess the course and ask you to do some top-up elements via an online course if required.

If you have done relevant first aid training and its not been listed on your Compass record, talk to your local training manager or email firstaidsupport@dorsetscouts.org.uk so we can get that sorted.

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