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 Green Level (previously the guidance said until we were at face-to-face scouting which they realised was ambiguous and they clarified this).

To assist the delivery of a backlog of courses once we’re able to run courses again, Dorset Adult Training has created an alternative to the one-day instructor-led course. It is half self-study (using an online course) at home followed by a practical session working on bases, practising the skills and checking your knowledge with scenarios. There will still be the option to do the instructor-led course.

Dorset Adult Training has plans to deliver 600 places for First Response in the year after we reach green level. This high number is to accommodate the backlog. Priority will be given to people whose courses were cancelled, who have expired, or who give their section key coverage.

The online course can be used to refresh knowledge or as prep for the First Response course.

 

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 take the online course, you may then have the extension until 6 months after we return to green level.

If you had first aid training listed on your Compass record that expired before 1 Jan 2018 your first aid training is considered ‘expired’ and you must wait for the full course.

If you have never had first aid training listed on your Compass record, you must wait for the full course.

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. This may just be the scouting procedures we need to follow or might cover additional knowledge such as hypothermia and hyperthermia, depending on the course content you did.

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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