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Development Spotlight: First Aid (Scotland)

In this edition of Development Spotlight, we examine two qualifications we are currently developing for the Scottish market.

IQ was accredited by SQA Accreditation (the Scottish regulator) in May 2012 and we currently offer the three SIA licence-linked qualifications, plus up-skilling door supervisors to our Scottish centres. As such, the development of the IQ Emergency First Aid at Work at SCQF Level 5 and the IQ First Aid at Work at SCQF Level 6 will significantly boost our provision in Scotland and enable our centres to offer these highly sought after qualifications, which are essential for workplace compliance.

The Emergency First Aid at Work is a one day course with a single unit, Emergency First Aid in the Workplace, focusing on immediate response. Candidates must prove they can accurately assess an incident, manage unresponsive casualties, correctly apply CPR and be aware of the varying treatments for electric shocks, external bleeding and choking, alongside more minor injuries. Some time is also spent on injury prevention, such as minimising risks in the workplace and ensuring the correct first aid equipment is available.

The Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work meanwhile, is a three day course, which includes Emergency First Aid in the Workplace but builds on the material with an additional unit, Recognition and Management of Illness and Injury in the Workplace. Here the additional learning time is devoted to covering a wider range of injuries and going over them in greater detail, such as recognising fractures and dislocations or treating eye injuries. Heart attacks, strokes and seizures are also covered separately, giving the first aider confidence to accurately diagnose the illness they are faced with and apply the correct treatment.

After completing the awards, the first aider will be approved for a period of three years and must then complete the desired award again in order for them to remain compliant, ensuring that first aiders remain up to date with the latest techniques and practices, whilst also keeping their training fresh in the event that they have to use it.

We anticipate demand for these new qualifications to be very high, given the compliance role they fulfil in helping workplaces to meet the requirements of The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 and their need for renewal every 3 years. If you are interested in offering either of these awards then you will need to first become an IQ centre. Existing centres can get in touch at any point and we can add these qualifications to those you are approved to offer (providing you meet the necessary requirements).

Jul 01, 2013 08:15 AM