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Changes to the Level 2 Award in Paediatric First Aid

Important announcement for all centres approved to offer the: IQ Level 2 Award in Paediatric First Aid - 600/8676/2 (QCF)

 

As you may be aware, the current Level 2 Award in Paediatric First Aid is under review. As a result of this, IQ will be replacing this qualification with the new qualification IQ Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (QCF) which will be available from September 2014.

 

In order to facilitate this transition, we are going to expire the IQ Level 2 Award in Paediatric First Aid (QCF). Therefore:

 

  • the last date for registrations for the IQ Level 2 Award In Paediatric First Aid (QCF)  will be 31/08/2014
  • the last date for certifications will be 31/08/2015
  • if your centre is already approved to offer the IQ Level 2 Award In Paediatric First Aid (QCF), you will automatically be approved to offer the new qualification, however centres will not be entitled to direct claim status.
  • Unapproved centres have until 1st August 2014 to become approved for the current Level 2 Award. After this date, centres should only be seeking approval for the Level 3 Award.

 

The QAN number for the new qualification will be available by August 2014.

 

The specification for the new qualification will be available by August on the ‘Upcoming Qualifications’ section of the IQ website.


May 21, 2014 04:04 PM

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 09:15 AM

Lords Vote 'Yes' to Health & Safety Changes

The House of Lords last week finally approved government-sought changes to health and safety law, meaning firms will not face civil action over workplace accidents where they are not directly at fault.

Recommendations made by Professor Ragnar Löfsted of King’s College in London included the removal of ‘strict liability’ for civil damages under certain health and safety regulations.

The Lords accepted these recommendations after seeking changes and once enacted the new rules will mean a firm would not face a civil liability claim if it was not responsible for the incident or was not negligent.

The government had been seeking to simplify health and safety rules for some time, “concentrating enforcement on higher risk areas and on dealing with serious breaches [of the rules]”, according to the Department for Work & Pensions.

A government peer, Viscount Younger, said in a Lords’ debate on the measures that it was ministers’ view that it was “not reasonable or fair that employers should be held liable to pay compensation when they have done nothing wrong and taken all reasonable steps to protect their employees”.

The government was committed to maintaining and building on the UK's strong health and safety record, Younger said.

“The codified framework of requirements, responsibilities and duties placed on employers to protect their employees from harm are unchanged, and will remain relevant as evidence of the standards expected of employees in future civil claims for negligence,” he added.

Welcoming the new rules, which were due to come into force on 6 April but which had been held up by the Lords, Alex Jackman, head of policy at the Forum for Private Business, said: “It’s a fact of life that accidents, unfortunately, sometimes do just happen with nothing that can be done to prevent them.

“This new approach to H&S goes a long way to recognising this.”

 

This article originally appeared on PRW.com. To see the original version click here.


May 01, 2013 08:54 AM

Safe Moving and Handling: Development Spotlight

In this edition of development spotlight, we take a look at Safe Moving and Handling, an upcoming award which will complement our existing Health & Safety qualifications.

The IQ Level 2 Award in Safe Moving and Handling will soon be available for IQ centres and will allow candidates and their employers to meet existing workplace legislation and increase productivity, making it highly sought after.  Incorrect handling at work is a serious problem; the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimate that in 2011/12 alone, two million working days were lost due to handling injuries (the most commonly reported injury), accounting for the majority of 3-day or more absences.[1]

How does this award help then?

The single, mandatory unit focuses on injury prevention and ensures that learners understand the various risks that incorrect handling can pose and how to minimise them. From how to carry out an effective risk assessment to the correct body position for lifting heavy equipment, this qualification has been designed to give candidates practical knowledge, which they can immediately transfer to their workplace.

By putting staff through this qualification, employers ensure that they meet the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974), which states that employees must be provided with adequate training on manual handling, as well as those of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations (1992), which specifically refers to the need for risk assessments.

Candidates who successfully obtain this award can then proceed onto further qualifications such as the Level 2 Award in Moving People Safely, Level 2 Certificate in Health and Safety in the Workplace or the Level 2 Award in Occupational Health and Safety using credits already achieved, as the single unit features within them.

We anticipate that this award will be available from early March.  If you are interested in offering it or for more information, get in touch.



[1] http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/causinj/kinds-of-accident.htm


Feb 28, 2013 11:39 AM

First Aid Qualifications: Development Spotlight

Welcome to the first edition of Development Spotlight, a new feature in which we take a look at an upcoming qualification or qualification suite and provide details on what’s involved, who it’s suited to and when it’s expected to be available. This edition we will take a look at First Aid.

The IQ Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work and the IQ Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work have both just been accredited and will enable centres to offer these highly sought after qualifications, which are essential for workplace compliance.

The Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid 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.

IQ’s accreditation for these awards comes after the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) announced in June that from 6th April 2013 they will no longer be responsible for approving first-aid training and qualifications. These QCF qualifications are designed to allow awarding organisations to fulfil this role instead and IQ are delighted to have had the full support of both Skills for Health (the Sector Skills Council) and the HSE in deciding to offer these awards.

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 awards to your approved qualifications.

Both awards will be available to offer from the 1st March 2013.


Feb 05, 2013 04:34 PM