First aid training for schools

A Good practice Guide by the Department for Education and Employment

Emergency First Response Instructors are realising the many advantages of being able to teach Primary Care and Secondary Care courses and Care for Children courses. There is a huge marketplace out there and one area which is particularly useful to tap in to is First Aid for Schools.

In the UK there are guidelines set out by the Department of Education and Employment which state the minimum first aid provision that must be available at all times while people are on school premises and also off the premises whilst on school visits.

These minimum provisions include:

  • A suitably stocked first aid container
  • An appointed person to take charge of first aid arrangements
  • Information for employees on first aid arrangements

The guidance reflects extensive consultation with the teacher unions, Local Education Authorities, health services and voluntary organisations. It provides advice for schools on drawing up first aid policies and ensuring that they are meeting their statutory duties.

Under the heading What Are a First Aider’s Main Duties? the guidance states that:
First aiders must complete a training course approved by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

At school, the main duties of a first aider are to:

  • Give immediate help to casualties with common injuries or illnesses and those arising from specific hazards at school;
  • When necessary, ensure that an ambulance or other professional medical help is called.

SSG first aid training for schools

Emergency First Response is approved under the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations (1981). A selection of courses may be relevant to meet school needs, from the First Aid at Work (Great Britain), Primary and Secondary Care as Appointed Person provision and Care for Children to address potential first aid provision of children.

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The Emergency First Response Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillation (AED) course builds on the skills learned in the Primary Care (CPR) course to teach the proper AED use. This life saving device can increase a patient’s chance of survival from a cardiac arrest by fifty percent. During this course you’ll review the basic principles of Primary Care (CPR) and learn how to deploy and use an AED in an emergency situation.

Anyone interested in learning essential life saving skills and improving their First Aid Knowledge base.

This course covers the practical skills needed by a first aider in the modern workplace. The course will give you the confidence and knowledge to deal with first aid emergencies.

Course Content

  • Basic Life Support refresher
  • Use of an AED

The cost of this course is £40 per person on our public courses or £350 for a group of up to 12 participants which includes all materials, certification and light refreshments. please note all prices are exclusive of VAT.
After completing a final assessment successful candidates receive an approved certificate. It is strongly recommended that you update your skills by taking an annual refresher.

SSG are pleased to be able to offer a specialist Tactical Medical course combined with the IHCD FPOS (intermediate) qualification. This FPOS training course has been developed to suit the needs of candidates that need the next level of training above standard first aid. The students on this course will be taught to deal with the rapid assessment, stabilization and transfer of both the trauma victim and those suffering a medical emergency. It is aimed at those working in high risk and hostile environments.

The IHCD FPOS intermediate qualification is fully recognized by the SIA.

The courses are based around the FPOS intermediate syllabus, with the additional two days being in place for those requiring extended skills. The course is highly interactive with both theory sessions and lots of time for ‘hands on’ and scenario based training. The training is designed to develop a good, all round Tactical First Responder.

All of our FPOS training course instructors are practicing health care professionals, most carrying a minimum of Paramedic status. We feel this makes the difference from other courses available, as students can draw on the extensive personal experience of their instructors.

  • Scene Safety
  • Airway Management
  • Oxygen Therapy
  • Spinal Immobilization
  • Defibrillation (AED)
  • Trauma
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Cannulation
  • Fluid Therapy
  • Advanced Trauma – Chest, Abdominal, Head and Extremity Injuries
  • The use of Tourniquets and Hemostatics

There are no prerequisites for this course, however it is recommended that you have an understanding of Basic Life Support skills. You do not need to be working in any of the above sectors to attend this course as it is open to all.
Five days

The cost for individual places on our regular “open” FPOS training courses is £395+VAT for all five days. This includes registration, manuals and full certification. For larger groups we can deliver this FPOS training course on an ‘in-house’ basis. Please contact us to discuss your exact requirements.