The qualification gained is the Emergency First Response (primary and secondary care) certification, which is appropriate for those working towards or currently holding outdoor National Governing Body Awards.
The course is divided into two sections.
Primary care deals with handling life-threatening emergencies, including:
- Scene assessment
- Primary assessment
- Adult CPR
- Conscious and unconscious choking adult
- Serious bleeding management
- Shock management
- Spinal injury management
- Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use
Secondary care teaches you how to provide first aid for patients with conditions that are not immediately life-threatening, including:
- Injury assessment
- Illness assessment
- Splinting for dislocations and fractures
The course includes video material, discussion, skill development, group work and scenario practice.
The majority of the first day addresses the ‘Primary care’ syllabus, with plenty of CPR practice indoors.
The course is assessed by observation throughout and will finish on the second afternoon with a practical scenario and a short exam.
The certification lasts for three years in the UK.