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Evince welcomes Kirsty Caswell to the team

We are thrilled to announce a new member of the Evince Team with the arrival of our latest associate trainer, Kirsty Caswell.  Kirsty brings strong skills and considerable experience from her NHS nurse specialist role.  We are particularly keen to make use of Kirsty’s skills in supporting our delivery of Mother and Baby first aid training.   Introducing herself, Kirsty said,

I am delighted to have become an associate of Evince Training! My background and “other” job is as a Resuscitation nurse specialist in the NHS where I do various types of training for NHS staff aswell as private GPs, Dentists, Dorset Police and Prison officers. I have lots of experience caring for both adults and children in Intensive Care and Emergency Departments. I have two young children of my own and I am a passionate believer that all parents and carers should undergo First Aid training. Contact me at Evince to discuss your requirements for adult or peadiatric training. Both bespoke and accredited training course can be offered.

 

First Aid Quiz – give it a go

We all think we know something about first aid.  But how much do we really know?  Try our quiz and give it a go.  You may be delighted at your level of knowledge or you may find you need to improve your understanding.

And to make it more fun, if you get 6/10 or more, we’ll give you 10% off one of our January 2017 public courses!

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At Evince Training we are passionate about bringing easily learned, invaluable first aid knowledge to everyone.  Whether you want to be ready to support your family, your colleagues or simply a stranger you pass at their moment of crisis, we have the knowledge you need and a great deal of experience in delivering training in an engaging, contextual way that makes it fun and fulfilling.

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prospectusIn addition to these public courses we deliver regulated and bespoke first aid training to business, charities and voluntary groups.  Find our range of courses within our prospectus or contact us.

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Burns

Burnt handBurns are commonplace both at home and in the workplace. Around 175,000 people every year visit the accident and emergency department in hospitals for burns.

Although most people would consider temperatures of boiling water (100 deg.C) or more to cause burns, temperatures as low as 60 deg. C in children and 69 deg. C in adults can cause even full thickness burns.

Burns can be caused in many ways, the obvious ones are hot objects, liquids, etc.  However, less obvious causes include electrical, radiation, cryogenics (cold burns) and chemical burns.  Friction is another source of heat.  Motorcycle riders can experience burns as their clothing melts by heat generated through friction with the road.  Note: that frying oil is around 150C!

Temperatures as low as 60 deg. C in children and 69 deg. C in adults can cause even full thickness burns.

In every home, venue and workplace there will be the potential for burn injuries, how they are dealt with can be the difference between minor or major scaring and even life or death.

Did you know that a large number of people still believe that the correct treatment for burns is putting butter on it?  This of course cooks the injury even more by inhibiting cooling.

So how should you treat burns?

  • Stop the burning process quickly, removing casualty from  the source
  • Remove clothing or jewellery from affected area – but don’t try to remove anything stuck to burnt skin
  • Cool the burn with cool or lukewarm water for 10 to 30 minutes.  Do not use iced water, creams or greasy substances such as butter
  • Use clothing or blankets to keep the casualty warm, but keep affected areas clear
  • Cover the wound with clingfilm, it only binds with itself and will not stick to the wound.  It will prevent infection however. Ensure clingfilm is applied by unrolling it along the limb, rather than wrapping it around the limb. This approach will prevent swelling making the clingfilm becoming too tightly applied
  • Pain can be treated with paracetemol, follow normal manufacturer guidance.

 

Do Employers know if their first aid training is valid?

Do Employers know if their first aid training is valid?

FA020315Over a year ago the Health and Safety Executive published the GEIS3 guidance.  This contained some interesting points to Employers on selecting a first aid training provider.

Selecting a wrong training provider could result in the training being invalid and the employer falling foul of the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981.  Employers have different routes to select a suitable training provider this can be categorised into two main groups.

Group 1: Regulated Qualifications or qualifications from the VAS. An employer selecting a training provider from this group can be confident that the training will fulfil the employer’s duty under the First Aid regulations.
Group 2:  These are basically any other training providers.  Here, the employer must carry out a comprehensive assessment of the training provider concerning quality assurance, trainer experience, qualification course structure and a checklist of several pages of due diligence before using the training provider.  Get this wrong and the qualification may not be HSE compliant, resulting in the employer failing to meet their statutory duties under the first aid regulations.

Evince Training has achieved AOFA registered training centre status.  Your investment in quality training through Evince Training ensures that the training provided is of high quality and of equal importantance meets the duties under first aid regulations.

Your training fee is a small price to pay for employer’s peace of mind!

AoFAQ Logo for literature 280So what is Group 1?  This first group consists of either the VAS or a Training Provider approved by an Ofqual recognised Awarding Organisation (AO).  AoFA Qualifications is one such Awarding Organisation of over 20 AOs in this sector.  AOs are regulated by the government department Ofqual who in turn regulate the training providers.  More importantly from the employer’s viewpoint, by selecting a first aid training provider approved by an AO ensures that the qualifications are regulated and meets the first aid regulations.  Further, the employer does not need to carry out any due diligence before engaging the training provider.

So, why aren’t all training providers regulated by AOs?  As part of a government initiative of removing health and safety red tape, the first aid training market moved from being regulated by the HSE to an open market.  This move gives more choice to the employer but with the choice comes more responsibility to select a suitable first aid training provider.

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Are there any drawbacks with Regulated Qualifications?  No, there is no due diligence for an Employer to carry out in selecting Evince Training.  Your fee includes the qualification certificate fee.  This ensures that the training provided is of high quality and, equally important, meet the duties required under first aid regulations. Evince Training charges reasonable prices, fair to you and us.  And it’s a small price to pay for an employer’s peace of mind!

Evince Training: working with AOFAQ

AoFA Qualifications is the recognised awarding arm of the Association of First Aiders, the UK’s largest first aid association, endorsed by the HSE, the Royal College of Surgeons and other leading organisations.

In times of change where standards in first aid are unregulated and the need for employers to comply with statutory requirements paramount, AoFAQ’s relationship with the Association of First Aiders gives AoFAQ qualifications a credibility that is second to none.

Evince Training Limited is extremely proud to have been authorised as a centre offering AoFAQ first aid qualifications and as such we are authorised to display the Association of First Aiders’ logo, giving you confidence in our attention to detail and commitment to achieving and maintaining the highest standards.

AoFAQ’s range of first aid qualifications are regulated by Ofqual, the Government’s office for qualifications. These are Regulated Qualifications and are recognised by Ofqual, CEA and the Welsh Assembly in England, Northern Ireland and Wales and are also awarded in Scotland and throughout the world.

As a result of choosing an AoFAQ Regulated Qualification delivered by Evince Training Ltd, an Employer who obtains training from us is not required to carry out any due diligence on the training provider in order to ensure the suitability of the training (HSE statement).

AoFAQ Level 2 Emergency First Aid at Work (QCF)
This Regulated Qualification is ideal for anyone wishing to become an emergency first aider. This provides learners with skills and knowledge to deal with first aid situations in low risk workplace environments for the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 and the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations (NI) 1982 purposes.

AoFAQ Logo for literature 280AoFAQ Level 3 First Aid at Work (QCF)
This Regulated Qualification is ideal for anyone wishing to become a first aider. It covers a wider range of subjects than that covered by the Emergency First Aid at Work qualification. It provides learners with the skills and knowledge to deal with first aid situations in higher risk workplaces or workplaces with an increased number of employees. Produced in aid of the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 and the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations (NI) 1982 purposes.

The AoFAQ Level 2 Award in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation (QCF)
This regulated qualification has been developed to provide learners with the knowledge and skills to administer basic life support and use an AED in an emergency.
Early defibrillation and CPR ae vital in the chain of survival following a cardiac arrest. This course is able to provide learners with the knowledge and skills to operate the AED safely.

 

First Aid At Work Course

first-aid-at-workWhat is the First Aid At Work Course?

This is a three day course, looking at first aid at work in greater detail.  Higher risk areas naturally require higher skill levels.  We discuss this in this article and it may help you to look at it.  This course will help you prepare for much broader challenges than the EFAW course can offer in a single day, for instance we will address responses to burns and poisoning.  Undoubtedly we will dispel a few myths along the way.

Whatever your work environment, the common factor is you will be working alongside others who may have urgent need of first aid, be that the result of a work-related activity or suffer an unrelated condition while at work. Remember, the national target for an ambulance’s attendance in a life-threatening condition is 8 minutes.  In the southwest area that target is met in 80% of cases.  Your casualty will need to rely on you before paramedic help can get to them.

What will we be doing?

We will train you to be a competent emergency first aider, learning to assess the situation as well as the casualty – giving you the confidence to step forward and made an important difference to someone’s life.

We’ll work together taking turns both as casualty and first aider.  We’ll use use equipment including mannequins, face shields and of course, bandages, providing you with hands-on experience of treating casualties who are unconscious, who have stopped breathing, who are bleeding or who are in shock.  We’ll discuss what is happening in the body so that you understand why different kinds of treatment are relevant in varying circumstances.  We’ll work at your pace.  There is no such thing as a stupid question, this course is your opportunity to immerse yourself in first aid so that you have confidence in your ability to help others.

Evince Training Limited is extremely proud to be an authorised centre offering AoFAQ Regulated First Aid Qualifications. The fact that our courses are regulated by Ofqual, the Government’s office for qualifications, gives you confidence in our attention to detail and commitment to achieving and maintaining the highest standards. You also have the reassurance that by choosing our regulated courses you have complied with the employers requirement to exercise ‘due diligence’ placed on you by the HSE.

What do you get at the end?

Beyond the knowledge and skills to save a life you’ll obtain an important, recognised qualification.  We’ll undertake an ongoing assessment throughout the course. On successful completion you will be awarded a HSE recognised/Ofqual accredited “Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF)” – that’s valid for three years from the date of issue.

Course Content

At the conclusion of the course the student will be able to :

Understand the role and responsibilities of a first aider
Be able to assess an incident
Be able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is breathing normally
Be able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is not breathing normally
Be able to recognise and assist a casualty who is choking
Be able to manage a casualty with external bleeding
Be able to manage a casualty who is in shock
Be able to manage a casualty with a minor injury
Be able to conduct a secondary survey
Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with injuries to bones, muscles and joints
Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with suspected head and spinal injuries
Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with suspected chest injuries
Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with burns and scalds
Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with an eye injury
Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with sudden poisoning
Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with anaphylaxis
Be able to administer first aid to a casualty with suspected major illness

 

Cost

Compare our costs versus other training providers. Save at least £69 with us.

Evince Training

£249 (no VAT to pay)

St John Ambulance

£290 + VAT (£348)

Red Cross

£265 + VAT (£318)

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As public courses become available they will be displayed in the Everything First Aid page and in the Prospectus.  If you have need of a course for several students please contact us and we’ll arrange a course for you specifically.  We can train in your workplace to minimise disruption.

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