October 2014

Autumn is now nearly upon us with all the changes it brings and we move ever closer to shorter days and longer nights. For me I can only hope the Indian summer lasts a bit longer!

The start of the new academic year also brings its changes for children and students and not least the teaching staff who not only have to get to know their new charges but also have to be up to speed with any procedural changes as well. For us in the first aid industry there are also some changes, some of which are relative to our first aid training in primary and secondary schools which I have summarised below.

GUIDANCE ON THE USE OF EMERGENCY SALBUTAMOL INHALERS IN SCHOOLS

From 1st October 2014 the Human Medicines (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2014 will allow schools to keep a salbutamol inhaler for use in emergencies.

I am sure that this information is already noted in schools and we will certainly ensure that it is mentioned in our first aid training but if you have not yet seen the document which is quite extensive then I would recommend downloading a copy of it (as above) which will tell you all you need to know about this significant change in the management of asthma in your school.

THE NEW LEVEL 3 PAEDIATRIC FIRST AID QUALIFICATIONS

Within the first aid industry there are two alternative versions of the 12 hour paediatric first aid course, the newest being Level 3 above which was formally introduced on 1st September 2014, supersedes the Level 2 Award and meets the requirements of Ofqual. MCG Training is an approved Centre for Qualsafe Awards and can offer this training which is particularly beneficial to those students working in childcare as they can earn 2 credits towards their Childcare NVQ awards on successful completion of the 12 hour course. The course involves several practical and 2 written assessments.

The alternative version is still a 12 hour course which delivers the same content but is certificated by MCG Training and is validated by our approval as a member of the First Aid Industry Body which is responsible for monitoring our standards of training. This is not an Ofqual course and although the content is the same it will not earn 2 units towards an ongoing NVQ.

Please contact us if you wish to discuss any further which of the above courses would best suit you.

and finally …

If there are any freelance trainers who would be interested in delivering first aid training for MCG Training please contact us via info@mcgtraining.co.uk to arrange a meeting.