Aberdeen, the Granite City on the northeast coast of Scotland, is a bustling hub of activity encompassing various industries, educational institutions, and recreational spaces. In this dynamic setting, the importance of first aid cannot be overstated. First aid courses in Aberdeen play a crucial role in empowering individuals, fostering a safer environment, and contributing to community resilience. In this blog, we explore the significance of first aid training, the range of courses available, and how they are shaping a more prepared and confident Aberdeen.
First aid is not just a set of skills; it’s a lifeline that can make a critical difference in emergencies. Whether it’s responding to a sudden cardiac arrest, managing injuries, or providing immediate care until professional help arrives, the ability to administer first aid is a valuable asset for individuals and communities alike.
Employers are obligated to conduct risk assessments for workplace first aid requirements, and the 1-day Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) qualification is a statutory requirement for this purpose. Specifically tailored for workplaces where employees may encounter life-threatening incidents, requiring management of casualties for up to 10 minutes or addressing minor incidents, not necessitating medical assistance, the EFAW course is the ideal solution. Covering roles and responsibilities, collapse management, choking, bleeding, shock, seizures, and minor workplace incidents, this practical course is assessed through continual observation and a brief Multiple Choice Questionnaire. With a 1:12 tutor-to-candidate ratio and a minimum tutor contact time of 6 hours (excluding breaks), the course must be completed within 4 weeks, with each session lasting a minimum of 2 hours. Successful candidates receive the ITC Certificate in Emergency First Aid at Work at SCQF Level 6, valid for 3 years, and the HSE strongly recommends an annual 3-hour refresher during this period. Revalidation is achieved by attending another training course after 3 years.
The ITC First Emergency First Aid at Work Forestry course (EFAW plus F) is specifically designed for businesses or individuals working in environments like Forestry Commission Land, remote areas, or hazardous settings. The course, with a 7-hour contact time over a minimum of 1 day, covers a comprehensive range of topics, including incident assessment, managing various casualties, administering first aid for injuries to bones, muscles, joints, suspected head and spinal injuries, chest injuries, burns, scalds, and eye injuries. Additional training addresses severe bleeding, crush injuries, hypothermia, and Lyme’s Disease. The certification is valid for 3 years, with renewal requiring attendance at another EFAW+F, 7-hour course. The course aligns with the UK and European Resuscitation Council 2015 Guidelines and is particularly applicable to occupations such as forestry workers, hauliers, farmers, agricultural contractors, stalkers, renewable industry workers, and remote construction workers.
The Outdoor First Aid Course offered by Tillycroy is specifically designed to cater to the needs of individuals working in remote and rural regions of the UK, where immediate assistance may be more than 30 minutes away. This externally regulated qualification meets national standards in England and Wales, holding recognition throughout the UK and serving as the preferred course for experienced outdoor practitioners. Suitable for those with National Governing Body Instructor awards, this course covers a comprehensive range of topics, including collapse management, bleeding, environmental effects, and specific outdoor incident scenarios. The training is highly practical, involving outdoor simulations and assessments. With a 1:12 tutor-to-candidate ratio, a minimum of 16 hours of contact time, and completion within 9 weeks, successful participants receive the ITC Level 3 Award in Outdoor First Aid, valid for three years. Revalidation involves attending a similar course after this period. Accredited by the Institute of Outdoor Learning, this course ensures that individuals possess the necessary skills for effective outdoor incident management.
This sports-focused first aid qualification is designed for sports enthusiasts, coaches, spectators, and other involved adults. In addition to covering basic life support, the course incorporates crucial sports-related incident management content, including sports injury assessment, decision-making for returning to activity, and safe moving techniques. Practical delivery methods, emphasizing continual observation of candidate performance, encompass topics such as return-to-play decisions, managing specialised sports kits, and sports-specific first aid concerns like blows to testicles and possible compartment syndrome. The course features a 1:12 tutor-to-candidate ratio, must be completed within 7 weeks, and requires a minimum of 2 hours per session. Successful candidates receive the ITC Level 3 Award in First Aid for Sport, Exercise, and Fitness, valid for three years, with revalidation recommended through attendance at another course after this period.
This pediatric first aid qualification is designed for individuals caring for children in the absence of their parents, meeting Ofsted requirements for those working in early years settings. It addresses the need for at least one person with a current pediatric first aid certificate to be present at all times when children are on the premises or on outings. The course covers a comprehensive range of topics, including CPR, shock, anaphylactic shock, burns, choking, fractures, poisoning, and various medical conditions. Emphasizing essential life-saving skills and incident management, the course is delivered predominantly through practical methods, with continual observation assessing candidate performance. Features of the qualification include a minimum tutor contact time of 12 hours, a 1:12 tutor-to-candidate ratio, a seven-week completion timeframe, and a valid ITC Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid for three years, with revalidation through attendance at another training course after this period.
The ITC Level 3 Award in First Aid for Schools and Colleges is a comprehensive qualification designed to equip learners with the necessary skills to administer first aid within an educational environment. Unlike the standard First Aid at Work qualification, this course covers both adults and children, incorporating resuscitation procedures for children up to 18 years old. The two-day course focuses on practical delivery methods, assessing learners through continual observation. Topics include roles and responsibilities of a first aider, planning for and managing first aid emergencies involving children and adults, CPR, shock, seizures, choking, blood loss, and various injuries. The training requires a minimum tutor contact time of 12 hours, a 1:12 tutor-to-candidate ratio, completion within 6 weeks, and each session lasting a minimum of 2 hours. Successful candidates receive the ITC Level 3 Award in First Aid for Schools and Colleges, valid for three years, with revalidation accomplished by attending another training course after this period.
This qualification focuses on training individuals to confidently and competently use Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), which are increasingly common and user-friendly life-saving devices. The course covers essential topics such as basic life support, primary survey, collapse management, CPR, AED function and procedure for adults and children, and extensive practice in the safe use of AEDs. Delivery methods are predominantly practical, with tutor observation assessing candidate performance. The qualification, resulting in the ITC Level 2 Award in Basic Life Support and Safe Use of an Automated External Defibrillator, requires a 4-hour tutor contact time and maintains a 1:12 tutor-to-candidate ratio. Revalidation is necessary after three years, with annual refresher training recommended to ensure ongoing proficiency.
Learning first aid equips individuals with the skills to provide immediate assistance in emergencies, potentially saving lives before professional help arrives.
Acquiring first aid knowledge instills confidence, enabling individuals to remain calm and composed when faced with unexpected medical emergencies.
First aid training helps prevent the escalation of injuries or illnesses by addressing them promptly and appropriately, minimizing the risk of complications.
First aid education fosters a culture of safety, encouraging individuals to proactively prevent accidents and injuries in their surroundings.
First aid training involves honing problem-solving skills, as individuals must assess situations quickly and make informed decisions on the spot.
Those with first aid skills can actively contribute to the well-being of their communities by being prepared to assist others in times of need.
First aid certification enhances resumes and can be an asset in various professions, particularly those where safety and emergency preparedness are crucial.
At Tillycroy Support Services, we take pride in offering a unique and comprehensive approach to first aid training. Choosing Tillycroy for your first aid needs comes with several distinct advantages that set us apart from other providers.
Our range of first aid courses is carefully designed to cater to diverse needs, from basic life support to specialised training for sports enthusiasts, coaches, and workplace scenarios. Whatever your requirements, Tillycroy has a course tailored to meet them.
Our instructors are not only certified professionals but also bring real-world experience to the classroom. Their expertise ensures that you receive the highest quality training, combining theoretical knowledge with practical insights to enhance your skills.
We believe in the power of experiential learning. Our first aid classes are not just lectures; they are interactive, hands-on experiences. From practical simulations to collaborative exercises, we ensure that you leave our courses with the confidence and competence to respond effectively in real-life situations.
Tillycroy’s commitment to flexible and versatile training extends to our delivery methods. Whether you prefer on-site training at your workplace or a scheduled session at our training centre, we adapt to your needs. Our courses are designed to accommodate various schedules and preferences.
Completing a first aid course at Tillycroy comes with the added benefit of receiving a recognised certification. Our certifications are not only proof of your acquired skills but also hold value with employers, organisations, and educational institutions.
Tillycroy Support Services believes in fostering a sense of community responsibility. Our first aid training goes beyond individual skill development; it contributes to building safer and more prepared communities. By choosing Tillycroy, you become part of a network of individuals committed to making a positive impact.
In conclusion, choosing Tillycroy for your first aid training means choosing excellence, community engagement, and a commitment to your safety and the safety of those around you. Join us in making a difference through knowledge and preparedness.