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24-28 April 2017: Advanced first aid training for NGOs, journalists and field workers

Casualty simulation photo
Course: Advanced first aid
Certificate: QA Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (QCF)
Dates: Monday 24 to Friday 28 April 2017
Location: Indian Queens, Cornwall, United Kingdom
Cost: £550 + VAT

Our five-day advanced first aid course is built around an enhanced version of the highly-regarded Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (FREC 3). It is designed specifically for NGOs, journalists, field workers and other civil society actors. Our first aid course focuses on more-advanced emergency interventions and the longer-term management of a casualty in remote locations. As such, it is ideal for those working in remote or hostile areas, where the risk of life-threatening injuries is heightened and where medical evacuation could take considerable time to arrange.

The demanding course is a mix of taught theory, practical demonstrations and realistic casualty scenarios in the purpose-built indoor simulation centre and at a nearby outdoor training area. Although this course includes classroom sessions, the focus is on scenario-based training, which provides students with genuine experiential learning by immersing them in the training and provides important opportunities for feedback and reflection. The scenarios are all based on real-life events, and are developed specifically for the students attending the training and the environments that they will be working in. The purpose-built indoor simulation centre features realistic mock-ups of medical and trauma emergencies, and incorporates lighting, smoke and sound to create unique immersive scenarios.

Course content

  • Medical and trauma emergencies
  • Patient assessment
  • Triage of multiple casualties
  • Catastrophic bleeding
  • Burns
  • Breaks and fractures
  • Basic first aid (e.g. minor cuts and burns, diarrhea, etc.)
  • Self first aid
  • Heat exhaustion/stroke and dehydration
  • Airway management
  • Basic life support
  • Defibrillation
  • Circulation and shock
  • Intraosseous infusion (IO)
  • Safely moving patients, including preparing for transport by road and helicopter
  • Working with remote medical support
  • Radio comms
  • Protecting yourself and the casualty (firearms safety, unexploded ordinance, first aid under fire, providing care within an escaping vehicle, etc.)
  • Longer-term care of a casualty
  • First aid kits
  • Improvisation of medical supplies and equipment in the field
  • And much more…

This is an accredited course. Students that pass the written and practical assessments will be awarded a QA Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (QCF), which is endorsed by the Faculty of Pre-hospital Care at the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh.

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Our first aid course has been developed in collaboration with the team at In Safe Hands. Our instructors are former military personnel, and many are also experienced civilian paramedics. The courses are run at the purpose-built state-of-the-art simulation centre in Indian Queens in central Cornwall, which is easily reachable by train or car from  London. Direct flights from around the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Portugal and Spain land at Cornwall Airport Newquay, which is only 15 minutes by car or taxi from the training centre. In addition, direct flights from 40 European locations, including London, Paris and Geneva, land at Exeter International Airport, which is 90 minutes by car or taxi from the training centre.