It makes sense that if you are responsible for a group outwith your establishment, in the outdoors, where the lack of protection and a reduced chance of help is the norm, you should have received some first aid training.
Highland Council Education Culture and Sport staff and High Life Highland staff that hold an adventurous activity National Governing Body award, or an in house Highland Council or High Life Highland Accreditation, which is only valid if a current relevant 1st Aid Certificate is also held, can apply to have their course fee paid by HC's Outdoor Education office.
If there are several staff at your establishment that need to attend a 1st Aid Course, the most economical arrangement is for Outdoor Education to source a trainer to provide the course at your establishment.
Most staff apply to attend a 1st Aid Course at Glenmore Lodge, but equally they can attend an appropriate 1st aid course of their choice provided by another organisation. Please contact George Reid or David Sanderson at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or use the HC Glenmore Lodge booking form if you wish to attend a course at Glenmore.
National Governing Bodies and First Aid
Most NGB’s insist that prior to presenting yourself for assessment, and thereafter in the field you must have a current first aid certificate.
For example Mountain Leader Training UK writes the following;
First Aid is an essential skill and the assessment of the Awards requires a current first aid qualification. The minimum requirement is that such a course must involve at least two full days or sixteen hours of instruction and include an element of assessment. Candidates are further expected to undertake such additional elements of first aid training as are consistent with their work in wild and remote country, including emergency assistance and evacuation techniques. It is the responsibility of award holders and/or their employers to evaluate their likely work and the type of situations that they can reasonably expect to encounter and to maintain current appropriate first aid training and qualifications.
‘First Aiders’ at work within the Highland Council
Reference should be made to the First Aid policy and the guidance notes.
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First Aid Providers
Dates of Highland Council First Aid Courses
Employee Development Courses
Volunteering Scotland Courses
Volunteering Highland offer a number of first aid courses and some are designed specifically for those working in the outdoors.
Visit Volunteering Highland's website http://www.volunteeringhighland.org/Training-Courses-g.asp for a comprehensive list of courses and dates.
Note: first aid courses can be run on a bespoke basis for your organization.
Alternatively please contact Mr Murray for details:
Volunteering Highland Training Officer
Tel: (01463) 711393 Ext 33
Mobile: 07801 439 288
Email: training @ volunteeringhighland.org
Yes it does happen, even with the most rigorous of pre trip planning and dynamic risk assessments in the field, there might be a day where you and the group need the services of a rescue team.
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