What it’s really like to attend a first aid course during the Covid-19 pandemic

Written by James Reed
Nov 10, 2020

James is a Training Product Manager at Red Cross Training responsible for the development and review of our training products.

In response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic we have introduced a range of new measures and changes to keep learners and staff safe. Ross Anderson from Dobbies Garden Centres explains more about his training experience during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ross has been a first aider for almost 30 years and recently attended a British Red Cross Training emergency first aid at work course at Falkirk stadium.

“Before I attended the course, I was slightly apprehensive in what to expect in terms of how the course would run, following the existing coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions.”

My initial concerns were allayed within moments of entering the training venue.”  

“My initial concerns were allayed within moments of entering the training venue. The trainer was very confident and put all of the course learners at ease around the enhanced hygiene and health and safety measures.”

At British Red Cross Training, we are adhering strictly to relevant government advice, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and the First Aid Quality Partnership.

“I found the safety measures put in place to be absolutely spot on.”

Upon entry to the training venue, Ross found that “There were clear social distancing signs and instructions in walkways and plenty of hand sanitisers in the training room. Upon entry to the training room, we were also provided with items of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including hand sanitisers and face masks.” 

Ross added, “I found the safety measures put in place to be absolutely spot on and I don’t think any additional measures are required.”  

“We were all able to safely practice all aspects of the course. 

The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, has meant that we have made adaptations to the delivery of some of our first aid skills to ensure the safety of learners. Ross said that “I did notice changes to some first aid skills, and these were explained well. I found the changes to be minimal and we were all able to safely practice all aspects of the course. I left the course feeling confident that I would be able to respond if I were faced with a real-life first aid emergency.”

Ross continued “In these strange times, I was very impressed with the venue and the staff at the venue from the receptionist through to the trainer. All of this made my experience a very positive one.”

“As a key decision maker in our business, I will be recommending that we continue to utilise the courses and capitalise on the expertise provided by British Red Cross Training.”

 

Changes to our first aid training venues

Even during these difficult times, it is important for first aiders to carry on using the lifesaving skills they have been taught.

People understandably will have concerns about their personal safety when returning to the first aid training classroom and the health and safety of both learners and trainers remains our highest priority.

In this respect, extensive work at each of our Red Cross training venues has been undertaken to ensure compliance with hygiene and social distancing measures in line with government and industry guidelines for the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. This includes each training location undergoing a rigorous health and safety risk assessment to certify them as ‘Covid-19 secure’.

Read our guide to find out what you can expect on your first aid training course with Red Cross Training during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

If you’re ready to learn first aid or refresh your skills, why not book a course today and build your confidence in learning the skills to save a life.

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Topics: First Aid

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