Level 3 Award in the First Person on Scene Intermediate (RQF)

About this Qualification


The new Level 3 Award in the First Person at Scene (RQF) is an up to date qualification underpinned by current practice. It provides learners with the knowledge and life savings skills to assess, manage and treat a patient in a trauma and/or medical emergency and to stabilise the patient for up to forty minutes before the ambulance or pre-hospital care providers arrive.

Compliance and Regulatory Requirements


Introduction:

The AoFAQ Level 3 Award in The First Person on Scene Intermediate (RQF) qualification has been designed to provide the knowledge and skills to stabilise a patient for up to forty minutes until an ambulance or other pre-hospital care provider arrives. The knowledge and skills taught as part of the course are designed for the first person at the scene to intervene within a scope of practice to utilise life saving interventions to preserve life and prevent deterioration of the patient.

This qualification is the foundation for AoFAQ’s suite of Pre-Hospital Care qualifications and enables progression up to a Level 4 Diploma.

Suitable For:

  • Community first responders
  • Co responder e.g. police, fire and other emergency services
  • Military
  • First aid trainers
  • Security
  • Close protection
  • Stewards
  • Event medical industry
  • Voluntary sector
  • Cabin crew

Entry Requirements:

There are no specific requirements to undertake the qualification however it is strongly recommended that learners hold an emergency first aid at work qualification or equivalent and hold a level 1 or above in literacy and numeracy. Learners must be 18 years of age or older to commence the training.

Note: The term “FPOS” must not be used with this qualification as FPOS is a registered Tradename of Pearson.  This restriction includes but not limited to training, assessment and marketing materials.” The  AoFAQ Level 3 Award in the First Person on Scene Intermediate (RQF) qualification is a new Level 3 qualification.

Key Points


Name: AoFAQ Level 3 Award in The First person on Scene Intermediate (RQF)

Approved by: the Association of First Aiders

Qualification Type: Ofqual Regulated

Guided Learning Hours: 24

Total Qualification Hours: 30

Class size maximum: 8 Learners (1 Trainer)

Fee per registration per candidate: £35

Support: Scheme of work, Comprehensive PowerPoint now available.

Learning Outcomes


1 Understand the role and responsibilities of the first person on scene during an emergency incident.

1.1 Explain the role and the responsibilities of the first person on scene.

1.2 List the types of personal protective equipment to be worn at an incident.

1.3 Explain the principles of scene safety.

1.4 Explain how to minimise the risk of infection.

1.5 Explain how to undertake a dynamic risk assessment of an incident scene.

2 Understand the principles of scene management in pre-hospital care.

2.1 Differentiate between the capabilities of different emergency services personnel.

2.2 Explain the principles of using appropriate radio communications at an incident.

2.3 Differentiate between patients using the principles of triage to manage in accordance of the most life threatening conditions first.

2.4 Demonstrate scene safety management.

3 Know the principles required for effective and safe patient assessment in the pre-hospital care setting. 

3.1 Explain the requirements for gaining consent from a patient before providing emergency care.

3.2 Explain the principles of communicating with patients.

3.3 Explain how to undertake a manual handling risk assessment.

3.4 Summarise the functions of the spine.

3.5 Summarise the principles of how to keep the back healthy.

3.6 Summarise the principles of undertaking a primary survey.

4 Be able to assess an incident for dangers and respond appropriately. 

4.1 Demonstrate how to assess an incident for any dangers to the first person on scene, the patient and others.

5 Be able to assess patient’s levels of consciousness. 

5.1. Demonstrate how to assess a patients levels of consciousness using:
Alert
Voice
Pain
Unresponsive

 

6 Be able to recognise and manage a patient with a catastrophic bleed.

6.1 Explain the term ‘catastrophic bleeding’.

6.2 Explain the recognition features of catastrophic bleeding.

6.3 Summarise the different types of bleeding:
Arterial
Venous
Capillary

6.4 Demonstrate how to apply direct pressure.

6.5 Demonstrate how to apply indirect pressure.

6.6 Demonstrate how to apply a tourniquet.

 

7 Be able to assess and manage a patient’s airway and recognise and manage a patient with a suspected spinal injury. 

7.1 Summarise how to recognise an obstructed airway.

7.2 Demonstrate how to place the patients head in neutral alignment.

7.3 Demonstrate how to open a patient’s airway using the head tilt and chin lift procedure.

7.4 Explain the types of situations which may indicate a cervical spine injury.

7.5 Demonstrate how to open a patient’s airway using the jaw thrust procedure.

7.6 Demonstrate postural airway management.

7.7 Demonstrate how to use suction.

7.8 Demonstrate how to size and insert an oropharyngeal airway for an adult.

7.9 Demonstrate how to manage an adult patient who is choking in accordance with current guidelines.

 

8 Be able to assess and manage a patient who is not breathing normally. 

8.1 Demonstrate how to assess if a patient is breathing normally.

8.2 Perform a respiratory assessment for breathing rate, depth and quality.

8.3 Demonstrate cardio-pulmonary resuscitation on an adult manikin in accordance to current guidelines.

8.4 Explain the safety considerations when using an automated external defibrillator.

8.5 Demonstrate how to use an automated external defibrillator safely and in accordance to current guidelines.

8.6 Explain the safety considerations when using oxygen.

8.7 Demonstrate how to administer oxygen via a bag valve mask.

8.8 Judge in accordance to current guidelines when to administer oxygen using:
Non-rebreathe mask
28% venture mask
Nasal cannulae

8.9 Summarise the different causes of unconsciousness.

8.10 Demonstrate how to place an unconscious patient in the recovery position.

 

9 Be able to assess a patient’s circulation and manage a patient who is in shock. 

9.1 Demonstrate how to assess the presence, rate and rhythm of circulation.

9.2 Demonstrate how to assess a patient’s capillary refill time.

9.3 Summarise the different types of wounds:
Incision
Puncture
Laceration
Contusion
Gunshot

9.4 Explain how to estimate the amount of blood loss based on the types of wounds.

9.5 Demonstrate how to manage a patient who is bleeding.

9.6 Explain the term ‘shock’.

9.7 Summarise the different types of shock:
Cardiogenic shock
Neurogenic shock
Septicaemic shock
Anaphylactic shock
Hypovolaemic shock

9.8 Demonstrate how to manage a patient in hypovolaemic shock.

10 Be able to assess a patient’s level of disability.

10.1 Demonstrate how to reassess a patients levels of consciousness using:
Alert
Voice
Pain
Unresponsive

10.2 Demonstrate how to perform a FAST test to recognise signs and symptoms of a possible stroke in a patient:
Face
Arms
Speech
Time

11 Know the principles of exposing the patient for further assessment and act upon environmental considerations. 

11.1 Explain how to examine the clothes and areas surrounding the patient for signs of external bleeding.

11.2 Perform a head to toe secondary survey.

11.3 Explain how to undertake a patient history using
Signs and symptoms
Allergies
Medications
Past history
Last meal
Events leading upto the incident

12 Know how to recognise and manage a range of medical emergencies in the pre-hospital care setting. 

12.1 Summarise the recognition features of a range of pre-hospital medical emergencies including:
Heart attack and angina
Diabetes
Stroke
Seizures
Asthma
Anaphylaxis
Fainting
Poisoning

12.2 Explain the management of a range of pre-hospital medical emergencies including:
Heart attack and angina
Diabetes
Stroke
Seizures
Asthma
Anaphylaxis
Fainting
Poisoning

12.3 Demonstrate the safe use of an adrenaline auto injector using a training device.

13 Know how to recognise and manage a range of trauma related emergencies in the pre-hospital care setting.

13.1 Summarise the recognition features and management of
Fractures
Dislocations
Sprains and strains

13.2 Summarise the recognition features and management of:
Concussion
Cerebral compression
Skull fracture
Spinal injury

13.3 Demonstrate the application of a cervical collar.

13.4 Summarise the recognition features and management of burns and scalds.

13.5 Summarise the management of a patient with an eye injury.

14 Understand the recognition features of red flag sepsis in the pre hospital care setting. 

14.1 Explain the term ‘sepsis’.

14.2 Summarise the recognition features of red flag sepsis in accordance to current guidelines.

15 Know how to recognise emergency care equipment to assist the health care professional. 

15.1 Explain how to handover a patient to a healthcare professional.

15.2 State the purpose of a range of emergency care equipment.

16 Be able to manage a paediatric patient who is not breathing normally. 

16.1 Demonstrate how to perform cardio-pulmonary resuscitation on a child and an infant in accordance to current guidelines.

16.2 Demonstrate how to manage a choking child and infant in accordance to current guidelines.

16.3 Demonstrate how to place an unconscious infant and a child in the recovery position.

Qualification Assessment


This qualification is assessed by Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and practical demonstrations. Multiple Choice Questions are externally set by AoFAQ, and initially marked by the approved centre. Practical demonstrations are externally set by AofAQ and internally assessed by the approved centre. All assessments are subject to internal and external quality Assurance.

AoFAQ Centre and Trainer Support Materials


The following is exclusively available from AoFAQ  to support the qualification:

Qualification Specification:

  • This gives details of all the Learning Outcomes with Assessment Criteria and full requirements for the qualification.
  • Full Scheme of work is provided free of charge
  • A Supporting PowerPoint is available

Trainer, Assessor and IQA Requirements


Trainer, Assessor Requirements

Subject knowledge or experience 

  • Combat Medical Technician Class 2 or equivalent
  • Combat Medical Technician Class 1 or equivalent
  • HCPC Paramedic
  • NMC Nurse
  • GMC Doctor
  • BTEC (IHCD) Level 3 Ambulance Aid
  • BTEC (IHCD) Level 3 First Person on Scene Enhanced
    Any other qualification or occupational experience approved by AoFAQ.

Teaching/Assessor qualifications

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
  • Certificate in Education (Cert Ed)
  • Diploma in Education (Dip Ed)
  • Level 3 Award in Education and Training
  • Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training
  • Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training
  • Preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector (PTLLS)
  • Certificate in teaching in the lifelong learning sector (CTLLS)
  • Diploma in teaching in the lifelong learning sector (DTLLS)
  • Master of Arts in Education (MA ED)
  • Master of Arts in Professional Development, Education and Training (MA PDET)
  • Professional trainer certificate
  • IHCD Instructional methods course
  • Level 3 or 4 NVQ Learning and Development
  • CIPD Certificate in Learning Practice
    If your teaching or training qualification is not listed, please contact us.

Membership

Trainers, Assessors and IQA’s must hold current membership, of the Faculty of Pre Hospital Care the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh at Level 3 or above

Internal Quality Assurers

Internal Quality Assurers must:

Those involved in the internal quality assurance of these qualifications (IQA’s) must have knowledge and competency in the subject field as well as knowledge and  competency in internal quality assurance.

An acceptable portfolio must show:

  • Occupational knowledge and competence in the subject ‐ evidenced by:
    – Holding a relevant subject qualification or suitable experience
  • Knowledge and competency in internal quality assurance – evidenced by:
    – Holding a qualification/completing CPD training or working towards a suitable qualification.

Internal Quality Assurers must:

  •  Have knowledge of the requirements of the qualification they are quality assuring at the time any assessment is taking place.
  •  Have knowledge and understanding of the role of assessors.
  • Visit and observe assessments.
  •  Carry out other related internal quality assurance.

 

Those involved in the internal quality assurance of these qualifications (IQA’s) must have knowledge and competency in the subject field as well as knowledge and  competency in internal quality assurance.

Internal Quality Assurer (IQA) requirements:

  • SQA Accredited Learning and Development Unit 11 Internally Monitor and Maintain the Quality of Workplace Assessment
  • RQF Qualifications based on the Learning and Development NOS 11 Internally Monitor and Maintain the Quality of Assessment
  • Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (RQF)
  • Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (RQF)
  • V1 or D34