First aid training - 1051/16
Dated: 12 Oct 2016
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I would be grateful if you would tell me what First Aid training Northumbria Constabulary provide to officers (I mean ordinary uniformed officers, rather than any particular specialities), in terms of how many hours officers receive and how frequently.
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I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.
Regular uniformed officers (and police officers and support staff who have direct contact with the public) receive a minimum of 4 hours First Aid Training each year using a syllabus defined by the College of Policing to include the following:
Manage a first aid scene
Assess a casualty
Perform Basic life support (adult, child, infant)
Manage a choking casualty (as above)
Place a casualty in the recovery position
Report casualty information
Manage a casualty with shock
Manage a casualty with chest pain
Manage a casualty who has fainted
Manage a casualty who is bleeding
Manage a casualty with spinal injury
Manage a casualty who is convulsing
Manage the control of infection
It is essentially the 'Emergency First Aider at Work' course that is delivered in other organisations (both private and public)
4 Hours is the time decreed by Health & Safety Executive for the annual refresher. The course is led by staff who hold the First Aid at Work certificate (which is a 3 day accredited course) and who also have a relevant 'teaching qualification'.
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