// First Response Emergency Care

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This regulated and nationally recognised prehospital care qualification is ideal for those seeking a career in the emergency services, ambulance service, the event and security medical sector or those who work in high risk workplaces. The fact that the course is at descriptor level D on the Pre Hospital Emergency Medicine framework means that the course, with outdoor specific additional training, is suitable for expedition leaders (see our Remote Area and Wilderness First Responder page for a detailed discussion regarding the new guidelines regarding suitable qualifications for expedition medical officers and expedition leaders).

Over a 5 day period, learners will gain the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to deal with a range of prehospital care emergencies, such as: managing a patient’s airways, catastrophic bleeding, management of fractures, medical emergencies and more.

Ideal as an alternative to the First Person on Scene Intermediate (FPOSi) qualification, the QA Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (RQF) also forms part of a progressive suite of prehospital care qualifications that lead to the QA Level 6 Diploma in Paramedic Practice (RQF).

Endorsed by The Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care – The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and fulfilling the competencies set out in the PHEM skills framework at descriptor level D, this fantastic qualification is perfect for a range of roles in emergency care, such as: Event Medical Responder, Emergency Care Support Worker and more. 

Course Content:

  • Roles and responsibilities of a first responder

  • Medical emergencies

  • Patient assessment

  • Airway management

  • Adult, child and infant CPR & AED usage

  • Return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) procedures

  • Emergency oxygen

  • Traumatic injuries

  • Catastrophic bleeding

  • Shock

  • Poisoning and intoxicating substances

  • External and internal bleeding

  • Helmet removal

  • Neck, spine and pelvic immobilisation

  • Environmental exposure

  • Burns and scalds

  • Minor injuries

  • Incident reporting 

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