Covid-19 related information – Updated 24 September 2020

What’s changed?

It’s inevitable that our courses had to change, here’s how our training will be a little different:

  • We have a limited number of delegates per course to maintain social distancing in all our venues
  • We can still come to you for group courses, we just need to work together on the risk assessment. This will include social distancing and infection control measures at your place (all easily resolved over the phone) 
  • We have strict standards of handwashing for all delegates and trainers
  • Delegates receive their own individual equipment to use throughout the practical elements of the courses
  • Delegates are positioned in the training room to have a 2m plus distance between each other. For First Aid courses, there will be strict safety measures in place for use of manikins. 1x manikin is shared by the same small group of people throughout the course. There is strictly only 1 person at a time at the manikin and it will be cleaned before and after each use. To be extra cautious each delegate will be given their own set of manikin lungs, for assessment, and they will be shown how to add their own lungs to the manikin, then remove and dispose of them after use, followed by thoroughly cleaning the manikin.  This means that the manikin lungs are changed in-between each delegate use.
  • We have additional props for delegates to use so they do not need to work with other delegates during practical activities
  • We still aim for our courses to be fun and have made them as interactive as possible
  • We have made changes to the course content to include additional video demonstrations to ensure delegates still leave their course feeling confident as well as competent 
  • All delegates who show symptoms of COVID-19 or who have been asked to self-isolate due to NHS track and trace etc. must not attend the course. 

If you’re unsure about what to expect on one of our courses, hear from some of our delegates who recently attended a First Aid course: What To Expect On Your Training Course During The COVID-19 Pandemic:

Feedback from delegates attending a course during the COVID-19 outbreak

We asked some of our recent delegates what it was like to attend one of our First Aid courses in this 'new norm' and this is what they said! Key points:-Everything has been how it would have been before except we're all socially distanced -It's still as interactive as it would have been-I haven't felt close to other people and we've had our own space in the room -Everything has been considered, even down to you having your own cup, and water to prevent cross contamination- It's been a lovely experience -The course has been adapted well in light of covid restrictions -We feel just as confident with the learning as we would have beforeA huge, heartfelt thank you to our lovely delegates for taking the time out to talk to us and help reassure those who may be uncertain at the moment. We hope you're well and safe!#firstaidtraining #feedback #heroesonstandby #covid19 #adapting #newnorm #feelsafe #skillbase #skillbasefirstaid

Gepostet von SkillBase First Aid am Donnerstag, 20. August 2020

We have launched our online Mental Health First Aid Course

We are delighted to share with you our new online courses in Mental Health. Before you jump on board and book these courses, it is important to note – these are not your ordinary ‘online courses’ with pre-recorded sessions. They are live instructor-led courses bringing the classroom-based activities to life via a specialist Online Learning Hub. Courses are accredited and certified by MHFA England (the only licensed provider in ‘Mental Health First Aid’ in England). Find out more about our Mental Health Courses.

Need to see our Covid-19 Risk Assessments?

24 June – We’re back to help train your team in Practical First Aid

Whilst we recover from this pandemic, as a country together, safety is the top priority for us at SkillBase. Our team is working harder than ever behind the scenes and we are proactively responding to the Government and industry guidelines.

The Government has started to ease ‘lockdown’ measures for the country, so we have been able to work on our plan to open up training courses for you.

We want you to know that we appreciate your patience and if you have any concerns we are here! We are looking forward to getting back to doing what we do best. We have missed training you and we are certainly looking forward to being around people again (at a safe distance of course).

Great to know – requalification deadline extended

You may already know this, you may not! But we wanted to give you the heads up. For those that have struggled to requalify due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the kindly folks over at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have extended the expiry of First Aid certificates that expired on or after 16th March 2020. Check if you’re eligible for a certificate extension here. This extension expires 30th September 2020, however, you will need to seek requalification before this date. To avoid further delay in requalification, get in touch today to get yourselves booked in or you can book online.

We have implemented oodles of measures to help keep you and our team safe

First Aid training is essential and we are ready to support your training needs.

We are following Government guidelines, as well as industry standards from the Resuscitation Council UK and Health & Safety Executives (HSE).

Our aim is to keep our relaxed, friendly, and fun elements to our training courses alongside strong risk management procedures, to keep you and our staff as safe as possible.