outdoor first aid

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Outdoor First Aid


Qualification purpose

This qualification is aimed at those who may be required to provide first aid in an outdoor environment where help may be up to 2 hours away. Attendees are most commonly outdoor activity instructors. the qualification also meets the requirements for Emergency First aiders, as outlined in the Health and Safety (First-aid) Regulations 1981 and the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1982.


Qualification objective

This qualification has the purpose of supporting a role in the workplace.

Qualification structure


Qualification title


QNUK Level 3 Award in Outdoor First Aid (RQF)


Qualification accreditation number 603/2455/7


Qualification level 3


Credit value 2


Guided learning hours (GLH) 16


Total Qualification Time (TQT) 20


Unit one title

Emergency First aid in an outdoor environment


Unit two title

Recognition and management of illness and injury in an outdoor environment


Pre-requisites

This qualification is aimed at those over 16 who are able to undertake the responsibilities associated with being

a first aider in an outdoor environment.

Candidates between 14-16 years can undertake the qualification, however they should not be relied upon by

employers to be a sole first aider.

It is recommended that candidates have a minimum of Level 2 literacy and numeracy or equivalent.

Attendees will be required to demonstrate first aid procedures as they would in a real outdoor environment.

This includes providing CPR to a casualty who is on the floor, therefore be physically capable of doing so.


There are no other pre-requisites for this qualification.


Course Content


A range of subjects are covered in unit 1 including:


  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of a first aider in an outdoors environment
  • Be able to manage an incident in an outdoors environment
  • Be able to provide first aid to a casualty that is unresponsive and not breathing normally
  • Be able to provide first aid to a casualty that is unresponsive and is breathing normally
  • Be able to provide first aid to a casualty who is choking
  • Be able to provide first aid to a casualty with external bleeding
  • Know how to provide first aid to a casualty who is in shock
  • Know how to provide first aid to a casualty affected by immersion in water


A range of subjects are covered in unit 2 including:


  • Be able to conduct a secondary survey
  • Be able to provide first aid to a casualty with suspected injuries to bones, joints and muscles
  • Be able to provide first aid to a casualty with suspected major injury
  • Know how to provide first aid to a casualty with burns and scalds
  • Know how to provide first aid to a casualty with an eye injury
  • Know how to provide first aid to a casualty who has been bitten or stung
  • Know how to provide first aid to a casualty with anaphylaxis
  • Know how to provide first aid to a casualty with a suspected major illness
  • Know how to provide first aid to a casualty who is experiencing the effects of heat and cold

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