Key Points

The AoFAQ Level 2 Award in Basic Life Support and the Safe use of an Automated External Defibrilltor (QCF) 

This qualification is recommended as training for first aiders in the workplace environment who have access to a defibrillator.

The topics covered are regarded by Skills for Health as being important to maintaining good practice in the safe, prompt and effective administration of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillation.

Course Duration: 5 hrs.



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 Compliance and Regulatory Requirements

Compliance and Regulatory Requirements:

This Qualification provides learners with the skills and knowledge to deal with a person having a heart attack or cardiac arrest.  It meets the recommendations from the HSE  covering the provision and use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in the workplace.

It conforms with the recommendations from the UK Resuscitation Council and it is further approved by the Association of First Aiders for the use of an AED both within and outside of then workplace. It is suitable for all first aiders and people who come into contact with individuals in risk of suffering with a cardiac arrest. 

 Key Points

Name: AoFAQ Level 2 Award in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation Skills (QCF)

National Qualification Number: J/503/1186

Qualification Type: QCF

Guided Learning Hours:

Class size maximum: 12 Learners (1 Trainer)

Manikins: 1 manikin required per 3 Learners + Trainer AED

Certificate Price £5 + VAT*

* No charge is made for Learners who have failed to attain required standard to receive the award.

 Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria
Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria:

1. Understand basic life support requirements
1.1 Describe the principles that underpin basic life support
1.2 Explain the circumstances under which resuscitation is performed
1.3 Explain why early intervention is necessary
1.4 Describe different types of cardiopulmonary arrest

2. Be able to demonstrate basic life support techniques and automated external defibrillator use in line with current national guidelines
2.1 Demonstrate cardiopulmonary resuscitation
2.2 Demonstrate compression only resuscitation
2.3 Demonstrate the use of resuscitation barrier devices
2.4 Demonstrate how to manage a choking casualty
2.5 Demonstrate the use of an automated external defibrillator
2.6 Describe the differences when using an automated external defibrillator on a child

3. Be able to demonstrate post- resuscitation procedures
3.1 Demonstrate how to place a casualty in the recovery position
3.2 Identify the risks when placing a casualty in the recovery position
3.3 Describe handover and reporting procedures

4 Be able to carry out basic user maintenance and troubleshoot problems with an automated external defibrillator
4.1 Identify when a defibrillator battery requires changing
4.2 Identify when electrode pads need replacing
4.3 Demonstrate how to troubleshoot problems if the automated external defibrillator does not function correctly

5 Understand the safe use of an automated external defibrillator
5.1 Describe the safety considerations when using AED’s

 

 Qualification Assessment

Assessment:

  •  The practical Learning Outcomes are assessed by observation. 
  •  Multi Choice Questions (MCQ) for theory and underpinning knowledge. 

 To Awarded this qualification the Learner must 100% pass of the assessments carried out by observation together with a percentage pass in the MCQ paper.

 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.

 

Scheme of Work:

  • This is a detailed construction on how to present the qualification to Learners.

 

PowerPoint:

  • AoFAQ have produced a professionally designed PowerPoint that maps the Learning Outcomes to assist the Trainer in presentation of the course. A sample of the slides can be seen in the above graphic.

All these items are available FREE of charge to AoFAQ Approved Centres when 10  Certificates are purchased in advance.

 Trainer, Assessor Requiements
Occupational Competence Requirements

 This is extracted from the Skills for Health Assessment Principles for First Aid Qualifications (October 2012 v1).

Trainers/Assessors must:

  • Be occupationally competent in the area of first aid. This can be evidenced by:
    •  holding a FAW certificate issued by either HSE or an Awarding Organisation/Body or having
    • registration as a doctor with the General Medical Council (GMC)
    • registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
    • registration as a paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) 
  • Be occupationally competent in the area of training and/or assessing in line with the Learning and Development NOS 9 Assess Learner Achievement. This could be evidenced by holding a qualification such as:
    • SQA Accredited Learning and Development Unit 9DI – Assess workplace competences using direct and indirect methods – replacing Units A1 and D32/33
    • SQA Accredited Learning and Development Unit 9D - Assess workplace competence using direct methods – replacing Units A2 and D32
    • QCF Qualifications based on the Learning and Development NOS 9 Assess Learner Achievement
    • Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment (QCF)
    • Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement (QCF)
    • Level 3 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment (QCF)
    • Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (QCF)
    • A1 or D32/D33
    • A2 or D32
    • Further and Adult Education Teachers Certificate
    • Cert Ed/PGCE/B Ed/M Ed
    • PTLLS/CTLLS/DTLLS
    • S/NVQ level 3 in Training and Development
    • S/NVQ level 4 in Training and Development
    • IHCD Instructional Methods
    • IHCD Instructor Certificate
    • English National Board 998
    • Training Group A22, B22, C21, C23, C24 TQFE (Teaching Qualification for Further Education)
    • NOCN Tutor Assessor Award

 Note: This list is not exhaustive.

Trainers/Assessors should also be able to provide a detailed, chronological list of evidence to show that they have regularly provided EFAW/FAW assessments during the previous three years. If this is limited, evidence of other first-aid assessments may be provided.

 No formal Trainer/Assessor qualifications

 It is recognised that trainer/assessors may not hold formal qualifications but may have significant experience in undertaking these roles. It is expected that the trainer/assessors be registered and working towards formal qualifications within one year and that the qualifications are gained within two years.

During this period a portfolio should be maintained and include details of knowledge and experience gained and the time period over which they were applied, and any contributing training undertaken and the learning outcomes achieved. There should be evidence that the individual has conducted at least two practical and two theoretical first-aid training/assessing sessions under the supervision of a qualified assessor.

 Internal Quality Assurers
   Internal Quality Assurers must:

  • be occupationally competent in the area of first aid. This can be evidenced by:
    •  holding a FAW certificate issued by either HSE or an Awarding Organisation/Body
    •  or having
    • registration as a doctor with the General Medical Council (GMC)
    •  registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
    •  registration as a paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
    •  have working knowledge of the requirements of the qualification they are quality assuring at the time any assessment is taking place
    • have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the role of assessors
    • Have visited and observed assessments and have carry out other related internal quality assurance

Note: It is understood that not all IQA’s will be qualified initially, and that sufficient time should be considered to achieve these qualifications. During this time centres should ensure that IQA’s are following the principles set out in the current Learning and Development NOS 11 Internally monitor and maintain the quality of assessment. This could be evidenced by holding a qualification such as:

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

Note: This list is not exhaustive. 

 Links and Downloads

Information Links
Skills for Health http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/
Health & Safety Executive (HSE) First Aid Section http://www.hse.gov.uk/firstaid/
HSE GEIS3 A guide for employers - Selecting a first-aid training provider. (pdf) http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/geis3.pdf
The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981. Guidance on Regulation http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/l74.htm
First aid needs assessment http://www.hse.gov.uk/firstaid/needs-assessment.htm
Resusciation Council UK AED Guidelines Guidelines for the use of AEDs (pdf)
Qualification Specification  Qualification Specification L2 Award in CPR and AED
Level 2 Award in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrilltion (QCF)
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