Compliance and Regulatory Requirements
Level 3 Award in The First Person on Scene Intermediate (RQF) qualification has been designed to provide the knowledge and skills to stabilise a patient for up to forty minutes until an ambulance or other pre-hospital care provider arrives. The knowledge and skills taught as part of the course are designed for the first person at the scene to intervene within a scope of practice to utilise life saving interventions to preserve life and prevent deterioration of the patient.
This qualification is the foundation for AoFAQ’s suite of Pre-Hospital Care qualifications and enables progression up to a Level 4 Diploma.
Clinical endorsement of the qualification is by the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care, Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh and the Association of First Aiders. The qualification meets Grade descriptor C of the faculty of pre hospital care, pre hospital emergency medicine skills framework
• Community first responders
• Co responder e.g. police, fire and other emergency services
• First aid trainers
• Close protection
• Event medical industry
• Voluntary sector
• Cabin crew
There are no specific requirements to undertake the qualification however it is strongly recommended that learners hold an emergency first aid at work qualification or equivalent and hold a level 1 or above in literacy and numeracy. Learners must be 18 years of age or older to commence the training.
Note: The term “FPOS” must not be used with this qualification as FPOS is a registered Tradename of Pearson. This restriction includes but not limited to training, assessment and marketing materials.” The AoFAQ Level 3 Award in the First Person on Scene Intermediate (RQF) qualification is a new Level 3 qualification.
Level 3 Award in The First person on Scene Intermediate (RQF)
Clinically Endorsed: by the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care (FPHC)
Approved by: the Association of First Aiders
Qualification Type: Ofqual Regulated
Guided Learning Hours: 24
Total Qualification Hours: 30
Class size maximum: 8 Learners (1 Trainer)
Support: Scheme of work, Comprehensive PowerPoint now available.
Progression: A suite of qualifications are being developed up to Level 5 for earner progression
Professional Memberships: On completion of this qualification, the learner is eligible for Level C membership, of The Faculty of Pre Hospital Care
Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria
1 Understand the role and responsibilities of the first person on scene during an emergency incident.
• 1.1 Explain the role and the responsibilities of the first person on scene.
• 1.2 List the types of personal protective equipment to be worn at an incident.
• 1.3 Explain the principles of scene safety.
• 1.4 Explain how to minimise the risk of infection.
• 1.5 Explain how to undertake a dynamic risk assessment of an incident scene.
2 Understand the principles of scene management in pre-hospital care.
• 2.1 Differentiate between the capabilities of different emergency services personnel.
• 2.2 Explain the principles of using appropriate radio communications at an incident.
• 2.3 Differentiate between patients using the principles of triage to manage in accordance of the most life threatening conditions first.
• 2.4 Demonstrate scene safety management.
3 Know the principles required for effective and safe patient assessment in the pre-hospital care setting.
• 3.1 Explain the requirements for gaining consent from a patient before providing emergency care.
• 3.2 Explain the principles of communicating with patients.
• 3.3 Explain how to undertake a manual handling risk assessment.
• 3.4 Summarise the functions of the spine.
• 3.5 Summarise the principles of how to keep the back healthy.
• 3.6 Summarise the principles of undertaking a primary survey.
4 Be able to assess an incident for dangers and respond appropriately.
• 4.1 Demonstrate how to assess an incident for any dangers to the first person on scene, the patient and others.
5 Be able to assess patient’s levels of consciousness.
• 5.1. Demonstrate how to assess a patients levels of consciousness using:
6 Be able to recognise and manage a patient with a catastrophic bleed.
• 6.1 Explain the term ‘catastrophic bleeding’.
• 6.2 Explain the recognition features of catastrophic bleeding.
• 6.3 Summarise the different types of bleeding:
• 6.4 Demonstrate how to apply direct pressure.
• 6.5 Demonstrate how to apply indirect pressure.
• 6.6 Demonstrate how to apply a tourniquet.
7 Be able to assess and manage a patient’s airway and recognise and manage a patient with a suspected spinal injury.
• 7.1 Summarise how to recognise an obstructed airway.
• 7.2 Demonstrate how to place the patients head in neutral alignment.
• 7.3 Demonstrate how to open a patient’s airway using the head tilt and chin lift procedure.
• 7.4 Explain the types of situations which may indicate a cervical spine injury.
• 7.5 Demonstrate how to open a patient’s airway using the jaw thrust procedure.
• 7.6 Demonstrate postural airway management.
• 7.7 Demonstrate how to use suction.
• 7.8 Demonstrate how to size and insert an oropharyngeal airway for an adult.
• 7.9 Demonstrate how to manage an adult patient who is choking in accordance with current guidelines.
8 Be able to assess and manage a patient who is not breathing normally.
• 8.1 Demonstrate how to assess if a patient is breathing normally.
• 8.2 Perform a respiratory assessment for breathing rate, depth and quality.
• 8.3 Demonstrate cardio-pulmonary resuscitation on an adult manikin in accordance to current guidelines.
• 8.4 Explain the safety considerations when using an automated external defibrillator.
• 8.5 Demonstrate how to use an automated external defibrillator safely and in accordance to current guidelines.
• 8.6 Explain the safety considerations when using oxygen.
• 8.7 Demonstrate how to administer oxygen via a bag valve mask.
• 8.8 Judge in accordance to current guidelines when to administer oxygen using:
28% venture mask
• 8.9 Summarise the different causes of unconsciousness.
• 8.10 Demonstrate how to place an unconscious patient in the recovery position.
9 Be able to assess a patient’s circulation and manage a patient who is in shock.
• 9.1 Demonstrate how to assess the presence, rate and rhythm of circulation.
• 9.2 Demonstrate how to assess a patient’s capillary refill time.
• 9.3 Summarise the different types of wounds:
• 9.4 Explain how to estimate the amount of blood loss based on the types of wounds.
• 9.5 Demonstrate how to manage a patient who is bleeding.
• 9.6 Explain the term ‘shock’.
• 9.7 Summarise the different types of shock:
• 9.8 Demonstrate how to manage a patient in hypovolaemic shock.
10 Be able to assess a patient’s level of disability.
• 10.1 Demonstrate how to reassess a patients levels of consciousness using:
• 10.2 Demonstrate how to perform a FAST test to recognise signs and symptoms of a possible stroke in a patient:
11 Know the principles of exposing the patient for further assessment and act upon environmental considerations.
• 11.1 Explain how to examine the clothes and areas surrounding the patient for signs of external bleeding.
• 11.2 Perform a head to toe secondary survey.
• 11.3 Explain how to undertake a patient history using
Signs and symptoms
Events leading upto the incident
12 Know how to recognise and manage a range of medical emergencies in the pre-hospital care setting.
• 12.1 Summarise the recognition features of a range of pre-hospital medical emergencies including:
Heart attack and angina
• 12.2 Explain the management of a range of pre-hospital medical emergencies including:
Heart attack and angina
• 12.3 Demonstrate the safe use of an adrenaline auto injector using a training device.
13 Know how to recognise and manage a range of trauma related emergencies in the pre-hospital care setting.
• 13.1 Summarise the recognition features and management of
Sprains and strains
• 13.2 Summarise the recognition features and management of:
• 13.3 Demonstrate the application of a cervical collar.
• 13.4 Summarise the recognition features and management of burns and scalds.
• 13.5 Summarise the management of a patient with an eye injury.
14 Understand the recognition features of red flag sepsis in the pre hospital care setting.
• 14.1 Explain the term ‘sepsis’.
• 14.2 Summarise the recognition features of red flag sepsis in accordance to current guidelines.
15 Know how to recognise emergency care equipment to assist the health care professional.
• 15.1 Explain how to handover a patient to a healthcare professional.
• 15.2 State the purpose of a range of emergency care equipment.
16 Be able to manage a paediatric patient who is not breathing normally.
• 16.1 Demonstrate how to perform cardio-pulmonary resuscitation on a child and an infant in accordance to current guidelines.
• 16.2 Demonstrate how to manage a choking child and infant in accordance to current guidelines.
• 16.3 Demonstrate how to place an unconscious infant and a child in the recovery position.
The practical Learning Outcomes are assessed by observation.
• Multi Choice Questions (MCQ) for theory and underpinning knowledge.
• The Practical demonstration of skills
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.