As you will be aware, on March the 23rd 2020, the Government applied a national lockdown to the UK and therefore we suspended our face-to-face training.
On the 3rd of June 2020, the Government set out their steps for businesses up and down the country to resume their activities, this includes The Training Fox, with specific changes to be made to the way that our training takes place.
In order to provide confidence to our customers and learners, we have compiled this page to show the steps that we have taken in order to comply with Covid-safe requirements set out by the Government and our Awarding Bodies. We are adhering to the Government’s 2m space, and if closer contact is necessary the 1m+ procedures, including the use of face coverings.
We want our customers and learners to feel safe whilst on our courses
Track and Trace
At the beginning of all our courses, we will ask all our learners to provide us with the following information to assist in the NHS Track and Trace protocols:
- Learner’s full name,
- A contact telephone number, and
- An e-mail address.
All attendance dates will be recorded on our Track and Trace document, and all this information will be securely destroyed 21 days after the end of your course.
Covid-19 Screening Survey
At the commencement of each course session you attend we will ask 7 questions:
- Has anybody who lives in your house been diagnosed with coronavirus in the last 14 days?
- Have you or anybody in your household been advised to self-isolate because you have coronavirus symptoms?
- Have you been advised to self-isolate because you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus?
- Are you or is anyone in your household suffering from flu, high temperature, new continuous cough or loss or change of sense of smell or taste?
- Have you been advised to self-isolate because you have entered the UK in the last 14 days?
- Have you been advised to shield because you are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)?
- Please can I take your temperature? (Not recorded).
In the Classroom
In the classroom, we are taking precautions to keep our learners and trainers safe. The number of learners on a course will depend entirely on the size of the room to be used. Learners will be seated 2 metres apart.
Hand sanitiser will be provided on the main table at the front to be used by the learners throughout the course, including when entering the room. We are also supplying a 30ml hand sanitiser spray to each learner to use throughout the course, and then take away with them.
Changes to Practical Assessments
Care of the Unconscious Casualty
In order to reduce close contact, the primary survey aspect of this assessment must be completed using a manikin, this will prevent learners placing their ears close to another’s mouth, even if both are wearing a face covering.
While in close contact rolling each other into the recovery position, both learners should be wearing a civilian 3-ply face covering.
All learners will act as a solo rescuer, thus minimising close contact.
Rescue breathing must still be included in CPR training and assessment, but we have taken steps to ensure safe performance:
- Alcohol wipes are available and should be used between each use to wipe the manikin down,
- Each learner has been provided with a training face shield, which should be used correctly each time learner is practising rescue breathing,
- Each of our manikins have their lungs replaced to the commencement of a course,
- All of our manikin faces are washed as per the manufacturer’s instructions after each course.
Should you have any questions about the manikins, please feel free to ask our trainers.
When practising the choking procedure, we have stopped the use of choking vests to reduce close contact with learners, we are currently encouraging learners to practice back slaps on a CPR manikin and demonstrate the abdominal thrusts using the manikin, but not to actually complete this skill.
Wounds and Bleeding
We provide all our learners with new, unused bandages as standard, (this has been the case since we started trading in 2015).
We ensure that bandaging is completed on another learner, providing face masks are worn through out. We have other options should learners be concerned by this, but bandaging will occur on another person in the real world.
We insist that all learners sanitise their hands prior to any bandaging practice taking place.
Application of Slings
As with wound dressings, we provide all our learners with a clean, unused sling to practice with. This is the basic standard that we have had in place since we started training in 2015.
Manual In-line Stabilisation
As with the Care of the Unconscious Casualty, learners must practice before assessment using a manikin, or themselves, when being assessed civilian 3-ply face masks must be worn.
Learners when closer than 2 metres to each other must wear a 3-ply civilian face mask, as well as sanitise their hands prior to any practice or assessment taking place.
Management of Anaphylaxis
All our Trainer Adrenaline Auto-Injectors are wiped with alcohol wipes between learner use, and learners are reminded to sanitise their hands before and after physical activities, we are also asking learners to use the trainers on themselves, and should they want to try on another learner, 3-ply civilian face covering is to be used.
On all our courses we provide each learner, to use on the course and take away with them, to practice and use as a reference:
- Course manual,
- Activity sheets (As necessary),
- Bandages (if you are attending a First Aid course),
- 30ml Anti-bacterial hand sanitiser.
We put our course packs together at least 72 hours before the start of the course to minimise the presence of the Covid-19 virus.
On the main trainer table, we also provide a 500ml Anti-bacterial hand gel, for use by the learners throughout. Should learners not bring their face covering with them, we do have a supply of disposable ones that can be accessed by our learners.
What Should I bring with me?
We require our learners to bring with them a 3-ply civilian face covering to be used at points throughout the course.
We also require, as per our Awarding Body requirements, a form of photographic identification.
According to the NHS Website the signs and symptoms of Covid-19 are:
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.