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Training during COVID 

Updated 22.10.2021

In Wales we are still able to travel to work (if you can't work from home) and to essential work based training. As such we will continue to deliver our essential training courses, which saves lives in the workplace and eases the strain on the NHS. 

Ventillation during winter months

We will partially open windows and doors in the colder months to provide acceptable ventilation. Where possible we will open higher-level windows to hopefully create fewer draughts. In training rooms relying on natural ventilation, we will air the space by opening windows and doors as fully as possible to provide additional fresh air when people leave the room for a break. We recommend that you wear extra layers and warmer clothing for your course in case the area is cold.

Other safety measures remain

We're continuing to follow all government guidelines and we're applying additional safety measures at each of our training centres.

Following the Welsh government guidelines updated in August, class sizes have reverted back to normal capacity. However, our other additional safety measures remain in place, including maintaining rigorous manikin sanitising for CPR practise where required, hand sanitisers are available around the building, and regular handwashing is still encouraged. On attending a course at one of our centres, you will also be asked to wear a mask whilst moving around the premises.

You can find the full list of measures below. 

Do you have any Covid symptoms?

Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 should not attend training and instead inform us by giving our team a call on 0345 678 5646

Government guidance is changing regularly, please check back here for any updates.

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Will rescue breaths be taught on first aid courses?

St John Ambulance Cymru are members of The First Aid Quality Partnership, who have released the below statement:

In response to the increased prevalence of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases and the increased transmission of the new variants, the First Aid Quality Partnership (FAQP) and HSE supports the position of Resuscitation Council UK that practical demonstration of rescue breaths may be omitted from first aid training courses, as a precautionary measure while CoVid transmission rates remain high.

As of 17th February 2021, due to the high transmission rates of COVID-19, St John Ambulance Cymru has taken the decision to temporarily, cease physical demonstration and assessment of rescue breaths on our first aid courses. We will continue to teach the theory of rescue breaths, but without the physical demonstration. This is a temporary change and will be reviewed regularly. 

Due to the evidence surrounding the importance of rescue breaths for children, we will continue to demonstrate and assess rescue breaths on our assessed paediatric first aid courses.

Training on your premises

We are still able to offer training at your premises, as long as your Organisation is currently allowed to be open.

Your premises must meet the current government guidelines. In addition all course attendees may be asked to wear a mask when moving around the classroom. If you have a booking in place but feel your premises is not appropriate to use, please contact the team asap on 0345 678 5646 or email Training@sjacymru.org.uk

Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 should not attend the training.

What if I have booked on a training course, but I can’t make it now?

Courses are in high demand at the moment. If you know you are not going to be able to attend the course please let us know ASAP before the course.

Call 0345 678 5646 or email training@sjacymru.org.uk

 

Travelling to your course

Government guidance for staying safe whilst travelling to your training centre can be found here.

When will we be open for training?  

Our training centres across Wales are now open and adhering to Welsh Government guidance.

The safety of our delegates is paramount and so if the Welsh Government advice changes, we will support this.

Further advice we will be following includes:

Public Health Wales
Health & Safety Executive

Paediatric First Aid Certificate Extended

How will we be keeping you safe?

We've implemented the following measures to ensure you and your delegates will be safe in our training centres:

Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 will be asked to not attend training - A free transfer to a future course will be provided

Hand sanitiser is readily available - all entering our centres will be asked to use this
We may check your temperature before you enter our classrooms - making sure everyone is well and able to take part
You will be asked to wear a mask   Masks must be worn when moving around the building.
Staggered break times - limiting the amount of people mixing
Maintaining rigorous manikin cleaning - all manikins contain a one way valve and are sanitised after each use
Continuing to provide gloves - for relevant training sessions


FAQ's

But where can I train? What do I do if my certificate is going to expire soon?
We've got all the answers to these questions and more below!

Where can I train?

All our venues are open, please check our website for a full list. Website - https://training.stjohnwales.org.uk/

Which courses will I be able to book?

All of them! Our entire range of courses will be available to book, although you should only book onto training that is a required part of the work or operation of your business (e.g. is necessary for compliance with health and safety or other legislation).

Will you still be providing on-site training?

Yes, providing you are able to meet and adhere to the latest government guidelines.
 
Please note: minimum delegate numbers apply.

Where can I purchase first aid supplies?

Looking to stock up or replace expired supplies? We've got you covered! We continue to supply first aid kits, defibrillators, PPE and more. 

Order your supplies here

My certificate has expired or is about to, what can I do?

You should book a course to renew your certificate as soon as possible. If your certificate expired some time ago and are not sure which course you need to book, our Customer Service Team can help. Call us on 0345 678 5646 or email us at  training@sjacymru.org.uk.

All Health and Safety Executive (HSE) certificate extensions for Covid 19 ended on 31 March 2021.

What can I do to refresh my skills before I attend my next training course?

Our friends at St John Ambulance in England are giving first aiders free access to their online e-learning First Aid at Work annual update course for a limited time.

The e-learning course will help first aiders keep on top of their first aid skills, refresh their knowledge either in the workplace or at home.

Please note: The e-learning course doesn't replace or update your current qualification. You will still need to complete your requalification course for a new and valid certificate.

 Click to register and gain access to the e-learning update 

Why train with us?

Throughout the Covid-19 crisis, our volunteers have been on the front line providing vital support in communities across Wales.

Profits from the sale of our training courses and supplies help fund our charitable work, including; community and schools first aid training, running youth programmes, where children and young people can be taught the skills they need to save a life as well as developing their personal and professional skills.

Thank you for your continued patience. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

 

 


 

Welcome to St John Ambulance Cymru

 

 

Why choose St John Ambulance Cymru as your training provider?

Apart from training with a name you can trust to ensure your staff receive quality training we offer our customers...

  • Free advice service, over the phone or we will come to you
  • Your staff can attend at one of our conveniently located training centres or we will come to you and train on your premises
  • Qualified trainers who can draw on their personal first aid and health and safety experience
  • All inclusive costs - no hidden extras
  • Full range of courses and supplies - your one-stop shop
  • We send you reminders when your staff are due to renew their certificates.
  • Online booking system, so you can check availability and book instantly at a click of a button
  • We have your back - if your staff use their first aid skills outside the workplace when your insurance doesn't cover them, we will.

Did you know?

Profits from the sale of our training courses and supplies help fund our charitable work, including:

  • Community and Schools first aid training
  • Running youth programmes, where children and young people can be taught the skills they need to save a life as well as developing their personal and professional skills

When choosing to train with St John Ambulance Cymru you'll get exceptional service, be supporting your community and you'll be meeting your corporate social responsibility goals!