The Health and Safety Authority published a statement (31/8/17) regarding the transition to the Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) First Aid Response (FAR) Education and Training Standard. The HSA has agreed that it will continue to recognise the QQI minor award for a further period of 4 months, up to 31st December 2017.
This is an update to the Circular that was published in June 2017, available from this link.
Impact for Providers and Learners
Providers with validated programmes where 5N1207 is delivered on its own or as part of residual credit, should consider its continued use in their programme in light of the HSA decision. They should also ensure that, under their procedures around information to learners, they advise learners of the HSA decision and its potential impact for them in the workplace. Providers who may be considering submitting a programme for validation for Level 5 Occupational First Aid are advised to consider the suitability of doing so in light of the HSA decision.