We have now confirmed the dates of the FAIB/FOFATO Conferences/Annual General Meeting 2017 at the Alma Lodge Hotel, Stockport, Cheshire SK2 6EL on Thursday 5th October 2017 (Covering Training Providers from the North of England and Scotland and at the HertsFire Training & Development Centre, Longfield, Stevenage, Hertfordshire SG1 4AE on Thursday 26th October 2017 (Covering the south of England).
As people in the First Aid Industry are aware I have been involved for over 20 years and was Head of First Aid for the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) from 1995-2007. I have always been vocal and passionate about the numbers of people being trained in First Aid as well as wanting to raise the standards of First Aid training in the workplace.
I was asked to create The First Aid Industry Body (FAIB) by a number of Ex-HSE First Aid Training Providers in 2012 and it has now become a Nationally recognised name within the regulation of First Aid training.
I have recently been approached from stakeholders within the First Aid Industry about creating an Award for Childcare settings that recognises excellent staff knowledge within Paediatric First Aid.
I spoke to Paul Oates (Childcare Providers and Regulation) at the Dept. for Education regarding the creation of an Award and he said “Genuine award schemes designed to ensure that more people in childcare settings have the Paediatric first aid training they need so that they are able to deal with accidents and injuries for very young children are to be welcomed”.
“The Department of Education welcomes such schemes provided all are aimed at ensuring that staff in childcare settings are well trained and able to respond to emergencies quickly. I hope that the ‘In Safe Hands award’ scheme is successful in doing that”.
Following a number of discussions with interested parties within the First Aid Industry the First Aid Industry Body (FAIB) has now created the “In Safe Hands Award” – with the support of Flat Stan First Aid and Cardiac Science – to enable Nurseries, Pre-schools and Childminders to be recognised for strengthening their Paediatric First Aid skills and capabilities.
For more details please visit the “In Safe Hands” Tab on the website by clicking here
FAIB is exhibiting at the First Aid Conference for Trainers on Friday March 3rd 2017, Dunfermline, nr Edinburgh. Please come and speak to Ian and his team – we look forward to meeting you! More details about the Conference can be found here :- First Aid Conference
FAIB fully supports the work being done by Flat Stan First Aid in bringing basic First Aid to youngsters (aged 4-11 years) in schools and nurseries.
FAIB have agreed that Flat Stan First Aid can utilise our list of Training Providers and Trainers/Assessors should they need a Trainer/Assessor in any part of the United Kingdom.
FAIB will also be selling Flat Stan manikins and books on our website www.fofato.co.uk
The (3rd) FAIB STOCKPORT Conference/Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 12th October 2016 (starting at 9.00 for 9.30 am) at the Cheshire Conference and Events Centre, Stockport, Cheshire SK3 9DD.
Please click here to download a Registration Form
The (3rd) FAIB/FOFATO Conference/Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday 6th October 2016 (starting at 9.00 for 9.30 am) at the HertsFire Training & Development Centre, Longfield, Hertfordshire SG1 4AE.
We have listened to our Registered Training Providers/Members and subsequently arranged a Conference in the South of England this year.
As FAIB has gained official recognition from HSE in 2016 we feel there is lots to discuss this year – together with the frequent e-bulletins from HSE plus many other topics.
Further details will be sent in the near future and please click the link HERE to download a registration form for the Hertfordshire Conference
We are still considering Conferences in Stockport & Mid Scotland for later this year and would be grateful if you could express your interest by email to email@example.com so we have an idea of possible numbers for both these areas.
FAIB Gains Recognition by HSE
The HSE e-bulletin issued on 8th June 2016 finally gives FAIB the recognition from HSE that we have been seeking since October 2013.
We will now work to ensure that other HSE sources of information on First Aid (Website, ACOP, Employer Guidance and Skills for Health) are amended to ensure that a Level Playing Field in terms of choice is achieved. Please click here to view the latest HSE Newsletter and scroll down to the bottom of the page.
FAIB has now produced a range of First Aid books including FAW, EFAW and Paediatric First Aid.
These books were ready for distribution in November 2015 following consultation with over 100 of our Registered Training Providers and discussion at our Conference in October 2015.
However following the publication of the UK and European Guidelines we made a decision (unlike some other publishers) to hold back on distribution until an agreement has been reached across the First Aid Industry. We did this so that consistency could be reached across the First Aid Industry.
These books will be available by the end of February 2016.
We are pleased to let you know that FAIB has now been awarded 3rd Party Certification via Alcumus Isoqar a UKAS Accredited Certification Body.
The Management System of FAIB has been approved and is compliant with ISO 9001.
The scope of the Registration covers the Regulation of First Aid Training Providers and First Aid Trainers/Assessors.
You will now see the UKAS logo on the FAIB website
Dear Registered Training Providers,
This is just a short note to explain the position of FAIB in relation to the Resuscitation Guidelines 2015.
We know that many of our Registered Training Providers are receiving updates relating to the recent Guidelines from a variety of sources and from Social Media forums.
As far as FAIB are concerned there is no need to make a knee jerk reaction because as always the Resuscitation Council will allow ample time to implement those changes.
I have therefore asked our Advisory Panel and Medical Experts to have a thorough look at the Guidelines 2015 with the intention of producing a summary of the changes that will directly affect First Aid Training as soon as possible.
FAIB would like to see a position where the Various groups involved in our Industry (an expert representative from a Trade Body, an expert representative from an Awarding Organisation, an expert representative from the Voluntary Aid Societies and possibly a Representative from the UK Resuscitation Council and if they wish to attend an expert Representative from the Health & Safety Executive work together for the best interests of the Industry and achieve some sort of consistency across all Training Providers.
Ian Kershaw MBE
The First Aid Industry Body