FAR Bursary is NOW closed for applications. 

12.10.20 Update on FAR Responder Recertification

Full update from the PHECC Website

Due to the recent Government restrictions and the continuing challenges posed by Covid-19, please see updated PHECC Council advisory regarding FAR Responder Certification.

PHECC is the regulator responsible for ensuring the standards and quality of the First Aid Responder (FAR) course content, the examinations and the Recognised Institutions and Approved Training Institutions (RIs and ATIs) who are authorised, by PHECC to deliver the education courses. The PHECC FAR course is the only first aid certificate recognised by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA).

Responsibility for delivering PHECC courses is delegated to Recognised Institutions and Approved Training Institutions. A list of RI/ATIs that are recognised by PHECC to deliver PHECC courses can be found here.

As a healthcare regulator, PHECC are not in a position to approve or authorise RI/ATIs to open or not open during the current pandemic.  This decision should result solely from the RI/ATIs own risk assessment based on their ability to comply with government advice and guidelines. 

The appropriate authority to offer guidance in this area would be the Health & Safety Authority (HSA).

PHECC are very aware of the pressures that the current Covid-19 restrictions are placing on RI/ATIs who deliver PHECC responder level courses, and on organisations who are looking to access places on those courses for their staff.

PHECC acknowledged in March 2020 that if a Responders certification had lapsed, an RI/ATI may allow an extended grace period before a full course would be required to maintain FAR certification.

PHECC Council, at their meeting on November 12th 2020, further advise that if a Responders certification has expired between March 2020 and March 31st 2021, a Responder may complete the 2 day FAR refresher course to maintain FAR certification. 

PHECC have confirmed that they are not in a position to extend the expiry date on FAR certificates, which certifies a minimum level of competence in First Aid Response and neither are PHECC recognised RI/ATIs.

The Regulatory requirements to hold FAR certification does not originate from PHECC, it comes from the requirements of HSA, Tusla and other institutions.

PHECC have been in consultation with these institutions regarding their requirement for individuals to hold in date FAR certificates.

PHECC are pleased to be able to report that both HSA and Tusla are taking a very pragmatic approach to this requirement, as detailed in their respective websites.

The Health and Safety Authority acknowledge that the First Aid Regulations require employers, based on a risk assessment, to have sufficient first aid equipment and trained first aiders in the workplace. The regulations do not specify the training standard, duration of training and retraining and recertification periods but the Authority will continue to recognise first aid responders existing FAR certification during the Covid 19 pandemic while they wait to be recertified. Those first aiders can continue to administer first aid in the workplace.

Please see the HSA website for further information or contact them directly.

Tusla acknowledge due to the ongoing pandemic, Tusla and Dept of Children and Youth Affairs have agreed to extend the timeframe to meet this requirement to the end of February 2021. In addition, for those staff that already have FAR certification which has now expired or is due to expire – their certificates will remain valid until courses are up and running again.

Please see the Tusla website for further information or contact them directly.

PHECC will continue to engage with the RIs and ATIs and with the HSA and Tusla in regard to the requirement for, and provision of PHECC FAR education courses and certification and will continue to keep you up to date during these difficult times.

FAR Bursary is NOW closed for applications. 

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To support services to meet their regulatory requirement of having one staff member trained in First Aid Response (FAR) by February 2021; the Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) has extended and altered the FAR Reimbursement Fund which will fund one FAR first aid training place per registered early learning and care services / registered childminders to a maximum of €225 per full course or €175 per refresher course. 

The local City/County Childcare Committees (CCC) will continue to process the FAR applications.

To apply for the FULL FAR Reimbursement Fund, a registered service or registered childminder must:

  • Have an employee who has completed or have themselves completed either the full 18 hours FAR course or the 12 hours Refresher FAR course since January 1st, 2019.
  • Have paid for the employee / registered childminder to participate in the training.
  • Submit a copy of the receipt for training and a copy of the PHECC accredited FAR certificate.

To apply for the PARTIAL FAR Reimbursement Fund, a registered service or registered childminder must:

  • Have an employee who has completed or have themselves completed either the two day online theory element of the full FAR course or the one day online theory element of the refresher FAR course since the Public Health restrictions have been put in place
  • Have paid for the employee / registered childminder to participate in the training.
  • Submit a copy of the receipt for training and a copy of the letter from the PHECC accredited trainer guaranteeing that the employee has secured a place for the practical element of the FAR course. In this instance a maximum of 2/3 of the Bursary will be paid with the remaining paid on receipt of a copy of the PHECC accredited FAR certificate

PLEASE NOTE:

  • All forms must be fully completed and returned to your local CCC
  • Incomplete application forms will not be accepted.
  • All required documents must be attached to the application form.
  • Information provided by the applicant will only be used for the purpose it was intended and will be retained by the CCC for recording purposes.
  • The CCC will make the decision on funding and all decisions are final.

For more information on this please contact your Support and Development Officer (Bernie/Edel). Click here for your FAR reimbursement application form.

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FAR Update (19.05.20) From Tusla

The First Aid Responder (FAR) Education and Training Standard established by the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) is recognised by Tusla as the first aid course for children that meets the regulatory requirement. In an early years setting the number of people required to be trained in first aid for children (FAR) and that are available for first aid response is based on the service’s risk assessments, including the size of the service and the hazards identified. 

Currently where a service provides evidence that a person(s) is trained in First Aid for children and is available to children at all times the regulatory requirement is deemed to have been met by the Tusla Early Years Inspectorate. Prior to the COVID -19 pandemic this was to continue to be acceptable until the 31st May 2020. The regulatory requirement was due to change from the 1st of June 2020. The change required  is that at least one person(s) is to have  had undertaken the FAR (First Aid Response) course delivered by a trainer approved by PHECC to be available to children at all times in a service. 

Due to the ongoing pandemic, Tusla and Dept of Children and Youth Affairs have agreed to extend the timeframe to meet this regulatory requirement  to the end of February 2021.

In addition,  for those staff that already have FAR certification which has now expired or is due to expire – their certificates will remain valid until courses are up and running again.

02.04.20– For the latest update in relation to FAR Recertification, please follow this link to the PHECC website (https://www.phecit.ie/PHECC/Publications_and_Resources/Newsletters/Newsletter_Items/2020/CFR-A_Recertification.aspx

First Aid Response (FAR)

First Aid Response and First Aid Responder. The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) has established the First Aid Response standard. It offers training to individuals and groups who require a first aid skill set, including ‘cardiac first response’ – that is, providing first aid to someone having a heart attack or other heart-related issue. The PHECC standard is designed to meet first aid and basic life support (BLS) requirements
that a person known as ‘First Aid responder’ may need in emergency circumstances. 

Tusla recognises PHECC’s First Aid Response Education and Training Standard when delivered by a training provider approved by PHECC. It sees it as meetingthe required standard for compliance with the revised regulation in Early Years registered services. All successful course participants are given joint PHECC /Recognised Institution FAR certificates. The certificate expires after two years. Candidates may then re-certify if they wish.

From the 1 June 2020, to meet the regulatory requirement for Regulation 25, there must be at least one person who is FAR certified (First Aid Response) available to the children at all times. The number of people trained in FAR and available for first aid response is based on the service’s risk assessments, including the size of the service and the hazards identified. Where a service provides evidence of a person certified in FAR and being available to the children at all times, the regulatory requirement will be deemed to be met .

The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC): 

PHECC is the regulator for emergency medical services (EMS) in Ireland whoserole is to protect the public. PHECC is an independent statutory agency with responsibility for standards, education and training in the field of pre-hospitalemergency care. PHECC also maintain a statutory register of emergency medical services (EMS) practitioners. Further information available at: www.phecit.ie/.

Early Learning and Care Services can now get reimbursed for the cost of full or refresher FAR training. 

You can claim for one person to be trained per service. In order to claim, you must complete the form and submit with the staff member’s training cert and the receipt for the cost of the training. 

The list of training providers attached is not exhaustive, and you are not obliged to use a trainer from our list. You can use the PHECC approved training provider of your choice.