First Response Modules 10A&10B

In Scouting it’s best practice to have least one valid first aider at every face-to-face activity. You are valid if:
  • Your first aid is still valid from before the pandemic
  • You have completed the three sessions of Module 10A (online theory) during 2021
  • You have a relevant first aid certificate from other sources (e.g. work) that has been signed off in Compass.
The First Response (Module 10) is split into two parts; part A covers the theory and part B the practical validation.
The course aims to cover the skills and knowledge necessary to enable adults to manage an incident and provide basic first aid. It covers the necessary learning but members may also undertake training with external providers, so long as it meets the syllabus outlined below and is delivered by a reputable body. Examples of reputable bodies include:-St John Ambulance, The British Red Cross, British Canoeing, Mountain Training, etc.
First response is a minimum 6-hour programme and is now delivered in a number of ways in Greater London North.
  • 3 x 2hr online facilitated sessions followed by a short (30-40minute) face to face validation session (popular during lock down – but fewer sessions now available)
  • Face to face (6-hour training course) (sometimes split over two evenings)
  • Face to face (half-day 4-hour training course) with session 3 (Major Illness done as a zoom based online session)
We are regularly adding courses to our adult development programme and they can be booked HERE
If you don’t see what you want – please check back later – or look at what else is  in the London Region Training Diary  
If you and your Group have a particular training need – please let us know and we might be able to arrange bespoke first response training for you.
If your first aid has expired, you have until January 2022 to become compliant with your first aid training.
If you have done the three 10A sessions  (the theory), then you must complete 10B (the practical validation) within six months after London enters Green readiness level.
Module 10A covers the on-line learning of First Response and is currently split into three two-hour zoom sessions – 1) Life Support, 2) Major Illness, 3) Trauma and Injury. They can be done in any order.
Module 10B is the practical demonstration of specific parts of the Life Support section.
When you first join as an adult volunteer, you are required to undertake a minimum level of first aid training as part of your Wood Badge.  Once completed, you will need to keep your first aid current, through attending training every three years. (Part of mandatory training)
The syllabus has recently been adapted and now focused on conditions where prompt recognition and/or life-saving treatment is required. In addition, some conditions have been included because they occur more frequently on incident/accident reports submitted to both the Scouts and Girlguiding.  Our trainers will add some additional content not listed on the syllabus and this will be made clear to participants but will not detract from the core syllabus and training plan.
Module  10A: Session 1 – Life support
  • Introduce the participants to the theory and practical sides of the life support topics of first aid and discuss when each area may be needed.
  • a) Safe Approach
    b) Primary Survey and ABC assessment
    c) Adult CPR
    d) Child CPR
    e) AED
    f) Choking
    g) Unresponsiveness
    h) Recovery position
Module 10A: Session 2 – Major illness
  • To be able to understand the symptoms and signs for:
a) Asthma
b) Anaphylaxis
c) Heart Attack
d) Stroke
e) Seizures
f) Diabetes
g) Sepsis / Meningitis
h) heat stroke / heat exhaustion
i) hypothermia
  • To understand the planning and preparation needed for members with known conditions / illnesses.
  • To know where to look for help and advice from other sources related to these conditions / illnesses.
 Module 10A: Session 3 – Trauma and injury
  • Recognise the signs, and symptoms and understand what action needs to be taken when presented with:
a) Shock
c) Fractures and sprains
d) Head injuries
e) Dental incidents
f) Burns
If you are working towards your Wood Badge, completion of  the 10A modules is all that is required. Your Wood Badge will not be delayed while you wait for an opportunity to complete 10B. (This will not apply once we return to Green Readiness)
Module 10B 
The validation criteria for Module 10B is to know and demonstrate (or instruct a trainer) your skill in performing the following:
a) approach to and assessment of scene / incident;
b) CPR for an adult;
c) CPR for a child.
First Aid Learning (module 10A) must be completed and validated before First Aid Practical (module 10B).
Now we are moveing into Green Readiness levels, we are offering these sessions. They last  approximately 35 minutes and are in line with COVID restrictions for London, and run as rolling sessions at convenient venues around the County. As with all our training, you will be expected to book online, as numbers at each session will be limited.
I have a current First Aid certificate – do I still need to do 1st Response?
Possibly not. We have provided the requirements of 1st Response training.  If you have completed a first aid course which meets these requirements, then you simply need to provide this as evidence to your Local Training Manager or Training Adviser.
Will I ever need a higher level of training than 1st Response? 
A review of first aid within Scouting, highlighted that lots of activities take place in very remote environments, not just those in Terrain 2. The Headquarters’ review group felt that it was appropriate to update the rules, to reflect a higher first aid requirement for situations where groups are operating in more challenging environments.
Is there a list of equivalent qualifications for first aid?
No, this is not a simple task to keep up to date, so instead, headquarters provide the requirements for 1st Response (and full first aid certificates) so that people can check locally, dependent on the course they undertook and then match it up.   view Alternative Courses
What if my  alternative courses does not cover all of the listed topics, such as CPR for children – what should I do?
Where an external course does not cover an element of the syllabus the member should take the time to make themselves aware of the signs, symptoms and treatment of these conditions, or undertake additional training in order to cover them. It is often possible for participants to request additional topics to be covered during a First Aid course that they are attending or to speak with a local Scouts first aid trainer to cover the final elements.
Professions with First Aid experience
The Scouts recognises that some professions by the nature of the job will have a first aid element; for example Nurses, Midwives, Police Officers, Medical Practitioners, Members of HM Armed Forces, Ambulance Care – Assistants/Paramedics/Technicians, etc. to exempt these profession from undergoing more first aid training, they are required to provide evidence of an up-to-date qualification which should meet the criteria for what is considered our minimum standard.
A short cut to all things First Aid on the website can be found  HERE
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