I’ve been searching around, so I’m sorry Mods for creating another thread, but I can’t find what I’m looking for despite knowing I have seen it before…
If memory serves me correctly, as a heart start instructor we cannot teach others outside the organisation heart start and “sign them off”… Is there a reason for this? As St John’s are happy for us to certify fellow CFAV’s, and the organisation is happy to accept that as a baseline standard, so why not others outside the RAFAC?
I’m trying to give an answer to someone who has asked the above, and all I can remember is that we can’t do it. I’d gladly hear that I’m wrong. If I’m right I’d like to go back with more than just “No coz I said so”.
Thank you, and sorry if this is lurking and my search skills are in need of improvement!
“ It has been brought to my attention by HQAC Corp First Aid Officer, that a number of Squadrons from within Central & East Region have been delivering Community Heartstart Courses over the last 12 months. This practice must stop immediately as under no circumstances are we permitted to deliver community Heartstart courses.
I need to make it very clear that RAFAC instructors are not permitted to deliver to members of the public as we do not have insurance cover to do so. If the Squadron have a direct connection, as in parents/ gaurdians of cadets or civilian committee members, then we can support the delivery of a course, but this is the only reason Heartstart courses can be delivered that are not directed at Cadets or CFAVs.”
I suspect that is true, given the MOD only indemnify members of the organisation.
It comes down to professional indemnity / public liability insurances I expect. If you are instructing externally, you would not be insured unless you hold appropriate professional indemnity or public liability insurance. The two are subtly different - PLI is about claims of injury, illness or property damage by a member of the general public against you/your organisation. Professional indemnity is about claims made by whoever you are training for professional negligence or mistakes you make - i.e. if you give them some incorrect training.
This situation is the same as in the AT world - instructing within the organisation you do not need your own insurance (as the MOD indemnifies) however if you start instructing privately you need PI / PLI insurance, which in some cases are provided via membership of the appropriate National Governing Body.
To that end I’d query the line in that piece that mentions parents/guardians. Civ com members are members of the organisation so I’d say that is OK.
Years ago, and I’m going way back now, when the Annie’s first arrived en-masse on Sqns and Heartstart was new and shiny, we were told that we should be running Heartstart courses in the local community as it was part of the agreement in the Corps getting all the Annie’s, that we then trained the local community and not just the Squadron Cadets.
The heartstart course has been superseded by Call Push Rescue. I think if you want to deliver that training locally all you would need to do is register and show you have a more advanced qualification. They provide a set of 10 inflatable annies. I used to run free courses in C.P.R. when I had my own business.