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Name: Qualsafe Level 3 First Response Emergency Care (RQF)

Clinically Endorsed: by the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care (FPHC)

Approved by: Qualsafe

Qualification Type: Ofqual Regulated

Guided Learning Hours: 35 

Total Qualification Hours: 35

Class size maximum: 6 Learners (1 Trainer)

Course Duration: 5 days                   

£495 per person

This qualification forms part of the QA Prehospital Care suite of qualifications. The qualification and learning outcomes are based on the recommendations of:

Resuscitation Council (UK)
Skills for Health Assessment Principles for First Aid Qualifications
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh – Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care

Statement of Endorsement

The QA Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (RQF) has been endorsed by the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. The Qualsafe Awards designed course also complies with the teaching and educational standards of the Faculty as described in the regulations.

This QA qualification is:

For people who work or hope to work as emergency care providers in various healthcare settings. Based on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) training standard for delivery of First Aid at Work (FAW) courses for the purposes of the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981

This qualification should give Learners a foundation level of pre-hospital care knowledge and clinical practice to deal with a range of pre-hospital care situations.

This qualification specification provides information for Centres about the delivery of the QA Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (RQF) and includes the unit information, assessment methods and quality assurance arrangements. 

Information Links: 

Sepsis Trust                                           http://sepsistrust.org/
 Stroke                                                   https://www.stroke.org.uk/
 BHF                                                      https://www.bhf.org.uk/
 Asthma                                                 http://www.asthma.org.uk/
 Diabetes                                               https://www.diabetes.org.uk/
 Epilepsy                                               https://www.epilepsy.org.uk/
Allergy UK                                           http://www.allergyuk.org
Anaphylaxis                                          http://www.anaphylaxis.org.uk


This regulated and nationally recognised pre-hospital care qualification is ideal for those seeking a career in the emergency services, ambulance service, the event and security medical sector or those who work in high risk workplaces.

Over a 5 day period, learners will gain the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to deal with a range of pre-hospital care emergencies, such as: managing a patient’s airways, catastrophic bleeding, management of fractures, medical emergencies and more.

Ideal as an alternative to the First Person on Scene Intermediate (FPOSi) qualification, the QA Level 3

Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (RQF) also forms part of a progressive suite of pre-hospital care qualifications that lead to the QA Level 6 Diploma in Paramedic Practice (RQF).

Endorsed by The Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care – The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and fulfilling the competencies set out in the PHEM skills framework at descriptor level D, this fantastic qualification is perfect for a range of roles in emergency care, such as: Event Medical Responder, Emergency Care Support Worker and more.

Suitable For:

Community first responders
Co responder e.g. police, fire and other emergency services
First aid trainers
Close protection
Event medical industry
Voluntary sector 
Cabin crew

Entry Requirements:

Learners must be at least 17 years old on the first day of the training.

There are no other formal entry requirements but to benefit from the learning we advise that Learners have a minimum of Level 2 in literacy and numeracy or equivalent and a basic understanding of first aid.