PHECC Accredited
First Aid Response (FAR)

PHECC & HSA Approved

A First Aid Responder may be a healthcare practitioner or a member of the public who has undertaken a First Aid Response course incorporating the Cardiac First Response standard. In addition to CFR skills, the First Aid Responder possesses defined skills in the further management of a patient who has become suddenly ill or injured in the pre-hospital environment until the arrival of emergency medical services. The First Aid Responder is able to assess and manage these patients in accordance with PHECC clinical practice guidelines (CPGs).

The First Aid Response standard adopts a uniform approach to interacting with patients and other Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in the pre-hospital setting. Finally, First Aid Responders must be able to demonstrate a commitment to the process of continuous responder competence and will be required to maintain their skill levels in First Aid Response including CFR at defined intervals.

Who should attend?

Anyone who wants to be trained and certified as a First Aid Responder and deliver first aid care according to the protocols taught in the course. This course replaces the Occupational First Aid Course and is recommended standards for workplaces.

Course Objectives

Learners who successfully complete this Course will:

  • Deal with life-threatening or potentially life-threatening conditions in the pre-hospital environment until the arrival of emergency medical services
  • Provide First Aid Response for conditions not thought to be life-threatening but are necessary to prevent further harm before the emergency medical services arrive
  • Provide pre-hospital First Aid Response in a wide range of environments including home and recreational settings
  • Display the requisite personal skills including composure, competence, and self-confidence while understanding their limitations
  • Recognise and be able to cope with the additional challenges provided by “Special Circumstances” for which additional training must be completed

English is the language in which training is delivered and participants must have a good command of the English language. If participants wish to bring an interpreter they may do so but prior notice must be given to Synergie Education.

Course Programme

  • Patient Assessment
  • Incident Procedures
  • Cardiac First Response (CPR & AED, Choking & Stroke)
  • Common Medical Emergencies (Asthma, Diabetes, Seizures, Poisoning & Fainting)
  • Injury Management & Shock (Bleeding, Bone Injuries, Sprains, Strains & Dislocations, Shock)
  • Care of the Unconscious Patient
  • Burns & Electrical Injury Care
  • Hypothermia & Hyperthermia
  • Information Management
  • Communications
  • The Well-Being of the First-Aid Responder

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Methods of Training

The course is highly interactive with each theory session being followed by a demonstration, practical tasks and assessment of individual skills. Training will be delivered on a ratio of 1 mannequin and 1 training AED for every 3 learners as stated in the new standard. All participants receive a comprehensive first aid manual.


1 instructor per 6 Students meeting the PHECC education & training standards.


Assessment will be by continuous assessment & MCQ Exam on completion you will get a PHECC National Responder Certificate/Card.


First Aid Responders must refresher every 2 years.