First Response Emergency Care (FREC) Level 4 Course

Qualsafe Awards Level 4 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (RQF)

Course Type: Classroom Course and Self-Directed Learning

COURSE OVERVIEW

This Qualsafe Awards regulated course is nationally recognized as a high quality Pre-hospital Care Level 4 qualification that is respected by many medical companies and healthcare organizations.

The FREC Level 4 course is popular because it is a qualification that can be used for some ambulance work, event medical cover and in other environments. The course has been developed as a result of a partnership between Qualsafe Awards (QA) and the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh who clinically endorse the qualification.

The course is based on Skill Set E of the prehospital provider competencies framework.

FREC Level 3

PROGRESSION

The FREC Level 4 certificate can be used as a valued qualification that is recognized and accepted by numerous employers. For example, companies who provide event medical cover, ambulance services and security services.

The course is ideal for anyone who wants to progress their career within the NHS and/or the private ambulance sector – for example working as an Emergency Care Assistant, Intermediate Ambulance Practitioner, Associate Practitioner or healthcare assistant and/or anyone who has a specialist medical role within the military, police and/or fire services.

In addition the FREC Level 4 course can be used to progress into a career working as a Paramedic because it is the second level of a progressive suite of pre-hospital care qualifications that lead to the QA Level 6 Diploma in Paramedic Practice (RQF). Therefore, if you would like to be an HCPC registered Paramedic, this is another way to do it if you are unable to go to university.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

This qualification forms part of the QA Prehospital Care suite of qualifications. The qualification and learning outcomes are based on the recommendations of the Resuscitation Council (UK), Skills for Health Assessment Principles for Qualifications that Assess Occupational Competence and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh – Faculty of PreHospital Care.

The QA FREC Level 4 qualification is ideal for people who work as emergency care providers, in various healthcare settings, who are expected to assess patients using a variety of methods including physiological measures and be able to act on their findings. It is also for people who have a specific responsibility at work, or in voluntary and community settings, to provide prehospital care to patients who may require emergency and urgent care/treatment.

This qualification should give Learners an intermediate level of prehospital care knowledge and clinical practice to deal with a range of prehospital care situations. To find out more about this course please have a look at the Qualification Specification that can be downloaded from this page.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

All course participants must be at least eighteen years old on the first day of the training.

PLEASE NOTE

You must have successfully completed a QA FREC Level 3 course and your FREC 3 certificate must be valid on the first day of the FREC Level 4 course. Your valid FREC Level 3 certificate will need to be shown to the instructor on the first day of your FREC Level 4 course.

There are no other formal entry requirements. However, to benefit fully from the FREC Level 4 training course, Qualsafe Awards advise that all learners should have a minimum of Level 2 in literacy and numeracy or equivalent.

Our instructors are experienced trainers and healthcare professionals and they will always do their best to assist any course participant who is, for instance, is dyslexic and/or has a physical disability.

Please note that our Ipswich medical training centre is easily accessible to wheelchair users and it also has a properly-equipped wheelchair-accessible unisex toilet.

All Qualsafe Award courses use the English language so all FREC course participants should be able to speak, read and understand English. You will also be required to show the instructor a valid form of photographic identification on the first day of the course. In addition you may be asked to sign a learning agreement.

You will obviously be required to comply with all of our COVID-19 precautions. If you feel unwell or have a temperature during your classroom course you will be asked go home immediately

COURSE CONTENT

This course will give you the essential knowledge, practical skills and confidence that are required to recognize and treat injuries and sudden illnesses in a safe, prompt and effective way.

Your First Response Emergency Care Level 4 course will include many topics including the following…

  • Initial patient assessment
  • Physiological observations
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Heart disease
  • Electrocardiogram application and monitoring
  • Managing a patient’s airway – Supraglottic airways Medical gases – including dosages and administration
  • Thoracic trauma
  • Sepsis
  • Emergency maternity care
  • Respiratory disorders and infections
  • Mechanisms of injury and kinetics
  • Triage Full body and limb immobilisation
  • Sexual assault
  • Major incidents
  • Psychosocial development in children
  • Emergency care for sick and injured children
  • Mental health crisis
  • Assisting the clinician with clinical interventions….and much more!!!!

All of our courses are tailored to the specific individual requirements of each course participant so our instructors will always do their best to answer questions with regard to any additional topic and/or give personal one-to-one tuition when individual course participants need additional help.

COURSE STRUCTURE

Your six-day classroom course will be divided into two x three-day segments.

This qualification contains ONE mandatory unit that is divided into three different components. The Total Qualification Time (TQT) is 180 hours. If you need or would like some additional time with your instructor (e.g. to practice a new skill) it will be provided free of charge if you have attended the classroom course.

We also offer a BLENDED FREC Level 4 course.

If you would like to attend a blended course you will be required to ‘attend’ twelve x 4-hour online training sessions (using Zoom) and a minimum two days of practical work and assessments in our training room. The aforementioned assessments will include two x invigilated examinations. You will also be required to successfully complete and pass three x workbooks.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

For full details, with regard to the many topics covered, please read the Qualification Specification.

COURSE DURATION

The total qualification time (TQT) for this course is 180 hours.

You will need to attend a six-day classroom course and complete 140 hours of self-directed study that will need to be done in your own time – i.e. before, during and after the course. If you need any advice you will be able to contact your course instructor anytime before, during or after the course.

Please note that the maximum time to complete the FREC Level 4 course (including any referrals) is one year. Therefore, if you are really busy and you want to complete your FREC Level 4 course over the maximum twelve months allowed, you will need to attend the six-day FREC 4 classroom course (that is split into two x three day segments) and then allocate only two or three hours a week to study.

Please note that this course requires you to successfully complete and pass three x workbooks. You will be allowed three attempts to answer each question. You will be expected to read about numerous medical topics and do other forms of self-directed study. You study can include watching relevant medical videos etc.

COURSE DATES

Please see our Course Dates page for details about our forthcoming FREC Level 4 course dates that are open to everyone. To be fair to every course participant we book all course participants on a first-come-first-served basis.

COURSE TIMINGS

Please ensure that you arrive in our training room by 8.45am every day so that the course is able to start promptly at 9am and finish at 6pm. There will be a lunch break between 1pm and 2pm. In addition you will have a rest and refreshment break in the morning and also during the afternoon.

There will be disposable cups available. However, to help protect the environment and as a COVID-19 infection control precaution, please bring your own coffee cup or mug to the course!

Please note that all course participants are required to attend the whole classroom course so, if any course participant arrives late or leaves early any day, he or she may not be allowed to start or finish the course and/or obtain a FREC Level 4 certificate. In required, any additional one-to-one tuition with your instructor (i.e. to allow you to ‘catch-up’ with the rest of your learning group) may be charged.

COURSE LOCATION

Your course will be delivered in our own Medical Training Centre that is located on the ground floor of Unit 4, The Quadrangle Centre, The Drift, Nacton Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP3 9QR. Please see our map and directions.

ASSESSMENT(S)

During your course you will be continually assessed by your instructor to ensure that you understand each topic and are competent with regard to the practical skills required.

Your course will include three x practical assessments, two x skills tests and two x invigilated examinations. You will also be asked numerous questions to answer verbally.

In addition you will be required to complete and pass three x different workbooks. Completion of the workbooks must be done in your own time. All of your home study should be documented on a written Record of Self-Directed Learning form that we will give to you.

CERTIFICATION

On successful completion of your course you will receive a Qualsafe Awards Level 4 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care.

You will be very pleased to know that your FREC 4 certificate will not have an expiry date and therefore it will not need to be renewed. However, in order to remain a FREC 4 qualified person, you will need to attend refresher training once a year.

It is therefore recommended that you attend a one-day Immediate Life Support course every year. You will also need to maintain a detailed Continuing Professional Development (CPD) portfolio.

REQUALIFICATION

As previously stated (please see above) you will not need to do another FREC Level 4 course, or a requalification course, if you attend annual refresher training (e.g. a one-day ILS course) and you also maintain a detailed portfolio of your Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

COURSE FEE

Our fee for one FREC Level 4 course place is only £595.00 all-inclusive.

The above amount includes your full tuition fee, a comprehensive textbook(s), multiple handouts, unlimited refreshments, all disposables and additional items including your FREC Level 4 certificate.

There are various ways to pay for your course and funding may be available in some cases.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Parking. If you arrive by 08.45Hrs every day there should be some free car parking spaces immediately outside our training centre or nearby. Please do not park in spaces that belong to other companies. If you are disabled and need to park close to our building please tell us before the first day of your course and we will reserve a parking space for you.

Refreshments. We will supply unlimited refreshments every day – i.e. bottled water, tea, coffee, squash and biscuits. The majority of course participants bring a packed lunch every day. Alternatively you may prefer to buy your lunch from a nearby food outlet.

Clothing. Please wear comfortable clothes that will allow you to do various practical sessions – including a significant amount of work on the floor! Trousers and LIGHT shoes or trainers are ideal. You may also want to bring some knee pads!

Certificates. On completion of your course, after you have passed all of the practical and written assessments – including all three workbooks, we will send a certificate to you as soon as we receive it from Qualsafe Awards. No certificates are provided until full payment has been made.

Accommodation. If you would like some information about affordable local accommodation please contact us and we will send you full details.

Any questions? Please telephone us on 01473 499995. We are more than happy to answer any questions that you may have at anytime and/or to help you in any other way

FURTHER INFORMATION

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

When you arrival for your course every day your temperature will be taken. This will happen at least twice a day.

The instructor will also take and record his or her temperature at least twice a day. You will be required to observe social distancing at all times and/or wear PPE (face masks and disposable gloves) that ATC will supply. Every course participant will be given antiseptic hand gel that must be used on a regular basis and numerous times every day.

We will also be taking additional precautions for the foreseeable future. For example, drinks and biscuits will be prepared and given to you rather than making drinks yourself. You must also only touch learning resources and other items that you have been given.

If, at any time, you have a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature and/or a loss of (or change in) your normal sense of taste and/or smell you must inform the instructor immediately and go home if requested or if you feel unwell at any time when you are on the course. You will not lose your money of you miss some of the classroom course. You will be offered the opportunity to do your course again at no additional cost to you.

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. However, if you have any of the above mentioned symptoms, you must stay at home and arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19. A test can be arranged by using the Government website.

In addition please read our general Terms and Conditions that apply to all ATC courses

PAYMENT OPTIONS

As stated above there are various ways to pay for your course and funding may be available.

First Response Emergency Care (FREC) Level 4 Course

£595.00

SKU: First Response Emergency Care (FREC) Level 4 Category:

Description

This Qualsafe Awards regulated course is nationally recognized as a high quality Pre-hospital Care Level 4 qualification that is respected by many medical companies and healthcare organizations.

The FREC Level 4 course is popular because it is a qualification that can be used for some ambulance work, event medical cover and in other environments. The course has been developed as a result of a partnership between Qualsafe Awards (QA) and the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh who clinically endorse the qualification.

The course is based on Skill Set E of the prehospital provider competencies framework.

CONTACT US ABOUT THIS COURSE

For further details please call 01473 499 995 or fill in the contact form below.