First Aid Responder

First Aid Response (FAR) PHECC accredited


This course can be booked by your line manager via the Health and Safety Helpdesk at See Helpdesk Flowchart for instructions

Course code FAR-SHST- 028:01

Why should you attend?

Under the Occupational First Aid Regulations 2007, there is a requirement on management, based on a risk assessment, to have a sufficient number of Occupational First Aiders trained and available in the workplace at all times. The First Aid Response course covers all of the occupational first aid requirements for places of work as outlined by the Health and safety Authority The number of Occupational First Aiders will depend on several factors including the size of the undertaking, the numbers employed, the hazards arising, access to medical services, employees working away from their employer’s premises and workers in isolated locations.

Who should attend?

Employees identified through a training needs assessment.


  • To provide employees with the knowledge, practical skills and understanding required to provide and coordinate first aid in the workplace in compliance with the requirements of the Occupational First Aid Regulations 2007 and the associated guide to these Regulation
  • To enable course participants to provide first aid for a person who becomes suddenly unwell or injured until the arrival of emergency medical services

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the first Aid Response Course participants will be able to:

  • Recognise and assess the causes and effects of sudden illness and/or injury in a pre-hospital environment and call for emergency medical services.
  • React to such pre-hospital emergencies.
  • Respond in a safe, effective and appropriate manner to such emergencies utilising the First Aid Response skill set.
  • Record and Report actions and interventions taken while responding to and managing such incidents and during handover to emergency medical services.
  • Retain a professional and caring attitude in your performance as a First Aid Responder NHSF Training Programme Brochure


Three days

Evaluation and assessment

 An assessment takes place at the end of the third day. There is a practical and theoretical element to the assessment. Participants complete a multiple-choice examination paper and undertake two skills assessments. In order to be successful, participants must achieve a mark of 80% or greater in each element of the assessment

Maximum number of participants

Maximum number of is 8 participants: 1 instructor for practical skills

 ** Occupational First Aiders must be refreshed every two years from date of course