First Response Emergency Care (FREC) – Level 3
This entry point is aimed at people who may or may not have previous medical experience and who want to work as a pre-hospital emergency care provider, ie. events, close protection, maritime security etc, and is the ideal way to ensure that your clinicians have the ability to deal more effectively with their patients.
Over a 5 day period, learners will gain the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to deal with a range of prehospital care emergencies, such as: managing a patient’s airway, catastrophic bleeding, management of fractures, medical emergencies and more.
This course covers aspects including:
- Roles and responsibilities of a first responder
- Medical emergencies
- Patient assessment
- Airway management
- Adult, child and infant CPR & AED usage
- Return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) procedures
- Emergency oxygen
- Traumatic injuries
- Catastrophic bleeding
- Poisoning and intoxicating substances
- External and internal bleeding
- Helmet removal
- Neck, spine and pelvic immobilisation
- Environmental exposure
- Burns and scalds
- Minor injuries
- Incident reporting
The course consists of the following 3 units:
- Unit 1 – First Response Emergency Care
- Unit 2 – First Response Emergency Care of Trauma
- Unit 3 – First Response Emergency Care of Medical Conditions
- 6 Practical Assessments
- 3 Multiple Choice Exam Papers
- 1 Invigilated Exam
Most candidates will have to successfully complete FREC 3 before being allowed onto the FREC 4 course, however if you have NHS training at ECA level or above, you can go straight onto FREC 4. For those with no previous medical experience, you will have to do the full 5-day Level 3 before attempting FREC 4. If you can demonstrate appropriate prior medical learning/experience, you may be able to do the 3-day FPOS-I to FREC 3 conversion course, which should you choose, will ensure you are ready for the FREC 4. This shorter course is particularly suitable for those wanting clinical progression from FPOS-I.
Accredited by Qualsafe: This regulated and nationally recognised prehospital care qualification is clinically endorsed by The Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care – The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and fulfils the competencies set out in the Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM) skills framework at descriptor level D. It is also fully recognised by the Security Industry Authority (SIA).