Community First Responder Training

Once the application process is complete you will start your training programme. The training is intended not only to provide you with the skills to carry out the responder role but to build your confidence and ensure you have reached the required level before finding yourself alone dealing with a patient.

The training programme consists of three parts:

Pre-learning: 6 online learning modules provide all the background knowledge you need to allow you to maximise the benefit of the classroom days you will attend.

Classroom attendance: Consisting of 3 days of tutor-led instruction, discussion, practical session and scenarios to allow you to consolidate your learning and practice your new skills.

Assessments: It is important to ensure the safety of patients that your level of competence is assessed. This is done by a selection of practical assessments and short written paper. The assessments are not designed to catch you out but to give both yourself and North West Ambulance Service the confidence that you are ready to deal with patients.

Once you have completed your assessment and become a 'live' responder, you will be required to complete a number of manditory training modules each year and to sucessfully pass an annual reassessment. This is to ensure your skills remain current and to the required standards. Other development opportunities may arise that you can attend.