SRFAC Updates for Training Centres (070921)

Dear Training Centres,

 

Updates and Reminders for all Accredited Training Centres (TCs)

 

Clearing of Backlog of Providers and Instructors and Certification Matters (Update)

  1. DORSCON Orange has lasted for more than a year since 7th February 2020. SRFAC’s initial allowance for healthcare and educational institutions, “2 X DORSCON Orange duration” to renew provider and instructor certificates since 27th March 2020 cannot continue indefinitely. Since the opening of phase 3 on 28th December 2020, training activities have resumed some normalcy with safe management measures in place, which, have been refined and implemented over time.
    • As such, Training Centres (TCs) will need to clear any backlog of expired Provider and Instructor certification by 31st December 2021. The backlogged certificates will be valid for 2 years from their immediate past expiry date (backdated) upon successful completion of the respective re-certification course.
    • From 1st January 2022, individuals seeking to renew their provider-level certificates (BCLS+AED, First Aid*, ACLS, LSCN, etc) will be eligible for enrolment of refresher course up to 3 months after expiry date. However, the acceptance/recognition of an expired certificate for operational deployment remains the purview of the respective employing/licensing organisations/agencies.

*TCs conducting Child First Aid (CFA) course should only start accepting enrolment for refresher CFA courses from Mar/Apr 2022 onwards (due to introduction of new content in June 2020, thus, only full course should be conducted until then).

 

3rd SRFAC Townhall (virtual) Materials (Update)

  1. SRFAC held its third townhall on 31st July 2021. We are thankful to our presenters and participants for a wonderful and enriching session. The townhall session’s video recording and presented slides (uploaded as PDFs) can be found at https://srfac.sg/2021/08/17/3rd-srfac-townhall-virtual-session-recording-and-presentation-slides/

 

First Aid Videos (Update)

  1. SRFAC has uploaded a total of 22 videos on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWsK6XKReuw0-c-mi73hIJA). The videos are intended to be used in conjunction with Singapore Resuscitation and First Aid Council (SRFAC) – accredited Standard First Aid (SFA) and Child First Aid (CFA) courses. While variations of some of the techniques may exist, the videos serve as a reference to complement the practical hands-on training and to align the techniques taught in the SFA and CFA courses. These videos are not intended to substitute formal first aid training.

 

Other Matters (Reminder)

  1. There are no further tightening or relaxation of safety measures for resuscitation and first aid training in view of the current situation. There are no differentiated measures for vaccinated and unvaccinated learners or staff. Please refer to the past memos for the safety measures expected of TCs.

 

  1. TCs intending to resume training but have yet to submit their risk mitigation plans are reminded to submit the plans to SRFAC for vetting and approval prior to resuming training, as per the process stated in previous update memos (https://srfac.sg/news/). For avoidance of doubt, TCs which had submitted their risk mitigation plans to SRFAC and had such plans approved, need not re-submit for approval. Non-compliance of the safety measures and training guidance may result in termination of the TC’s accreditation. SRFAC will continue to conduct compliance checks and TCs are reminded to provide continuous updates on all confirmed/scheduled classes.

 

  1. Please update the profile, contact person and details of your TC within the SRFAC website directory to ensure that our update memos can reach your TC representatives.

3rd SRFAC Townhall (Virtual) Session Recording and Presentation Slides

 

The 3rd SRFAC’s Townhall session was held live on 31st July 2021 (Saturday) via the Zoom platform. This year’s presentations focused on updates by the respective authors for the various papers due to be published in Singapore Medical Journal (estimated in September 2021).

 

We would like to thank the presenters and participants for a pleasant and enriching experience. Stay safe and stay healthy.

 

The respective presentation slides (uploaded as PDF) can be accessed below:

(01) Opening Slides

(02) An Essential Review of How Singapore Progressed its OHCA Response Over the Years

(03) SG BCLSAED Guidelines 2021

(04) SG First Aid Guidelines 2021

(05) SG ACLS Guidelines 2021

(06) Beyond ROSC – Update on post-Cardiac Arrest Management in ICU

(07) Extracorporeal Life Support in Adult OHCA

(08) LSCN – Beyond Competency Training

(09) SG Paediatric Guidelines 2021

(10) SG Neonatal Guidelines 2021

SRFAC Updates for Training Centres (160521)

Dear Training Centres,

 

Updates for all Accredited Training Centres (TCs) – (Click here for PDF version of this memo)

 

Tightening of Safety Measures (Update)

  1. With the implementation of additional tightened safety measures announced by the Multi-Ministry Taskforce on 14th May 2021, we have consulted with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and would like to inform all Training Centres (TCs) of the following:
    1. There will no changes to existing safety measures already implemented by Training Centres (TCs) (refer to 1st September 2020 Update Memo on SRFAC website – https://srfac.sg/2020/09/01/srfac-updates-for-training-centres-010920/).
    2. TCs can continue with the conduct of planned courses until informed otherwise. However, theory lessons should be conducted online whenever possible, while the hands-on practice, practical and theory assessments must be conducted in the presence of the TC’s instructors (in line with SRFAC’s basic stance regarding elearning).
    3. If the learners’ employers have re-implemented split-team arrangements, do ensure that the learners from different teams should not be enrolled in the same course at the same time.
    4. Movement of healthcare staff between different healthcare campuses is not permitted until further notice.
    5. The implementation of Trace Together (TT) – only SafeEntry (SE) will be implemented on 17 May 2021. Training Centres should proactively remind staff and learners on the upcoming implementation of TT-only SE, to allow sufficient time for TT token collection and familiarization of the TT app (if they have not done so).
    6. All TCs should ensure that their health and travel declaration forms include the latest infection clusters in the forms.
    7. Please ensure temperature taking is done at least twice daily and staff or learners who are unwell or presenting Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI) symptoms must seek immediate medical attention.
    8. On-site physical class size of up to 16 learners will apply for all TCs (TCs within Institutes of Higher Learning, Healthcare Institutions and SAF/SCDF will remain capped at 40 learners).
    9. Small groups for hands-on practical and assessment sessions shall remain at 1 instructor and 1 manikin with up to 4 learners. A ratio of 1 instructor and 1 manikin with 2 learners will be preferred, if the TC can arrange the necessary logistics and manpower. The instructor and learners assigned to the practical small group should remain fixed. Learners should be permanently assigned a fixed practical partner within the small practical group for the entire duration of the course.
    10. Chief Instructors and floor instructors must ensure that learners (including instructors) wash/disinfect their hands before and after every hands-on session, as well as before and after every tea/lunch break. Washing points and/or hand sanitisers must be made readily available for everyone’s access. Manikins and non-disposable training aids (AEDs, MDIs or auto injectors used for training) must be wiped down with disinfectant wipes before and after each learner’s use as well as at the end of each course. Other expendable items such as bandages should not be re-used for another course. Steps for disinfection before and after practical hands-on as follows:
      1. Instructor disinfects/washes hands and then proceed to disinfect manikin or training aid.
      2. Learners will disinfect/wash hands before touching the mainkin/training aid for the practical hands-on.
  • After their practical hands-on session is over, learners will disinfect/wash hands.
  1. Instructor will disinfect manikin/training aid and then disinfects/washes hands.
  1. The safe distance will be 1 meter between individuals and 2 meters between small practical groups.
  2. There should be no intermingling during tea/lunch breaks and masks must be worn properly at all times except when eating or drinking.

 

  1. Child First Aid (CFA) TCs are reminded of the heightened safety measures implemented by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) regarding the conduct of CFA courses for ECDA-regulated learners with effect from 16th May 2021 till 13th June 2021. For more details, refer to the update memo sent on 15th May 2021 – https://srfac.sg/2021/05/15/srfac-updates-for-child-first-aid-cfa-training-centres-150521/

 

  1. SRFAC may conduct random observations at TCs to ensure compliance of the heightened safety measures. All TCs will need to submit their planned/confirmed classes to jun.hao@upec.sg and daniel.wong.m.t@upec.sg.

 

  1. For the latest updates on the situation, please visit https://www.moh.gov.sg/ for more information. We seek your cooperation to ensure that all safety measures are strictly adhered to. Take care and stay safe.

SRFAC Updates for Child First Aid (CFA) Training Centres (150521)

Dear CFA TCs,

 

With the Multi-ministry Task Force’s (MTF) announcement of additional heightened measures on 14th May 2021, the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) has tightened its safety measures regarding Child First Aid (CFA) courses for ECDA-regulated learners from 16th May 2021 till 13th June 2021. Theory lessons will have to be completed online during this period while the hands-on practice, practical and theory assessments will have to be conducted at the CFA TCs after 13th June 2021.

 

For your compliance. Thank you and stay safe.

SRFAC Updates for Training Centres (100521)

This update is to inform all TCs regarding the lastest COVID-19 measures with the re-implementation of Phase 2.

 

To see full document, please click on the following link:

Updates for Training Centres (100521)

 

Do ensure that the contact details and email addresses listed on SRFAC web directory are updated such that future updates can reach your Training Centres in a timely manner.

SRFAC Updates for Training Centres (210121)

Please note the latest updates and reminders.

To see full document, please click on the link below:

Updates for Training Centres (210121)

 

Do ensure that the contact details and email addresses listed on SRFAC web directory are updated such that future updates can reach your Training Centres in a timely manner.

Join us at National Heart Week/World Heart Day 2020 Virtual on 3 and 4 October 2020!

Dear all,

This year, due to COVID-19, Singapore Heart Foundation will be running their signature National Heart Week/World Heart Day event virtually on 3 and 4 October 2020 to continue empowering the public with the necessary heart-health information as the battle against cardiovascular disease does not stop.

So register your interest now on www.myheart.org.sg/nhw-whd-2020 to receive updates on the event.

 

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SRFAC Updates for Training Centres (010920)

This is a minor update to inform all Training Centres of the following:

  1. Revised recommendations for demarcation between classes in a large training space without rooms or in-built partitions.
  2. Class size for Child First Aid course (CFA) learners from sectors regulated by ECDA will be capped at 8 learners until further notice and to be conducted at Training Centre’s premises only (theory lessons must be completed online). 

 

To see full document, please click on the link below (updated portions in dark blue):

Updates for Training Centres (010920)

SRFAC Updates for Training Centres (040820)

Changes to Class Size Limit

  • TCs should note the changes to the class[1] size/training space limit as outlined in the following:
  • For Life Support courses (BCLS+AED, CPR+AED, ACLS, LSCN, etc) and First Aid courses (SFA, CFA), class size will be capped at 16 learners with at least 1m spacing between individuals. For practical training involving CPR and AEDs, up to 4 learners may be placed together in a group, with no intermingling between groups and at least 2m spacing between groups (demarcated by taping on the floor or other forms of physical partition).
  • For hands on practice to be done in pairs (or groups of 3), there should be no swapping of partners.
  • If more than one class is conducted in the same training space without physical partitions (sports hall, event space, etc), there should be:
    • Only be a maximum of 50 persons (including instructors, staff and learners) using the same training space while adhering to safe distancing measures (i.e. maintain 1m spacing between individuals and at least 2m spacing between groups, and a minimum of 3m spacing between each class – demarcated by taping on the floor or other forms of physical partition)
    • no intermingling between learners from different class or groups
    • staggered reporting and break times between classes and/or amongst groups
    • clearly established routes in and out of the designated class area to resting/eating spaces or toilets
  • Class size for TCs within Institutes of Higher Learning, Healthcare Institutions and SAF/SCDF will remain capped at 40 learners (catering internally for healthcare students/workers or SAF/SCDF paramedics and EMTs).
  • Practical training ratio for CPR and AED related training for all courses will remain at 1 instructor to at least 1 manikin and up to 4 learners within the group.
  • Although there will be no restrictions on learners from different organisations/branches, learners from the same organisation will need to observe split team arrangements as per their own workplaces.
  • Training centres are to abide by sector/organisation specific guidelines where applicable (e.g. ECDA’s guidance on class size limit for preschool/childcare staff training, see below)
  • As much as possible, E-learning (theory lessons only) should remain the recommended mode of learning to reduce exposure at the physical training venue. However, the practical hands-on components, theory and practical test must be completed face-to-face in the presence of the instructor due to logistics and security considerations.

[1] A class is defined as a group of learners assigned to a room/hall or a clearly demarcated/partitioned space. A class can be further separated into smaller groups for practical training involving CPR and AED.

 

Resumption of SRFAC accreditation audits

  • SRFAC is resuming accreditation audits for TCs. TCs’ accreditation status which have expired since 27th March 2020 will need to complete their renewal accreditation by 30th September 2020. We urge the affected TCs to submit the application for the renewal early. Upon successful audit outcome, the new accreditation status will be backdated to the past expiry date. Do note that the payment mode will be via bank transfer and we are no longer accepting cheques – https://srfac.sg/public-information/

 

Additional information for TCs

 

  • TCs intending to resume training but have yet to submit their risk mitigation plans are reminded to submit the plans to SRFAC for vetting and approval prior to resuming training, as per the process summarised in Annex B (refer to full document). For avoidance of doubt, TCs which had submitted their risk mitigation plans to SRFAC and had such plans approved, need not re-submit for approval. Non-compliance of the safety measures and training guidance may result in termination of the TC’s accreditation.
  • From 1st August 2020, the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) will allow pre-school/childcare staff to resume face-to-face sessions involving hands-on practice, theory and practical assessments for Child First Aid course but theory lessons should be completed online. Class size will be capped at 5 learners until further notice and will only apply to CFA learners from sectors regulated by ECDA but should not affect other CFA learners from other sectors. Please refer to ECDA’s advisory attached below. Any subsequent updates on the increase of class size for CFA learners from sectors regulated by ECDA will be emailed to CFA TCs separately.

 

For more details, please access:

Updates for Training Centres (040820)

Advisory to Child First Aid Training Providers – 30 Jul 2020

SRFAC Updates for Training Centres (230620)

  1. The Multi-Ministry Taskforce announced on 15 June 2020 that Singapore will enter Phase 2 of post Circuit Breaker period on 19 June 2020. In line with this, the Singapore Resuscitation and First Aid Council (SRFAC), in consultation with Ministry of Health (MOH), will allow the phased resumption of first aid training and life support courses, as summarised in Table 1 below.

 

Table 1. Phased resumption of Life Support and First Aid training in post Circuit Breaker period

Phase Training may resume for the following:
Phase 1 (“Safe Opening”) Since 2nd June 2020.

 

Training may resume only for learners working in essential services that require life support and/or first aid training as part of professional registration or service licensing requirement, as listed in the following:

1.    Healthcare workers

2.    Healthcare students

3.    Dentists

4.    Childcare/Pre-school teachers

5.    Paramedics and Emergency Medicine Technician working with Private Ambulance Operators

 

In addition, Training Centres need to abide with the following

a.    there should be no mixing of healthcare workers and healthcare students within the same training session (i.e. only students from the same class should be in the same training session).

b.    there should be no mixing of childcare/preschool teachers from different centres within the same training session.

c.    Learners will also need to abide by the split team arrangement at their own workplaces.

 

Phase 2 (“Safe Transition”) From 19th June 2020.

 

In addition to the learners defined in phase 1, training may resume for all learners. Training Centres should also abide by sector-specific guidelines where applicable (e.g. guidance from MOE for training for CCA groups).

 

Training Centres need to abide with the following:

Ø  For Phase 2, class sizes still need to be capped at 5 learners to align with the current cap of 5 persons for gatherings (TCs within Institutes of Higher Learning, Healthcare Institutions and SAF/SCDF will remain capped at 40 learners).

Ø  Although there will be no restrictions on learners from different organisations/branches, learners from the same organisation may need to observe split team arrangements as per their own workplaces.

 

  1. Training centres should abide by the nation-wide general guidelines for workplaces issued on 9 May 2020 by Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and to note the advisory issued on 19 May 2020 by Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) for safe resumption of businesses. Please refer to Annex A for the guidelines and advisory on safety measures for workplaces and businesses.

 

  1. To protect learners and instructors, Training Centres (TCs) MUST put in place the necessary precautionary measures to ensure training proceed safely. Training Centres MUST comply with the measures described in Sections A and B of the update memo sent on 28 May 2020 and may be subject to spot checks. To access the update memo sent on 28 May 2020, please visit SRFAC weblink – https://srfac.sg/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Updates-for-Training-Centres-280520.docx

 

  1. Training Centres (TCs) MUST provide a risk mitigation plan and submit them to SRFAC for vetting and approval prior to resuming training (please refer to Section C on the processes of submission of the update memo sent on 28 May 2020). For avoidance of doubt, TCs which had submitted their risk mitigation plans to SRFAC and had such plans approved during Phase 1 need not re-submit for approval. Non-compliance of the safety measures and training guidance may result in termination of the TC’s accreditation.

 

  1. Training Centres (TCs) will need to complete and submit the following to SRFAC (please see table below). TCs will also need to note the other processes required of businesses as indicated on the COVID Go Business website (please refer Annex A for the link).

 

Timeline Process
At least three weeks before TC intends to resume training Submit the safety measures the Training Centre will implement to ensure safe resumption of training, using the form provided, including relevant supporting documents where applicable

 

 

Email to loke.jun.hao@upec.sg AND daniel.wong.m.t@upec.sg

 

SRFAC will review the submitted plans and inform the TC of the outcome (approved vs required amendments) before TCs can resume training.

 

At least 5 days before every training If not submitted together with documents above, TCs will need to inform SRFAC the confirmed courses, to the same email addresses stated above.

 

 

TC should inform SRFAC of cancellation/rescheduling of class 2 days before

 

 

SRFAC will gradually resume accreditation audits for most Training Centres (TCs) until further notice. Training Centres’ accreditation status which have expired since 27th March 2020 will need to complete their renewal accreditation by 30th September 2020. We urge the affected TCs to resume the renewal process once audits can resume. Upon successful audit outcome, the new accreditation status will be backdated to the immediate past expiry date.

 

To view the full document with annexes – Updates for Training Centres (230620)