Solent Medical Skills | Pre-Hospital Medical Training

 Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care –


 your first step to a rewarding pre-hospital career


Course details:

The Qualsafe First Response Emergency Care (FREC®) Level 3 meets all the competencies for a non-health care professional pre-hospital provider to care for patients as a secondary role. It has 40 hours of contact learning time, delivered as a 5-day taught course. A total of 153 hours of learning is required, made up of pre-course reading (10 – 30 hours), the contact learning time (40 hours) and ongoing CDP or self-study. For the mandatory pre-course reading there is a choice of two textbooks Generic Core Material or Ambulance Care Essentials, both available from our awarding body Qualsafe. After the course, learners are able to show development by writing reflective reports about clinical experience at work (as a doorman, event medic, close protection operative, etc), the choice is yours! Learners who do not have access to medical based work can still complete a course by logging appropriate self-study. Please note that post-course hours are mandatory and a certificate cannot be issued until these are completed. Learners have a maximum of 20 weeks from the last day of their course to complete their hours.

If you’ve been wondering how to become a Paramedic with no qualifications, this is your starting point. The FREC Level 3 is the entry-level stage of the First Response Emergency Care (FREC®) pathway. The levels can be achieved stage-by-stage, to suit your working pattern and availability. Successful completion of Level 6 (Diploma in Paramedic Practice) will allow you to apply to HCPC for registration as a Paramedic. FREC qualifications are also very suitable for high threat environments like close protection, anti-piracy etc and are recognised by the Security Industries Authority (SIA). They are also an ideal way to ensure that event medics or workplace medics have the necessary skills to deal effectively with emergency situations.

We offer a shortened FREC 3 conversion from FPOS-I or other APL (3 days instead of 5 days) on selected datesContact us before booking to confirm that your prior qualifications are sufficient

FREC® 3 course content

Roles and Responsibilities of Pre Hospital Care Providers:
  • Casualty assessment
  • Airway management
  • FREC provider role
  • Universal precautions
  • Emergency care equipment
  • Patient/Treatment documentation
  • Consent
Incident assessment and control:
  • Dynamic risk assessment
  • Initial management of the scene

Casualty assessment:

  • Primary Survey <C>ABC
  • Levels of consciousness
  • Secondary Survey
  • ABCDE approach
Catastrophic Bleeding:
  • Direct/Indirect Pressure
  • Trauma dressing
  • Tourniquet use
  • Haemostatic agent/dressing
Airway management:
  • Airway anatomy
  • Airway management methodologies Dynamic Airway assessment
  • Head tilt-chin-lift
  • Jaw thrust
  • Postural drainage
  • Altered Airway anatomy management Oro-pharyngeal airway Naso-pharyngeal airway
  • Manual suction device
  • Choking
Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR):
  • Adult CPR
  • Child CPR
  • Infant CPR
  • CPR adaptions
  • Casualty handover
  • Automated External Defibrillation
  • When resuscitation should not be attempted
Medical Gases:
  • Emergency Oxygen
  • Pocket Mask/Bag Valve Mask
  • Non-re-breather mask
  • Universal precautions/Infection control
  • Medical Shock
  • External bleeding
  • Embedded object
  • Internal bleeding
  • Minor injuries
  • Eye injuries
  • Burns
  • Poisons
Trauma (Muscular-Skeletal):
  • Head injuries
  • Spinal injuries
  • Helmet removal
  • Cervical collar
  • Pelvic immobilisation Fractures
  • Sprains & Strains Dislocations
  • Crush injuries
  • Manual in line stabilisation
Trauma (thoracic):
  • Closed chest injuries
  • Open chest injury
  • Positional asphyxia
Medical conditions:
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Adrenaline Auto-injector
  • Asthma
  • Hyperventilation
  • Heart Attack
  • Angina
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Seizures
  • Meningitis
  • Hypothermia
  • Hyperthermia
  • Sun stroke
  • Dehydration
  • Exhaustion
  • Food poisoning
Human body:
  • Hypoxia
  • Respiratory system
  • Circulatory system


Your next step after you achieve FREC Level 3? Find out about taking FREC Level 4 with Solent Medical Skills.

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