Courses for responders in Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Environments

Bridging models for HEMT and FREC qualifications

We have been working closely with Qualsafe Awards (QA) to provide ORMS students with a clear and concise pathway to gaining Ofqual regulated prehospital care qualifications, which will also provide FREC Learners with a route to progress into a career in Hazardous or Non-Hazardous medical response.

Dual Qualification

We can now offer our students the opportunity to achieve certification in one or both awards (by sitting some additional components):

  • Hazardous Environment First Aid (HEFA) students can also work towards the QA Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (RQF) (L3 FREC)
  • Hazardous Environment First Responder (HEFR) students can also work towards the QA Level 4 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (RQF) (L4 FREC)
  • Hazardous Environment Medical Technician (HEMT) can also work towards the QA Level 5 Diploma in First Response Emergency Care (RQF) (L5 FREUC)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Bridging Models

Students can now apply for RPL against either qualification; if successful they will need to attend a short bridging model (see table) to achieve the additional qualification.

Current qualificationBridging modelDesired qualification
HEFAAttend an assessment day to undertake L3 FREC theory and practical assessments.L3 FREC
HEFRAttend an assessment day to undertake L4 FREC theory and practical assessments.L4 FREC
HEMTAttend a 1 week bridging course*1 and undertake L5 FREUC Bridging Ambulance Technician and Associate Practitioner theory and practical assessments. L5 FREUC
L3 FRECAttend an assessment day to undertake HEFA assessments in a Hazardous Environment. HEFA
L4 FRECAttend an assessment day to undertake HEFR assessments in a Hazardous Environment.HEFR
L5 FREUCAttend a 1 week bridging course*2 and undertake HEMT assessments in a Hazardous Environment.HEMT

*1 – The 1-week HEMT to L5 FREUC Bridging course will consist of:

  • Management of medical emergencies in ‘domestic settings’
  • Management of trauma emergencies in ‘domestic settings’
  • Moving and handling in the prehospital care environment
  • Academic research and writing skills
  • Theory and practical assessments including witness testimony, Learner workbook, invigilated exam, poster presentation and observed practical assessments.

*2 – The 1-week L5 FREUC to HEMT Bridging course will consist of:

  • Management of medical emergencies in ‘hazardous environments’
  • Management of trauma emergencies in ‘hazardous environments’
  • Moving and handling considerations for care in ‘hazardous environments’
  • Human factors in hazardous environment emergency care 
  • Theory and practical HEMT assessments in a Hazardous Environment

More Information

Qualsafe Awards (QA) Prehospital Care Qualifications

The QA FREC courses are specifically designed for those seeking a career in the NHS or private ambulance services as an emergency care assistant, intermediate ambulance practitioner, event medical provider, associate practitioner or healthcare assistant.  They are also ideal for those who are looking to work within the event and security medical sector.

ORMS Hazardous Environment Medical Courses

The ORMS Hazardous Environment courses are specifically designed for those providing medical care in hazardous or austere environments.  They provide the learner with the same knowledge and skills expected in non-hazardous environments but ensure that the learner is prepared for the challenges faced in these non-standard areas of practice.

Originally designed to meet the needs of those working in Search and Rescue (SAR) Helicopters, the courses would also be appropriate for those working in the event medical sector, lowland SAR, Mountain Rescue, Military, Police and Fire & Rescue services.

This suite of courses is utilised nationally and internationally by SAR Helicopter providers as it is highly focused on the provision of care whilst understanding the physical constraints that the environment may impose.

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