First Aid Provision
Each club should determine the level of first aid provision depending on it level of activity. For example; a club with full or part time employees will need to consider its obligations under employment law whereas others may have to consider what provisions are necessary under public liability when hiring out their club as a venue. On the other hand, when caring for players in training and in matches clubs will need to state the levels of provision required. This should be clearly stated in a risk assessment or management procedure.
The RFU recommend that Appointed First Aiders are trained to a minimum level of Emergency First Aid at Work / L2 Sports First Aider (or equivalent) while individual’s who oversee first aid should be trained to a minimum level of First Aid at Work/ L3 Sports First Aider (or equivalent). The Emergency First Aid in Rugby Union (EFARU) course is the RFU’s specifically developed course that provides the recommended minimum level of first aid training for any appointed first aiders. The course provides learners with a sound level of knowledge and understanding and covers topics specifically to relevant rugby volunteers assisting at matches and training sessions.
The following RFU links are useful in helping clubs design their approach and response to their particular circumstances.
First Aid Risk assessment
Medical Emergency Action Plan
First Aid and immediate Care – Roles and Training
Health Care & Allied HCP descriptors
Minimum Operating Standards – First Aid & Immediate Care Provision
First Aid Treatment – Essential Guide