PHEM Framework: Descriptor Level E
39 hours course (minimum),
141 hours self-directed study
Certificate remains valid by maintaining
CPD portfolio and ILS certification
The QA Level 4 Certificate in First Response Emergency
Care (RQF) is a regulated and nationally recognised prehospital care qualification specifically designed for those looking to progress their career within the NHS or private ambulance services as an emergency care assistant, intermediate ambulance practitioner, event medical provider, associate practitioner or healthcare assistant. It is also ideal for those who are looking to work within specialist roles in the military, police and fire services.
As the next step for those who have completed the QA Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care
(RQF), this qualification provides learners with a wider scope of practice in prehospital care emergencies, allowing for greater employment opportunities. It also forms part of a progressive suite of prehospital care qualifications that lead to the QA Level 6 Diploma in Paramedic Practice (RQF).
Fulfilling the competencies set out in the PHEM skills framework at descriptor level E, this fantastic qualification
providers learners with the knowledge and skills needed to be able to respond to a wide range of prehospital care emergencies, such as: major incidents, fracture immobilisation, sick and injured children, mental health crisis and more.
This qualification is for people who have a specific responsibility at work, or in voluntary and community activities, to provide prehospital care to patients requiring emergency and urgent care/treatment. It is ideal for those looking to progress their careers within the NHS or private ambulance services as an emergency care assistant, intermediate ambulance practitioner, event medical provider, associate practitioner, healthcare
assistant and supports specialist medical roles within the military, police and fire services.
Initial patient assessment
Anatomy and physiology
Electrocardiogram application and monitoring
Managing a patient’s airway – supraglottic
Medical gases – including dosages and
Respiratory disorders and infections
Mechanisms of injury and kinetics
Full body and limb immobilisation
Psychosocial development in children
Emergency care for sick and injured children
Mental health crisis
Assisting the clinician with clinical interventions