Greater Manchester East's First Aid provision is run by a team led by David Copeland (Deputy County Training Manager-First Aid)
I have been in Scouts (and in this role!) since 2016. Prior to this I used to volunteer for another charity delivering First Aid training to young people. I have a passion for showing people the basic knowledge in how to save a life. In my day job I am a teacher in a college and I thoroughly enjoy watching others grow and develop new skills. I am proud to work with my team of First Aid trainers. We strive to ensure you have a high-quality training experience and all are experts in their field with a skill set ranging from Community First Responders to Paramedics and A&E Nurses.
I hope you enjoy the online learning and if you do have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch!
First Aid Provision in GME
First Response training is a key resource in any leader’s toolkit. The course will allow you to explore the role of a first aider within a Scouting context, how to manage an unconscious casualty, causes of unconsciousness and treatment for minor ailments. This online resource will guide you through the theory of each of these key concepts. This online training session needs to be completed in one sitting and should take between 1 hour and 1.5 hours.
The link to the online First Aid training can be found here
Module 10 – First Response
Once you have completed this there are two potential routes you can take:
If this is your first time completing a first response course or any First Aid training, you will be invited to a 2-hour face to face session. Here you will develop the practical skills required as a First Aider in a supportive environment. These courses will be booked via Eventbrite.
If you are confident you still possess the practical skills required as a First Aider, you will be invited to an online skills demonstration session. These are ad hoc with a member of the First Aid training team. Don’t worry if you don’t have the specialist equipment! If you have a willing volunteer and a cushion, we can help support you through this process. After this if there are concerns you may then be asked to attend a 2-hour practical skills session.
We hope that you find this training accessible and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.
Please check the County Calendar for training dates, including online validation sessions
Professions with First Aid experience
The Scout Association does recognise that some professions by the nature of the job will have a first aid element; for example Nurses, Midwives, Police Officers, Medical Practitioners, Members of HM Armed Forces, Ambulance Care – Assistants/Paramedics/Technicians, etc. to exempt these profession from undergoing more first aid training, they are required to provide evidence of an up-to-date qualification which should meet the criteria for what is considered our minimum standard. With regards to ‘evidence’, this can be a certificate or an official letter confirming the necessary areas have been met.
This evidence will then need to be uploaded here so that your compass record can be updated accordingly.
If you have any questions relating to First Aid, please email