Key roles and definitions

Key roles and definitions

The following are the key roles and qualifications that would be expected of first aid and medical providers for event providers. Organisers are advised to check the competency of the staff being provided and may request evidence from providers eg certificates etc. Where staff hold professional registration, PIN numbers can be requested and online checks made with professional bodies. 

First Aider – A person who holds a current certificate of first aid competency. This certification should preferably be issued by one of the voluntary aid societies such as St John Ambulance, British Red Cross or St Andrew’s Ambulance. 

Paramedic – A person who holds a current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a paramedic (note registration numbers should be checked online on the HCPC website). They should have immediate access to drugs and equipment to carry out a full range of paramedic duties, which should include resuscitation drugs, pain relief and medication to treat other common conditions such as asthma, diabetes and anaphylaxis.

Ambulance technician – A person who has followed a course of training to operate on an ambulance as an ambulance technician. This would include ambulance service Institute of Health Care Development (IHCD) training, or other recognised technician or emergency medical technician.

Ambulance care assistant – A person who holds a certificate to operate as an emergency / ambulance care assistant issued by an NHS or other (private) ambulance service. This should normally incorporate ambulance aid / first aid and basic life support training as a minimum.

Nurse – A person who holds a current registration with the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a nurse (note registration numbers should be checked online on the NMC website). They should also be competent to perform additional skills as required eg suturing etc.

Doctor – A person who holds a current registration with the UK General Medical Council (GMC) - List of Registered Medical Practitioners (note registration numbers should be checked online on the GMC website). They should have access to their own medical equipment and drugs suitable for the event type they are providing cover for including resuscitation drugs, pain relief and medication to treat other common conditions such as asthma or diabetes.