Psychological first aid training for the pandemic

PHE launch

Published: 24 June 2020 Learning

Public Health England has launched an updated Psychological First Aid (PFA) digital training module, for frontline and essential workers and volunteers.

The course aims to increase awareness and confidence to provide psychosocial support to people affected by Covid-19. PFA is recognised training for emergency situations and it has been developed in partnership with NHS England, Health Education England, FutureLearn and e-Learning for Health.

The course is free and no previous qualifications are required. It takes around 90 minutes to complete and is available in three sessions for the learner to complete at their own pace.

By the end of the course, outcomes will include: understanding how emergencies like the pandemic can affect us, recognising people who may be at increased risk of distress, and understanding how to offer practical and emotional support.

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