Answered By: Health and Safety Team
Last Updated: May 04, 2023     Views: 50

Can I apply to be a First Aider?

It depends on what your job role is. The University organises and pays for members of staff to train for the ‘First Aid at Work’ qualification with an approved training provider, depending on where they work and the work they do.  

Roles qualifying for the University first aid training include Campus Security officers, technicians in workshop and laboratory environments, group leaders for remote field work, and staff working in the more remote University sites.

How do I find out if I qualify for first aid training paid for by the University?

If you are undertaking any of the roles described above, you can qualify for training as a first aider. If you are not, then it is unlikely you will do so. 

Who should I contact if I wish to apply to become a first aider?

If you think you could qualify for first aider training, you will first need to get the agreement of your line management to apply for the training.  

The request for the University first aid training should then be sent to safety@northampton.ac.uk

The Health and Safety team will review your request against the University’s assessment of first aid requirements and will advise whether you qualify or not.

If you are accepted onto the training, you will be sent information on the training schedule and asked to select a course date. The booking will then be made with the training provider and you will be informed of the booking confirmation.

Do I get paid extra to be a first aider?

Yes, staff who have successfully completed the University first aid training receive an annual payment in recognition of their taking on the first aider task. To qualify you must have successfully completed the training, have a valid first aid at work certificate and be available to provide first aid at any time at whilst at work.  

First aid payments are made in 3 instalments over the year, in January, May and September. 

What about Mental Health First Aiders?

​If you or a colleague need additional support you can contact one of our Mental Health First Aiders​ ​in confidence. They are able to identify the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues, to provide direction to appropriate services, and to help support anyone in crisis.

You will recognise a Mental Health First Aider by the badge they wear.​​ There are also some useful links: