1. Halloween and Bonfire Night Safety Tips
    23 Oct, 2018
    Halloween and Bonfire Night Safety Tips
    Safety tips for Bonfire Night and Halloween Its Half Term -  Halloween and Bonfire Night are fast approaching Fancy dress costumes are not usually fire resistant so please be extremely careful to avoid naked flames. Fireworks: It is always safest to go to a public fireworks display. If you are planning to hold a fireworks party at home; prepare in advance: Equip yourself with an appropriately stocked first aid kit, a bucket of sand, easy access to plenty of water, a fire blanket and a bottle
  2. Sprains and Strains
    12 Oct, 2018
    Sprains and Strains
    Sprains and Strains Sprains and strains are common injuries that share similar signs and symptoms, but involve different parts of your body. A sprain is a over stretching or tearing of ligaments — the tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect two bones together in your joints. The most common location for a sprain is in your ankle, or wrist A strain is a stretching or tearing of muscle or tendon. A tendon is a fibrous cord of tissue that connects muscles to bones. Strains often occur in the
  3. First Aid in Schools
    06 Oct, 2018
    First Aid in Schools
    Accidents in schools Every year, around 2 million children attend A&E due to accidents. Accidental injury is one of the biggest single causes of childhood death in the UK. Many of these accidents occur in schools or the school environment. It is vital all staff have the skills and knowledge to identify, prevent and treat such accidents. What the law requires Under health and safety legislation (HSE regulations 1981) all employers must ensure there are adequate and appropriate equipment and
  4. ICE- Medical ID
    21 Sep, 2018
    ICE- Medical ID
    ICE For a number of years now I have added my medical history to my smart phone along with my emergency contact numbers. But every time I deliver a course not many people know how to access this information.  The most common misconception is that they think they need my pin code or finger print or Face ID. However all medical details from any smart phone can be accessed without this information.   As a pet owner I would want someone to know that I have a cat and dog that is home along and if I
  5. Sepsis
    16 Sep, 2018
    Sepsis is the final common pathway to death from most infectious diseases worldwide. Without quick treatment, sepsis can lead to multiple organ failure and death. There are around 250,000 cases of sepsis a year in the UK according to the UK Sepsis Trust . At least 46,000 people die every year as a result of the condition. Anyone can develop sepsis after an injury or minor infection, although some people are more vulnerable.  People most at risk of sepsis include those: with a medical condition
  6. Wet and Dry Drowning
    21 Jul, 2018
    Wet and Dry Drowning
    Drowning Drowning is when someone is unable to breathe because their nose and mouth are submerged in water, or in another liquid. When someone's drowning, it may not look like the violent, splashing call for help that most people expect from watching TV. When someone’s actually drowning, they won’t able to make any noise, so can easily go unnoticed, even if friends or family are nearby.  Drowning is a common cause of accidental death, especially amongst children and toddlers.  Contrary to
  7. CPR and First Aid in the Curriculum
    21 Jul, 2018
    CPR and First Aid in the Curriculum
    Lifesaving first aid is set to be included in the national school curriculum after years of campaigning from the BHF, Red Cross and St Johns Ambulance. Sarah and I have been involved in the campaign since Sarah saved her Dads life over two years ago after being taught CPR in school. The government’s proposals to teach first aid skills and CPR training – as part of compulsory health education in all schools in England from 2020 – could save thousands of lives.  Secondary school students would be
  8. Sports Day Survival Guide
    17 Jun, 2018
    Sports Day Survival Guide
    Sports Day Survival Guide Summer is here, and it’s that time of year when all schools from nursery all the way through to secondary school take part in athletics and the annual sports day. As a previous PE teacher, this was the time of year the PE department get to celebrate all the students sporting successes. Some schools even allow parents to take part!.  However in a highly competitive environment (parents as well as children) and summer sun accidents and illness can occur. Have a read of
  9. When to call the ambulance
    24 Jan, 2018
    When to call the ambulance
    At some point, most people will either witness or be involved in an accident or experience a medical emergency. Knowing what to do next and who to call can potentially save lives. The NHS is really suffering this winter and is under greater strain than ever before. This means it is vitally important that we only use our emergency services when we really need them, so that they are available to help with life-threatening medical emergencies. In a life-threatening emergency Always call 999 if
  10. Tick Bites
    16 Aug, 2017
    Tick Bites
    Lymes Disease and Ticks Tick bites Ticks are tiny creatures that live in woodland and grassy areas, they are particularly prevalent if there are deer and other wildlife. They are blood sucking and bite into the skin to feed on blood. Initially they are extremely small, but swell as they eat, eventually becoming pea sized and therefore easier to spot and remove. Ticks can carry Lymes disease and should ideally be removed by a medical professional. They love warm moist places. Dogs and cats can
  11. CPR Hero Award
    27 Jun, 2017
    CPR Hero Award
    Last night Sarah and I attended the BHF Award evening to collect our CPR hero award. I felt very humbled listening to everyone else stories about how they saved loved ones and strangers lives.  I also felt a bit of a fraud collecting an award - I only taught Sarah, she was the one who saved her dads life.   Sarah was 15 year olds when her dad collapsed with a cardiac arrest. After dialling 999, she began to carry out CPR even instructing her mother to help with the rescue breathes.  Sarah had
  12. Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Young people RQF
    27 Jun, 2017
    Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Young people RQF
    Great news - we now offer safeguarding courses. Safeguard training is a requirement of every childcare worker.   The qualification we offer is the Level 2 Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Young People (RQF). This is a recognised qualification from a the QNUK awarding organisation. This qualification provides those working with children and young people the knowledge to recognise and respond to mass of alleged or suspected abuse. Duration: This course will last 6 hours Please contact
  13. Diabetes Awareness Week 2017
    15 Jun, 2017
    Diabetes Awareness Week 2017
    Diabetes This week is Diabetes Week 2017 in the UK. Today, 65 people will die early from the condition and hundreds more will face life-changing complications that could have been avoided or delayed if they’d had the right knowledge and support to manage diabetes. The simple fact is, diabetes is serious and it is important to know what to do as a first aider. What is it? Diabetes is a condition where someone is unable to adequately regulate their blood glucose levels. The body produces the
  14. BBQ Season
    01 Jun, 2017
    BBQ Season
    Burns – how to help It is important to be vigilant to fire hazards and prevent burns occurring in the first place. Burns are frightening and the pain and damage caused can be devastating. Knowing what to do immediately someone is burnt can radically reduce the amount of pain and scarring experienced. All BURNS SHOULD BE TREATED IMMEDIATELY WITH COOL RUNNING WATER Put the affected area under cool running water for at least 10 minutes (ideally longer). Remember you are cooling the burn and not
  15. My Marathon
    12 Apr, 2017
    My Marathon
    My Marathon In a moment of madness, I decided to take part in the 2017 London Marathon! The training has been hard work. My body is not built for running, so I have been carefully following a training plan to ensure I reduce the chance of injury and manage to complete the 26.2 miles on the day.  It is very important to prepare properly both in training prior to the event and on the day. This article includes 7 vital tips for a safe and healthy marathon and first aid advice should something go
  16. EMT on the News
    23 Oct, 2016
    EMT on the News
    We were on the BBC, ITV, and Channel 5 news As part of the British Heart Foundation's - A Nation of Lifesavers, BBC, ITV and Channel 5 TV crews came into a local Secondary School - Prendergast School, where I work to film first aid training in action. I taught Sarah, life saving first aid training as part of a PHSE lesson using the BHF Free First Aid Kits. Sarah was then able to save her Dads life a few days later. I am incredibly proud of Sarah.  First Aid Training in schools is not
  17. ICE
    29 Jun, 2016
    ICE ICE stands for "in case of emergency," and it's what many of us have been taught to look for if someone needs medical attention. Well, what if that person is you? Where is your ICE info? One of the easiest and most convenient places to keep emergency information is on your smartphone, but only if you know the right way to do it so that someone can see it without having to unlock your phone. Now is a great time to make sure you and everyone in your family has ICE info on their phone,
  18. First Aid Kits - What shall I put in mine?
    18 Jun, 2017
    First Aid Kits - What shall I put in mine?
    What to put in your First Aid kit? First Aid kits need to be easily accessible in case an emergency situation arises. The kit should be well organised, ideally in a bag with compartments to allow you to quickly grab what you need. It is most important that the kits contents are good quality – often cheap kits will not be of sufficient quality should you need to use them.  I would recommend carrying a First Aid Kit in your car and also on your person.  Your kit should contain a First Aid book
  19. CPR - WHY
    03 Jun, 2017
    CPR - WHY
    What is CPR? Every year 30,000 people in the UK have an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, but the survival rate is less than 1 in 10. But we’re on a mission to change that. Join us in creating a Nation of Lifesavers – a nation where everyone knows how to save a life.  Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, is an emergency procedure in which a person presses up and down  on the casualty’s chest (chest compressions) and gives them a series of rescue breaths to help save their life when they are in