3 reasons to be picky when choosing a first aid trainer

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hands on first aidLearning how to save someone's life should be pretty high up your staff training agenda. But what should you look for when searching for a first aid training provider for your business?


On top of that, how can you be absolutely sure they’re going to give the right standard of training and will be able to engage your team?

What to look out for in the credentials

We think there are three key areas to scrutinise before engaging a trainer. Arm yourself with the following questions and ensure the trainer you put in front of your team is highly qualified and competent enough to do the job:


  1. First Aid Training: Does the course curriculum include AED and CPR training (use of a defibrillator and cardio pulmonary resuscitation) along with the optional Control of Catastrophic Bleeding?
  2. Experience: How long have they been training and what appropriate qualifications do they hold?
  3. Ongoing support: How do they help you keep your learning up-to-date once the course is over?

1. First Aid Training

Ask how much of the curriculum covers use of an AED and giving CPR.


Using an AED (Automated external defibrillator) and delivering CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) is a scary thought. Least of all thinking the life of the patient could literally be in your hands. Having the confidence and keeping calm in the instance of having to deliver CPR

2. Experience

Ask to see the profile of the people delivering the training. What experience have they had and what is their background? Ensure the tutors are qualified to modern day educational teaching standards and are regularly being assessed and re-qualified or trained as appropriate.


Also, ask about due diligence and industry standards. What official bodies are they registered with, are they ISO approved and have their courses been approved by an external CPD (continuous professional development) provider?


Least of all, check their website for case studies and testimonials of people who have received their training in the past.


3. Ongoing support

Ask what support is available once the course is over.


Identify how long the certificates of course completion are valid and what refresher courses they offer (and even insist on). Ask if they offer and E-Learning support modules and videos, and if they are free or paid for.


Also, check out their website and see what kind of information they make available for anyone interested in keeping their team up-to-date with modern first aid training standards. Do they also point you at further reading, publications and useful information about first aid training?


And finally...

First Response Resuscitation & First Aid Training Ltd meets with all the standards. Our tutors, who have over 35 collective years A&E experience with the NHS ambulance service, have delivered thousands of courses. They've also had hands-on experience in dealing with medical emergencies and have often performed CPR in live situations.


The feedback we get is that the training we provide installs confidence and knowledge that can turn and emergency into a life-saving event.


You might also like our blog on how much you should ay for a defibrillator. If you have any questins, please call and speak to Clive or one of the team.

Last modified on Friday, 11 October 2019
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Clive Haddrell Cert Ed LIQA MSET

NHS Paramedic Tutor, NHS Ambulance Emergency Driving Tutor, FAETC 1&2, Cert/Ed, D32, D33, LIQA. Manual Handling Tutor (RoSPA) and Member of the Society for Education and Training. I have over thirty years experience with the former Avon Ambulance Service NHS Trust, and recently with Great Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust. My experience includes the role of paramedic tutor, rapid response motorcycle paramedic. For the last 25years paramedic advisor to the well-known BBC television program "Casualty".

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