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First Aid Training for Your School

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Whatever your working environment; from teaching in the classroom to running the DofE Expedition. We have training programmes designed to meet your needs.

What is the future of First Aid Training for Your School?

Parliament were last week discussing and filibustering over the Compulsory Emergency First Aid Education (State-funded Secondary Schools) Bill. This Bill was to decide whether Emergency First Aid should be included into the compulsory comprehensive curriculum.

It was not passed…

The bill details this training as to “…include cardiopulmonary resuscitation and defibrillator awareness” delivered as “… formal lessons to equip pupils with age-appropriate skills and knowledge required to provide assistance, in the absence of a competent adult, to a person in need of emergency medical attention until medically-qualified personnel are present.

At Training Expertise we firmly believe that Compulsory Emergency First Aid Education is of utmost importance in all schools and that this will work toward saving countless lives.

Let us support you in this. We can provide you with bespoke school based First Aid training;

All our courses are tailored to suit your needs and those with whom you are working, be it students or staff, lab technicians or sports coaches – we have your interests at the core of our training.
For more information and advice on our First Aid, Water Safety,Fieldwork Safety courses, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Register Your Phone for Emergency SMS

Emergency SMS Registration

Simple Guide to Registering Your Phone for Emergency SMS

Working in Remote Environments is an amazing experience but it comes with inherent risks, one of which is poor communications. Register your phone for Emergency SMS now.

On many of our Outdoor First Aid Courses we are asked questions about communication with the Emergency Services;

One very quick and easy way of dealing with weak signal is to register your phone to contact the Emergency Services by SMS. Text messages can be sent even when signal is weak or intermittent.

When you add other compounding factors associated with dealing with an emergency in remote locations, getting all the information down into a clear concise text message makes the situation much easier to deal with.

What will the Emergency services need to know:
– Who? Is sending the message.
– What? Is the problem, including the state of casualty.
– What? Services are required.
– Where? Are you. Give location as accurately as possible, GPS, Grid Reference or a nearby landmark.
– Wait… Now wait where you are for a confirmation reply call or text.

For more information and advice on who to contact in an emergency or how to deal with situations in remote environments, book onto one of our Outdoor or Expedition First Aid Courses.

For dates and availability visit our Course Diary.

First Aid and Firework Safety

Training Expertise Firework SafetyAre you planning on going to a firework display this weekend?

Thanks to British (7114) and European safety standards, fireworks are safer now than they have been in the past.

The NHS fireworks fact sheet highlights some thought provoking points;
– Fireworks are not toys. They are explosives and the injuries they can cause can be devastating.
– Sparklers get five times hotter than cooking oil.
– Three sparklers burning together generate the same heat as a blowtorch.
– The majority of firework-related injuries happen at family or private parties.
– Around half of all injuries are to children under the age of 17.
– The most common injuries are to hands, followed by the eyes and face.

Unfortunately though, accidents do happen.

To understand how to deal with burns or scalds or other injuries, please book onto one of our First Aid Courses. See our Course Diary for availability & cost.

The following NHS advice for the first aid treatment of burns and scalds:

  • Stop the burning process as soon as possible. This may mean removing the person from the area, dousing flames with water or smothering flames with a blanket. Do not put yourself at risk of getting burnt as well.
  • Remove any clothing or jewellery near the burnt area of skin. However, don’t try to remove anything that is stuck to the burnt skin because this could cause more damage.
  • Cool the burn with cool or lukewarm water for 10 to 30 minutes, ideally within 20 minutes of the injury occurring. Never use ice, iced water or any creams or greasy substances such as butter.
  • Keep yourself or the person warm. Use a blanket or layers of clothing, but avoid putting them on the injured area. Keeping warm will prevent hypothermia, where a person’s body temperature drops below 35ºC (95ºF). This is a risk if you are cooling a large burnt area, particularly in young children and elderly people.
  • Cover the burn with cling film. Put the cling film in a layer over the burn, rather than wrapping it around a limb. A clean clear plastic bag can be used for burns on your hand.
  • Treat the pain from a burn with paracetamol or ibuprofen. Always check the manufacturer’s instructions when using over-the-counter (OTC) medication. Children under 16 years of age should not be given aspirin.

When to go to hospital

Once you have taken these steps, you will need to decide whether further medical treatment is necessary. Go to a hospital accident and emergency (A&E) department for:

  • large or deep burns – any burn bigger than the affected person’s hand
  • full thickness burns of all sizes – these burns cause white or charred skin
  • partial thickness burns on the face, hands, arms, feet, legs or genitals – these are burns that cause blisters
  • all chemical and electrical burns

Also get medical help straight away if the person with the burn:

  • has other injuries that need treating
  • is going into shock – signs include cold clammy skin, sweating, rapid shallow breathing and weakness or dizziness
  • is pregnant
  • is over 60 years of age
  • is under five years of age
  • has a medical condition such as heart, lung or liver disease, or diabetes
  • has a weakened immune system (the body’s defence system), for example because of HIV or AIDS, or because they’re having chemotherapy for cancer

If someone has breathed in smoke or fumes, they should also seek medical attention. Some symptoms may be delayed and can include coughing, a sore throat, difficulty breathing, singed nasal hair or facial burns.

See recovering from burns and scalds for information on how serious burns are treated.

Water Safety; Managing Groups Near Water


Managing Groups Near Water

Managing Groups Near Water

Training Expertise has a long history of working with people heading outside, be it to work in remote locations around the world or to carry out some fieldwork in the local park.

We are therefore excited to have been working with the Royal Geographical Society on the National Water Safety Management Programme (NWSMP).

So many Excursions, Adventures or Expeditions venture on or near bodies of water – whether a school trip rock pooling, an overseas expedition or university research into fluvial dynamics, or marine ecosystems.

Visiting water can often be the most memorable aspect of any work. Ensuring that these experiences are as safe and enjoyable as they can be for both you and the people in your care is essential.

The Royal Life Saving Society (UK)’s NWSMP is a safeguarding programme that can be tailored to your specific Occupational Water Safety needs.

The NWSMP gives people the knowledge base and confidence to plan in advance and the flexibility to dynamically assess the risks on the ground.

The course will teach delegates to analyse, plan and respond to a range of factors. This includes;
– What has the weather been like recently?
– How will this affect the activity?
– Are there other people in the vicinity that could pose a threat to our activity, or vice versa?
– What should you do in the event of an accident?
– What if someone has an accident in the water?
– How should I affect a rescue?
– How much time do you have to get them out?
– What should you do with the rest of the group?

This Nationally Recognised pragmatic, principle based course is fast becoming the standard for organisations employing people that work on or near water.

Our next course is on 11-15 September 2015. This course will be covering Levels 1-3, Beach, River, Still Water and In-Water Rescue. Day One will be in the River Thames near Reading and Day Two in the sea near Christchurch.

To learn more about this course, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

HSE & Outdoor First Aid Training

Since October 2013 there has been a lot of confusion regarding how First Aid has been impacted by the changes to HSE First Aid Governance. Where does Outdoor First Aid Training fit in?

Training Expertise First Aid Explore, 2013 (36)

The fundamentals;

– What course should I choosee?
~ The HSE have handed the employer the power to choose what first aid provision is necessary in their work place.
~ If your work means that you spend most of your time outdoors, you no longer have to do a first aid course designed for office workers. Choose one tailored to your working environment.
~ For people working outdoors our 16hr Remote Emergency Care, Outdoor First Aid for Fieldworkers – L2 (FAFW -L2) is the perfect alternative.

– Is this going to cost me lots of money?
~ No. Many employers are choosing 16hr (2day) outdoor based first aid courses over the 18hr (3day) First Aid at Work (FAW) course.
~ When compared to the FAW course the FAFW-L2 is much cheaper. Being a two day course (but only two hours less contact time) you could be saving as much as £650, and that’s before taking into consideration time away from work.

– How many people should I have trained?
~ It is now up to you. The original guides were sensible, but with the saving on the course cost the more the merrier. We can certificate up to 12 people for the same cost. Our courses are costed on a per day basis!

– What about the Emergency First Aid at Work Course?
~ Our FAFW-L1 (8hr) runs at the same price as the old EFAW courses as they are all run in one day.
~ Being two hours longer this gives us more time for practice, detail and tailored content.

– Does this affect me if I still want one of the EFAW/FAW series courses?
~ No. We still deliver the Workplace First Aid FAW/ EFAW courses.
~ If your requirements haven’t changed then neither will the service you receive; outstanding training by outstanding trainers!

For more information; Please contact one of the Training Expertise Team.

Outdoor activities with young people – quiz

We’ve just launched our new forest schools outdoor first aid course specifically focused on those working with young people in the outdoors.  So this quiz focuses on a few scenarios to get you thinking about first aid and field safety planning for outdoor activities with young people – for all you first aiders, outdoor instructors and parents – get swotting up…

Field safety and outdoor first aid quiz

Field safety and outdoor first aid quiz

Question 1

You are running a forest schools session when an 8 year old trips and falls, putting his arm into a fire.  There are no obvious blisters but the arm is red and clearly very sore – what do you do?


The simple and easy treatment for burns is cold water, cold water, cold water.  Ideally you want to get it under a running tap and keep running cool water over it until is stops hurting. If you are in the woods and not immediately by a tap, tipping water over it and catching the water in a bucket and then repeating can be a good way of keeping water running over the area with a limited supply.  Does it need to go to hospital?  Obviously if in any doubt, get checked out, but as a rough guide a blister the size of your hand should be checked out, a superficial burn (red, with no blister) should go to hospital if it is the area of five hand palms (of the casualty!).

Question 2

You are running a rock climbing session with a group of teenagers.  One of the students knocks a loose rock about the size of an apple from the crag.  It hits another student in the head. She was wearing a helmet and is conscious and insists she is fine.  Half an hour later one of their friends tells you they’ve been feeling sick and dizzy though the student herself insists to you she feels fine.  What do you do?


The simple rule with head injuries is better safe than sorry.  Any change in conscious level, related to a bang on the hand should be checked out in hospital.  In this case, it says the student was conscious, but with symptoms deteriorating (feeling sick and dizzy after the event) this is cause for concern and certainly a reason to get it checked out.

Obviously aside from the medical issue there is the matter of how you handle the fact that the student is saying they are fine.  This comes down to soft skills which can be every bit as important as the first aid skills in getting across gently but firmly the potential risks and the need to be checked out.

There are also the practical considerations which will depend on the circumstances of the age of the students, the number of staff or other responsible people available etc.  These factors will determine how you handle the logistics of getting that person to the hospital whilst ensuring the safety of other participants.

If its time for you to update your risk managementwater safetyfield safety or outdoor first aid skills then just get in touch.

Expedition and Field Safety – BS8848 Updates

Cambodia Angkor Wat Sunset smallerA few newsletters back we reported on the conference to launch the updated BS 8848  – the key document in risk and emergency management and field safety.  We are pleased to say that BSi have made further details and information available from that conference so we thought we would share a few notes from each of the speakers for anyone who couldn’t make it…

Dan Palmer…

welcomed the nearly 130 attendees and explained the rigorous review process to make sure the standard retained its relevance and usefulness.

Alistair Macdonald…

made the keynote address, singling out the requirement for informed consent. but also noting that the legal and moral responsibility rests with expedition organizers. “We can’t put the problem at a third-world supplier’s door,” he said. Macdonald emphasized that every trip is different, and that “the devil is in the detail.”

Shane Winser…

explained that the committee had looked at incidents from the last decade. “We know things go wrong. We need to learn and plan from that,” she said. Work had also been done to make the standard easier to use: it has gone from 65 pages to 39; clauses have been regrouped and consolidated; and it focuses on key processes in a logical order of planning, implementation and review.   For more details on what has changed, see our blog

Peter Harvey…

explained that the standard is there to enable people to take risks, to help them understand their responsibilities, and who is taking care of them. “We all want to keep people safe,” he said. “The standard supplies a tool to do that, making sure that everything is clearly communicated, and in particular that senior managers see what is happening on the front line”.

To see more details and a full review of all the details of the speakers and how BS8848 has changed see our first aid and field safety blog and you can see BSi’s full summary of the event BSI-managing-risk-in-overseas-adventurous-activities-event-summary-UK-EN.

If its time for you to update your risk managementwater safetyfield safety or outdoor first aid skills then just get in touch.

Are your hill skills up to this new challenge…

This is really a new one on all of us in the office, but two walkers trapped in a forest of rhododendron plants really made for an unusual mountain rescue situation!

hill skills

The spread of non-native rhodedendron plants has been hotly debated on environmental grounds but it looks like there is a whole new mountain safety and hill skills element we hadn’t considered!


Gabon themed field safety and outdoor first aid quiz

We are busy packing and preparing for one of our team to head off to Gabon for ten days of first aid trainingrisk assessment and emergency management and remote worker support for a new project starting up out there.  So since it’s been a while since our last refresher quiz – what better than a little Gabon themed quiz to top up your outdoor first aid and field safety skills…

Field safety and outdoor first aid quiz

Field safety and outdoor first aid quiz


Question 1

You are managing a remote field camp in Gabon.  One of your team takes a big fall whilst scrambling on a rocky outcrop, twenty minutes walk from the camp.  They land on their front, they are unresponsive but you can detect breathing.  You are on your own with no phone reception… what would you do?


The answer is… it depends! What it mainly depends on is are they now in a STABLE, OPEN, DRAINING AIRWAY position – if so, you could make them safe, protect from the elements and go to find help.  However if they are not, you would have to adjust the position to ensure their airway and breathing is maintained whilst you are away.  Move them as little as possible, support the head and neck – but you must make sure their airway will be maintained whilst you are away from them.

Question 2

You are working in a remote field area of Gabon.  On a trek deep into the forest you discover a river blocks your path into a target study site.  What considerations would you make in deciding whether or not to cross the river?


Rivers can potentially be a serious hazard and sadly drowning does occur on overseas trips.  Therefore we would need to make a number of careful assessments – all of which will be governed by the overall principle: “If in doubt – stay out”!

We;d have to recommend some more training such as our RLSS Water Safety Management Programme, but some considerations would be:

1 – How crucial is this particular site – we have to balance up risk and benefit – an element of risk management which is too often forgot

2 – Your own experience and knowledge of rivers and river crossings

3 – The speed and depth of the water

4 – The entry and exit points

5 – Any hazards in the water, currents, entrapment objects, animals, water borne disease…

6 – If it rains whilst I am on the other side – what will the river look like then…

The number of considerations and the knowledge and experience required to judge all these things takes us back to where we originally started… “If in doubt, stay out”.

If its time for you to update your risk management,  field safety or outdoor first aid skills then just get in touch.

Occupational Water Safety Programme

Here at Training Expertise we are committed to running quality training programmes, and tailored courses that are effective at transferring knowledge, skills and attitudes.

Training Expertise RLSS NWSMP Southend child

Safeguarding not Life guarding. The RLSS UK National Water Safety Management Programme, through Training Expertise

We are proud to be working with the RLSS UK as a key provider of this Occupational Water Safety Programme.

The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK) developed this programme to improve water safety across a wide range of working environments and operational sectors. Delivered as a suite of interlinked training awards, specifically designed to assist those organisations with employees who work in or near water to meet their civil & statutory safety management obligations, especially where employees have supervisory responsibilities.

The Health & Safety Executive endorses the sensible, proportionate, reasonable & balanced advice provided by the National Water Safety Management Programme.


What we do

Since 1998, Training Expertise has been working with organisations and people who operate in outdoor or remote environments. Devoting our time to designing training courses in the fields of first aid (outdoor first aid, expedition first aid and workplace first aid), fieldwork safety, defensive & off road driver training and field leadership.

Over the years we have built a network of elite trainers to deliver this range of tailor made programmes.  These include doctors, paramedics, nurses, field trip leaders, mountain rescue personnel and crisis management experts.  We pride ourselves on the quality of training, adaptation to the operating conditions and recommendations of practical solutions.