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Head injuries are always a concern, especially for a first aider. From frequent bumps and tumbles as children, to slips and falls as adults – they are so common. But how do we go about treating someone for a head injury that is more severe? It isn’t something we often give a second thought – as we have all witnessed minor cases of head injuries before. But in the event of an emergency, we want to highlight the three different types that you should look out for…

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Possible Signs and Symptoms To Look For:
  • Briefly unconscious
  • Dizzy and confused
  • Feeling or being sick
  • Mild ‘all over’ headache
  • Paler than usual, clammy skin
  • Loss of memory (amnesia)
Any casualty that has sustained a head injury needs to be carefully looked after and monitored, especially if they have become unconscious.
Severe Cases of Head Injuries
In more severe cases, there may be damage to the brain. It is likely that a casualty with a head injury may also have a neck and back (spinal) injury. Therefore it is essential to minimise their movement and apply the same rules that you would when treating a neck or back (spinal) injury. Casualties with head injuries are often confused or irrational, and therefore they may be difficult to help. Concussion differs slightly to a standard head injury, as this is where the brain has been shaken within the skull. Noticing the difference between these two may help when it comes to treating the casualty.
Treatment:
  • Sit the casualty in a quiet place
  • Stay with the casualty to monitor them
  • They should start to improve, but if their condition becomes worse call an ambulance
  • Treat any wounds
  • If the casualty seems drowsy, their level of consciousness is declining, or they develop a severe headache – call an ambulance
  • Monitor for signs of compression (compression is when pressure is placed on the brain. This might be caused by bleeding or swelling inside the head (such as a stroke), or an infection (such as meningitis).
How to Identify Compression – Possible Signs and Symptoms
  • Possible recent head injury
  • Declining levels of consciousness or drowsiness
  • Intense headache
  • Flushed (red) dry skin and high temperature
  • Unequal pupils
  • Fitting 
  • Slow, noisy breathing
Treatment:
  • If the casualty is conscious, lay them down, elevating their head and shoulders
  • Reassure the casualty
  • Call an ambulance
  • Nothing to eat or drink
  • Monitor DR’s A&B checks
  • Be prepared to use your emergency plan

Being mindful of these different types of head injury is really important – as symptoms and recommended treatments do vary. The severity of the head injury will dictate whether you need to treat wounds, minimise movement, or call for an ambulance. Familiarising yourself with the processes to follow could prove invaluable one day. Thank you for reading our blog!

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When working in a school, it can be really tough to know what you need – as each schools requirements may differ to another. There is no black or white answer when it comes to school first aid training – but we are going to break this down in the simplest terms for you.

Estimated reading time – 5 minutes

Like with most workplaces, the kind of cover you need depends on your workforce size and environment. A school is similar – however you need to take into consideration the children’s ages.

We want to make this really simple for you – so your First Aid training options can be divided into three options: Nurseries, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
  1. Emergency First Aid in Schools
  2. Emergency Paediatric First Aid
  3. 2 Day Paediatric First Aid

These three courses are all tailored towards younger children, and will accommodate specifically for child-related illnesses. The first two options are one day courses, with the third option being a two day course (as this is more in-depth). For more information on each course, click the links above.

Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5
  1. Emergency First Aid at Work
  2. 3 Day First Aid at Work

Opting for either these courses will give you better preparation for dealing with older children in a health-related emergency. While our school and paediatric courses are specific to children, these are targeted for KS2 and below so won’t apply to children who are not in Primary education. Like before, click the links above to learn more about each course.

Other Courses You Should Consider
  1. Foundation First Aid
    – Short on time? This course is only four hours long and great at getting your team up to speed on First Aid!
  2. Essential Life Support
    – Want to grasp the basics on CPR and using a defib? This two and a half hour course is great at giving people confidence in life-threatening situations.
  3. Mental Health First Aid
    – Working in a school can be an emotionally tough environment for staff. Whether you choose to invest in a Mental Health First Aid course for your staff or the welfare of your pupils, this is proving more and more beneficial.

The good thing is, your school is already likely to know which first aid qualification you need. Phew. So unless you are considering alternative options – usually the choice isn’t a difficult one.

Still not convinced? It’s okay, we get it. A reassuring phone call is often all you need.
If you’d rather speak to one of our Standby Superheroes – you can give us a call on 0330 335 1234!

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It’s a common one. You need First Aid Training, but how long is this going to take you? How many days of annual leave will you need (or days out of the office) for you to get up to speed? The easiest answer is: it depends. Each course has different durations. Let’s break this down…

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Like with anything, it completely depends upon how extensive your learning needs to be. This means that your first aid training could range between a few hours, to half a day, a day, or even multiple days worth of training.

For example, if you had plans to become a First Aid Instructor (teaching others) you’d expect your training to be a lot more in depth and thorough than someone who wants to get to grips with the basics. Make sense? Okay, good.

So let’s start by looking at our courses and sort them into how long they will take you to complete. See – this is easy!

How Long?
(for more information – click on the course)
___________________________________________ A Couple of Hours: One Day: Two Days: Three Days:

And there you have it!

We have dissected our courses and separated them into categories which will (hopefully) make it a far easier job when it comes to choosing your course! Obviously, when you click the link – you will instantly see if the duration of your course aligns nicely with the themes and content that you are looking for!

How long a first aid course is often the least important factor when it comes to choosing your course, so why not have a look at our course chooser? In just 3 clicks we promise you will have better understanding!

Rather pick up the phone? No problem! Call us on 0330 335 1234 to speak to one of our service superheroes. They will help in any way they can!

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Just like everything else in the world, First Aid Courses have a sell by date. There is no use buying a lifetime supply of bread and expecting that to go the distance – and First Aid Courses are no different.

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

So, firstly, why do First Aid Training courses expire?

I know what you’re thinking:

  • ‘Utter rubbish!’
  • ‘Why do I need to pay for training again?’
  • ‘This is just like another passport charge or driving licence fee’

But there is a good reason First Aid Training expires:

Anyone in First Aid knows that, just like education, there will be updates. There will always be better ways to educate people, with new methods, and more effective ways of learning. Like OFSTED are to schools, First Aid companies also have to be mindful of suggested changes by HSE (Health and Safety Executive) and make sure our training is in line with this.

The main reasons that our course certificates will expire is because:

  1. We may not be as confident as before and need to brush up on our skills (did you know, with all of our first aid courses we offer free annual updates? These are great at polishing skills you have already learned)
  2. There may be new methods which have replaced our outdated ones – for instance CPR methods.

Okay, so how long does First Aid Training last before expiry?

Regardless of which course you attend, whether that be a half day course or three day course, these all have the same life span. Each first aid course expires three years after their certificate issue date. However, the HSE encourage delegates to attend refresher courses every year. Not all providers offer this as standard on their courses, so sometimes it may be worth looking at companies that do (like us!)

Interested in what we do? You can see our range of courses right here. But if you’d prefer to have a chat with a member of our team, you can call us on 0330 335 1234.

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It’s a question we all ask ourselves, isn’t it? When asked at work, we tend to bury our heads into our laptops and computers – avoiding all eye contact with our manager. Noone wants to voluntarily act as the appointed first aider, that is, until they need it.

So, why should we do First Aid Training?

Firstly, there are many aspects of first aid training that we may find more appealing than others. For instance, are you aware that in our courses we cover child and baby basic life support (CPR) as standard? Not all first aid courses do this, but it certainly pricks the ears of parents, nannies and family-orientated people alike. The maternal and paternal instinct in us to save a child’s life is extremely strong, and yet without training, we are at a loss in a terrifying situation.

Besides our own services, first aid training in general is extremely important. And frustratingly, whether you are that team member hiding from your line manager when asked to volunteer, or you are someone who instinctively feels they will ‘never need it’ – it’s sods law that one day you will be that person. You will be the one who, in a heartbeat, has to know how to stop a child from choking; or give CPR roadside post-collision. Imagine how you would feel if you were alarmingly unprepared for this.

Did You Know?

As little as 5% of adults are comfortable providing first aid in an emergency situation.

It’s a worrying statistic, isn’t? And one that certainly isn’t good enough. If the unthinkable were to happen – we want to make sure that we are able to act fast and confidently. And this is why we wave the flag for first aid – let’s put our loved ones first and be the superhero on standby they may need one day.

Have we managed to get you on board with us? If so, great! You can read more about all of our courses here, and if you’d prefer to have an informal chat, you can always give one of our service superheroes a call on 0330 335 1234!

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Luckily, we have expert in his field Julian Hall to refer to with this frequently asked question. It can be really tricky to determine the differences and links between Poor Mental Health and Stress – so how do we do this?

In this Episode – Julian clearly highlights the differences and similarities between the two!

Want to watch our series from the beginning? Don’t worry – you can access that right here and come back to this episode when you are ready!

Estimated Watch Time: 2 Minutes

Episode Three : Stress and Mental Health with Julian Hall from Calm People - YouTube

No time right now? Well, you can either pop back here later on – or scroll down to see the main points of episode three below!

Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes

Episode Three: Stress and Mental Health

If you already have poor mental health, then you are likely to find it more difficult to deal with stress. It isn’t due to the mental health issue itself, but instead it is because of the amounting issues a person may be juggling all at once. For instance: lack of sleep, and poor mental health etc. This can mount up and feel overwhelming.

Likewise, if someone has good mental health but allows stress to build up while making poor health choices and not taking care of themselves – they will be more susceptible to what is known as ‘burnout’.

Burnout can result in anxiety, physical illnesses, depression and so on. In Julian’s opinion, a lot of people are likely to suffer poor mental health due to stress-related issues. It is only if they are continually ignored that these can spiral out of control.

Julian believes that stress can often be confused with poor mental health as a lot of the factors which impact our mental state are within our control. If positive changes are made, then we are likely to find a balance. This means that our mental health actually isn’t the problem: it is stress management.

Thanks for watching and reading our blog. We hope you found Julian’s advice helpful. If you did, please feel free to share this to any of your colleagues or loved ones who you think it will benefit! Did you know, we also offer Mental Health First Aid Courses? If you are interested in finding out more, please click here!

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It’s Stress Awareness Month!

Besides encouraging home comforts, we thought it was time we sought the advice of a real expert. Julian Hall from Calm People has worked in the Emotional Resilience industry for over 20 years. Take our word for it, he has a lot of great advice on stress!

So much advice, in fact, that we have put together a stress-free video series just for you! The first aid focus has seven episodes of really valuable insights on how to manage your stress, as well as helping others.

Watch episode one below to learn all about Stress Relief!

Watch Time: Approx 3 Minutes

Episode One: Stress Relief with Julian Hall from Calm People - YouTube

Haven’t got time to kick back and watch this? Read the main points of episode one below!

Episode One – Main Points:

When you are feeling stressed, take time out to relax. If you feel better when having a sports massage, a spa day, or even a long bath, then make time to do these things. And as long as this is in moderation, even a glass of wine to unwind is perfectly okay! The key point to take away from these ‘soothers’ is that they can become habitual, and this can be a negative thing. If you are leaning on these soothers and realise that you cannot live without them, then this may be contributing to your stress, too.

The best thing to do which is really simple, is to breathe. There are lots of suggestions on the internet which will say the same thing, but it really does work. If you breathe in for a count of 7, pause, and breathe out for 11 you will notice that over the course of two minutes you will be much calmer. Doing this stimulates our parasympathetic nervous system which changes the balance of the adrenaline in our body. In just two minutes you can regain control. 

Thanks for watching our video and reading our blog! Click here for the next episode.

Did you know that we Mental Health First Aid Courses?

Click here for more information.

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It’s our last video for Stress Awareness Month! We’ve covered symptoms, Mental Health, crutches and so much more. Our last episode has got to be pretty good, right? Correct!

In our final episode, we ask Julian to divulge what more workplaces can be doing in order to support their employees stress.

(Have you missed out on the series, don’t worry! Click here to access it now!)

Estimated watch time: Approx 2 minutes

Episode Seven- What Workplaces Can Do with Julian Hall from Calm People - YouTube

If you haven’t got the time to sit back and relax right now, you can always come back later or read the main points below!

Episode Seven: What Workplaces Can Do

Firstly, investing in your team with a Mental Health First Aider is a great start. The aim is to have 1 in 10 people in the workplace trained for a Mental Health First Aid emergency. By doing this, you ensure you have someone who has the ability to identify if someone is struggling. All the appointed person needs to be able to do is offer a helping hand and direct them to a professional.

The HSE also have a mental health first aid checklist which can be really helpful in assessing your own working environment and the effects it may have on your team. You an access that for free here.

Lastly, it is also worthwhile investing in your team further by seeking the advice of a life coach, like Julian himself, to teach people ways of coping and thriving in these stressful environments. Modern workplaces need to invest in their employees as humans not just workers – and their lives and productivity will be better for it.

If you are interested in exploring Julian’s business further, you can click here to read more on his group and private coaching sessions.

Thank you for watching our video series, and reading our blog. This stress awareness month, we hope you feel far savvier than ever. We want to instill  confidence when it comes to putting yourself first, and helping others to do the same. If you are interested in getting some real one on one advice with Emotional Resilience Expert Julian Hall, please click here to contact him.
Alternatively, if you’d like to look into a Mental Health First Aid Course for you and your team, you can find all the information right here.

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Julian Hall breaks down the barriers and tells us some home truths. What do most of his clients admit to relying on and why?

In this penultimate episode – Julian exposes some of the most popular forms of stress relief. We learn what people lean on as crutches, just to get by in their everyday life. You’ll be shocked to see how many of these may be applicable to you or people you know!

Want to watch our series from the beginning? Don’t worry – you can access that right here and come back to this episode when you are ready!

Estimated Watch Time: 3 Minutes

Episode Six- Stress Crutches with Julian Hall from Calm People - YouTube

No time right now? Well, you can either pop back here later on – or scroll down to see the main points of episode three below!

Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes

Episode Six: Stress Crutches

The most obvious habits that most people confess to are overindulging in drink, drugs, and food.

Did You Know?

46% of people admit to over-eating when they are under stress. Julian personally believes this is higher. If this period of stress is long enough, even when the period has passed, we may already be in the habit of over-feeding ourselves. It won’t end at the stressful period, as without meaning to we may already have formed an unhealthy relationship with food.

More recently, we see terms such as ‘retail therapy’ and ‘gym junky’. The people use use shopping and gym visits in order to alleviate their stresses.  Gym junkies specifically are dependent on their exercise regime in order to manage their stress and/or mental health in some cases.

If you can’t do without a certain crutch within a day be it drink, drugs, food, shopping or exercise – chances are the relationship is an unhealthy one and you need to examine this closely. You can trial this as an experiment by going without and monitor if this causes you stress. In direct contrast, the crutch rely on may involuntarily be contributing to our stress.

Thank you for both watching and reading our blog – these are certainly interesting findings aren’t they? Most of us can relate to using certain crutches as a form of relief or a crutch, but it’s important to know when this is a problem. Please share this with any colleagues, family or friends that you think may benefit from learning this information! If this series has resonated with you and you’d like some information on our Mental Health First Aid Courses, please click here.

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There are just a few episodes left of our Stress Awareness Series! In Episode Five we focus on symptoms.

Julian explains that while we can research this ourselves online, there is a common list of symptoms we can familiarise ourselves with to look after ourselves and others.

Watch the video below to learn more!

Episode Five - Symptoms to Recognise with Julian Hall from Calm People - YouTube

Estimated watch time: 3 minutes

Feel like you’re jumping the gun and want to see our series from the start? Don’t worry! Click here and we can take you to the beginning to watch them in chronological order.

Like most of us, if you can’t watch this at work, you can always come back later when it suits you! Alternatively, we have picked out Julians top key points from this episode for you to read below.

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Episode Five: Symptoms To Recognise

Julian explains that the symptoms we need to look for are divided into three separate categories: physical, emotional and behavioural.

So, what should we look for in our loved ones and colleagues?

Physical Stress

  • If someone is prone to minor illnesses, they may suffer coughs and colds on a regular basis.
  • They may have a visual flare up of  skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis
  • Regularly complaining of muscle aches –  back and shoulders in particular
  • Frequents episodes of IBS (irritable bowel system) or frequent headaches
  • They may have difficulty sleeping

Emotional Stress

  • If someone has a circular thought process
  • They may be experiencing issues with their memory
  • Feeling tense and agitated/ or intolerant of other people

Behavioural Stress

If you suspect that someone is stressed, you will sometimes see a switch in their personality type. People who are naturally more of an introvert may suddenly become very animated. In direct contrast, a very outgoing person may suddenly become very withdrawn and quiet.

It’s really good to be aware of these symptoms as if you or someone you know are ticking quite a few of these, then it is likely you have something that needs addressing.

Thank you for watching our fifth episode!
We hope you find Julian’s advice valuable and feel confident in spotting the symptoms of stress. Please feel free to comment your views and share to raise awareness! If you want to invest in some extra guidance in your workplace, why not look into our courses? We offer Mental Health First Aid Courses, and you can read all about them right here.

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