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We are recruiting for first aid trainers

Due to recent increases in our course delivery, we are recruiting for first aid trainers to join our team.

As we deliver first aid and medical training, we are ideally looking for people with a background in pre-hospital care. We currently have fire-fighters, police officers, paramedics and former military medics in our team and this is the type of person we are really looking for.

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We would like you to have teaching and training experience and ideally qualifications. If you don’t have a formal qualification, but have plenty of experience- don’t worry we can help you gain the qualifications.

We work with a wide variety of clients, from law enforcement to media to banks, so you need to be able to get on with people and reflect our ethos and outlook on making training accessible to all.

If you follow our social media, or explore this site, you will see our training is delivered all over the UK and internationally. So you must be willing to travel.

Many of our training courses are delivered by a team of trainers, so you won’t be out on the road by yourself all the time and the ability to work as part of a team is essential.

We are looking for full time trainers, but we also have part time posts and this post is open to a job share.

To find out more, such as the full job description, salary etc, contact elaine@lazarustraining.co.uk- she’s really friendly and will be able to answer any questions about the fact that we are recruiting for first aid trainers. If you are interested send her your CV, bearing in mind the requirements above.

We have a number of recruitment days scheduled for late August so get in touch to start the conversation.

We look forward to hearing from you and are excited about getting new people to join our great team.

You can find out more about us as a company on this site, or over on LinkedIn.

First Aid in Hostile Locations training in Kenya

Many media organisations require First Aid in Hostile Locations training in Kenya. This training course is aimed at people travelling remote from professional medical care, especially media workers in warzones or disaster areas, but has been made region specific and can be run near Nairobi.

When you cannot just pick up the phone and call for an ambulance you medical skills must be robust, but as equipment is likely to be limited it must also pragmatic.

This course is based on our Royal College of Surgeons endorsed media first aid training and is in line with the recent INSI recommendations and those of RISC.

During this course the delegates are exposed to stress in simulated scenarios using fake blood and wound simulation, noise and darkness.

Content of First Aid in Hostile Locations Training in Kenya

Outline the SAFE approach
Discuss medical planning
List contents of available individual first aid kits
Outline the importance of taking a history from the patient
Discuss the importance of gathering information on the mechanism of injury
Demonstrate, in a simulated setting, examination of the patient to current CABC protocols
Demonstrate, in a simulated setting, use of indirect pressure to control bleeding
Demonstrate, in a simulated setting, use of windlass/tourniquets to control bleeding
Demonstrate, in a simulated setting, use of haemostatic dressings to control bleeding
Demonstrate, in a simulated setting, management of head injuries
Demonstrate, in a simulated setting, manual management of spinal injuries
Demonstrate, in a simulated setting, management of chest injuries
Demonstrate, in a simulated setting, management of abdominal injuries
Demonstrate, in a simulated setting, simple management of suspected pelvic injuries
Perform, in a simulated setting, basic life support on an adult
Demonstrate, in a simulated setting, use of a pocket mask
Demonstrate, in a simulated setting, management of choking
Place a casualty in the recovery position
Demonstrate, in a simulated setting, use of direct pressure to control bleeding
Demonstrate, in a simulated setting, use of elevation to control bleeding
Outline the management of burns
Outline the management of scalds
Discuss the recognition of shock
State the management steps for shock
Demonstrate, in a simulated setting, initial management of suspected fractures
Discuss recognition and management of common major illness.
Outline the management of a casualty with chest pain
State the management steps for a casualty who has fainted
Outline the management of a casualty who is convulsing
Outline the management of an asthma attack
Discuss identification and management of a suspected Stroke [CVA]
Discuss identification of imbalances in the sugar levels
Outline the management of suspected poisoning
Outline the identification of anaphylactic shock
Discuss the management of anaphylactic shock
Outline management of soft tissues injuries such as sprains and strains
Discuss the identification and treatment of eye injuries including irrigation
State the management of near drowning
Discuss the identification of hypothermia
Demonstrate, in a simulated setting, management of a casualty with hypothermia
Discuss the identification of heat injury such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke
Demonstrate, in a simulated setting, management of a casualty with a heat injury
Demonstrate, in a simulated setting, immobilisation of suspected fractures
Demonstrate, in a simulated setting, movement of a casualty
Discuss the requirements of prolonged medical care in the field
Demonstrate, in a simulated setting, taking observations of the casualty ie pulse rate
Demonstrate loading a casualty into a vehicle for evacuation to medical care
Discuss ongoing care whilst in a vehicle
Demonstrate, in a simulated setting, care of multiple casualties
Demonstrate treatment of a minor wound such as a laceration using equipment from the first aid kit.
Discuss simple treatment of common travel related aliments such as travellers diarrhoea using items from issued first aid kits
Outline typical fluid intake requirements

Discuss simple treatment of common travel related aliments such as travelers diarrhoea using items from individual first aid kits
Discuss simple first aid treatments of bites and stings likely to be encountered
Demonstrate maintenance of simple records of treatment given.

If you would like to know more about our First Aid in Hostile Locations training in Kenya contact us on +44 0800 242 5210 or info@lazarustraining.co.uk.

To find out more about Lazarus Training visit our main site.

Lazarus Training app is available for your phone!

Our media first aid training is all about building confidence and knowledge in life saving skills. But we want people to have easy access to memory joggers and this is were our Lazarus Training app comes in.

Our #trainforreal courses are all about immersive, practical, empowering training. We clearly see the delegates’ confidence and knowledge increase during our time with them. But we all benefit from a bit of revision and recapping, so to make this as easy as possible Lazarus Training app is now available for free from the usual places such as the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Most of us are rarely without our mobile phones nowadays, something which must be great for the speed of 999 calls, but with our Lazarus Training app we can make this an opportunity for that much needed revision.

What’s in the Lazarus Training App?

Lazarus Training App 2

We have tried to keep the size of the app small [we all know the pains of juggling phone storage], but to give access to the main information you would want. There is a calendar of our forthcoming training events; under Training you will find overviews of many topics from out courses ie AED use; Guidelines has a range of first aid guidelines and mnemonics and of course their is a news section.

We understand that you may not want to hear everything that is going in at Lazarus Training, so you can select what notifications you want and additionally give us feedback, on both the app and our training, via the main menu.

We will be adding new content to the app all the time and as the technology evolves we’ll try and find new ways to use the app. We now have videos embedded into the Training section and plan to increase this over time.

If you are out of signal, or have turned off your data, you can still access the main parts of the app, such as guidelines but you won’t be able to access the video content.

One of the reasons for the app was to ensure that we stay in touch with the great people that have attended our training courses, so we have included a form that you can complete if you use your first aid.  We really are interested in your experiences as this can help us adapt the training for the future. So whether you download it to get the guideline reminders, check our training calendar or to let our know your feedback- just download it!

First aid training saves lives

So first aid training save lives, everyone agrees about that surely. But is all first aid training good first aid training? In the UK a change in the way workplace first aid training is regulated has lead to a wider range of training providers offering courses. Accessibility to courses is generally a good thing, but people should be aware of the variety of courses that are now on offer.

Many first aid courses are geared towards passing the end of course test, but they should be aimed at making the delegates confident to apply their skills, in a realistic setting and scenario. Elsewhere we have written about the time and effort that we spend on our casualty simulation and scenarios, we’re not alone in this [I hope], but many courses don’t include any exposure to “real” casualty treatment.

The experience of treating an injured or ill person for the first time is well- unique, challenging, frightening, exhilarating- these are all words that our team themselves have used. But does a classroom first aid course, with a multiple choice test paper at the end prepare you for the “plunge” into this? It can be argued that no training puts you under the same pressures as that first “call/incident”, but it is possible to get 90-95% of the way in training.

Training needs to be structured in such a way, that it moves the delegates towards a level of unconscious competence, ie doing stuff without thinking about it. Most people attending first aid training begin at the level of unconscious incompetence [not knowing what they don’t know] or conscious incompetence [knowing they don’t know stuff]. Only by repeated, practical, immersive training can we realistically hope to improve on this.

The use of carefully planned scenarios, supported by a high level of casualty simulation and “scene setting”, being run by experienced trainers and actors should be a central part of all first aid/medical training.

The emergency services and armed forces have applied this to their training increasingly in recent years, but it is possible to apply this to any first aid course longer than a few hours. It just takes some work! Perhaps this is were the difference in training providers will become apparent, a general training company which has included first aid training in its portfolio will struggle to deliver to the same intensity and depth as a purely medical training company.

After all, first aid training save lives, but it takes good first aid training to prepare you to do it for real.

First aid training revision

On our #trainforreal first aid training courses we aim to make the training stick in peoples’ minds. We try and immerse our delegates in the topic via practical scenarios, casualty simulation and video presentations to ensure they leave the course confident. But three years is a long time to go between courses [obviously we would recommend more frequent training]. So we are in the process of producing first aid training revision tools.

One method we are trying is placing lots of clips onto our YouTube channel, Vimeo and Periscope.  All of this content is placed in the public domain to help with first aid training revision. We hope it helps anyone that has been on our first aid training courses, but we aiming to have the content available, free of charge, and if that means other people find it and access it, that’s ok. We just want to make sure that there is maximum change of people getting some form of regular first aid training revision.

First Aid Training Revision

Clearly we would like people to get “hands on”, practical first aid training revision, but if that is not possible for everyone, then hopefully our YouTube channel playlist [below] might be helpful.

Our YouTube channel has a wide range of videos, as we have a wide range of courses. But we have tried to break them down into some helpful playlists. Above is the media first aid training playlist, but feel free to try out some of the others as well.

Don’t forget to return to our channel regularly as we will be updating our first aid training revision tools.

We are looking to launch a smartphone app in the early part of 2016 and would love to hear you ideas of what you would like included.

If you have any feedback on videos you would like on the YouTube Channel or content of the app please contact us on info@lazarustraining.co.uk or (+44) 0800 242 5210.

First Aid in Remote Locations course- diary/blog

Next week we are running another of our First Aid in Remote Locations courses for one of our media clients. As this course is fairly new, being approved by the Royal College of Surgeons 8 months ago, we thought it would be good to provide some additional information on the course, how it is run, what happens, who is involved etc.

So over the next few days we will be posting pictures from the course on our instagram account [@lazarustraining], tweeting [@lazarustraining & @travelsafetrg], posting updates on our facebook page and some blog posts on this and our other websites.

We will post some information about what happens behind the scenes, some of the characters involved in the training and live updates from the course itself. Hopefully we can also get some viewpoints from the delegates attending this First Aid in Remote Locations.

So with all the delegate packs printed off, it’s now onto the kit packing. The delegate pack has the normal enrolement, feedback forms that you see on any training course, but we also have a strong document trail for the assessment side of the course. As this is all practical, we have delegate workbooks and scenario records that are completed, some by the delegate themselves [a great way to get them to reflect on the training], but also by our team. It keeps our training team quiet in the evenings!

Elsewhere on this site we have posted about the training scenarios we run, more examples will follow next week, but it does require a lot of planning and equipment. The complete course equipment currently takes up a people carrier when we include all the outdoor equipment that we use to “dress” the scenarios: sleeping bags; tarps; stoves etc.

We have previously had to shave the kit down, when flying to a course, but either way the casualty simulation equipment makes up a large part of our load.

Keep watching this website to find out more about this course, or call us on 0800 242 5210 or email info@lazarustraining.co.uk to find out more.

Tourniquet testing- RATS

The use of tourniquets in pre-hospital care is now widely accepted, at least it is within “sensible” circles and an increasing number of our media clients are including them into their first aid kits.

Because of this change in the contents of issued first aid kits the use of tourniquets is a staple part of many of our first aid courses [such as our FPOS I and media first aid training] and we therefore take quite an interest in new products hitting the market. As we become aware of new models we like to put them thorough a series of tests to check the ease of use and ease of training, two areas of specific interest to us, with the later often being overlooked in most online reviews of new tourniquets.

tourniquet testingYou might have noticed our “Tourniquet testing” videos gradually appearing on our YouTube Channel [see below], but the latest addition which has literally just arrived is the RATS – Rapid Application Tourniquet System. We have been following [with some amusement] the CATS versus RATS debate online. Our favourite line so far being “CATS eat RATS”. Based on this alone we had to check out the Rapid Application Tourniquet system and include it in our tourniquet testing.


We will be uploading a product review and tourniquet test in the next few days, so keep checking here or subscribe to our YouTube Channel [you can do this by clicking here].

If you are aware of new tourniquets hitting the market that you think we should look at [or you have a new tourniquet coming out], drop us a line on info@lazarustraining.co.uk to have it included in our tourniquet testing.