COVID-19 / Coronavirus Response

There is a lot to think about that we have already thought about. You are in good hands.

It’s a moving target

Never mind “Keeping up with the Joneses” It’s all about keeping up with current government guidelines.

Updated November 2020:

We shall continue to regularly schedule and deliver public essential mandatory training courses for individuals as well as on-site for groups during this time, in line with current government guidelines for social distancing and a full risk assessment. Some non mandated or non essential training courses are on hold until early 2021 due to limited availability of much larger training venues required for two metre squares, and prioritising of essential training.


Behind the scenes

Social distancing is bad for your mental health

Stringent two metre physical distancing and new non contact ways to teach means you will safely complete your training in CPR, basic life support, first aid, AED use and save more lives. With deaths at home significantly increasing these skills are more vital than ever.

We understand you may be anxious

We just want to put this out there, right at the start.

We understand that the prospect of classroom training at this time may cause anxiety for many learners. When it is mandated for your job, this can compound that stress. This is a common and shared feeling.

The information below should reassure you that all measures have been taken to protect our students and trainers during face to face sessions. Anxiety can be irrational so we get that this may not be sufficient to calm your nerves. If you are feeling worried about a course, or have a specific concern that is not addressed here, please let us know. Just sharing that you are fearful, and knowing that someone else understands, can help to reduce it’s grip.

We offer a welcoming, non-judgemental space for all our courses.

Risk Mitigation

2020 is full of conflicting information about how to respond to the Corona virus pandemic, and navigating it can feel overwhelming.

Our response

Below we share what we we doing to look after our students, ourselves, members of public and subsequent users of the space we are using to deliver essential training.

Prior to a global pandemic, we would not have dreamed of dedicating a page to the topic of risk mitigation, however it turns out you are genuinely interested in what goes on behind the scenes.

Before we get started we would like to take our hat off to anyone who has had to implement similar feats at high speed, in your own unpaid time, in the dark, whist attempting to hit a moving target. Your livelihood depends on it. Some will complain, some will not notice, and few will show gratitude. Well we do notice and keep on thanking you. It’s all for the greater good.

Essential classroom training

Certificate extension for mandatory paediatric first aid to meet the requirements of Ofsted and the EYFS ended in September 2020.

We are ready with plenty of new classroom dates, are you?

First and foremost, our responsability to risk mitigation, does not prevent a relaxed training environment, on the contrary. All public courses delivered with social distancing and safety measure in place including:

♥ Large, accessible, comfortable venues only with ample space, free parking, outdoor areas, and separate breakout rooms

♥ Newest model CPR manikins for 2020. This means air expelled from the (single use) lungs is vented out the back of the head

♥ 1 adult, child, and infant manikin each, with electronic wireless feedback on compression depth and speed and chest recoil parameters

♥ Individual training packs with a manual, gloves, face mask, pens, bandages, face shield, exercise cards and other goodies

♥ Revised training techniques in place

More details are provided on confirmation of booking, but if you have any questions or concerns about how our face-to-face training is run in light of the current guidelines, check the FAQ below or contact us directly.

How can we help you?

By offering essential mandatory training at your own venue or place of work

The need for first aid does not stop during a global pandemic. If anything, the simple skills we teach become even more important.

We can help your business prepare for essential on-site training, whatever your circumstances.  When it comes to risk mitigation, we know there is a lot to think about it, because we have already done the thinking. We will gladly talk you through any adaptions which may be needed to make on-site training possible.

Corona virus related FAQs

Is this training essential?

This will depend on which course you you are taking. Find out which course you need here

Is in-person training essential?

What does the HSE, Ofsted, the DfE and the EYFS say? Do they stipulate whether the training must be taken face to face or will an on line or as a blended course be suffice?

Does your space allow for social distancing rules?

We are sourcing larger venues to allow face-to-face training to continue and conducting an extensive risk assessment.

For on-site course, we can help you with a risk assessment to determine if your own space is suitable. In these circumstances, some creative thinking may be required. For example, can your setting accommodate training on a Saturday or Sunday when it is quiet?

You will need to consider whether subsequent users of the space vulnerable.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you are feeling unwell you must not attend in-person training. We offer an equal alternative on another date if you have to cancel due to Corona virus.

We think there is nothing anti-social about 2 meters. No hugging or hand shaking, but smiling is encouraged, especially with the eyes!

Covid-19: The big questions

Grounded in scientific evidence and credibly referenced

We think this is by far the best guide we have seen to date. If you are curious about the science behind Covid-19, please take some time to read it.
The author is Lucy Thorne. Lucy won a presentation award as a PhD student, so she really is a great communicator. Lucy has produced this guide to Coronaviruses for all our non-scientific friends and family. We think it’s an invaluable resource.