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December 2019 - First Aid News

It's almost Christmas, and we're looking forward to some time off with family and friends as I'm sure you are. December has been busier than in previous years, and I've just returned from speaking at a conference for Walking Leaders where I was a guest speaker alongside none-other than Alan Hinkes OBE (picture left) - a Yorkshireman who is the first (and only) UK person to have climbed all 14 Himalayan peaks over 8000 metres in height - it was a privilege to meet him. As well as numerous training course deliveries this month, I am excited that the 3rd Edition of our manual is currently being printed, and that we are welcoming new trainers to our team.
We hope that you enjoy a Happy Christmas and wish you a happy and healthy 2020.

Best wishes,

Helen and the rest of the team at Underwood Training

Christmas/New Year Closing and our Christmas Charity

Our office will be closing at 2.30pm on Friday 20th December over the Christmas holiday period. Due to staff training at the start of the term our office will re-open on Wednesday 8th January 2020. For any urgent queries during this time, please contact Helen direct via her mobile number on 07971 298 265. Please note: emails are not being monitored over the holidays.
Instead of sending numerous Christmas Cards a donation has been made to Martin House children's hospice. They do fabulous work, and have supported close friends of Helen's, so are close to our hearts.

Welcome to Andy Cavill and Congratulations to Helena Galloway

Andy Cavill has recently joined the first aid training team here at Underwood Training. Andy initally trained as a first aid trainer in 2010 to complement his previous job roles. He a qualified Mountain Leader and an instructor in other outdoor sports including Rock-Climbing. He is a qualified Youth & Community Worker, and has worked extensively with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, teaching young people new skills and accrediting their learning. He has delivered loads of expeditions throughout the UK and has been lucky to deliver international expeditions and residentials as well. At weekends Andy spends as much time as possible outside, introducing his two young boys to the joys of outdoor pursuits.
Congratulations also to Helena Galloway our office manager who many of you will have liaised with when booking courses - Helena has completed her teacher training qualificaiton and will also be starting to deliver training courses during 2020, providing us with more flexibility within the team to best meet our customers' needs.

ABCDE Edition 3 - Updates

Excitingly the next Edition of the ABCDE of First Aid is currently being printed and it will be ready to use on our courses from Janaury 2020! Latest updates in first aid include to the areas of:
  • Burns
  • Supected management of Spinal and/or Pelvis injury
  • Soft-tissue injury management
  • Tick-bourne Encephalitis (TBE)
  • Seizures
  • Expanded section on first aid in Outdoor Environments
After listening to candidates on courses we've also included a picture series on how to roll a casualty into a SODA / Recovery position and included addtional pictures in other key chapters.

Holiday First Aid

We really hope that you and your family stay well over the feastive period, however there have been a lot of rather nasty bugs around these past few weeks! Stock up on essentials like paracetamol or Calpol for the kids (I work on the basis that if I have it in, I won't need it) and ensure you have enough prescription medication in before the holidays start. With reduced GP cover remember that pharmacists are able to prescribe for more minor needs; call NHS 111 for emergency GP's/dentist appointments or to find an open pharmacy. Only use A & E if you absolutely need to, as it will likely be busy!

Local happenings... Allergy Support Group

The Leeds Allergy and Anaphylaxis Support Group is having a social meet-up on Monday 30 December 2019 at 10.30am with a more usually structured Support Group meeting scheduled for Sunday 1 March 2020 at 2pm. Both meetings are being held at Meanwood Valley Urban Farm. If you or any family members are living with allergies and would like to attend, please see this link for more information.

Upcoming First Aid Training courses

Emergency First Aid at Work: 14 Jan 2020 // 7 Feb 2020 // 4 March 2020 // 30 March 2020

First Aid at Work 3 Day : 28 Jan, 4 & 11 Feb 2020 // 19-21 February 2020 // 12, 19 & 26 March 2020

First Aid at Work Requalification 2 Day: 21 & 22 Jan 2020 // 24 & 25 March 2020

Paediatric First Aid: 16 & 23 Jan 2020 // 27 Feb & 5 Mar 2020 // 23 & 30 April 2020

Outdoor Incident Management First Aid: 1 & 2 Feb 2020 // 14 & 15 Mar 2020 // 16 & 17 May 2020

CPR with AED plus Medical Emergencies: 28 Feb 2020