Client case study - Open Road Visions. - April 2021 

**Client Case Study** 
Since 2016 we have been delivering training for #openroadvisions and the #sosbus in #colchester #essex. 
Delivering the #emergencyfirstaid and #firstaidatwork courses to the #volunteers that will go out and assist people needing help in colchester #towncentre. 
Knowing our client as enabled us to provide practice #scenarios that reflect the type of #firstaid #emergencies that they will encounter. 
See below some photos from 5 years of training! 
Check out some photos from 5 years of training here  

Classroom training is dead! 

Classroom training seems a thing of the past right now with the coronavirus lockdown but staff training (especially in a health and social care) in many industries still needs to go on to keep your staff safe and productive and your business competitive. 
Many health and social care providers are turning to training companies just like us to provide new and innovative training solutions during the coronavirus lockdown. 
LESS STAFF COSTS associated with ATTENDING TRAINING. Call 01206 638711 to find out more. 
Do you want to get left behind? Do you want your staff to miss out on the benefits of face-to-face interaction with an experienced trainer in these uncertain times. 
Email to find out more 
Do you want a new training solution that will meet 90% of your training needs but also save you a whole heap of money on your training costs and increase staff productivity. 
Now is not the time to mothball your staff training program, now is the time to embrace a different way of sourcing training. 
Call 01206 638711 to find out more. 
Many training providers have temporarily shut up shop because of the coronavirus lockdown on simply gone out of business, your choice of training providers is becoming more limited. Take action now. 
The future is live online webinar training (you will have all heard about the rise of webinar platforms such as Zoom in the media or even have used it yourself in the past at work or at home) using online webinar platforms. Live interaction between participants and the trainer. 
BRING TOGETHER STAFF from around the COUNTRY or even from around the WORLD to meet in a SAFE and SECURE online space. Ready to find out more? 
To help you find out more about how this live online webinar technology works and how it can benefit your business and save you time and money, even after coronavirus lockdown is over we are holding some free Discovery Webinars so you can see first hand how this form of training can help your business get through these tough times. 
YOUR BRANDING can be INTEGRATED into the PRESENTATIONS making it feel like it is YOUR COURSE. Call 01206 638711. 
During the webinar we will explain the different training options we have available and at the end be offering some deep discounts on our webinar training packages. 
90% of your TRAINING NEEDS can be MET using this SOLUTION. Email 

How I am dealing with the lockdown 

This is my first blog entry since the start of the coronavirus lockdown was announced by the UK government in their attempts to stop the spread of coronavirus. 
My face-to-face classroom business has reduced by 95% meaning that my income has drastically reduced as well, and I have found myself with a lot freer time on my hands. I am in the same situation as many other people right now in the UK. 
But what if all this free time and sudden need to earn extra money is a blessing? 
I now have more time to focus on developing my other business interests including developing my live online webinar and e-learning offerings and have more time to spend on doing CPD and catching up with studying and a large pile of books I have been meaning to read. 
It is also an opportunity to try an entirely new business venture which I have the free time to spend on nurturing and growing. 
I think it was Dr Joe Vitale that said that money doesn’t just come from your job or business; it can come through whatever you focus your time and energy on. 
Things are difficult for lots of people out there right now with the coronavirus lockdown but if you can remain positive and look for opportunities you can move from Despair to Hope, then to Belief and then to Action and Results. 
To everyone out there struggling to survive and those out there doing marvellous work on the frontline against coronavirus stay safe out there and I will see you all on the other side of this. 
Mark Wigley is owner and operator of and and provides classroom, online webinar and e-learning courses. 
You can contact him on 00447791865269 or email at on this text to edit it. 

What is a forced marriage? 

A forced marriage occurs when either party or both, the bride and groom do not consent to marriage that goes ahead anyway because of outside pressure, usually from the families involved. 
It is important differentiate between a forced marriage and an arranged marriage. An arranged marriage occurs when families choose potential matches for marriage but ultimately the final decision to marry lies with the two people chosen. 
Forced Marriages are ILLEGAL in the UK and in many other countries across the world and every major religious faith condemns the practice. 
The pressure applied by families on the individuals can be considerable and intense in nature and can take many different forms including financial and emotional pressure, psychological pressure, blackmail, intimidation, threats (or actual) of physical or sexual violence and in some cases even murder (honour killing) 
“In 2018 and the first successful prosecution of its kind a mother who forced her daughter to marry a relative nearly twice her age was convicted for Forced Marriage offences. As the girl approached her 18th Birthday she was tricked into travelling to Pakistan and once there was forced to sign marriage papers. 
When the daughter protested her mother assaulted her and threatened to burn her passport” 
It is hard to believe that forced marriages can take place in somewhere like the UK, however they do. According to Home Office statistics since 2012 the Forced Marriage Unit has provided support for between 1,200 and 1,400 forced marriages per year. 
The number of cases in 2018 represents a 47% increase from cases in 2017. 
574 cases involved victims under the age of 18. 
In 2018 there were 119 cases of Forced Marriage where the marriage took place entirely in the UK with no overseas element. 
There are many reasons a family might want to force someone to marry a person not of their choosing. 
It can be a way of ‘protecting’ children from the ‘pressures’ of ‘western culture’ or to stop overly ‘westernised behaviour’ such as make-up and fashions. 
It is used to stop someone marrying outside their ethnicity, caste, culture or religion or otherwise engaging in an ‘unsuitable relationship’. 
It can be a way of controlling unwanted sexuality such as homosexuality or promiscuity. 
As well as a long list of other reasons it may also be done to fulfil a long-standing commitment to another family. 
If you or someone else is affected by Forced Marriage then you can contact the Forced Marriage Unit on 020 7008 0151 or email: 
To find out more about Forced Marriage take this online course 

So, who is Aaron Beck 

My name is Mark Wigley, a first aid, ligature and self-harm trainer and Director of Meducate Training Ltd and owner of and I thought I would share with you a brief biography of a very influential and well known person in the world of cognitive behaviour therapy. 
So, who is Aaron Beck? 
Aaron Beck (b 1921) is an American Psychiatrist who is regarded as the father of cognitive therapy and cognitive behaviour therapy* (CBT). His theories are widely used today in treating clinical depression and anxiety disorders. He also created self-reporting measures for depression and anxiety, notably the Beck Depression Inventory which is one of the most widely used scoring methods for depression and anxiety. 
He has conducted much research into psychotherapy, psychopathology, suicide and psychometrics and has authored or co-authored over 25 books on these subjects. 
Through some of his work with depressed patients for example, he found that they tended to experience streams of negative thoughts that appeared without anything triggering them. He called these ‘automatic thoughts’ and categorised them into three groups: negative ideas about oneself, the world and the future. The patient only had to focus on these automatic thoughts for a short amount of time to start treating them as valid thoughts! 
* Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a type of talking treatment which focuses on how your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes affect your feelings and behaviour, and teaches you coping skills for dealing with different problems. 

A very brief history of self-harm 

My name is Mark Wigley, a first aid, ligature and self-harm trainer and Director of Meducate Training Ltd and owner of and I thought I would share with you a brief history of self-harm. 
A lot of people think that self-harm is a product of the modern age however you might be surprised to learn that this phenomenon has a much longer and darker history then you might think. 
Self-Harm can be dated at least as far back the medieval times to the flagellant movement that gained notoriety at the time of Black Death. A form of religious expression flagellants would march through towns and cities in Europe, stopping at to whip and beat themselves in attempt to stave off plague afflicting the continent at the time. 
It was in the 19th Century when Asylums started popping up across England that self-harm was considered a medical/psychological problem. There are some horrific stories of patients plucking one of their own eyes out (a process known as enucleation). At the time this type of self-injurious behaviour was linked with some form of insanity or hysteria. 
Fast forward to the later part of the 20th century and self-harm started being associated with younger people (especially young women) and attention seeking behaviour, self-cutting and bloodletting which previously had not received much mention by professionals now became more prevalent. With the de-criminalisation of suicide, the matter of self-harm became a matter for psychiatric professionals rather than police so a person was more likely to get treatment rather than being ‘patched up’ and sent home. 
With the proliferation of social media in the 21st Century the subject of self-harm has become super-sized with hundreds of sites, social media profiles and images on the internet promoting or speaking out against self-harm. Many argue that increased pressures on young people at school and work have also acted to accelerate cases of self-harm. 

Scary situation 

“Just for a moment picture this situation, you are at work in your care home on a night shift. You hear unusual sounds coming from behind the door of one your service-users rooms. You decide to go and investigate, knocking on the door. No answer so you decide to go in and investigate. You open the door and it doesn’t fully open. Squeezing your head around the door you see your service-user partially suspended by a ligature attached to coat-hanger on the door. You shout for help and for someone to call 999. A co-worker arrives and you both just about manage to undo the ligature and release the service-user. On this occasion the service-user is safe. But what if it happens again?” 
We got an urgent call from a customer that needed short notice ligature training for their staff who were scared that this situation might happen again and if it did they would know what to do. We arranged a date to go in and do a ligature training course for their staff. It was clear on arrival that the staff were very concerned that they would not be able to cope if they encountered a similar situation. 
The ligature training went extremely well and all the staff at the end of the training that they now felt confident in handling a ligature emergency in the future. 
To find out more about our ligature courses please visit: 

Is Train the Trainer right for you? 

There is no question about it, buying training is expensive and eats up a large chunk of a health and social care company’s budget. 
Organisations just like yours are always looking not only to save money but also utilise their own existing resources to deliver training. 
We frequently get asked to deliver Ligature ‘train the trainer’ and when customers buy from us, we are proud to say that we get positive feedback from clients. 
In October we were approached by Horizon Care and asked to train their L&D team to be able to teach their own care staff how to remove ligatures in a ligature emergency. We were able to tailor a bespoke ‘train the trainer’ day for them to learn the skills necessary to go out and deliver this potentially life-saving training to their care teams across the country. 
Here is the testimonial they left on our website: 
“I used Mark (Meducate Training Ltd) to train our L&D team to be able train Ligature Release within our organisation. The course was well structured and set at a pace that suited us. Mark is a very experienced trainer who ensured that the training not only met the stated outcomes but was also flexible enough to meet our individual needs. This is the second time that I have engaged Mark's services and would not hesitate to do so again. Thoroughly recommended. 
Dave Williams, L&D Manager, Horizon Care and Education Group Ltd” 
We followed up with them recently and were informed that they had already delivered 7 courses to groups of staff with many more scheduled for the near future. The saving they have made on doing training this way is substantial. 
Check out how much we charge for ligature training here and do the math and then compare what we charge for the ‘train the trainer’ course and you can see the potential for huge cost savings for your organisation. If you have the right staff with the desire and motivation to train, then this could be the solution for you! 

Ligature Pleasure and Pain 

What has a 17th Century treatment for erectile dysfunction got to do with ligature incidents in the 21st Century? 
Back then male hanging victims were observed having erections during their executions and it is believed that this observation is what led to some people practising what is called Auto-Erotic Asphyxia (EA) 
EA is the deliberate action of restricting blood and oxygen supply to the brain with a ligature to create a euphoric high which combined with masturbation can provide an intense sexual high as the brain releases a very strong pain relief chemical called endorphins along with the pleasure released during orgasm. 
EA is not talked about widely outside professional circles for fear of putting ‘ideas into peoples heads’ especially those that are young and impressionable and is also thought to be under-reported due to parents ‘disguising’ their child’s death as suicide by ‘sanitising’ the scene removing any pornographic material etc before alerting the authorities. 
Whilst engaging in EA participants usually set themselves up with a fail-safe mechanism such as slip-knot or something close by to stand back up onto in order to self-rescue before they lose consciousness. 
However, unfortunately sometimes the person is unable to rescue themselves due to onset of weakness or unconsciousness and end up hanging themselves to death. 
Although no statistics have ever been recorded in the UK for these types of deaths a study in the USA estimated that there are between 500 and 1000 deaths every year from EA. A study of 135 such cases by the FBI determined the average age of victims to be 26. 
What does this mean for you? 
If you are looking after people in health and social care whether they are young people or adults, a ligature attempt may occur not as an episode of self-harm or a serious suicide attempt but as an act of sexual experimentation. Unfortunately, this is a type of sexual experimentation that could have fatal consequences for someone engaging in it. 
Although the subject of EA is not widely publicised a quick search of social media sites will pop up references to this practice including imagery and how-to guides. For example, just now I typed the term into Instagram and there were 1000+ posts listed on the subject. 
Your clients may well have unrestricted access to the internet and social media so it is possible that with a little bit of searching they could find out information about and decide that this type of ligature incident is something they want to try. 

How I got into Ligature Training 

My name is Mark Wigley and I run a trusted training provider called Meducate Training Ltd and we deliver Ant-Ligature training
Back in 2013 I was approached by Manchester Probation Service and asked to produce and deliver what I thought would be a one-off ligature course in Manchester. Based on previous experience in law-enforcement I knew I had the skills and experience to provide an amazing training event, which I did. They were so pleased with the course that they went on to sign up for 2 year delivery programme of ligature training across all their Approved Premises as well as booking my company for emergency first aid training. Not bad at all! 
I also advertised my new ligature course on my website and before long we were swamped with enquiries and orders from Mental Health hospitals, children’s residential services and services that care for adults with learning disabilities. Often these requests were frantic short notice requests for training as a result of an ‘at risk of ligature referral’. Feedback from all our courses has been extremely positive and staff that attended have all said that they feel more confident in dealing with a ligature emergency as a result of the training. 
In 2017 we developed an Anti-Ligature Train The Trainer course package as it was clear from talking to some of the delegates that there are plenty of staff that are capable of delivering this training to their own staff. This can be delivered onsite at your location or at our training centre in Colchester, Essex. 
So, why not book us for your ligature training or enquire to find out more! 

How do you reduce the risk of ligature incidents? 

I think you will agree that reducing the risk of ligature incidents (follow the link for more info) is clearly a priority when looking after young people and adults at risk of this kind of behaviour. Aside from working out why individuals engage in this type of ligature behaviour (follow the link for more info) and try to stop it is important to make sure that everything reasonable is being done to reduce the risk of them applying a ligature. 
The first step is to develop a good ligature policy (follow the link for more info) for your organisation so it is clearly written down the type of approach that your setting is taking in terms of managing risk around ligature incidents (follow the link for more info). 
As you already know risk assessments are the best way to identify and reduce the chance of something awful happening. In its purest form a risk assessment is a simple mathematical formula: 
Likelihood (of a hazard occurring) X Severity (most reasonable serious outcome) = Risk 
Obviously, it is a little more detailed than this but looking at the formula above you can see that you can reduce the risk score by either reducing the likelihood and/or reducing the severity of the outcome. For risk of ligature this means looking at your environment and identifying potential ligature items (things used) and potential ligature points (where the ligature is secured to). A risk score can then be generated, and you can then look at what you can do to reduce the risk. Control measures include removing, substituting or enclosing the ligature/ligature point to reduce the score. A simple risk assessment form (follow the link for more info) can be used to record this. 
Training staff (follow the link for more info) in how to deal with ligature incidents (follow the link for more info) is also vital as well as issuing settings with ligature cutters so they have the confidence, knowledge and the right equipment to deal with the situation. Teaching a set procedure like SCRAPS (follow the link for more info) will help staff respond more effectively in an emergency 

Square pegs into round holes 

I know that you already know about first aid courses like emergency first aid training for adults in the workplace and also paediatric first aid training for those that look after young children and babies. There is even a more advanced first aid at work course that last 3 days. 
If you are booking first aid training for staff working in nurseries and primary schools it is a no-brainer to book the paediatric course and likewise if you are booking training for staff working in an adult environment you simply book either the 1 day emergency first aid training or the more advanced 3 day course for higher risk workplaces. 
But what if you work in an environment where you are looking after older children that are considered ‘adults’ for the purpose of first aid. 
“For the purposes of first aid any person who has started puberty is treated as an adult” 
What this means in practice is that a child who has started puberty would receive the adult sequence for CPR instead of the child sequence. 
If you work in an educational establishment where you look after older children, you may find that the courses shown above don’t fit all you first aid training needs. 
Do you go for a paediatric course which coves childhood illnesses and injuries but is really geared for babies and younger children, or do you go for an emergency first aid training course which will cover the CPR sequence you need (see above diagram) but is geared towards giving first aid to adults. 
There is another option, some companies offer a course that might be called something like first aid for schools 
This type of course is a hybrid of paediatric and adult first aid and can quite nicely bridge the gap between the two traditional types of course. 
It covers the most common childhood illnesses and injuries but also more ‘adult’ related first aid as well. Obviously, one of the biggest benefits of this type of hybrid course is that staff can also use this first aid training to render first aid to other members of staff. 

Eek! Another YP Ligature referral 

I was speaking to one of my clients the other day and he was telling me that he has seen a massive increase in referrals being made for young people ‘at risk of self-harm through ligatures’ and that his organisation is having to invest time and money into getting staff trained up to deal with ligature emergencies. 
Clearly, anxiety amongst staff un-trained to deal with ligature emergencies on how to deal with them means that training is often an urgent request putting a burden on L&D departments to organise anti-ligature training. Never mind getting all the staff together at the same time, geography and budgets playing a part in making this a challenge. 
Fortunately, there are several options available that when used in the correct mix can help make the task of getting ligature training easier for organisations. 
Obviously, there is the preferred option of classroom anti-ligature training like the type provided below: 
Did you know there are also 2 other options for getting your ligature training done? 
Ligature training is now available in e-learning format where you can gain the knowledge about how to deal with ligature emergencies (obviously you won’t be able to practice) and this could be used a short-term fix for urgent ligature training requests or as an annual refresher option. Some examples of anti-ligature e-learning is below: 
For an organisation that can train some of its own staff to deliver anti-ligature courses back in their workplaces there are train-the-trainer options available. This type of training can be delivered via an online webinar or as a classroom course. 
An example of each type is below: 
Clearly you can see that there are many options available to get your ligature training sorted and get your staff trained and confident in dealing with ligature emergencies! 

Teaching self-confidence in first aid 

At Meducate Training Ltd we see many different types of people coming to us for first aid training in Essex London and UK, all of them eager to learn the skills that could mean them a saving a life one day. 
During the course there are lots of discussions and reasons put forward  as to why someone might be reluctant to administer first aid. These broadly fall into 3 categories: 
Fear of being hurt 
Fear of Infection 
Fear of being sued 
Let’s deal with the last one in that list of fears. When we have a discussion on this subject the same things come up around making a mistake, forgetting the training, panicking and making the patient’s condition worse. 
My response is always that to be a first-aider requires a reasonable level of self confidence in your ability to deal with a situation. Suzanne Roff PHD believes that part of gaining self-confidence is having an internal sense of the impact of your actions on the outside world. 
I believe that also to be true when delivering first aid to a patient, having that strong internal belief that everything you do will have an impact on the casualty you are treating. 
In the worst possible situation where a casualty is not breathing and no blood is circulating around their body doing nothing because you are concerned about hurting the person will result in only one outcome, death. 
You cannot make a person in this condition any worse. 
Doing something rather than nothing is the only option in this scenario. Will the first aid you deliver always be 100% correct, hopefully it will be, but not necessarily. Will it matter? probably not a great deal. Will it make a difference? It may make no difference or make some difference. Either way nothing has been lost by getting involved and trying to help. 
With the advances in the technology available such as the Automated External Defibrillator and their increasing deployment into public places as well as the advice offered by 999 operators means that delivering first aid in Essex London and UK has become easier. 
The first person on the scene when someone collapses is not usually a paramedic, doctor or nurse, it is usually someone like you! What you do from the moment they collapse and the EMS arriving on the scene can be the difference between life and death for the patient. 
The key point I try and get across to my learners during a first aid training course in Essex London and UK is that no matter how you feel, no matter what you think you can remember step forward  and do something.  Have the confidence in yourself that you can make a difference. 
Don’t be a bystander when it comes to first aid, get the training you need and one day you might be able to save a life. 
I think the quote below sums up what your attitude to first aid should be, although I would change the last few words to “in my opinion you could be wasting someone else’s life” 
Life is not a spectator sport. If you're going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you're wasting your life. 
Quote by Jackie Robinson 
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Accredited or not accredited? That is the question 

We get lots of enquiries regarding first aid courses (which is not surprising since we do first aid training); a question we get asked a lot is: 
“Is the training accredited or not?” 
But what does ‘accredited’ mean and how does it differ from non-accredited? 
All the way back in 2013 (which seems an awfully long time ago) the Health and Safety Executive stopped regulated first aid training providers in order to offer more flexibility for employers to choose the type of first aid training that they wanted in the workplace. 
If you are looking for first aid training in Essex or elsewhere then you have several options available to you. 
Option 1 is to use one of the Voluntary Aid Societies such as Red Cross or St Johns Ambulance. Due to their status they certify their own first aid courses. 
Option 2 is to use a first aid training company that is registered with an awarding body such as Qualsafe to deliver training regulated by OFQUAL. This type of first aid training is the one known as ‘regulated’ or ‘accredited’. First Aid Training companies offering this type of training register with the awarding body and are subject to monitoring by them to ensure they meet certain standards. A company such as is a good example of this type of provider. These courses are part of a qualification framework known as RQF and come in different ‘levels’ 
Option 3 is to use a first aid training provider that is registered with an organisation such as the Federation of First Aid Training Organisations. Providers registered with this type of organisation are monitored and inspected and deliver first aid training to the old HSE standard for first aid training. Providers normally issue their own certificates and the courses are not OFQUAL regulated but are quality assured. 
Option 4 is to use a first aid training provider that is completely independent of any awarding or regulatory body. They provide their own training materials and issue their own certificates and have their own quality assurance systems. Some simple due diligence when contacting one of these providers should easily determine whether the provider is suitably qualified to provide first aid training for you. A provider such as is a good example of this type of provider. 
A top tip when booking first aid training is to make sure you know exactly what you have purchased and what type of certificate you are going to end up; so you don’t end up getting what you didn’t want.  The provider you contact should be up-front with you as to what type of training they offer. 
Each type of provider has their own unique pro’s and con’s and none are necessarily better than the other. Shop around and make sure you are happy with the option you have chosen, the course and the price. Option 4 can be a lot cheaper than Option 1 for example however there is more to the choice than just the price. 

How is your next training going to be delivered? September 2019 

When I first started delivering training courses back in the early 1990’s the only technology available was flipchart, marker pens and the OHP (overhead projector). It was still a few years before presentation software would be widely used and the concept of ‘online learning’ was unknown as internet for the masses was in its infancy. 
Today in the 21st century there are now many different methods for delivering training courses, each with their own upsides and downsides. Due to the miracle of the internet those seeking to learn new skills have a wide range of different methods to choose from. 
Classroom Training: 
As the name suggests this is the traditional style of face-to-face training where a teacher delivers the training to a group of learners. This is still the style preferred by many training providers and customers. 
Because the training is ‘live’, and the teacher is present students can ask questions directly and get a live response. 
The training can be adapted quickly at the time to meet un-expected learning needs that may arise. 
Students get to benefit from the experience of the trainer; all the good stuff that is never included in the course content. 
Many people are very used to this style of training unlike some of the other ones below which might require them to use technology unfamiliar to them. 
Classroom training can be expensive. The cost of paying for the trainer, the venue, travel and paying the students to be on the course. 
There is sometimes teacher: student ratios applied to training meaning that you might have to pay for several courses to get all the staff you need trained. 
Geographical location might limit whether classroom training is possible at all. 
You have got to get everyone there for the course. 
E-learning is training that is delivered over the internet which the learner accesses through a web-enabled device. The courses are standardised modules and the same for all those that access the content. This form of training has been becoming more and more popular with the development of the internet. 
E-learning is cheap. Most workplace e-learning courses are low-cost so they can be a great option if budget is an issue. 
Easily scaled to the masses. Once an e-learning program has been developed it can be duplicated and infinite number of times and rolled out to large numbers of learners in an organisation. 
The only cost is the time and money required to create the content. 
E-learning is ideal for delivering updates on legislation and health and safety. 
A lot of people that have been used to a regular diet of classroom training over their career hate it and see it as a money saving scheme by their organisation who doesn’t want to pay for a trainer to turn up. 
It can be difficult to measure how much the student learnt and whether it was them that completed the course. 
E-learning requires learners to access the internet. If they do not have access to the internet, they cannot complete the training. There are also technophobes that struggle with online technology. 
Live Webinar 
This is a much newer form of training that is slowly gaining traction in the world of learning and combines classroom training with online e-learning. Students log on to the class via webinar software and can have a live conversation with the teacher and the other students. The teacher can show any type of content that would be available on a classroom course. 
Because the training is ‘live’, and the teacher is present students can ask questions directly and get a live response. 
The training can be adapted quickly at the time to meet un-expected learning needs that may arise. 
Students get to benefit from the experience of the trainer; all the good stuff that is never included in the course content. 
Webinar training should be less expensive to purchase and deliver. 
Webinar learning requires learners to access the internet. If they do not have access to the internet, they cannot complete the training. There are also technophobes that struggle with online technology. 
If there is a major problem with the internet connection, then the training may not go ahead. 
Learners still must ‘turn up’ at a specific time for the training course even if they don’t have to physically be there. 
Not as easily scalable to the masses as e-learning 
Whatever type of training you are considering for your organisation consider all the different types of training available so you can ensure that you get the best fit for your needs! 
Mark Wigley 

Guest Blog by Mark Wigley- Freelance Trainer Series 

Is freelance training right for me? – Part 1 
You should consider your time to be one of your most valuable assets. If you don’t value your time then who will? 
Although you have 24 hours in every day (the same amount as everyone else) how you value those hours and use those hours can make a big difference to how much you earn. 
Your time can be calculated in different units; the most common being hourly, daily and annually. 
As a full time employee your value will often be calculated as an annual salary. Your employer will also have responsibilities for other costs and commitments including: 
Holiday pay 
Sick Pay 
Your Pension 
Any staff training that you require to do your job 
Cost of supervising and appraising your work 
The cost of running the organisation 
Paying for the Christmas do. 
These could be called ‘added benefits’ and as a freelance trainer these need to be considered as they won’t be covered. 
If you are looking at becoming a self-employed freelance trainer you will need to understand your day rate and how it will impact your overall annual income, so you at the outset you will need to do some calculations and ask yourself the following questions: 
1. Is being a self-employed freelance trainer viable for me given MY circumstances. 
2. Can I earn what I want to earn being a freelance trainer? 
By considering some of the point below you should be able to answer these questions and make an informed decision. 
Setting your day rate. 
YOU should set your day rate, not anyone else. 
Over many years of freelance training I have heard lots of complaining about freelance trainer day rates. 
Comments like: 
‘It’s not fair, they are only paying xxxx amount per day’ 
‘They are making me work for xxxx a day’ 
I suppose ‘something is better than nothing’ 
Someone else is getting paid more than me. 
I believe that comments and complaints like these stem from two main issues: 
The person in question hasn’t decided what they are worth and how much they want to earn. 
YOU can decide (within reason) what you can earn on a daily basis. 
Here is a system you could use to work out first what you need to earn each day to maintain your current lifestyle and commitments and also give you a figure on what an hour or day of your work time is worth. 
Let’s take John who is considering self-employment. John has his OWN set of unique circumstances and has calculated that he needs to earn £40,000 per year to maintain his current lifestyle and financial commitments. 
There are roughly 1950 working hours in the year (52 weeks x 37.5 hours) so by dividing 40000 by 1950 we reach an hourly rate of £20.51 per hour. For a day rate as a first aid trainer this would work out at £20.51 x 6 hours or £153.82 per day. Looks simple, right? 
Part 2 of this series will look at additional considerations for setting your day rate. 
Mark Wigley is a highly successful freelance trainer in his own right and offers support and services to freelance trainers  
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The magic of the Primary Survey 

The magic of the Primary Survey in First Aid. 
I have always been a great believer in trying to keep things simple which is why when i first learned #firstaid (a long time ago now) I was excited at the simplicity of the Primary Survey. 
When I teach first aid to students now I focus heavily on drilling learners in the importance of doing the Primary Survey each and every time they deal with a medical emergency and getting them to practise it multiple times in class. It is one of the most powerful things you can learn on a first aid course. 
When discussing with learners the same fears come up around dealing with a medical emergency. 
These are: 
1.Getting it wrong and making the patient worse. 
2.Not knowing what to do in an emergency and how they will react. 
3.Being sued (I still cant believe this one is still about!) 
4.Getting hurt. 
Lets look at how the correct application of the Primary Survey in first aid can address all 4 of those fears. 
When faced with an emergency situation of any kind our brain can quickly become over-whelmed with everything that is going on. 
In order for us to deal with the situation effectively we need a simple yet powerful process we can use to deal with the emergency in front of us. 
With first aid this is the Primary Survey and the magic is that you can apply it to any medical emergency and it gives you a step by step process to follow each and every time that doesn't require loads of complex thinking and decision making (more difficult when your brain has gone into panic mode). 
You just start at the beginning and move through each stage, stopping to deal with a problem, or moving on to the next stage if there are no concerns. 
So what does the primary survey look like? 
Usually something like the graphic below. 
The more you use it and practise it the more of a habit it will become, which means it will become more of an automatic response that you don't have to think about. 
The Primary Survey provides you with a structured process which can be referred to if anyone questions what actions you took. (helps with No. 3) 
It helps protect you from injury by prompting you to check for Danger (helps with No. 4) 
As you are required to do only one thing at a time (and not everything at once) it should help your brain calm down (stopping the chimp from screeching!) and make you more useful. 
The Primary Survey shows you what to look for and when to look for it with clear instructions on what to do at each of the stages; minimising the chance of you getting something wrong. It is solely aimed at prompting you to check for and either identify and treat or exclude the most life threatening conditions first (helps deal with No.1 and No.2) 
The Primary Survey also helps build your confidence because you know you have it available to you if you have to give first aid (helps with No.2). 
The Primary Survey in first aid does not demand perfection (a sure fire route to hesitation and procrastination) nor does it demand a vast wealth of knowledge and complex decision making. 
The Primary Survey only demands that you take one simple step at a time.. 
Mark Wigley 

Santa’s first aid guide to the Christmas Season! 

Christmas is upon us!  
The nights are getting cold and snow could well be on its way! The Christmas party season is well underway but each year over 80,000 people require hospital treatment for falls, cuts and burns during the festive period. I am sure you have lots of exciting plans and parties to attend over this festive period, but have a quick read of the tips below so ensure this Christmas is all about santa, stockings AND ‘safety’!! 
We all love mince pies but remember your ‘RICE’ 
The festive period often leads to more snow, sleet, ice and rain, which can lead to increasingly slippery floors. If you or one of your colleagues falls resulting in a sprained ankle follow the RICE procedure: 
R - rest 
I - ice 
C - comfortable support 
E - elevation 
Minor cuts and grazes are common, but can be easily treated: 
• Make sure the wound is clean by running it under cold water or using an alcohol free wipe. When cleaning, wipe away from the wound to help minimise infection. 
• Raise and support the injured area and apply gentle pressure to minimise the bleeding. 
• Apply a plaster or sterile dressing. 
Would you know how to help a choking colleague? 
Many people will enjoy Christmas dinner at an office party this year, but would you know what to do if one of your colleagues started choking? 
• If the casualty is breathing, encourage them to continue coughing and remove any obvious obstructions from the mouth. 
• If the casualty cannot speak or stops coughing or breathing, carry out back blows. Support their upper body with one hand and help them to lean forward. Give them up to five sharp blows between the shoulder blades with the heel of your hand. Stop if the obstruction clears. Check their mouth. 
• If the back blows fail to clear the obstruction, try abdominal thrusts. Stand behind the casualty and put both arms around the upper part of their abdomen. Make sure that they are bending forwards. Clench your fist and place it between the navel and the bottom of their breastbone. Grasp your fist firmly with your other had. Pull sharply inwards and upwards up to five times. 
• Check their mouth. If the obstruction has not yet cleared, repeat steps two and three up to three times, checking the mouth after each step. 
• If the obstruction still has not cleared, call 999/112 for emergency help. Continue until help arrives or the casualty loses consciousness. 
That’s’ all from us here at Meducate Training, we aren’t meaning to be stooges and hope everyone has an exciting Christmas but always good to ‘think safe’! 
Merry Christmas to you all! 

Make sure your fireworks night goes off with a bang! 

Everyone loves fireworks night, and there will be hundreds of events across the UK for us all to enjoy! Or maybe, you are feeling a little adventurous and thinking of putting on your own display at home for family and friends. 
Without putting a dampener on the evening as its bound to be great fun, but just a few tips and reminders to make sure it’s a night to remember for the right reasons! So here are a few fireworks first aid tips and advise just in case something does go wrong on the night!. Always be prepared! 
Firework First Aid: 
Burns or scalds tips and reminders: 
Run it under cold water for at least 10 minutes. You need to completely cool their skin to prevent pain, scarring or further damage 
If the burn is on a child, or if you think it’s a serious burn (for example, if it’s deep, larger than the size of their hand, or on the face, hands or feet) call 999/112 for an ambulance 
Remove any jewellery or clothing near the burn (unless they’re stuck to it) 
Don’t pop any blisters or apply ice, cream or gel – this can make it worse 
Once cooled, cover the burn with cling film or a plastic bag 
If necessary, treat them for shock, by laying them down with their legs raised and supported above the level of their heart 
Debris in the eye tips and reminders: 
• Tell them not to rub it, so they don’t make it worse 
• Pour clean water over their eye to wash out what’s in there and/or to cool the burn 
• If this doesn’t work, try to lift the debris out with a damp corner of a clean tissue 
• If this doesn’t work either, don’t touch anything that’s stuck in their eye – cover it with a clean dressing or non-fluffy material. Then take or send them straight to hospital! 
Smoke inhalation tips and reminders: 
• Move them away from the smoke so they can breathe in some fresh air 
• Help them sit down in a comfortable position and loosen any tight clothing around their neck to help them breathe normally. 
If they don’t recover quickly, call 999/112 for an ambulance. 
So all that we have left to say is have a fabulous fireworks night, on behalf of everyone here at Meducate Training! 

Personal safety after dark. 

Personal Safety After Dark: 
Poor visibility and quiet roads increase dangerous risks after dark. There are lots of things that you can do to avoid the attention of opportunists and avoid becoming a target. Whilst abroad on down your own street it never hurts to be careful so I have provided a few useful tips and things to keep in mind when out and about in the evening! 
Money and Cards: 
Assess where you are keeping your valuables when you’re out after dark. Choose a zipped or buckled bag (open bags are tempting for pickpockets). If you have more than one bag it can be easy to forget or drop one (or more!). 
When you’re in a foreign city or out very late, it’s a good idea to keep spare cash in a different pocket just in case of an emergency! If the worst happens and you’re relieved of your wallet, you will have enough to get home. Openly using an MP3, camera or mobile phone can make you a target; these items are the most commonly stolen, so tuck them away when you are walking after dark, the world isn’t such a bad place, but in order to keep safe it’s just important to think and be careful without taking unnecessary risks which could result in an accident. 
Choosing your Route: 
Use roads that are well-lit, avoiding dark alleyways and parks, it may sound obvious but sometimes we just don’t take a moment to think and put ourselves in danger. Before leaving the house, store taxi numbers on your mobile phone. Walk confidently and purposefully, looking around – most crimes are opportunistic, so don’t give anyone cause to target you. 
If you’re often walking at night, or you live near a busy road, it’s a good idea to buy reflective clothing. You don’t need to go as far as dressing from head to toe in bright yellow gear!!! You can buy shoes with reflective stripes, reflective wristbands, or reflective tape, which can be stuck onto your jacket or trousers. For joggers and walkers, reflective outer vests are great for making you visible to drivers and other people. Walk on the right side of the road, so that you are facing oncoming cars….Just remember the basics and you can prevent an accident! 
Women Travelling Alone: 
Without sounding sexist (even though I am a woman myself) women are particularly vulnerable to additional threats at night. Quiet streets, unlicensed taxi drivers and busy drinking venues can all pose threats. In bars or restaurants, don’t let your drink or food out of your sight. If you catch a taxi on your own, call it directly from your phone and make sure the taxi driver has your name. Don’t jump into the first taxi that pulls up – unlicensed cabs are increasingly common and pose a real threat. 
Safety Equipment: 
From personal alarms to reflective clothes and numbers on your phone book, a little forward thinking means you will be well equipped to deal with an emergency. Before you leave, check for all the essentials. However, maybe one of the best tips for staying safe at night, is to stay with a friend and try to avoid walking around alone if at all possible…. 
Personal Safety for men: 
Men can also be vulnerable, and it’s important to be aware and cautious when out alone in the evening. 
Fights can escalate after a few too many drinks! It’s important to start relaxed; meeting aggression with aggression tends to lead to confrontation. Talk your way out of problems and always stay calm! Respect other people’s personal space as well as your own, and avoid aggressive body language, for example raised arms, or touching someone unnecessarily. 
If you think your about to be attacked the main aim is to get away from the situation as quickly as possible. Walk away as quickly as possible and head somewhere public, with other people around. Keep calm and if you feel you are in real danger make sure to phone the police. Report the incident as soon as possible, even if you got away unharmed others might not be so lucky. Physical self-defence should only be a last resort, remember that it doesn’t make you weak to walk away. Keep alert when out and about, and if you see someone else in danger don’t turn a blind eye, make sure to call 999 as soon as you can. 
Plan your routes when out at night, avoid putting yourself in unnecessary risk. Avoid things such as isolated cash machines, and if possible take routes that are lit and public, use your instincts! 
If you do become the victim of a crime, don’t bury your feelings, talk about it with friends and family and call charities such as the National Victim Support Help Line (0845 3030900) and talk to a profession about it. 
In summary, keep your wits about you, take precautions to avoid risk where possible, and above all else don’t ignore your instincts! Feel the fear it could save your life, if something doesn’t feel right, don’t ignore it, do something about it.  
Care for yourself and others and don’t become the next victim! 

It will never happen to me? 

It will never happen to me? 
First aid training is now required by most employers….You have just started a new job and have a million things on your do to list! Can you really spare the time to waste a day or two on training your unlikely to even use? If this is your perspective then maybe you need to take a moment to think about the reality. 
Unfortunately, serious injuries are a common occurrence, and every year thousands of people in the UK die due to serious accidents. However, many of these could be prevented if more people were trained in first aid and basic medical care was provided prior to the arrival of the Emergency Services. The majority of us will be involved in, or witness to some sort of medical emergency during our lives, but how many of us would be able to stay calm and handle to situation correctly? 
So if you do find yourself in a situation with a serious casualty what would you do first? Well, the first step is always to ensure you and the casualties are not in any immediate danger, and if possible make the situation safer. The next step is to call 999 to call for assistance. 
But after this it’s down to you, and it could be the difference between life and death: 
If the casualty is breathing, but unconscious, and has no other injuries which would prevent them being moved, then you should move them into the recovery position and wait until the emergency services arrive, remember to keep close observation of their breathing whilst you wait. 
If the casualty is unconscious and not breathing you need to start CPR straight away, every minute counts! Meducate Training offers a number of different first aid training courses from first aid at work, to paediatric first aid, all of which cover CPR - 
So what about if the casualty is bleeding? Well the main aim is to prevent further blood loss and to minimise the effects of shock. Firstly consider your own safety, and if you have them available put on some disposal gloves (maybe something to consider popping into the glove compartment of your car!!). If there is nothing embedded into the wound, then apply and maintain pressure to the wound, using some sort of dressing if you have it available. Use a clean dressing to bandage the wound firmly (It could be worthwhile to go and check that your first aid kit is fully stocked!!). 
Continue to apply pressure until the bleed has stopped or the emergency services arrive. 
These tips just cover two, of the long list of daily injuries and accidents that occur. Learning how to handle an emergency could save someone’s life, and I can’t think of anything more worthwhile than that. Knowledge dispels fear! 

Help with the Care Certificate standards 

The new care certificate was introduced as a result of the Cavendish Review which highlighted inconsistencies in preparing healthcare workers for their role in care settings across Essex, London and the UK.  
One of the recommendations of this report was the introduction of the Care Certificate. 
The Care Certificate is aimed at the non-regulated healthcare workforce and sets out 15 clear standards to adhere to in daily working life and should give confidence that care workers are given the same introductory skills,knowledge and behaviours when entering the profession. These are all geared towards providing compassionate, safe and high quality care and support. 
The certificate was jointly developed by Health Education England and Skills For Health 
The Certificate sets out 15 standards and for most of them training aids are provided free of charge and can be downloaded straight to your computer very easily and then can be delivered to staff by in-house trainers' if necessary. This training should be provided on a face to face basis. 
It is recognised however that some of the standards require some additional specialist knowledge so standards 10, 11, 12 and 13 have no training aids provided as it is envisaged that specialist training providers would be brought in to deliver the training. 
Meducate Training Ltd have a track record of delivering this type of specialist training 
There is also a template to complete for each worker to track their progress and get signed off for each module. 
For more information and advice please get in touch. 

Success as a freelance trainer - Introduction 

I have been what I consider to be a very successful freelance trainer for over 5 years and whilst doing this I have also built a successful training company whose core business is supplying freelance trainer’s to other training providers. 
I have always found a sense of satisfaction in taking on a new trainer and watching and helping them develop, polishing their presentation skills, expanding their portfolio of courses delivered and getting excellent feedback from students and clients. 
It is for that reason I have decided to share some of my ‘secrets’ of success with anyone who is starting out as a freelance trainer or indeed someone who has been in the business a while already. 
It is my hope that you take away something from reading this guide that will help you thrive and prosper as a freelance trainer. 
There will be very little in this guide relating to teaching methods; this subject is the realm of a teaching course. 
It might be suggested that the title of this guide be changed to “What they don’t teach you on a Trainers’ course” 
Most of the references, examples and scenarios used in this guide relate to first aid or health and social care training (my chosen field of training) but I am sure that the principles and suggestions in this guide can be applied to any form of freelance training. 
I fell into freelance training purely by chance; it had never (consciously at least) been my intention to ‘do training’ however I had dabbled over the years on and off with training as part of other roles I had undertaken and looking back I do remember that I quite enjoyed it. 
A friend came to me and asked me if I fancied helping him and his brother out with some training that needed doing for a London based company that they were involved in running. The question had come at just the right time; I had just left a full time employed position and was looking at starting up a self-employed sales agent and this new idea of doing training seemed much more appealing. I jumped at the chance. I am a firm believer that you should never be dogmatic in your approach to your career direction and you should be willing to change direction if an opportunity presents itself. Success is rarely a straight line; more a zig-zag! 
I worked for the London firm for 6 months helping them complete a training project that they had ongoing and when this came to an end I decided it was time to strike it out on my own. The first few months after that were tough as I pushed to become more visible (see part 5) to potential clients and work was a few days here and a few days there. 
During that really tough time I was approached by someone else also starting out on the same journey (starting their own training business) and it was really helpful to have someone to talk things through with when times got tough. We are still passing each other work to this day; building solid relationships (see part 6) is a key aspect of surviving in the world of business. 
The hard work of making myself more visible eventually paid off and I got a lucky break securing work with a major training provider who is still one of my biggest client and to whom I regularly supply over 300 training days a year to either delivered by myself or some of my associates. 
I eventually reached the point where I was being offered more work than I could cope with so it was time to bring in some help. I went out and recruited a couple of freelance trainers to cover the odd job that I was unable to deliver but before I knew it I was getting even more work including work directly under my own brand. A bigger pool of freelance trainers was recruited and my company Meducate Training Ltd came into being. 
Meducate Training Ltd now provides a mixture of its own brand of training direct to the end user as well as providing freelance trainer’s to other training providers all across the UK. Meducate Training Ltd works with a number of training provider’s both large and small and we have built a solid reputation (see part 9) for delivering high quality hassle-free training. 
Most of this guide will focus on what it takes to be an excellent freelance trainer from two perspectives, the trainer and the training provider. 
I have divided the guide up into 10 different sections relating to my ‘tips for success’ and I hope after reading them you too can put them into action and be successful. 
The first tip for success is all about belief and will be covered in the next article. 

2015 Resuscitation Guidelines released. 

The new Resuscitation Guidelines were released on the 15th October and are available to download. 
Although they do not contain anything dramatically new in terms of administering first aid they do emphasise the importance of starting CPR promptly to ensure the best chance of an improved outcome for the patient. We know that chest compressions work! 
Where a patient is suspected of having had a seizure, cardiac arrest should be suspected and a careful initial assessment of airway and breathing should be conducted.  
"Immediately following cardiac arrest blood flow to the brain is reduced to virtually zero, which may cause seizure-like episodes that may be confused with epilepsy. Bystanders and emergency medical dispatchers should be suspicious of cardiac arrest in any patient presenting with seizures and carefully assess whether the victim is breathing normally" 
Emphasis is also put on early access to an AED (Defibrillator) which can dramatically improve the chance of a good outcome for the patient. 
The guidelines also highlight the importance of the interaction between the Emergency Medical Dispatcher, the bystander giving CPR and timely deployment of an AED. An effective community response can be vital in putting all of these together. 
It cannot be stressed enough that early bystander CPR and defibrillation is key to improving outcomes for the 60,000 suspected cardiac arrest victims attended by UK ambulance crews every year. 
Quotes and figures taken from the 2015 guidelines. 

New Resuscitation guidelines due for release 15th October 2015 

The Resuscitation Council (UK) will be publishing updated guidance on the 15th October (just over a week away) relating to Resuscitation. 
The updated guidelines are based on the most up to date available science and have three main aims: 
Simplifying clinical practice 
Enhancing education 
Improving outcomes 
The content of the revised guidelines will not be known until they are published on the 15th October so watch this space for more information. There also links below that will take you to the Resuscitation Council (UK) website. 
All organisations providing clinical care or education are expected to implement these guidelines by January 2017. 
In the meantime what you have already been taught to do during a first aid course in relation to Resuscitation still remains the proper and correct thing to do in an emergency.  

New Nursery and Pre-School staff to be required to take Paediatric First Aid Training - 06/10/2015 

After a high profile campaign and petition by the parents of Millie Thompson who tragically died from choking whilst in the care of her nursery new legislation is due to come into force in September 2016 (subject to full consultation) making it compulsory for all new staff working in an Early Years setting must complete a suitable Paediatric First Aid Course such as the AofA Level 3 Emergency Paediatric First Aid Course or the AofA Level 3 Paediatric First Aid Course. This certificate would be renewable through re-training every 3 years. The government estimate that this may affect up to 15,000 new childcare workers next year who are entering the profession. 
OFSTED as part of their inspection regime may ask to see evidence from a provider that they have suitably qualified staff in Paediatric First Aid including checking the validity of the certificate. Early Years Providers are free to choose whomever they want to supply their Paediatric First Aid however OFSTED have issued guidance that says that Paediatric First Aid Training must: 
be provided by one of the Voluntary Aid Societies such as St Johns Ambulance or British Red Cross 
Be a nationally recognised qualification provided by an Awarding Body such as Qualsafe or the AoFA delivered through a private training provider 
Provided by an organisation that is a member of a recognised first aid industry trade body (such as FAIB) 
If a provider chooses a training organisation that does not meet one of the stipulations above then they must be able to prove that they have done sufficient due diligence in ensuring that the instructor delivering the course has the suitable teaching qualifications and certification to be able to teach first aid and that the course syllabus contains all the content that is provided by the recommended routes listed above. 
One other point that is useful to mention is that there is NO SUCH THING as an OFSTED APPROVED FIRST AID COURSE.  
OFSTED do not approve course content and they do not approve training providers either, they only make recommendations as to what training is suitable. Any training provider claiming that their courses are OFSTED approved are giving incorrect information and caution is advised in choosing them as a training provider. 
Although September 2016 does seem a long way off it will surely come around quickly (just as Christmas does every year!) so it is always a good plan to get organised as early as possible. 
If you would like any advice or help with planning or booking on-site or classroom training courses please feel free to contact us on 0207 1935407 


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Meducate Training Ltd employs a bid writer - 04/09/2015 

We are pleased to announce that we have now employed a full time bid writer to help grow our expanding business by tendering for large contracts in the public sector. 
Geoff brings a wealth of experience in bidding for and winning public sector tenders so we are excited that he will be able to contribute massively to our ambitious plans for expansion over the next few years. 
"Employing a professional bid writer will help us get out there and bid for larger contracts as well as maintaining our excellent service to smaller clients. We have experienced amazing growth over the last 3 years, mainly down to the professionalism of our team of trainers. I look forward to Meducate Training Ltd tendering and hopefully winning new public sector contracts in the future" - Mark Wigley, Director. 

Health and Social Care Training Package - 26/06/2015 

Meducate Training Ltd has put together a special package of courses that we are currently running for a number of clients into one product to save you time and money. 
These are specifically aimed at the health and social care sector and those dealing with mental health and those at risk of suicide or self-harm. 
1 Day Anti-Ligature Training 
Learn how to risk assess environments and effectively respond to those attempting suicide by hanging/strangulation. This course is very practical and allows delegates to practice removing different types of ligatures. 
When booked on its own this is £450 + VAT for up to 12 people. 
Currently delivering to secure mental health facilities, specialist schools and probation premises. 
1 Day Level 2 Emergency First Aid 
Nationally recognised qualification in workplace first aid. 
When booked on its own this is £450 + VAT for up to 12 people. 
Currently delivering to secure mental health facilities, care homes and probation premises. 
1 Day Lone Worker Persafe 
Learn essential skills to keep safer as a lone worker in any workplace. 
Focus is on Prevention, Vigilance and Avoidance. Practical part of the course involves learning some simple techniques to disengage from trouble quickly and using minimum force. 
When booked on its own this is £600 + VAT for up to 12 people. 
Currently delivering through a nationwide training provider. 
Book all 3 courses together for a combined total of £1350 + VAT. 
Any combination of dates, any location with England and Wales. 
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New Training Centre Opening in Colchester Essex - 30/03/2015 

Meducate Training Ltd is pleased to announce the opening in April of its new bespoke training centre in Colchester Essex. 
This facility has a large training room; big enough to accommodate up to 24 delegates in one go as well as office and storage space for training equipment. 
A full diary of training courses has been scheduled for 2015 which you can take a look at by clicking here 
Meducate Training Ltd has been offering first aid, health and social care and personal safety courses on-site at client locations since 2009 
"After 5 years of providing high quality training to our customers at their location it is very exciting to be in a position to offer our range of training courses to smaller groups and also the individual person that wishes to develop their skill's and knowledge. Being able to provide the open course offering I feel is a natural progression for the company which has grown steadily since 2009. All are welcome on our courses but in particular we are keen to offer excellent rates for any business in the Peartree Road area of Colchester" - Mark Wigley MD 
The facility is based behind Hatfields off Peartree Road in Stanway Colchester, our postcode is CO3 0NW. 
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Level 3 First Aid At Work - 29/05/2015 

What is it? 
The Level 3 QCF First Aid At Work is a 3 day classroom based first aid training course designed to qualify staff to administer first aid in higher risk working environments such as agriculture and construction. 
Do I get a nationally recognised qualification if I pass the course? 
Yes. If you successfully complete the course you will receive a national recognised qualification at Level 3 on the QCF framework. 
We use the Association of First Aiders to accredit the first aid training courses we deliver. You can read more about them here 
What is in the course? 
You will have to wait and see! It will be an exciting mix of theory and practical work including videos, case studies and group work. There has been known to be some fake blood too! 
How much does it cost? 
We charge £160 + VAT per person to come to our training facility in Colchester but we can also quote for coming to your site and doing the training. We are also happy to offer discounts for groups of 7 or more. 
When is your next course? 
Our next classroom based course is on the 13th 14th and 15th July in Colchester. 
I am driving, is there parking? 
Yes, and it is free too! 
Do you provide lunch? 
Bring sandwiches! We do however provide plenty of tea and coffee and if you are very good biscuits as well. 
How do I book? 
Call now on 01206 638711 or email 
We look forward to seeing you on one of our first aid training courses! 

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