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We can train you how to cope with medical emergencies and also to comply with current legislation, we offer a bespoke training service which will meet the needs of any business small or large. Find out about our staff team …

John Churton
John Churton First Aid Services and Training
 As a professional ambulance man and holder of the Miller Certificate of Ambulance Aid, I can confirm the many benefits of a well-trained first aider in the area of pre-hospital care of casualties with injuries and illnesses.

I spent several years providing pre-hospital care with Lancashire Ambulance before moving to work at Heysham 2 Nuclear Power Station (NPS). After three year as a first aider and rescue team member, I
transferred to the power generation side of the nuclear industry as an Occupational First Aider. This meant administering oxygen, entonox and being involved in more intensive rescue training techniques including use of breathing apparatus. I was involved in delivering statutory training for many emergency exercises that involved search and rescue and first aid.

During this time at Heysham 2 NPS I updated my ‘old’ ambulance aid qualification to Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) This enabled me to be the convoy “medic”, as well as HGV driver, on humanitarian aid trips to Croatia (sponsored by the Electricity Engineering Unions).

After nearly 14 years with the power industry a new challenge appeared on the horizon; my partner, Liz, accepted the role of Consultant to St John Kenya. I began developing and delivering H&S courses, first aid courses and developing emergency exercises for SJA and other industries including PricewaterhouseCoopers. One of the more interesting events was being part of the organising committee of the I.A.A. emergency exercise at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.

On returning to the UK we started our own training business – ‘First Aid Services and Training’ (FAST). We offer all aspects of first aid training courses and emergency exercises and have numerous clients, across all industries, developing courses to their specific requirements.

My close working relationship with a German humanitarian aid charity, led me to work in Sri Lanka after the Tsunami in December 2004. I also trained Emergency Medical Technicians in Colombo over a four-month period in 2005.

Formal training qualifications:

  • First Aid at Work trainer on the St John Ambulance trainer course
  • ‘Train the trainer’ a Nuclear Electric sponsored course
  • City and Guilds NVQ Level 3&4 in Training and Development also gaining credits in the NEBOSH Certificate (Health and Safety).

Keeping up to date

It is imperative we are up to date with all the changes that impact upon the protocols of first aid.

  • EMT updated with Technician bi-annual courses, including Automated External Defibrillator Trainer/Operator.
  • Attend several CPD sessions and conferences run by different organisations every year
  • Successfully completed a Re-Certification FAW course (tri-annually)

Liz Staveley
Liz Staveley First Aid Services and Training

I began my first aid career in 1972, undertaking a public first aid course delivered by St John Ambulance, after my mother-in-law died of a heart attack and I did not know what to do.

After a couple of years, during which time I had continued training and been a volunteer at public events, I was asked by St John to become a part-time instructor (trainer) for my local unit. 
I later gained a full-time post at our county office and they subsequently sent me on a course that had been developed by St John National HQ, designed to enable Tutors to train local trainers. I then was able to assist NHQ in delivery of the Tutor course.

During my time with St John I continued to work full time as a trainer but also combined this with my volunteer role within St John. Eventually I was given the county training managers role to be combined with the Commissioner of Training (volunteers) for St John South & West Yorkshire.

In 1991 I discovered that St John Ambulance was twinned with Kenya. From childhood it had been my ambition to visit Kenya and thus I asked if I could be of any assistance to St John Ambulance Kenya. Upon discovering that not only was I a trainer but a Tutor, St John Kenya asked if I would deliver training for the St John members in Kenya.

The first course delivered was for the Kenyan Police training College in the foothills of Mt Kenya, the second at the St John HQ in Nairobi. I learned a lot from this unique experience, learning to combat frequent and extensive power cuts whilst devising and delivering training aids to students who may not speak or understand English. The courses were so successful that training was given on a yearly basis until 1998. During this time both John and myself assisted our National and International HQ in designing a first aid package for delivery in developing countries, with Kenya being chosen to pilot the package.

I then became the Training Consultant for St John Kenya, working in Kenya until 2000. Whilst in Kenya, St John UK gave me permission to deliver the Tutor course and Kenya became the first country to have its own Tutors recognised by St John UK. The stay was very successful and many of the training strategies and development programmes are still in place today.

Upon returning to the UK mid 2000, my partner John and I started our own First Aid Training business, ‘First Aid Services and Training’ (FAST).

However my foreign posts continued when I travelled to Kabul in Afghanistan for two months to set up a ‘train the trainer’ programme on behalf of Johanniter Unfile Hilfe, a sister German branch of St John. The initial phase of the course was to train Doctors, nurses and teachers to be first aid trainers the second part of the programme the students were taught first aid.

After the Boxing day Tsunami, Johanniter invited me to visit Sri Lanka for a two month period to assess the needs of St. John Ambulance Sri Lanka. I completed this analysis and then spent eighteen months delivering the training. My partner John Churton was also asked to deliver three months of Emergency Medical Technician Training for the Ambulance Service that Johanniter had set up. Based upon the success of the Sri Lankan projects similar training took place in Medan, North Sumatra. Both countries now have their own Tutors and trainers.

At present I am Training consultant for both Sri Lanka and Indonesia; I am in frequent contact by e-mail and phone to both countries to support their ongoing development.

Jenny Lamming
Jenny Lamming First Aid Services and Training

I entered the nursing profession in 1967. After qualifying as a nurse, I worked on the Ear, Nose and Throat ward and in the accident and emergency department (A&E). In 1972 I trained to be a midwife and worked in a large maternity home delivering all aspects of the midwifery role. This role lasted for 30 years.

A move to a new area meant finding a new job; I successfully achieved this becoming a Sister in a small General Practitioner’s (GP) unit where I stayed for many happy years.

I then went to work in the community, again as a Sister, but now combining General Nursing and Midwifery. I worked with two great GPs who allowed me to run my own Nursing Clinic along side their Surgery. I conducted a few home deliveries along the way too!

Due to more changes in the profession I had to move on from this job, as General Nursing and Midwifery could no longer be combined. I went to work in a small GP unit as a Sister and then Acting Nursing Officer. After time, small GP units were beginning to close at an alarming rate, so inevitably the small unit I worked in, had to close.

I continued my work as a Sister in a large maternity unit and with GP units, where I had the privilege of working with women induced to labour and also conducted some home births. I was involved with Team midwifery and, together with a fantastic team of midwives, we opened the first midwifery unit in the country. I also held a role within the hospital crash team, attending to patients suffering cardiac arrest. I remained at my midwifery post until, unfortunately, I had to retire due to ill health.

After treatment and rest I joined the FAST team, offering training in First Aid.