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Paediatric Blended Learning – Students Loving It!

The newly offered Blended Learning Paediatric First Aid course is being getting rave reviews by participants!

I found the online learning an excellent option when trying to achieve a work / home life balance.  It’s easy to follow and covers a wide breath of subject areas.  I really can’t think of any suggestions to improve this blended learning course’

‘ I enjoyed the blended learning and found the online part convenient, easy to use and preferable to previous first aid courses attended’

‘ The blended learning course was really helpful.  I feel very confident in doing First Aid and in my opinion it is perfect!’

‘ This was brilliant! Really enjoyed the course and it helped me to build confidence by being hands on (practical session).

Akesis Medical Services are working with an on line provider who have developed an excellent interactive elearning module to work alongside its face to face paediatric first aid course. It is an excellent alternative to the 2 day paediatric first aid course and it is suitable for anyone who works with young children. It is a comprehensive course in two parts for professional child carers including nannies, au pairs, pre-school, nursery and reception year teachers and child minders caring for children under 8.

The course content meets Ofsted and Scottish requirements for first aid training in Early Years settings.

The Blended Paediatric First Aid Course comes in 2 parts:

Part 1 involves completing the interactive e-learning module and can be done any time before you attend the face to face training. You will be sent a link to the e-learning module when you book this course.

Part 2 is a one day face to face course where you will learn and demonstrate all the practical sections of the course

Subjects covered include:

  • Role of a first aider, accident reporting and the first aid box
  • Action planning in an emergency
  • Unconscious baby or child
  • Infant, child and adult resuscitation (CPR )
  • Infant, child and adult action for choking
  • Head injuries
  • Allergic reactions and anaphylactic shock
  • Treatment for bleeding, shock and burns
  • Treatment for sprains, strains and fractures
  • Poisoning, bites and stings
  • Eye, nose and ear obstructions
  • Childhood conditions
  • Asthma and respiratory infections
  • Diabetes, Sickle Cell Anaemia,
  • Meningitis
  • Epilepsy and Convulsions Hypo/Hyperthermia


There is a short multiple choice assessment at the end of the e-learning module plus continuous assessment by your trainer throughout the face to face training day.

For more information

email: akesisfirstaid@gmail.com





First Aid Training ….. changes are coming….. watch this space!

Limited time to spend away from work?

HSE have now approved blended learning to be part of First Aid courses. 

This is exciting news for all who struggle to get time off, or to be able to free staff up, to attend vital first aid training courses.

computer screenBlended Learning coming with Akesis Medical Services

Do your theory on line

Advice to Employers on the use of Blended Learning in First Aid Training 

Blended learning is an accepted means by which workplace first aid training can be delivered.  It is important that Employers conduct the necessary additional checks (due diligence) to decide if staff should be trained in first aid using this method (a combination of electronic distance based and face to face classroom based instruction).  This means you should make sure:

  • you are satisfied that where first aid training comprises of blended learning, it is as effective as exclusively face to face learning;
  • the individual being trained knows how to use the technology that delivers the training;
  • the training provider has an adequate means of supporting the individual during their training;
  • the training provider has a robust system in place to prevent identity fraud; and,
  • sufficient time is allocated to classroom based learning and assessment of the practical elements of the syllabus.

Employers should also ensure they are complying with Regulation 13 of the Health and Safety Management Regulations 1999, which has a requirement  to ensure adequate time is set aside during the working day to undertake any first aid training employees receive.  HSE Guidance document GEIS3 will be updated to reflect this change.

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 Once on line learning is completed follow up with classroom based

Hands on practical training.




On successful completion of both theory and practical sessions you will receive your certificate.

Reduced time spent away from home or work!


More information to come soon ….. watch this space!

01823 668 604 / 07891865018



First Aid at Work course





To be held at St Dunstan’s School, Glastonbury, Somerset

29th, 30th June and 1st July

9.15 – 15.30


Limited places available

To book your place or to find out more

Call: 01823 668604 or 07891 865018

Email: akesisfirstaid@gmail.com

Or simply fill in the contact form below and we will get back to you.

First Aid – My Passion!

Teaching first aid is a PASSION of mine. It’s not something I do just to earn a living. I LOVE what I do. I take my time. I pour my heart into every course I run. I will NEVER rush a course just to ‘get it finished’. When you book with Akesis, know that I have thought about my time with you before it has even happened. I LOOK FORWARD to teaching you how to save lives and I think about what you need to learn and how I am best going to deliver it for you to get the maximum from any course. That’s passion!


unconsicous patient

Poppies Paediatric Course

Practising the log roll for a suspected spinal injury

Poppies Paediatric Course

Baby CPR



Supporting Meningitis Research


Where do I start with this injury??????

Where do I start with this injury??????

Why should YOU learn First Aid?  Because you may, one day, be called upon to help someone who is ill or injured. What you do can make the difference between life and death.

To find out more call:

01823 668604 or 07891865018

Or email akesisfirstaid@gmail.com

Make it your New Year Resolution to get trained! Get the Passion!



Resuscitation Guidelines 2015 Guidance

Every 5 years the European Resuscitation Council (ERC), the Resuscitation Council (UK) and the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) review the latest research and evidence in resuscitation, and then release updated guidelines.  In addition to this, for the first time in history, this year the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) have also produced guidelines for first aid.

With these changes underpinning first aid practice, we think it helpful to current and future customers to show a summary of the changes.

Resuscitation Council (UK) Guidelines

Whilst the updates to resuscitation were minimal, there are three subtle changes that will impact on how first aid is taught in the future:

1.    ‘Shouting for help’ is no longer a step to be taught on its own. The guidelines now state that the first aider should ‘ask someone to call 999’ after checking for normal breathing.

The guidelines now only instruct the first aider to ‘ask someone to call 999’ after checking for normal breathing. This further simplifies the guidelines, making accurate recollection of the sequence even easier. It also acknowledges the frequent availability of mobile phones as the new guidance also says to use the speaker function on mobile phones for ease of communication.

2.    Increased emphasis on seizure as a possible presentation of cardiac arrest

Immediately following cardiac arrest, blood flow to the brain is reduced to virtually zero. This may cause a seizure-like episode that can be confused with epilepsy. Bystanders should be suspicious of cardiac arrest in any patient presenting with seizures. It is also extremely important to teach first aiders how to recognise agonal gasps.

3.    Teach first aiders to activate the speaker function on their phone when calling 999 to help communication.

A common feature on modern mobile phones, this addition helps the first aider to communicate with the Emergency Medical Despatcher at the same time as assisting the casualty. Guidance says that it is reasonable to show the first aider how this can be done on their own mobile phone.

European Resuscitation Council (ERC) First Aid Guidelines

For the first time in history, the ERC have published guidelines on first aid. This follows an ILCOR led review of evidence in specific first aid topics. The ERC first aid guidelines are based on a worldwide expert consensus of best practice following an international evidence-based review, making them an extremely important addition to first aid practice in Europe. Below are the key changes that will affect how first aid is taught:

4  Elevation and Indirect pressure points are no longer recommended for the treatment of bleeding.

Elevation and indirect pressure have been removed due to a lack of evidence that either is effective in stopping bleeding, particularly life-threatening bleeding.

5.    Haemostatic dressings and tourniquets are to be used when direct pressure cannot control severe bleeding.

Following extensive use and research in combat, there is a wealth of evidence that tourniquets are effective, save lives and have a relatively low rate of complications following application. Similarly, haemostatic dressings have also undergone significant improvements in recent years, have low complication rates and have saved many lives.

The balance of complications versus possible outcomes if not used have led to both tourniquets and haemostatic dressings being introduced into main-stream first aid.  Of course, a small office workplace is unlikely to find that catastrophic bleeding is a significant risk to their employees, so they wouldn’t necessarily have to rush out and buy this new equipment. A waste recycling plant or tree surgeon on the other hand may wish to consider having these available.

The good news is that the guidelines are very clear that “training is required to ensure application is safe and effective”.

6.    Sucking chest wounds should be left open to the environment – Three sided dressings are no longer recommended.

Due to clinical experience of both improvised and purpose made dressings inadvertently becoming occlusive, the ERC guidelines recommend to ‘leave the wound in open communication with the environment’. This means that there is no longer a requirement to cover it with a dressing. The main emphasis on providing care should be to ‘do no harm’, and the risk of dressings becoming occlusive is significant.

7.    For the treatment of Asthma, first aiders should be taught how to administer an inhaler and how to use a spacer device.

The exact wording is “First aiders must be trained in the various methods of administering a bronchodilator”. In the UK, that includes assisting a casualty to take their own prescribed inhaler and how to take it using a spacer device.

8.    Hypoglycaemia – first aiders should aim to give 15-20g of glucose.

This has been in diabetes hospital management guidance for a while so it’s good to see more clarification on quantities in first aid guidance. Future paediatric books will also include some further guidance for children, as this is the adult requirement.

9.    Oral Carbohydrate-electrolyte beverages (sports energy-rehydration drinks) now recommended for exertion related dehydration.

Specific sports energy-rehydration drinks have proven to be more effective than water as they also replace lost body salts. Evidence also suggests that semi-skimmed milk and tea can also be as effective as water.

10.    Burns should be cooled with water for a minimum of 10 minutes, as soon as possible.

Whilst we have always advocated this, it’s fantastic to see that ERC guidelines have clarified it. We hope that this change will encourage others to come into line with this guidance.

If you would like more information on the new guidelines to ensure you and your staff are using best practice, why not contact us to discuss booking a place or a course .

01823 668604 or 07891865018

email: akesisfirstaid@gmail.com or just complete the contact form below.

First Aid at Work course


First Aid at Work

Level 3 Award

To be held at

The Elmhurst Centre

STREET, Somerset

28th, 29th, 30th September

9am – 15.30


unconsicous patient

HABC Level 3 First Aid at Work (QCF)

The Ofqual Level 3 replaces the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) approved First Aid at Work course, in accordance with the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981.

Once qualified, holders of this First Aid at Work certificate can be used as First Aiders in the workplace in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. This course can be adapted to suit a particular audience. The First Aid at Work course is run over three days and includes both theory and practical sessions.

Course Outline  
The 3 day First Aid at Work Training Course Syllabus Includes:

  • First Aid Priorities
  • Managing Incidents
  • Basic Life Support
  • Examination of a Casualty
  • Unconsciousness
  • Control of Bleeding
  • Fractures
  • Burns and Scalds
  • Common Illnesses
  • Heart Attacks
  • Eye Injuries
  • Dressings
  • Recording and Reporting
  • Regulations
  • First Aid Kit

Course duration: three day first aid at work programme

Make sure you keep up to speed with your First Aid skills!

  • Designed for: All employees
  • Course duration: 3 days
  • Assessment method: Continuous Assessment by the trainer
  • Upon successful completion certification is valid for three years


Call 07891 865 018 to book your place

email4    Email akesisfirstaid@gmail.com

or fill in the form below to request more information

Paediatric First Aid training to be made compulsory

First aid training to be made compulsory for new nursery recruits

New nursery and pre-school staff will be required to undertake paediatric first aid for the first time, thanks to new government proposals.
The plans have received the support of parents Joanne and Dan Thompson, who have been campaigning for the change following the tragic death of their daughter, Millie, at nursery in October 2012. Their important campaign culminated in an e-petition signed by over 103,000 people. The new proposals will mean newly qualified staff with a childcare level 2 and 3 qualification must have an emergency paediatric first aid or full paediatric first aid certificate – a life-saving change that will add approximately 15,000 additional trained early years professionals to our nurseries and pre-schools each and every year. Mr and Mrs Thompson have also given their backing to the creation of a new special certificate – to be known as ‘Millie’s Mark’ – to be displayed by nurseries who have achieved gold-standard provision. The certificate will help to give parents assurance that their child is being cared for by safe and knowledgeable staff. It is hoped that over time the 2 initiatives announced today will help ensure that as many staff members as possible are trained in these important, life-saving skills. Childcare and Education Minister, Sam Gyimah said:

As a parent myself, I know that every single mum and dad wants the confidence that those tasked with caring for their child have the right training should the absolute worst happen. Today’s proposals will mean that thousands more staff will be able to respond to emergencies more quickly, making sure parents really can access the very best possible childcare choices for their families.

Not only will this help ensure children are safe while they learn, grow and develop, but it will also raise the quality and skills of the early years workforce to help them deal with day-to-day first aid issues, such as allergies and knowing when to call parents.

Joanne and Dan Thompson said:

We are both extremely pleased that the government have listened to our awareness campaign, and changes are being made that could ultimately save a child’s life. We are proud that these changes are being made in memory of our precious daughter and that her legacy continues to grow – but we are heartbroken that these changes are only coming into place because we lost her.

The estimate of 15,000 new childcare workers entering the workplace with this specific qualification is fantastic news for parents and we fully support ‘Millie’s Mark’, and are looking forward to working with the specific government departments to help turn this into a reality.

The government has also announced today (12 March 2015) that it is extending a special deal enabling schools to buy life-saving defibrillator machines at reduced prices to all early years settings, including holiday and out-of-school providers. Defibrillators are easy-to-use machines that could mean the difference between life and death for a child suffering from cardiac arrest. The machines work by delivering a controlled electric shock to the heart through sticky pads placed on the chest. The shocks interrupt the irregular heart rhythm that characterises a cardiac arrest, causing it to return to normal.

Notes to editors

  1. The announcement on first aid training follows a review by the Department for Education, carried out in response to a petition by Joanne and Dan Thompson, the parents of Millie Thompson, who tragically passed away following a choking incident at her nursery in October 2012.
  2. The training proposals will be subject to a full consultation during the next Parliamentary session. The proposals are expected to come into effect by September 2016. The proposals will cover all early years settings except childminders.
  3. Under current rules, early years providers must have at least one paediatric first aider available on the premises at all times. The new requirement would mean that a nursery recruiting a level 2 or level 3 member of staff who had newly completed their early years/childcare qualification must have an emergency paediatric first aid or a full paediatric first aid certificate, if they are to count towards the staff/qualification ratios under the early years foundation stage. The emergency first aid training course would be the equivalent of 1 day of training and would need to be refreshed every 3 years in order for the staff member to keep counting in the ratios.
  4. To support early years providers to meet their responsibilities, we have funded the National Day Nurseries Association to produce case studies and guidance. The NDNA are today publishing 12 case studies, with more good-practice material for nurseries to follow later this month.
  5. The department will now look into the scope of Millie’s Mark and how it will be awarded. The scheme is expected to be up and running in early 2016.
  6. As they do currently, when Ofsted register and inspect early years providers they will check on the PFA certificates held by staff.
  7. In November 2014, the government announced details of a new deal to allow all UK schools to purchase automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at a reduced price. The only early years settings previously able to access these arrangements were maintained and independent nursery schools. Today’s announcement will extend the deal to:
    • pre-school establishments
    • private, voluntary and independent nurseries
    • playgroups
    • holiday and out-of-school providers.
  8. See details of how to purchase an AED under the arrangements.

New premises

Akesis Medical Services is relocating!

For a short time we do not have a landline number

please contact us by email or mobile


07891 865 018

Outdoor First Aid course

It could be up to an hour one of these show up .... .... could you keep someone alive for that long?
It could be up to an hour before one of these show up ….
…. how long could you keep someone alive?

This Level 2 course is aimed at anyone who works or plays in an area when you phone the Emergency Services they tell you an ambulance/mountain rescue will be with you in 30 mins +.  Covering practical skills needed by those who accompany children or adults on outdoor activities, this course provides the confidence and knowledge to deal with comprehensive life-saving first aid emergencies in the outdoor environment, including first aid for helpers. The course content and context is totally integrated with the Akesis Medical Services – First Aid 4 Life – Training register.

It is recognised by the MT UK, BCU, MBTA, and most other NGB, as a suitable first aid course to meet their First Aid requirements.

  • Where?  West Pennard School, Nr Glastonbury

  • When? 26th and 27th January 2015.

  • Times? 9.30am – 4.30pm each day

  • Price?  Just £100pp 

  • How do I book?

Call 07891 865 018

email us at akesisfirstaid@gmail.com

or simply fill in the enquiry form below





Important update on use of asthma inhalers in schools!

Bulletin on use of emergency asthma inhalers in schools!.
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Schools given permission to keep

emergency salbutamol inhalers!

Good news indeed!

From October 1st, primary and secondary schools in England may obtain salbutamol

inhalers for the treatment of acute asthma attacks in children.

The salbutamol pressurised metered dose inhalers (pMDIs) can be used in an emergency

provided written parental consent has been given.

Salbutamol inhalers may be bought from pharmaceutical suppliers on the written request

of the head of of the teacher or principal (ideally on headed paper) stating the name of

the school, the purpose for which the product is required and the total quantity.

Schools should also obtain plastic spacers suitable for the age groups of their children.

Department of health bulletin:

gov.uk   for more information

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Bespoke First Aid Courses with a difference

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