How to Save a Life: Putting First Aid First

We all know we should have a basic knowledge of first aid - but how many of us are actually equipped to deal with an emergency situation?

A teenager from Nottingham hit headlines recently after saving the life of a fellow pupil  - and is now urging politicians to ensure all secondary school student are qualified in first aid.

Allisha Poyser many only be 16, but her own training lead her to save the life of an 11-year-old pupil who suffered a serious head injury whilst at school.

Following the incident, Poyser wrote an open letter to politicians urging them them to support the Emergency First Aid Bill. The bill itself is tabled by Labour MP Teresa Pearce and would make lessons mandatory in state secondary schools.

Being equipped with the skills to deal with an emergency situation in a way that is prompt, safe and effective, especially when children are involved, are not only highly desired skills for employers, it could mean saving lives in any given situation.

The prospect of undertaking the skills and preempting emergencies can understandably daunting, but it doesn’t have to be nerve-wracking. First aid can not only mean saving lives, it can provide individuals with the skills to to treat an everyday accident or illness.

“In situations where first aid could help save a life we don't have to feel helpless, because learning life saving skills is so simple,” says St John Ambulance Chief Executive Sue Killen.  

“That's why it's so concerning that fewer than 1 in 5 of us knows even basic first aid. This has got to change if we are to stop up to 140,000 lives from being needlessly lost each year.”

If you’re an employer, sending a number of staff - if not all - on a first aid course can be highly beneficial to your business. Your staff will be prepared incase there is an emergency at the workplace and will be able to pass this knowledge onto new hires as your company grows.

Skills Platform offers a number of courses for those looking to begin first aid training, improve existing skills or take their skills to the next level.

Whether you want to specialise in paediatric first aid, outdoor first aid or focus on first aid skill at the workplace, Skills Platform can point you in the right direction and provide the information you need for training and qualifications.

For more information visit the Health section of the Skills Platform Website and don’t forget - there’s a 5% discount on all courses booked with us!