Those readers who visit regularly may remember me going on a training course in January to teach First Aid. I was successful and congratulated on my practical training methods by my trainer.
Then the site invested in a nice new Resusci-Anne torso and defibrillator training unit, and it was over to me.
After a couple of hours of wittering away to myself and playing with the equipment in a room creating lesson scenarios, I came away with a short lesson plan that covered Basic Life Support and defib training.
Last week I delivered my first training sessions on, unfortunately for the odd easter-time, Maundy Thursday. My lovely, but cynical, boss had a wager with me that only a handful of the class would appear given the impending holiday.
But (pokes tongue out at boss) bar a couple, all the prospective students turned up to see me demonstrate and teach CPR and use of the defibrillator in a collapse situation. It was a simple teaching session, no complicated First Aid - that's for another time!
There are currently 7,500 people on our site (on a good day!) in stress-filled jobs and this is predicted to rise to 10,000 over the next four years - so we need lots of people trained in basic life support skills.
Most of my students were not First Aid trained, and didn't have a clue about chest compressions or heart massage - other than myth and TV! So, it was challenging to say the least.
I have got my feedback on the course and it was, without exception, positive and glowing.
Me dun good....
And so it's onto the next session next week.....