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In the Media: Improvised Tourniquets

Here at Qualsafe Awards, we love to hear about how people have used their first aid and CPR training to help save lives. With all of these great stories now hitting the headlines on a more frequent basis, we are even more delighted when we hear about how members of the public are able to use their newly learnt tourniquet skills to save lives too.

Just at the start of this month, Qualsafe Awards Trainer, PCSO Matthew Kieboom took part in a Trainer workshop on catastrophic bleeding at his Centre, Dyfed-Powys Police, so that the topic could be introduced into their first aid courses. Just one week later he found himself having to use his skills to save the life of someone suffering from a severe arterial bleed after cutting their arm on glass. Remembering his training, Matthew was able to create an improvised tourniquet from just his belt and a spoon (from a nearby house) and kept the casualty alive until an ambulance arrived.

Matthew had the following to say:

 “I cannot stress enough how effective the tourniquet can be – even a Blue Peter version – with what you have to hand or nearby…

“In this incident, because we were so close and the tourniquet was applied so quickly, the casualty not only stayed alive but remained conscious.”

Following the arrival of the Ambulance Service, the casualty was rushed straight into life-saving surgery and is now making a full recovery. To read more on this heroic story and how Matthew Kieboom’s improvised tourniquet saved a man’s life, simply click here.

The heroic stories don’t stop there. Also hitting the headlines recently was Tom Dorman, and how he was able to save his own life by showing bystanders how to improvise a tourniquet from a jumper. You can read more on Tom’s story here.

With stories like Matthew’s and Tom’s becoming more and more frequent, it really goes to show how important learning these life-saving skills can be, and how introducing management of catastrophic bleeding to your first aid courses can mean the difference between life and death.


Show your support to add first aid and CPR to the National School Curriculum in England!

Did you know that the government has revealed plans to add first aid and CPR to the national school curriculum as part of wider Health Education Classes in England from 2020?

The draft legislation, which was published on 19th July 2018, proposes that teachers talk about the steps that pupils can take to protect and support their own and other’s health and wellbeing, including learning basic first aid. You can view the full draft legislation, by simply clicking here.

With out of hospital cardiac arrest survival rates being up to three times higher in countries where first aid is taught in schools compared to the UK, this landmark move could save thousands of lives each year!

A public consultation, which is due to close on 7th November 2018, asks for individual views on the proposed legislation and statutory guidance, as well as whether or not it provides sufficient information and support to schools in teaching the subject. Simply click here to participate today.

By showing your support and responding to the consultation, you can ensure that this landmark move takes a step closer to becoming a reality and help increase the number of people trained in life-saving CPR!


Just Over a Week to Go!

Did you know that members of the Qualsafe Awards team will be attending The Emergency Services Show in Birmingham on 19th – 20th September?

Throughout the event, we will be showcasing our industry leading qualifications, including our progressive suite of vocational Prehospital care qualifications which form part of a HCPC approved programme to become a Paramedic in 2 years. Interested?

Be sure to stop by Stand L55 on the day to find out more.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Qualsafe Awards Shortlisted for 4 FAB Awards!

We are extremely pleased to announce that Qualsafe Awards has been shortlisted for 4 prestigious awards from the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB), which include:

  • Qualification of the Year
  • Collaboration of the Year
  • Innovation of the Year
  • Outstanding Contribution of the Year

With the Federation of Awarding Bodies representing over 125 Awarding Organisations throughout the UK, we are incredibly proud to have been shortlisted for these fantastic awards. We feel that our commitment to understanding what our Centres want and need from an Awarding Organisation has been central to achieving these accolades, and has helped us to develop a wide range of high quality qualifications to help our Centres succeed and Learners achieve.

With winners due to be announced on 18th October 2018, we would like to extend a special thank you to all of our Centres, whose continued support has been a key factor in our shortlisting for these awards.


Come visit us at the Emergency Services Show 2018!

Qualsafe Awards is pleased to announce that we will be attending the Emergency Services Show 2018!

The event will once again be held at the NEC in Birmingham on 19th – 20thSeptember. As the UK’s leading showcase for emergency services personnel, this unmissable event promises to be bigger and better than last year’s, with over 450 exhibitors, live demonstrations and fantastic opportunities to network with fellow industry professionals.

Throughout the event, we will be showcasing our industry leading qualifications, including our progressive suite of vocational prehospital care qualifications which form part of a HCPC approved programme to become a Paramedic in 2 years. So, if you are attending this year’s event be sure to stop by Stand L55 and say Hi!

We look forward to seeing you there!


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