Tom Durham

Tom has 10 years of experience as a first aid trainer / assessor and over 20 years experience of outdoor sports instruction and coaching internationally. Prior to becoming a founder of the First Aid Training Co-operative, Tom grew a successful business delivering predominantly outdoor / remote first aid courses across Scotland, using his experience to help others in the outdoor industry improve their skills. Tom is a graduate of the Rural Leadership Programme and also runs a mountain bike trail design consultancy. He continues to work internationally, dividing his time between Scotland and the Italian Alps.

Asthma in Action

Around 5.4 million people In the UK are currently diagnosed with asthma. About 8% of the population or one in every 12 adults and one in every 11 children. In this blog we will try and explain what asthma is and how it can be managed. Asthma can’t be cured, but its symptoms can be…

Cold Water Shock. What is it, And Why Should We Be Aware Of It?

Immersing yourself in cold water is increasingly being touted to provide many health benefits, but sudden immersion in water less than 15ºC, can be very dangerous, even deadly.  “Immersion deaths represent the third most common cause of accidental death in adults, and the second in children, in most countries.” Cold Water Immersion, sudden death and…

Implementing Mental Health First Aid Programs in the Workplace

When viruses hit the workplace, we take immediate preventive measures. During pandemic influenza outbreaks (such as Swine Flu) the HSE advised employers to send employees home, encourage video-conferencing and to review working practices. However, employers are slow to react to the emerging crisis of poor mental wellbeing in the workplace. Mental health issues cause 7.7%…

First Aid Guide: Managing Catastrophic Bleeding

In this post we’re going to look in more depth at Managing Catastrophic Bleeding, how it differs from ‘Significant’ bleeding, and what should be done to manage it. Catastrophic bleeding is becoming more a part of the public consciousness thanks to increasing numbers of terrorism incidents and incidents involving mass casualties such as shootings and…

How Often Should I Renew First Aid Training?

In this short video, Tom answers one of our most commonly asked questions – “How Often Should I Renew First Aid Training?”. In summary, most first aiders should complete refresher training every three years. This will help first-aiders maintain their basic skills, stay up to dater with legal changes and retain their confidence to act…

Highway Code: Changes to First Aid on the Road

On the 20th of August 2019, the Highway Code (Annex 7) was updated. The key change was that burns should be cooled for at least 20 minutes (up from 10 minutes), following advice from the British Burn Association. We welcome these life-saving changes and urge all road users to review and share the updated information.…

HSE Warns That First Aid at Work Course Providers Are Not Meeting Standards

The latest eBulletin from the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) has warned that some First Aid at Work (FAW) training providers are not meeting required standards – and may fail an HSE or local authority inspection. Employers are required to undertake due diligence when selecting their first aid training providers. This means ensuring that the…

Weever Fish – What to do if you get stung

Weever fish can deliver a nasty sting that can put an abrupt end to fun on the beach or in the surf. In this blog, we describe what you should do if you are stung, and how to avoid being stung by a Weever Fish. What are Weever Fish? The Weever Fish near the UK…

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Sepsis – What You Need To Know

What is Sepsis? Sepsis is a form of blood poisoning that is caused by the immune system over-reacting to an infection or injury. The reasons for this occurring are still not fully understood. Normally the immune system should fight an infection. But in the case of Sepsis, it attacks the organs and tissues of the…

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How to Help Someone Having a Stroke

How to Help Someone Having a Stroke? This post explains how to help someone who may be having a stroke. We regularly update our how to blogs, so bookmark this page for your future reference on how to help someone who may be having a stroke. Last Updated: 10 July 2019 How to Identify a…

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