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.

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…

First Aid Course Reviews June 2019

Thank you to each of our students who took the time to complete their post course review & evaluation form. We are always happy to look through these and respond to any comments made. Each month we post these (good and bad) in a blog, so you can get a sense of how we are…

First Aid Course Reviews May 2019

Thank you to each of our students who took the time to complete their post course review & evaluation form. We are always happy to look through these and respond to any comments made. Each month we post these (good and bad) in a blog, so you can get a sense of how we are…

First Aid Course Reviews April 2019

Thank you to each of our students who took the time to complete their post course review & evaluation form. We are always happy to look through these and respond to any comments made. Each month we post these (good and bad) in a blog, so you can get a sense of how we are…

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