… and we’re proud to play our part in promoting mental health awareness, and show our commitment to improving mental well-being in the workplace.
“The purpose is to provide a flexible and consistent framework to enable all businesses to access mental health support, provide awareness and training and put in place a structure and systems to support people in the workplace.” Mental Health Charter
Abacus Training Centre provide world class health & safety training, and offer bespoke Mental Health First Aid Training. We know that every sector continues to face its own set of challenges due to the pandemic, and the cost of ill-health to employers. We want take the fear and stigma out of discussing mental health in the workplace.
Phew, finally, it’s February! The New Year heralded a new set of lockdown restrictions and the Government asked us to stay at home … again. For many of us, our homes have become places of work and education. So whether you’re taking care of business from home; looking after your children and supporting their home learning or looking for work – chances are, you’re spending quite a bit of time online or staring at a screen.
With the onset of a cold, dreary winter; school & business closures and continued uncertainty, you would be forgiven for lacking motivation and falling back on old habits that you broke during the last Lockdown. Feels a bit ‘Groundhog Day’, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, some of these old habits can have a detrimental effect on your health and well-being.
We have a glimmer of hope in the UK’s testing and vaccine strategy, but that isn’t going to impact on the majority of the population until later in the year … so what can we do in the meantime to continue to look after ourselves and our families, whilst spending more time in the home?
Public Health England has just launched the ’Every Mind Matters’ campaign, (and if you can bare looking at another website, we think it’s well worth a look). If you’re an employer with staff working from home, it offers some useful strategies that you could discuss with your workforce. You can also contact us on 01785 501750 for more information about our Mental Health First Aid Training course.
‘Every Mind Matters’ suggests seven strategies to help us cope with the continued lockdown and better manage working from home:
Set & stick to a daily routine
Make a dedicated workspace
Give yourself regular breaks
Stay connected with friends, families, work colleagues and neighbours
Set boundaries with members of your household
Think longer term
Be kind to yourself
No one is immune from stress, anxiety or loneliness. A new survey, commissioned by Public Health England (PHE) at the start of the current government restrictions, reveals the impact coronavirus (COVID-19) has had on adults’ mental wellbeing across the country.
So whilst you’re taking care of business….who’s taking care of you?
If you’re feeling unsure about providing others with first aid – here are some helpful tips on how to make it as safe as possible:
A lot of first aid is very straight forward and, if your casualty is conscious and able, you can still help them whilst maintaining social distance.
For example, if they’re bleeding heavily, you can ask them to apply pressure to the wound while you call 999 or 112.
Keep talking to the casualty and offering reassurance. The fact that you’re there, remaining calm and getting help will go a long way to helping someone who may be feeling panicky or scared.
Ask other people present to help you. For example, calling emergency services 999 or 112 and placing them on loudspeaker, or helping maintain social distance of those present.
The risks to the first aider are low, especially if good hygiene practices are followed:
Wear a face mask, gloves and apron, if available to you.
Wash your hands before and after any contact with someone. Washing your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds or using hand sanitiser gel if water is not available will significantly reduce the risk of infection.
Maintain social distance, wherever possible.
Take a short risk assessment. Ask the individual if they have travelled within the past 14 days and/or have experienced any of the following symptoms:
Flu like symptoms
Shortness of breath
Loss of sense of taste or smell
In any first aid situation, always consider your safety first.
If your casualty is seriously unwell, unconscious or not breathing, they are going to need your assistance. The following tips will help reduce any risk of infection:
When checking for breathing:
If they are talking – then they’re breathing! If not, then look for a rise and fall of their chest or stomach, and normal breathing. DO NOT listen for breathing by placing your face close to a person’s mouth.
We are thrilled to announce that we have been shortlisted for the Pandemic Response Award at Keele University’s Breaking the Mould Awards 2020 @KeeleBusiness
Breaking theMould shines a spotlight on the growing innovation-led organisations, businesses, not-for-profits and charities that have benefitted from the suite of innovative support programmes that are available from Keele University.
The awards celebrate Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire’s engaged collaborative community, and culminates in an exciting online celebration of local enterprises that are the best in their field.
We’re looking forward to the awards evening in December…wish us luck!
On the 22nd July, 4 fire fighters were taking part in water rescue training having recently completed their FPOS training.
It was around 12:30pm when we heard a cry for help from the water. We were situated in the car park having lunch at this point so we quickly donned our dry suits and proceeded to the riverbank. It became apparent quite quickly that the unknown male was face down in the water as his friend was trying to keep him afloat but was physically exhausted and therefore his face had gone underwater.
I turned around and shouted to FF Scullion to get the FPOS kit and bring it over to the riverbank. FF Meason and myself (FF Maddern) tried to locate signs of life, but could not find any, I made sure the airways were clear and we began CPR. It became apparent after removing his top to fix the defib pads that the male had a pacemaker. This was not a concern so we still attached the pads. After approximately 30 sets of compressions and 2 shocks on the defib, the man came back around. He was then placed on oxygen.
We quickly got him up to the car park and waited for the Ambulance. Once the ambulance arrived I then gave them a casualty hand over and assisted them where needed.
The man was taken to hospital and was alive and doing well when he left our care.
I truly believe that if it wasn’t for our FPOS training that we have received then this man sadly wouldn’t have made. It was because of our fast acting and confidence in our training that we had received that he survived. The training we receive ensures that we keep calm under pressure and I believe this also had a big price to pay in this incident.
Both the Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work and the Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work have been reviewed recently.
During the review, it was decided that the Emergency First Aid at Work qualification should be re-levelled and, from October 2017, it will be a Level 3 qualification.
The content of both qualifications has changed very little, but changes have been made to the assessment criteria to ensure the focus rests on the key areas of the qualifications. Additional guidance has been added to the structure of both qualifications to ensure that learners and training providers have a clear understanding of all aspects of the qualifications.
The new Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work and Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work qualifications will be launched on the 1st October 2017.
The Department of Education have launched a new statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. This is a mandatory framework that all early years providers in England must adhere to.
The new framework came into force on the 3rd April 2017 and sets the standards for learning, development and care of children from birth to five years old for maintained schools, non-maintained schools, independent schools (including free schools and academies), all providers on the Early Years Register and all providers registered with an early years childminder agency (CMA).
Early years providers must have at least one person, who holds a current full paediatric first aid qualification (this is the 2 day (12 hour) paediatric first aid course), on the premises and available at all times when children are present, and must accompany children on outings.
Childminders, and any assistant who might be in sole charge of the children for any period of time, must also hold a full current Paediatric First Aid certificate.
Providers should take into account the number of children, staff and layout of premises to ensure that a paediatric first aider is able to respond to emergencies quickly.
All other child care staff who are included in the mandatory staff to children ratio, must hold either a full Paediatric First Aid (as above) or Emergency Paediatric First Aid qualification, (this is the 1 day (6 hour course), and gain this qualification within three months of starting work.
Exceptions can be made if a person is unable to gain a paediatric first aid qualification if a disability would prevent them from doing so, but wherever possible they should still attend a paediatric first aid course and obtain a certificate or written letter of attendance.
New legislation was passed in Westminster this week to allow schools in the UK to keep spare adrenaline auto-injectors (AAIs) for emergency use. AAIs deliver a potentially life-saving dose of adrenaline in the event of a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). The legislation comes into effect from 1 October 2017.
A working group, made up of representatives from the Anaphylaxis Campaign, Allergy UK, the British Society for Allergy & Clinical Immunology (BSACI), the British Paediatric Allergy Immunity and Infection Group (BPAIIG), and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), has campaigned over the last two years for the Government to amend the Human Medicines Act to allow schools to buy AAIs from a pharmaceutical supplier, without prescription, for use in emergencies. The working group and their respective organisations have welcomed the new legislation which allows school staff to administer an emergency AAI to any child who has been assessed as being at risk of anaphylaxis.
Their campaign gained a huge groundswell of support from parents and teachers: over 1600 parents/carers and 800 teachers completed a survey in 2015 to assess backing for the campaign: over 99% of parents and 96% of teachers supported the proposal. The survey formed a crucial part of the evidence presented to the Department of Health. A public consultation conducted by the Department of Health this year also found overwhelming support for a change in the law to allow schools to hold spare AAIs, without a prescription, for use in emergencies.
A joint statement from the five organisations says:
“The rise in food allergy among young people is posing a significant risk for schools who can be faced with a life-threatening situation requiring urgent action. One in five fatal food-allergic reactions in children happen at school. Schools can now purchase the first-line treatment for anaphylaxis, without a prescription. While not compulsory, we hope many schools will take advantage of this change as part of their duty of care to those children who are at risk of anaphylaxis. This is likely to increase awareness and highlight the need for staff to be trained to recognise and treat anaphylaxis in school. The working group is now developing a website which will provide online resources to support school staff.
For a parent of a child at risk from anaphylaxis, this will provide valuable reassurance that their child can receive prompt emergency treatment while on school premises.
We are delighted that our campaign has delivered the result we hoped for.”
There has been a recent announcement that schools will soon be able to hold a spare adrenaline auto-injector pen for use on children. These will be available for anyone to administer in the case of anaphylactic shock. This has been something that has been campaigned for by several organisations, including the Anaphylaxis Campaign alongside Allergy UK, The British Society for Allergy & Clinical Immunology (BSACI) and British Paediatric Allergy Immunity and Infection Group (BPAIIG).
The legislation for this is likely to be in place by October this year (2017). The way this appears to be worded is that the spare adrenaline auto-injectors will be available to administer to children, it does not mention staff being able to administer to other staff.