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  • 21 May 2013 7:46 PM | Anonymous member

    Ambulance Services Benevolent Fund

    A Message from our Patron

    Simon Weston OBE

    As Patron of the Ambulance Services Benevolent Fund I would like to invite people to volunteer as ASBF representatives to champion our work and promote awareness about the only country wide ambulance services charity to colleagues. You would encourage them to organise events to raise funds or to make a regular donation by signing up to a donation from salary scheme. Even a small amount of say £5 a month from everyone would enable the ASBF to develop its care, rehabilitation and recuperation programmes to provide that extra care when needed.

    I’ve heard people say ‘It will never happen to me’. Well, it did happen to me and I have been so grateful that all the right support and rehabilitation was in place for my needs.

    If you want to join our special team and champion the work of the ASBF by helping to raise the profile and encourage fund raising please contact us NOW!

    Our volunteers are special and come from all ambulance service roles. This year please ‘Join Our Special Team’ and support the Ambulance Services Benevolent Fund.

    Thank you.

    Simon Weston OBE

    Link to Simon Weston O.B.E. Web Site

    For further information please visit our website:

    Or email:






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  • 08 May 2013 10:16 PM | Anonymous member
    Prize Draw Book Giveaway

    Facing Danger in the Helping Professions

    CPDme bring you another Prize Draw Book Giveaway. We have been offered three copies of Facing Danger in the Helping Professions - A Skilled Approach by Iain Bourne.

    To enter for free simply complete our online form:

    About the book

    A comprehensive guide for all those who face danger in their line of work.

    Dangerous behaviour is a very real threat to practitioners working across the helping professions, and one that many feel ill-equipped to deal with. This innovative, accessible and theoretically informed book focuses on the types of dangerous behaviour that helping professionals are likely to encounter, and provides strategies and skills for dealing with these situations.

    Written for both students and practitioners in various disciplines, the book focuses on the immediate face-to-face management of interpersonal danger, and it looks at ways in which helping professionals should implement good practice, while dealing with the moments of extreme stress, confusion, fear and anxiety that these situations give rise to. 

    Key Features 

    ' Based on the author's dangerous behaviour training courses
    ' Helps the reader to understand and control their reactions in moments of stress and effectively difuse situations
    ' Case studies are used throughout to allow the reader to place themselves in the incident and reflect on what they might be thinking, feeling and doing in a given situation. 
    "Written for professionals who may experience violence in the course of their work, this book is - unusually - not about helping the violent person become less violent (worthy though that goal undoubtedly is) but about helping the professional to be safe. In this, it is a welcome addition to the literature on social work. Social workers, nurses, care staff and others are often expected to work in tense, fraught situations in which emotions can run high. This book is unique in offering practical tips to help guide professionals in responding to threatening and violent behaviour."
    David Wilkins, Honorary Lecturer, Centre for Child Protection Studies, University of Kent and Principal Child and Family Social Worker, London Borough of Enfield

    "In the paramedic world during a typical inner city shift we face the unexpected, the hostile, the extreme and the bizarre in increasing numbers as a daily occurrence. We cannot remove all danger but we can reduce our risks and build strategies to ensure we are ready to sign off at the end of the shift and head home. Make sure you read this book and grasp the de-escalation tips and safety strategies it offers, and thereby ensure that you live to fight another day."
    Bob Fellows (BSc) FCPara, Senior Paramedic Tutor, London Ambulance Service, UK

    About the author

    Iain Bourne is a trainer and consultant, and is Director of IMPACT Training and Consultation Ltd: His training courses are suitable for practitioners from across the helping professions, and as such this book will find a broad readership, e.g. social workers, nurses, CPNs, psychiatrists, youth workers.

    For more information visit:
  • 07 May 2013 12:24 PM | Anonymous member
    nHappy Nurses Day - 12 May 2013

    Discount Offer

    To celebrate Nurses Day - 12 May 2013, CPDme are offering Nurses a 50% on our CPD Portfolio Builder. To claim your discount go to and enter the discount code ' NURSESDAY2013 '. Offer available on Nursing membership from 7th - 13th May 2013.

    To find about events celebrating Nurses Day please go to:
  • 01 May 2013 12:31 AM | Anonymous member

    Winners announced for Prize Draw


    The winners of our competition to receive a copy of 'Transforming Medical Education for the 21st Century: Megatrends, Priorities and Change' in partnership with Radcliffe Publishing Ltd are:

           *  I. Bateman, Emergency Services         *  K. Sheerin, Paramedic         *  P. Selby, Paramedic

    The book 'Transforming Medical Education for the 21st Century: Megatrends, Priorities and Change' was written by George Lueddeke (shortcut link:

    Thank you for all your entries. We have another prize draw book offer coming very soon, keep watching our social media channels for further details.
  • 27 Apr 2013 1:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    CPDme are on the look out for enthusiastic Marketing & Sales Staff
    Are you driven by motivation and a great earning potential?

    CPDme are looking for some new individuals to join our marketing team awaiting the launch of the NEW CPDme Mobile iPhone App. The Application will be the first in the world to list courses, events and conferences that will be searchable by Health and Social care professionals from over 100 different professions.

    We are looking for motivated sales & marketing people to sell advertising space on our website and app.

    The position is flexible and can be full or part-time. Commission based income can potentially reach excess of £20,000 p.a. part-time.

    We have a great incentive to join our team with great rewards and bonuses. Interested? Email your CV to

  • 10 Apr 2013 10:36 PM | Anonymous member
    First Aid Training and the end of HSE Accreditation - How can I still teach accredited first aid courses?

    by Paul Horsburgh

    First Aid Training and the end of HSE Accreditation - How can I still teach accredited first aid courses?

    For all HSE Approved Training Provider the HSE approval was to finish on 6 April 2013, but this has now been updated to the 1st Oct 2013 subject to parliamentary approval. Therefor after the 1st October HSE will no longer be accrediting HSE First Aid at Work courses, they will still give guidance in updated ACOP Approved Code of Practice due out soon.

    So how do first aid trainer and first aid companies after this date gain recognition or accreditation for their training? Well there are now 3 routes as follows:

    1.) Route 1 - Voluntary Aid Societies (Red Cross, St Johns Ambulance and St Andrews Ambulance). Although as they are keen to keep their share and hold on the market, they all prefer not to train first aid trainers to teach their own courses, so as to avoid competition.

    2.) Route 2 - OfQual & SQA Awarding Bodies. This will be the most popular route especially for the commercial trainers and companies who wish to gain accredited qualification for the candidates they teach. 

    3.) Route 3 - Trade Bodies and Associations. This at the moment is not the preferred route, as there is no external accredited monitoring and HSE have stated it will be up to the company to check, it is fit for purpose by doing their own risk assessment.

    So how do I become an accredited first aid trainer and gain access to accredited first aid qualifications?

    The easiest and most popular route would be with Route 2 above. You first need to have a current HSE First Aid at Work Certificate or equivalent MOD first aid or are a qualified nurse or paramedic. You would then need to show a teaching qualification which can be the PTLLS Teaching award or an accredited First Aid Trainer course (see 

    After you have your recognized train the trainer award, there are many awarding bodies you can apply to become a registered centre with. Abertay as listed above, give free approval for trainer and centre recognition if they complete their EDI approved First Aid Trainers Course through, but have a look on the SQA and OfQual website for others.

    Paul Horsburgh BSc, Grad CIPD, QTS, PGCE, PGDip IT, PGDip PM

    Company Director for 13 years in teaching, health and safety field

  • 03 Apr 2013 4:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CPDme now send you a print ready CPD portfolio PDF of your CPD Diary & Reflective Practice

    Simply "Portfolio ready CPD Submissions" 

    The CPDme team have been working very hard with our New website/APP developer Alex to bring you some new and very exciting changes to the way we work at CPDme.

    In preparation for the launch of our NEW Mobile APP, the CPD Diary & Reflective Practice submissions on our website will automatically email you back a printable copy of your CPDme submission all tidy and neat in a "printable portfolio ready template". This is a HUGE step for CPDme as we anticipate that over 100.000 people will download our NEW CPDme APP in 2013.

    In readiness for the APP launch we are also preparing lots of new features as well as the PDF creation above.

    We are implementing over 15 new features to include:

    • Support Ticket System - Better support system for our members with track n trace
    • CPD Buddy - Will email or text you to remind you to update your CPD
    • NOTE taking feature - Make a quick note to remind you later of what you need to do
    • CPD Finder feature - Easily find CPD courses, events and conferences
    • Ability to advertise on the CPDme APP - Lets you get your training and teaching global
    • Update n Save - Ability to part complete a CPD Diary or Reflection and submit later
    Plus more to be announced soon........... 

    You may also note that to join CPDme and grab all these new features os now only £9.99 per year. This will provide you with a great and customised online portfolio builder and event finder that is personalised to the way you need to manage your personal development. Join today at and start building your CPD portfolio the "Smart Way"
  • 03 Apr 2013 3:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Emergency Services Show relocates to the NEC Birmingham

    Wednesday 25 September – Thursday 26 September 2013  NEC, Birmingham, UK

    The organisers of The Emergency Services Show are pleased to announce that the event will be moving to The NEC, Birmingham. In addition, the show is moving from its traditional November dates and will be held this year from 25-26 September to take advantage of longer daylight hours for outdoor exhibitors.

    Shortlisted for Best Trade Show at this year’s Exhibition News Awards, the event is growing year-on-year. It is this success that has proved to be the catalyst for the organiser, Broden Media, to seek a venue that can cater for its need for greater space, with increased capacity, but also an overall focus on an improved show experience for visitors and exhibitors alike.

    David Brown, Joint Managing Director, Broden Media, said, “We are excited to be bringing the country’s foremost emergency services event to such a fantastic and iconic venue. The NEC has a great location that really adds value for our exhibitors and visitors, with superb transport links and facilities. I’m confident that visitors to this year’s show will see the positive difference in our new home, and will continue to be delighted with the content and the calibre of our exhibitors, demonstrations and additional show features.”

    David Gallagher from the NEC said, “The Emergency Services Show needed a flexible venue with excellent demonstration space which would give their exhibitors and visitors their best experience yet. They also needed a venue that would be easy to get to for visitors from the UK and further afield.”

    The annual Emergency Services Show is aimed at anybody involved in emergency response and recovery, including all blue light services, voluntary workers and service providers. Now in its eighth year, this annual event attracts buyers and specifiers of relevant emergency kit and solutions. It is acutely aware of promoting multi-agency working between the key emergency responders and their partner agencies.

    Organisations wishing to book a stand at The Emergency Services Show 2013 should contact Carol Fox Tel: 01737 824010

    Emergency services-related charities and not-for-profits interested in profiling their organisation in the free-to-exhibit Emergency Response Zone, should also contact Carol Fox to reserve a stand.

    Show dates Wednesday 25 September – Thursday 26 September 2013
    Halls 17 and 18, The NEC, Birmingham

  • 28 Mar 2013 10:48 PM | Anonymous member

    Corrie's Julie Hesmondhalgh to present at

    the Great British North West Care Show

    We are delighted to announce that Julie Hesmondhalgh will be speaking at the Great North West Care Show on 17th April at Salford City Stadium in Manchester.

    Julie Hesmondhalgh who plays national treasure, Hailey Cropper in Coronation Street will speak about her thoughts about the sector and the importance of the social care workforce as well as unpaid carers.  She will also formally launch the Great British Care Awards, a series of regional awards which celebrate excellence in social care and take place throughout October and November later this year. 

    Julie Hesmondhalgh said:

    “I am delighted to be supporting the Great North West Care Show in Manchester. The shows are a great way for people from the local communities to come together, share good practice and showcase excellence in social care. I look forward to meeting delegates and exhibitors and being part of what promises to be an informative and enjoyable day!”

    Alex Shepherd, Events Co-ordinator of the Great British Care Shows said,

    "We are delighted that Julie will be joining us in Manchester, she is a warm and caring person who has great empathy for our sector and we are sure will prove to be a great success at the show. It will also serve as a great platform to launch the regional Great British Care Awards for which nominations are now open."

    The shows, which are free to delegates, have received support from across the sector including the Alzheimer's Society, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, (ADASS), Carers UK, the English Community Care Association (ECCA) and Ceretas.  Delegates will include all areas of the social care sector; voluntary, unpaid carers, private, statutory, commissioners, directors of adult social services, care providers, owners, managers, care workers and also service users from the community.   

    The shows will provide a unique networking opportunity, linking in with local commissioners, local care association and local service users and are set to be a significant date for the calendar in these regions.

    Delegates can register online at  For more information visit

    Lets' showcase excellence in social care and help it get the recognition it deserves

  • 28 Mar 2013 10:41 PM | Anonymous member


       The Great British Care Shows

       Locations and Dates

    Locations: Nottingham, York, Manchester, Newcastle, Worcester, Newmarket, Bristol and Brighton

    Date: 6th March, 13th March, 17th April, 25th April, 1st May, 8th May, 15th May and 22nd May

    Duration: 09:00-16:00

    Please click here for venues -

    Organised By: Great British Care Awards

    The Great British Care Shows are brought to you by the organisers of the Great British Care Awards; who are supported by the Department of Health, the English Community Care Association (ECCA), Ceretas, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), the National Skills Academy for Social Care and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).

    Delegates will be exposed to an innovative and exciting speaker’s programme, light bulb sessions, drop in advice clinics and innovative product demonstrations. The aim is to achieve positive solutions for achieving excellence.

    Speakers on the agenda include:

    ·         The Department of Health

    ·         The National Skills Academy for Social Care 

    ·         The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS)

    ·         The English Community Care Association (ECCA)

    ·         Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)

    ·         Care Quality Commission (CQC)

    ·         Community Integrated Care (CIC)

    The following areas will be discussed:

    ·         Leadership

    ·         Health & Safety

    ·         Dementia

    ·         Training

    ·         End of life care

    Attend this essential event to find:

    ·         Innovative solutions for excellence in social care 

    ·         Practical solutions for achieving outcomes and excellence

    ·         Industry expert sessions

    ·         Question time debating the policy agenda and the future of the market

    Question Time Sessions.

    In this area exhibitors and visitors will have an opportunity to question a panel and have an interactive debate. The panel will be made up of experts in the area and will take questions from the audience. Panels include representatives from Carers UK, Citizens Advice and other sector experts.

    Who should attend?

    The Great British Care Shows looks forward to welcoming all members of the care sector from directors, care providers, owners and managers to care workers, unpaid carers and service users from within the community.

    Further information

    Register your FREE place by clicking on this link

    For more information or to download the brochure, visit

    Alternatively you can call 0115 959 6132 or email

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