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  • 24 Oct 2011 12:16 AM | Anonymous member


    SP Services

    10% Student Discount



    With the new academic year upon us, SP Services would like to help with the ever rising cost of student life.

    If you place an order with an university email address just pop a message in the “comments field” at checkout requesting your 10% discount.

    We are well aware that not all students have a university email address, so if you are a student of one of the numerous volunteer organisations or other academic bodies don’t feel left out.

    Call our customer services team on 01952 288999 and we will do our utmost to accommodate you.

    Spread the word on Facebook And Twitter to help your fellow students.

    And good luck in the coming year !!

    The SP Team


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  • 23 Oct 2011 8:35 PM | Anonymous member

             CPDme Newsletter


    Tony Clough FIRST AID TRAINING Ltd


    Following 30 years in West Yorkshire Fire Service working as an operational fireman and Casualty Care Instructor, I retired to create Tony Clough FIRST AID TRAINING Ltd.

    I am passionate about first aid and the need for everyone to be able to access the knowledge and skills that saves lives. Utilising my qualifications and experience gained attending trauma scenes I can bring realism and fun to the corporate first aid classrooms.

    I started with no clients, venue or even business knowhow – 30 years in the fire service does not give you any of these skills! First, I contacted friends and family and asked them to approach the Human Resources Managers at the places where they worked – I sometimes offered my services for free just to show them there was a different way to teach first aid.

    It quickly struck me there is a need for good quality training; I was surprised at the impact my training had in comparison to other training providers. I’m no superman of the first aid training world but it was clear there was a need to explain what and how the things you do improves the chances of the casualties.

    The training I provide has quickly been acknowledged by the HSE who have given me their approval through my sister company FACt (36/11). The HSE are the governing body for all legal First Aid requirements in the corporate business world and their approval allows me to approach companies and provide them with the legal first aid training that gives them their appropriate first aid cover.

    I provide the 1-day Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) Course; designed for companies with ‘Low Risk’ of accidents and injuries through their business process’ or small numbers of personnel employed. Also, I deliver the ‘Gold Standard’ 3-day First Aid at Work (FAW) Course; aimed at business with ‘High Risk’ of accident, illness or injuries through the dangerous processes involved or the high volume of staff they employ. Each course follows a strict HSE syllabus but I teach it in a unique way that builds on the abilities and then confidence of the first aider so they feel they could cope in any given situation they find themselves in.

    I still get involved with medical emergencies; I am a ‘Community First Responder’. During my free time I support the Yorkshire Ambulance by attending casualties that have respiratory or cardiac problems. I have done this now for 8-years and I have attended many incidents in my local community and, although some incidents don’t go the way you hoped some have gone extremely well. I have received two ‘Royal Humane Societies Certificate of Resuscitation’ for my involvement in the successful resuscitation of patients having cardiac arrests; it is rare to get one but I am proud of getting two.

    I have been asked to be a contributor to this Newsletter. I will be providing articles that explain how to tackle certain first aid situations with the latest HSE and Resuscitation Council (UK) guidelines and I will answer any questions, queries and worries you may have; please send them to the newsletter and we will try to answer them; you never know we may print an article around a question you have risen.

    Tony Clough


    0113 286 6023

    07766 066 415

  • 22 Oct 2011 11:01 PM | Anonymous member
    Volunteer to add to your CPD activities

    Being a member of a Volunteer Sector organisation provides many benefits to Health & Social Care Professionals.  As well as having the chance to give something to the community you can also pass on your skills and knowledge to other members of the volunteer organisation and the public.
    Volunteer organisations also provide many opportunities for training in subjects that you may not cover in your full-time job but are very relevant.
    If you are do not work in a pre-hospital environment it gives you the chance to use skills in a different environment.
    Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is not just about furthering yourself in your own role but learning about other Health & Social roles, especially those that you may refer your patients to or that you may have had patients referred from.
  • 22 Oct 2011 9:50 PM | Anonymous member

    Volunteer Sector Feature

    St Andrews First Aid

    Around 34,000 Scots are admitted to hospital each year as a result of burns, falls and choking; common accidents that require emergency attention, yet recent research shows 77 percent of people lack the knowledge and confidence to administer basic first aid, and go straight for 999.

    Every day of the year you will find St Andrew’s volunteers lending their First Aid expertise at events, big and small, across the country. Likewise, their highly experienced trainers are working at venues throughout Scotland, teaching vital life–saving skills to employees and members of the public.

    Read more


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  • 22 Oct 2011 9:35 PM | Anonymous member

    Volunteer Sector Feature

    British Red Cross

    Everyday First Aid

    Easy to learn, easy to remember

    The British Red Cross want you to feel confident and willing to give first aid. Everyday First Aid makes it easy to learn the skills you'll need to help in an emergency.

    Whether in the UK or overseas, the Red Cross respond to hundreds of disasters every year. From floods to earthquakes, the Red Cross are among the first to arrive, and stay long after the crisis is over.

    The British Red Cross provides valuable short-term support to vulnerable people in the UK, whether they're recovering from an operation, need a wheelchair or just need help coping around the house.

    Read more


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  • 22 Oct 2011 9:22 PM | Anonymous member

    Volunteer Sector Feature

    St John Ambulance

    St John Ambulance teaches people first aid – about 800,000 last year alone – so that they can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

    Thousands of the people St John Ambulance trained went on to offer their skills and time to be the difference right in the heart of their community, as St John Ambulance volunteers – to provide first aid at public events, to be Community First Responders who attend emergency calls and provide care until the ambulance arrives, to provide patient transport, or as back up to local ambulance services during local major emergencies.

    St John Ambulance have special first aid programmes for schools and activities for young people.

    Read more


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  • 22 Oct 2011 9:14 PM | Anonymous member

    ESS 2011 - Conference

    Registration Now Open

    The decision has been made to make this year’s conference a one day event taking place on Wednesday 23 November; this will be run simultaneously with the two day exhibition. It will be hosted in the dedicated conference centre (opposite the exhibition centre) at Stoneleigh Park. The conference will be free of charge to attend - this is in recognition that organisations budgets have been cut and in many cases restrictions put in place regarding individuals attending events.

    High profile speakers will cover a number of challenging subjects, with a choice of sessions aimed at senior management and all professional and non-professional operational emergency responders involved in facilitating the planning, response and recovery process in multi agency incidents. The conference is CPD certified.

    The format of the conference provides delegates with the flexibility to select sessions they wish to attend throughout the day. These sessions are free to attend and will be on a first come first served basis – pre-registration is essential.

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  • 22 Oct 2011 1:35 AM | Anonymous member

    Floating Doctors

    Floating Doctors is an all-volunteer, non-profit medical relief team dedicated to reducing the present and future burden of disease in the developing world.  Since May of 2010, a permanent crew and many visiting volunteers have voyaged to Haiti twice and along the Atlantic coast of Central America on a medical mission focused on providing supplies and assistance to existing relief groups, and to carry health services to remote locations that are cut off from care.

    Floating Doctors works with local officials, relief groups and community leaders to identify and address specific needs in communities.  Whether it be doing mobile clinics for remote island communities, providing advanced life support training for the fire department on Roatan, lending hands and the expertise of our volunteers in local clinics, coordinating and delivering supply shipments from international donors to local groups, or even transporting 12,000 pounds of lumber and material to Haiti and building two schools, Floating Doctors is about leaving the biggest possible, longest-term health benefits for the lowest expenditure of resources.

    Floating Doctors is a globally-mobile medical team, utilizing a green energy platformundefinedthe expedition motor sailor S/V Southern Windundefinedto deliver medical relief to thousands of people in the most remote coastal areas of the world.

    Floating Doctors places an emphasis on clinical diagnosis combined with new, portable diagnostic technology, including Hemocue, iStat and Sonosite Portable Ultrasound from International Aid.  They teach preventative medicine with an emphasis on empowering patients to take responsibility for their personal health care.  Floating Doctors and S/V Southern Wind strive to leave a small carbon footprint and long-lasting health benefits in her wake.

    The Floating Doctors face constant challenges both at sea and onshore working to implement health solutions.  Only through the support of so many people in the destinations visited, their partners (especially Direct Relief International, Abbott Laboratories, and Rotary clubs worldwide) and followers online who support them, has the dream been made possible.

    The Floating Doctors is currently in the Bocas Del Toro archipelago of Panama conducting bi-weekly mobile clinics to the various Indigenous Indian communities that dot the island chain while the rest of their time is spent at Casa Aselio the public nursing home as well as conducting emergency call outs and patient transports.

    Sometimes people refer to a person who has been helped as “only one person.”  The world is filled with individual people, counted only as the number “1” on any sheet of statistics.

    Floating Doctors is about remembering that each lone individual person is a whole world to the people they love and live among, and about treating each individual person as though they were our world.

    To learn more about the project please visit: or to get involved directly please contact us at

    Contact information:

    Ben or Sky Labrot



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  • 21 Oct 2011 5:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
                   New Membership Levels launching THIS WEEKEND   

    The CPDme Team are proud to announce the Launch of the New Nursing & Midwifery section on our CPDme Website. We are offering the chance for the first 50 people signing up on the launch weekend membership for only £10.

    The Launch Date has been set for this weekend to include the 21st, 22 & 23rd of OCTOBER 2011

    We have recruited some of the best Nurses & Midwives in East Lancashire who are dedicated to making sure Nurses & Midwives get the chance to benefit from the dedicated help and support offered by CPDme. 

    Join us on Facebook & Twitter after 12pm Today. The 50 Discount codes will be published on Facebook,Twitter & on this Blog on the 21st October at 12pm.

    LIKE or FOLLOW us at:




    This offer will be Limited to the first 50 People
  • 10 Oct 2011 7:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
                 New BOOK SHOP Style Testimonials Downloads

    CPDme are currently creating a NEW Apple Book Shop Style
    Design for our New Testimonials. This will be Launched at the beginning of November 2011 to celebrate our Birthday. All our Members will have a preview of the testimonials before they are put into the Silver & Gold Members Section. If you have any suggestions for New Templates, Testimonials or Skill Logs. Please email

    If we use your idea, we will give you 3 months free membership to CPDme or an extension of your existing membership.

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