Med-Star Paediatric provides a range of courses providing first aid training for those looking after babies and young children.
We have over 35 years experience in teaching Paediatric First Aid and recognise that Paediatric First Aid is very different from “Adult” First Aid. Babies and young children differ considerably both anatomically and physiologically from adults and these differences will impact how serious illness and injury is assessed and treated. Babies and very young children cannot tell us their “symptoms” so are unable to tell us that their leg hurts or that they have a headache. Unfortunately, children’s bodies can also sometimes mask the severity of an illness or injury and the child can suddenly become very poorly with very little warning.
Communicating effectively with a sick or injured child (and their parents !) is vital so that you can provide them with as much comfort and reassurance as possible. It is also important that when looking after the child you gain their trust as without that trust, looking after them will be a lot more difficult. If the child trusts you it also makes it a lot easier for healthcare professionals (paramedics, doctors and nurses) to subsequently look after them.
On our courses we consider all of these points so that learners are able to understand and use them when looking after a sick or injured child. We continuously review all aspects of Paediatric first aid to ensure that the training we give is up to date and includes “best practice” , is compliant will all the necessary legislative requirements, and is delivered using a variety of teaching methods in a way that gives learners confidence to apply the correct first aid should a child ever need help.
“Malcolm was great, really knowledgeable and I really felt I had learned something. I feel much more confident now, especially with weaning. This is such a great opportunity for all parents and carers. Do it.”
(First Aid for Babies)
“I appreciated the detail that you gave so we understand why we do particular things”
“It was made fun and enjoyable”
“Very good trainer kept us very engaged, went over topics thoroughly making sure we learnt everything. Made the course enjoyable”
We have courses specifically designed for new parents and parents to be, together with courses for parents, guardians, grandparents and baby sitters. In addition to these, we have courses for Teachers, Childcare / Early Years Practitioners, including our 1 day Emergency Paediatric First Aid course for newly qualified practitioners. We also hold “First Response” first aid courses for Guiders and Young Leaders within GirlGuiding UK. No previous first aid knowledge is necessary to enrol on any course.
Open courses are held at our training venues in Poole and Bournemouth. Alternatively for 4 or more learners learners, we are able to provide training at your own venue (subject to suitable space etc) at a time suitable to you.
Whatever your role looking after babies or young children, Med-Star has the course for you!
Malcolm Simpson - Course Director
Malcolm first qualified in first aid as a member of the British Red Cross in 1985. He qualified in Ambulance Aid shortly afterwards, and then became a British Red Cross Trainer/Assessor. More recently he has passed the Dorset Ambulance Service First Aid Instructors course and holds PTLLS Level 4. Malcolm has also qualified in Emergency Victim Care and Sports First Aid (National Sports Medicine Institute and the FA), and has looked after athletes at county championship level. In 1989 he was registered as an Emergency Medical Technician (Paramedic UK).
For several years Malcolm was the County Ambulance Officer for the British Red Cross in Dorset and has been Duty Officer/First Aid Lead at many public and sports events as well as gaining many hours experience as a volunteer in Accident & Emergency. Malcolm was awarded the British Red Cross Commendation in 1992, and the VMS Medal in 2000. In addition to teaching, Malcolm continues to be busy as an operational first aider at local public and sports events including the annual Macmillan Dorset Bike Ride. Malcolm is a founder member of the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and is also a member of the Association of Paediatric Emergency Medicine.