Suggestions in what courses to build up my skillset, FIRST AID.

BaldBaBoon

War Hero
Hello to you all.

I am currently having a full year off ( from start of this year ) to quite simply rebuild my mojo from an incredibly stressful and unpleasant last year with the emergency services. I am looking at possibly going into what's called Event medical support or providing medical cover on film sets and such.

I am using this time to also take courses and qualifications in subjects that interest me and I can use in my own time as well. Namely, FIRST AID, which I have always enjoyed doing and have had the chance to utilise a lot during my work.

I have recently attended and passed a FPOS Intermediate Course ( First person on Scene ) and a MIRA Course ( Medicine in Remote Areas ) which I greatly enjoyed due to its full on physical aspect for the skills and numerous quite challenging scenarios to physically work through......I received advice to go for these rather than the " FREC " courses that were said to be far more document heavy but a lot lighter on actual skills practised....in fact most FREC courses are now " Blended " where you can do over half the course online and then just talk through the skills.

So currently have

FPOS I
MIRA
FAAW
Mental Health First Aider
Real world experience from being a FAAW in the Met ( some quite tasty jobs )
Motorcycle/LGV/Car licence.

What is an affordably and a complimentary further set of courses I can aim for that would be of use ?.....I am NOT going down the paramedic route or going for a higher technical level of training
 
Where do you live?

You could volunteer for Lowland/Mountain Rescue near you - their Cas Care qualification allows administration of a number of controlled drugs, your other experience would be welcome and it has a host of other benefits for them and for you.

However, if you're just chasing badges, probably not the thing for you.
 

BaldBaBoon

War Hero
Based in Midlands near to Warwick.

No badge chasing here, Just would like to do skillsets that compliment each other in a practical manner and would be of use on the job market.

Already been advised by several professionals that the FREC route is the route to get all the the paper qualifications but the courses being offered and very skimpy on actual physical training.
 
 

Polyester

War Hero
I am FPOS too but I use it at height (For training purposes). Have you considered doing a working at height course to blend with your existing qualifications? I can tell you from experience that carrying out advanced first aid 100m up is dramatically different from on the ground. Might be right up your street. Loads of WAHR providers out there. I assume film sets and events often work at height?
 

BaldBaBoon

War Hero
Cheers. Just sent a polite email off to offer some volunteer assistance if they would like it.
 

BaldBaBoon

War Hero
I am FPOS too but I use it at height (For training purposes). Have you considered doing a working at height course to blend with your existing qualifications? I can tell you from experience that carrying out advanced first aid 100m up is dramatically different from on the ground. Might be right up your street. Loads of WAHR providers out there. I assume film sets and events often work at height?
An excellent suggestion. I will look into it.

I might have to work on my own fear of heights first.....to be honest I'm fine on cherry pickers and scaffolding as such
 
Cheers. Just sent a polite email off to offer some volunteer assistance if they would like it.
Awesome - good luck.

May I suggest a few follow up emails if you don't hear anything within a few weeks.

I know our team is rubbish at following up with stuff like that.
 

Polyester

War Hero
An excellent suggestion. I will look into it.

I might have to work on my own fear of heights first.....to be honest I'm fine on cherry pickers and scaffolding as such
Cool. Once you are trained up and have confidence in your skills and kit those fears tend to disappear. I train over 250 people a year in working at height and rescue (purely to our own staff and specialist contractors) some of whom have a real issue with heights but once they do their first descent it tends to not be a problem. Best of luck with it and if you want any further gen on it just PM me or I’ll be here of course.
 

olafthered

LE
Book Reviewer
An accredited outdoor first aid course, normally 2 days, then you can do first aid for triathlons etc.

Normally look for ones accredited by the sports governing bodies (there is an agreed syllabus and standard which helps) i know that you can find then via the British Canoeing website.
 

sirbhp

LE
Book Reviewer
Hello to you all.

I am currently having a full year off ( from start of this year ) to quite simply rebuild my mojo from an incredibly stressful and unpleasant last year with the emergency services. I am looking at possibly going into what's called Event medical support or providing medical cover on film sets and such.

I am using this time to also take courses and qualifications in subjects that interest me and I can use in my own time as well. Namely, FIRST AID, which I have always enjoyed doing and have had the chance to utilise a lot during my work.

I have recently attended and passed a FPOS Intermediate Course ( First person on Scene ) and a MIRA Course ( Medicine in Remote Areas ) which I greatly enjoyed due to its full on physical aspect for the skills and numerous quite challenging scenarios to physically work through......I received advice to go for these rather than the " FREC " courses that were said to be far more document heavy but a lot lighter on actual skills practised....in fact most FREC courses are now " Blended " where you can do over half the course online and then just talk through the skills.

So currently have

FPOS I
MIRA
FAAW
Mental Health First Aider
Real world experience from being a FAAW in the Met ( some quite tasty jobs )
Motorcycle/LGV/Car licence.

What is an affordably and a complimentary further set of courses I can aim for that would be of use ?.....I am NOT going down the paramedic route or going for a higher technical level of training
I fully understand where you have come from often I had to build brick with no straw, so can highly reccomend a TIME MANAGEMENT course it takes a lot of stress out of the job. I became a Fellow of my charted institute and used to attend at least two traing courses a year , Time Management and inter personal skills paid the most dividends .
 

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