Should children be taught life saving skills such as CPR in schools? – 11th January 2019

Did you know that fewer than 1 in 10 people who have a cardiac arrest outside of hospital in the UK survive? This is a shockingly low number, so what can be done?

In Norway, life saving skills such as CPR have been taught for many years and their survival rates are as high as 1 in 4. Teaching children life saving skills as part of the school curriculum can help improve the UK’s survival rates, just look at Norway, the proof is there.

This month Education Secretary, Damien Hinds, confirmed that CPR will be added to the school curriculum in England. The new proposals will see first aid added to the curriculum as part of the Department for Educations plan to strengthen teaching of health, sex and relationships education in England from 2020.

I enjoyed school, I have friends and family who are teachers but when I think back to what I was taught and what I have applied in adult life a lot of the curriculum wasn’t relevant to me. I’m not saying it isn’t relevant, just not relevant for the path I have taken. First aid however can be applied, it doesn’t matter what path you take in life, first aid is always relevant. Its not just work, its at home, first aid is first aid whether you are at work or at home. I just wish I had been taught basic DIY!!

It was only after joining the RAF that I was taught first aid, yet as a child I recall occasions where first aid was required. Could I have helped, maybe, maybe not, but armed with experience and training doing something would have been better than doing nothing at all.

As well as adult and paediatric first aid courses, SHN Training Services Ltd offers first aid courses for children. I have children at home and I let them play with bandages and I teach them the basics. I remind them daddy is getting old so listen up!! Teaching children is great fun, they are amazed to find a manikin dressed as Spiderman though children have asked me some of the most difficult questions I have had to answer.

Should children be taught life saving skills such as CPR in schools? Absolutely! I look forward to seeing the impact.

My First Blog23rd March 2018

Here I am, a Friday afternoon trying to write my first ever blog. I’m a lover of lists, without a list to remind me what I need to do I get nothing done! At the top of the list and has been for the last 12 months “Start a Blog”!
Last night I attended a course about website and social media content and blogging was discussed, it was the final push I needed.
So here we go……..

Who Am I

My name is Paul Seager and I own SHN Training Services Ltd a safety training company offering first aid, fire safety, manual handling, food safety and health and safety courses. We are based in the beautiful county of Cumbria but will travel anywhere in the UK to deliver our courses.
Owning my own business has always been a dream of mine, I just didn’t know what type of business I wanted to set up.
I love fell walking, rugby league and a keen collector of whisky. I enjoy movies (I own too many Superman mugs) and was probably the last person on Earth to give Game of Thrones a try, Im now addicted!

Planting the Seed

When I was 19 years old I joined the Royal Air Force Fire and Rescue Service, a career I absolutely loved and would recommend to anyone, but it was never going to be a 20-year career for me. I met some great people, people I am still in touch with today and served in countries all over the world including the Falkland Islands, Iraq, Cyprus, and New Zealand. Part of the job was teaching fire safety to new recruits and here I believe the seed was planted. Teaching. I had toyed with the idea of becoming a preschool teacher but opted for the RAF.

When I left the RAF, I began a career working for the NHS as a Fire Safety Advisor, firstly in Newcastle upon Tyne before transferring back home to Cumbria. Family life was calling, I was getting married and children would follow. My wife is also from Cumbria and we wanted to raise a family back home where both of our families all lived. I now have two boys, Jack (2) and Samuel (6 weeks), they are my world and my inspiration. I want to build a successful company, show them how to work hard and carve out a career of their own. I need to set those foundations and be a good role model. No pressure!
I teach Paediatric First Aid which is a handy skill set to have when you have a 2-year-old whose slowest speed setting is a million miles an hour and who thinks electrical sockets are fun. Thank goodness family are on the doorstep!
It was working for the NHS that really pricked my interest in teaching. I would teach fire awareness, fire warden, evacuation and fire extinguisher courses to the staff and I loved designing training packages and delivering to such a variety of roles within the hospital. I could be teaching office staff fire extinguisher training one day then teaching surgeons how to evacuate an operating theatre with a patient under the knife the next. Here I was starting to think to myself, could I build a training company.

Taking the Jump

After years of teaching experience, qualifications in fire safety, health and safety, first aid and manual handling and a lengthy discussion with my wife I decided to take the jump.
I think taking the jump was easier than thinking of a company name! I settled on SHN Training Services Ltd, worked my notice and I was now my own boss (after Jack of course).
I wanted to offer professional, high quality training so set out to become a Qualsafe Awards recognised training provider allowing me to offer accredited training courses. I achieved this after just 6 months.

Do I regret it? Absolutely not. I love what I do, and I am very passionate about what I do. Yes, its hard work and yes, my working hours are now 24 hours a day, 7 days a week but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am striving to grow the company and have added food safety to our training portfolio and mental health first aid is coming soon.

I look forward to the future.

I hope I have pricked your interest and if you’re interested in first aid, fire safety, food safety, manual handling or health and safety then follow my blog.