Lee is one of our highly qualified Lead Trainers operating from Shropshire and has been with Nuco Training since 2015.
When did you first learn first aid and why?
I had done first aid training as a child in the 1980’s, and whilst studying for a Chemistry degree, got involved in St. John Ambulance and then on finishing my degree joined the NHS as an Ambulance Technician (now called EMT 2/AAP) working on frontline emergency calls.
I’ve stayed current with both First Aid and Ambulance care skills as I know these skills can make a difference to people’s lives in workplaces, in volunteering and in the communities that we each live, work and play in.
I believe everyone should have the opportunity to learn first aid and gain the confidence to use them..
What made you choose to become a first aid instructor/trainer?
After having gained years of hands on experience in emergency medical care and covered thousands of hours of volunteer first aid cover for small school fates and large sports events; crowd cover, physical contact sports and motorsports. I was approached to become a first aid at work trainer and I qualified as a First Aid trainer in October 1996, and increased subject delivery to Ambulance Aid/Emergency Care Transport Attendant. On completing my PGCE-FAHE in 1999 I then became a Trainer Development Advisor and trained, mentored and developed hundreds of trainers.
After leaving the full-time ambulance role in 2001 I worked on a project to reduce training costs and one area identified was to move more training in-house and I then developed my commercial relationship with NUCO, eventually becoming a lead trainer and have developed many of the lead trainers delivering; Health & Safety and First Aid of Mental Health.
What would you say to someone considering becoming a first aid trainer?
What ever it is that leads you to this point of considering being an instructor, regardless of subject, consider your passion for the subject, if you have passion the rest can be taught and experience can be gained.
First Aider Instructor training is a great entry level course, as it has both theory and practical skills delivery and in my opinion enables people to more easily go on to develop across a range of subjects.
It will always be a tool for your personal development and there will be plenty of training tools for your tool kit in the future.
I look forward to spending quality time with you as we journey together to improve and make available the skills and knowledge that can and will change people’s lives.