Girl in bathing suit, leaping off a wooden bridge into water

Leap Forward. Leap Safe.

2020 is a leap year, so we have a bonus business day.

But in our Leap Year, as you Leap Forwards towards spring; will you Leap Safe?

At RAS HQ we have noticed that we are starting to do a spring clean with more vigour than last year, maybe we underestimated the Leap Year effect! Whether that it is a literal or metaphorical leap forward; the desire for some of us to start cleaning out cupboards, tidying up servers or just getting our offices in order, for the new financial year is building. Our office is currently a mess, as we sort out old equipment and install new, cataloguing and branding our assets as we go, all before we leap into the new financial year.

We, at RAS HQ, also use this time of year to do our planning, staff training and most importantly budgeting. Through the year we will have made a note of useful and interesting courses, articles and books we want to read or explore as a team. Whether it’s our First Aid Instructors’ Annual Monitoring; Continuing Professional Development (CPD) or new skill development we set aside some budget in both time and money at this time of year. It’s a great way to start the new financial year; full of energy and enthusiasm, especially as the weather takes a turn for the worse this year.

What have you planned and budgeted for, in terms of, your team’s training this leap year?

Are your team up to date with their Health and Safety training? First Aid, Fire Wardens or Manual Handling? Do you know where to start looking for an affordable, reliable, flexible training company that is responsive to your work environments or shift pattens? To leap from a national provider can be difficult if you don’t know where to start. Sadly, there are trainers out there that will claim to provide you with an Ofqual qualification but then produce a Certificate of Attendance. We don’t!

How RAS can help your business . . . .

All our training is accredited by FAA as standard, our trainers are approved by NUCO, and this gives you, peace of mind, that you are getting value for service from a trainer that is up to date, efficient and engaging. Our trainers also are all practicing medics, outside of training at various events nationally and internationally. The national providers are good at what they do, but they can be up to 70% more expensive compared with the independent trainers, do you have the budget to cover that? In their open courses your team could be sitting in with other professionals and trades in a generic training rather than one that is specific to your team and your company’s needs, which might need a greater leap of the imagination for some.

In a world with no budget restrictions all staff should be trained, but with tightening budget constraints before you take the leap and book that course, you should ensure that you have enough trained staff to cover all eventualities. You will need to cover holidays, unexpected absences, sick leave, and all hours of your business. We welcome all our clients to have a chat with us, about their training needs. If we can’t help you directly, we leap at the chance to recommend you to a trainer that will provide what we are unable.

take a leap of faith . . . .

Drop us an email to schedule a call that works for you in terms of time and methodology (phone, skype or in person) via our email reception@

leap forward, leap safe in 2020.

New Starts in Spring; Planning your Training Budget and Using Small Buisnesses

Today is the Spring Equinox.

It’s the meteorological time, when we turn from winter towards spring and look forward to summer. It’s an appropriate day to also be International Happiness Day the sun here at RAS HQ is out and we are all looking forward to longer nights, and hopefully, brighter and warmer days.

Yellow daffodilsIt’s our financial new year but also the time of year to consider new habits, revise if you are compliant, plan for the summer and new beginnings.

It’s the time of year our Grannies would have swept the house, scrubbed behind the range, had everything out of the house to bake in the warming sunshine and have a cleansing spring clean. It wasn’t about being comliant it was just something they did. These days we are budgeting and planning for the new year – a modern version of spring cleaning.  As you finalise your budget have you considered your staff training and checked your are still compliant? In a recent study by a national supplier, it was noted that 80% of all UK businesses are not First Aid compliant. Are you?

We are often asked why our courses are so much cheaper than the big national companies. Well here’s a little something about why you should be using a smaller local business. We tend to be:

  • great value for money. Providing you with better customer service from a company that wants to help you rather than just sell to you.
  • unhindered by large national marketing budgets
  • nimbler and more adaptable to the market.
  • willing to think outside the box to find the right soloution for you.

When you buy from a small business you are putting money back into a local community, because we generally support other small businesses. But when you buy from a multi-na tional you are buying the shareholders and the CEO their next holiday home.

Automatic External Defibileration, AED, blue gloves, CPR, Cardio Pulmonary Resucitation

How to pick a First Aid Course.

You know you need First Aid training and it’s a good thing to do. But, how do you know if you are getting the right First Aid training for you and your business?

There are an overwhelming number of First Aid Training Courses out there. Prices vary wildly as do lengths of courses – so how do you avoid low quality PowerPoint driven First Aid and pick the right one for you?

Firstly, and let’s get this out of the way now. First Aid is a practical skill.

It’s not something you can learn online, or from a book. Yes,you can do some of the theory online or read it before attending a live First Aid course, but you need to create muscle memory. You will need to feel and test your own body to know how to safely roll someone into the recovery position, how tight to do a bandage up or how to correct your position for CPR is something you have to actually do with a half day.  We’d like to see these half day online only courses banned.

So how do you pick the right provider? Well reviews will help, but so will meeting the trainer themselves. Here are some questions that you might wish to ask yourself before engaging a trainer or training provider.

Can the trainer provide you with their certification?

As a First Aid trainers we all have to do a CPD training per year. Have they done their refresher, or are they booked to do this?


When did the instructor do their own learning?

All registered First Aid trainers belong to a training body, who will ensurethey are providing and safe and legal level of First Aid. For example, our trainers are all NUCO Approved Trainers, and every year they have to attend a course and do a teaching demonstration or have an internal assessor come and visit a training to test the quality of their training, relevance of content and ensure they are up to date.

Who is their awarding body?

There are a lot of solo instructors out there who teach what they think is correct. But are they part of a body that provides some assurance to you that  their training is compliant to HSE (Health and Safety Executive)? The rules about awarding bodies are about to change, so watch out for an update from us about what that means to you. Our trainers are all Approved Trainers by NUCO.

What level of First Aid do you need?

If you are a village community group that has an AED in your village, then an Emergency First Aid at Work course known as a EFAW would be really useful. You will receive AED training as part of the set syllabus, or you could do a half day refresher a year after the supplier has given you training.

If you are a large factory then you will need a First Aid at Work known as a FAW. This is a legal requirement and you will need to check what course you need.

There are lots of other specialist courses out there, if you are working at height, working in remote locations, such as an oil rig or down a mine. You should seek advice from your provider and the HSE guide before you book.

The final factor is price.

There are courses out there as cheap as £40 or as much as £160+, cheap isn’t always a good idea nor is the most expensive. We have been looking at some of these cheaper courses and wonder about the quality of the training. The large national providers are good, but maybe supporting a smaller local company is also a good thing. The smaller companies are, generally, more flexible in tailoring content, dates and even sometimes fees. If you are an equine centre then there is an equine focused company out there for you, outward bound and bush craft enthusiasts there’s a provider out there for you.

So now you are thinking about first aid courses – check out our courses –

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One Free First Aid Training Places for Two Charities.

In Autumn 2018, Simon Daniels, a BBC Sound Engineer, used his life saving skills to promote recovery of Glen Hoddle, the BBC TV pundit. Daniel’s First Aid training, confidence, quick thinking, and rapid action changed the outcome for Glen Hoddle. But could you?

First Aid is a life-saving skill and designed to be hands-on. Just eight hours of your time in a fun, relaxed and encouraging environment, will enable you to provide basic first aid whilst you are waiting for help to arrive. 

The Round Table of Rugby (113), are very generously sponsoring two places on a First Aid Course in these potentially life-saving skills. The One Day Emergency First Aid Course is on Friday 15th February  and will be delivered by RAS: Risk Advisory Service, approved NUCO Trainer. The course, which meets HSE’s requirements, is a lively and fun day, making complex medical information digestible. 

To apply for one of the two places, send an email to detailing why you would like to have your place funded by The Round Table of Rugby. Your application should be sent in a covering letter detailing the charity you work for and what your role is, including the name, address of the CEO and Charity Commission number. Please title your email – Application for Round Table of Rugby February 2019. 

 “It is important that all workers including volunteers have access to First Aid equipment and qualified people. The cost to obtain the necessary knowledge and advice can be costly which is why Rugby Round Table are happy to sponsor these places for each course held in Rugby. You never know when you might need First Aid help, but will there be someone close by that knows what to do?

Malcolm Freeman from Rugby Round Table

Nisha Kaduskar the Director of RAS: Risk Advisory Service, says ‘We are delighted to have the Round Table of Rugby on board as sponsors for the two places. It shows the continued commitment of The Round Table of Rugby to the charities and people of Rugby and of the RAS: Risk Advisory Service to deliver training where it creates the biggest impact.’

First Aid – Sally’s Boys

Sally’s Boys

why do we need to learn First Aid or CPR? We have the 999 Emergency Service and the NHS.

According to St John Ambulance annually there are 140,000  related emergencies where a First Aider could have made a significant difference. In just one day you can learn how to do life saving First Aid including CPR and use an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator or a defib). But statistics are a bit dull so let me tell you Sally’s story.

Sally’s Story.

Seven years ago Sally* spent the few days before Christmas in hospital with a chest infection. But being Christmas, the hospital were keen to send a distressed Sally home to her family. Sally had been planning a family Christmas for months and was upset she might miss it.  Inparticular Sally’s four year old grand-daughter, who loved Christmas almost as much as Sally.

Christmas morning arrived with snow, that was deep and crips and even. The still poorly Sally got up to put the turkey in the oven. Sally collasped. She stopped breathing and very quickly afterwards her heart stopped.

Thankfully, both Sally’s son’s had undertaken a First Aid course and once the lack of breath had been identified they took proactive actions. One phone the ambulance, mobilised the local farmer to clear the road of snow, corralled family into another room, moved family cars and made the route as clearas they could for the ambulance crew. The other started CPR until his brother could take over.

It was a snowy Christmas morning and it took the ambulance 35 minutes to reach the family.  Both son’s exhausted, but refusing to give up doing CPR; did everything they could to keep their Mum with them. The ambulance crew rushed Sally back into hospital where the team continued to save her life.

Seven years on, Sally, her husband and dogs have moved house to be closer to both sons and their four children. Sally has a slight resting tremor and can get a bit confused when tired. But is a very busy and devoted Grandmother of four! Both sons said if they hadn’t done CPR their Mum would not be here today.

Book your First Aid course today. Don’t put it off there might not be a tomorrow.

The team at RAS: Risk Advisory Service all deliver and certify a range of First Aid qualifications. Some First Aid courses are just a day long, others are longer and more indepth. How much your First Aid course will cost, what equipment your need and how long it takes to qualify, will depend upon your need. If you are a mountain rescue volunteer then your First Aid needs will be different to someone who works in an office or shop. Both need the basics like CPR or kiss of life, and how to use an AED or defib.

RAS: RIsk Advisory Service has a First Aid Course on 22 November in Coventry. Click here to book your place.