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January 2016

Well, here we are in another new year which we hope will be a good one for all our clients and friends.

We are pleased to announce that Karen Sanders has now joined our team as Operations Manager.  Karen will be your first point of contact by phone or email when you wish to discuss booking a course or have any queries regarding our training. Karen’s direct number is 07341 567 134 and she can be emailed on

Karen brings to MCG Training a wealth of knowledge in the training sector and we welcome her as part of our team.

Sarah Robertson has taken the role as lead trainer and will continue to deliver a wide variety of courses, including Level 2 Health and Safety, Fire Marshall and Manual Handling and, of course all aspects of first aid training.

There are some protocol changes within the first aid industry following the 5 year review by the Resuscitation Council.  Although the changes are relatively minor ones they have been incorporated  into our training and all our training resources have been updated accordingly.  If you have any questions regarding these changes please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be pleased to advise.

In the meantime we wish everyone well and look forward to continuing to provide your first aid and health and safety training throughout 2016.




Here we are, my first blog post!

I have just returned from a short break to Devon with my 5 year old Daughter Lucy. We had a ball! the weather was glorious and the sea was warm and thankfully, we were almost incident free. It did make me think though. It can be the minor incidents that will make or break a trip.

As we were packing the bag ready to head for the sand, I put the First Aid kit in. My friend gave me one of those looks and said “Really?!” As a First Aider, it’s natural for me to be fully equipped at all times but I appreciate that for most, it’s not that high on the list.

In the event, we needed it, all be it for a minor cut. Lucy was having a merry old time in a rock pool and fell over with an enormous splash. Next thing I know, tears and panic set in. She had somehow sliced her palm on something in the water. Believe me, blood appears to multiply in the water and it looked like a massacre! We rinsed it off and grabbed a tissue to try and stem the bleed. A tissue – I know! Really not good first aid practice but in my defence my bag was up the beach so you sometimes have to make do! I held her arm above her head and pressed the bleed hard to get it to stop. We then had to put a plaster on it. Fortunately our fun resumed shortly and it didn’t dampen our spirits at all.

What other hazards are we likely to face on a British beach?

Jellyfish seemed rife and apparently can give you a nasty little sting. What would you do? How would you recognise it? You would feel severe pain and have an itchy rash and raised welts where it touched you. Some people may feel sick and have cramps in their tummies or even diarrhoea. Occasionally someone may demonstrate chest pains and have difficulty breathing. The first aid is simple! Treat with an ice pack and if the more severe symptoms show then call for an ambulance. Paracetamol may help later with the pain.

Here is a link to the NHS Website which has more information on sea creature related injuries.

I could go on but I don’t want to bore you all or scare you off! Beaches are wonderful places and with a little preparation, we can deal with any eventuality. Enjoy!






January 2015

We wish everyone a very Happy and Peaceful New Year as we get back to normality.


We have some changes to our administration team and are pleased to announce that Sarah Robertson will be joining the team as Office Manager working alongside Marie Goulding, the founder of MCG Training some 20 years ago.

Sarah previously worked for Surrey Police for over 10 years both as a Coroner’s Officer and in the Headquarters Call Centre as a supervisor. For the last year or so she has worked with us as a Trainer but we are delighted that she has now joined the admin team and is looking forward to running the office as well as delivering the occasional training courses when required. Sarah intends to be working in the office from Monday to Thursday from 9.15am – 3pm and she can be contacted by email on or by telephone on 01252 725656. Please give her a ring and introduce yourselves, she would appreciate that.


There is currently a consultation in progress looking at ways in which the delivery of the current paediatric 12 hour course may be improved. We will keep you informed of any announcements that are made.


During the previous year we were delighted to hear from a couple of clients that first aid really does work. One client was involved in putting someone into recovery who had collapsed and was unconscious and was ignored by other members of the public because they did not know what to do. Our client stepped in and very probably saved the life of the casualty. Another client stepped in to assist a casualty in seizure. It often seems that first aid training is the poor relative, and many people are still very concerned about delivering first aid and being sued. This is highly unlikely in the UK if a person stepped in to help a casualty even if they were not trained. Ask yourself how you would feel if you did nothing to help and a casualty who could have been saved didn’t make it. First aid training gives you life skills to help someone in trouble, they could even be members of your own family or friends, so if you have shied away from training make it your resolution to bite the bullet and see what a difference you can make if you had to.

October 2014

Autumn is now nearly upon us with all the changes it brings and we move ever closer to shorter days and longer nights. For me I can only hope the Indian summer lasts a bit longer!

The start of the new academic year also brings its changes for children and students and not least the teaching staff who not only have to get to know their new charges but also have to be up to speed with any procedural changes as well. For us in the first aid industry there are also some changes, some of which are relative to our first aid training in primary and secondary schools which I have summarised below.


From 1st October 2014 the Human Medicines (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2014 will allow schools to keep a salbutamol inhaler for use in emergencies.

I am sure that this information is already noted in schools and we will certainly ensure that it is mentioned in our first aid training but if you have not yet seen the document which is quite extensive then I would recommend downloading a copy of it (as above) which will tell you all you need to know about this significant change in the management of asthma in your school.


Within the first aid industry there are two alternative versions of the 12 hour paediatric first aid course, the newest being Level 3 above which was formally introduced on 1st September 2014, supersedes the Level 2 Award and meets the requirements of Ofqual. MCG Training is an approved Centre for Qualsafe Awards and can offer this training which is particularly beneficial to those students working in childcare as they can earn 2 credits towards their Childcare NVQ awards on successful completion of the 12 hour course. The course involves several practical and 2 written assessments.

The alternative version is still a 12 hour course which delivers the same content but is certificated by MCG Training and is validated by our approval as a member of the First Aid Industry Body which is responsible for monitoring our standards of training. This is not an Ofqual course and although the content is the same it will not earn 2 units towards an ongoing NVQ.

Please contact us if you wish to discuss any further which of the above courses would best suit you.

and finally …

If there are any freelance trainers who would be interested in delivering first aid training for MCG Training please contact us via to arrange a meeting.