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August 2014 Newsletter        

Welcome to our latest newsletter.

Oxford College of First Aid is a well-established and highly respected organisation providing a wide range of approved First Aid and Health and Safety related courses to individuals and organisations across the country.

Our goal is to keep you up to date with the latest developments in Health and Safety that may affect your business and we will also publish useful hints and tips, interesting stories and feature the occasional competition with prizes.

Many of our courses are tailored and presented in-house for specific companies, so if we can help you, please email us at or call us on 01235 810619.

Jane Hoskin
Oxford College of First Aid


We came across another story recently that highlights how important first aid training can be. Although we have benefited from some lovely hot weather recently, this heat has also caused some problems locally.

In the middle of morning school assembly at a large school, a pupil recently fainted. Unfortunately he fell forward, landing on his chin, which then knocked him out and caused a large cut, which started to bleed profusely.

The children surrounding him were obviously upset and frightened by this event but one of the teachers immediately stepped in and took control of the situation. He checked the boy's airway, ensured that he was still breathing and then placed him in the recovery position whilst a colleague called the ambulance and the boy's parents. He then treated the cut and stopped the bleeding. The pupil was fine - he had skipped breakfast that morning and, combined with the heat and a poor night's sleep, this caused him to faint.

However, the quick reaction from the teacher, who was fully trained to cope with exactly this type of situation, ensured the safety of the child in his care and also prevented the other pupils from being unduly upset by this dramatic event.

Would you know what to do? If not, we still have four spaces available on our Paediatric First Aid course on Monday 15th September in Kidlington.

Click here to book your place.

To find out more, please contact us at or call us on 01235 810619.


Several of our staff attended this course and despite the fact that it takes up a chunk of their weekend, they all reported that it was both enjoyable and worthwhile, with engaging trainers and a good pace.

We will definitely use OCFA again for our nursery staff.

Sarah Steel
Managing Director
The Old Station Nursery Ltd


This amazing offer is suitable for any organisation that will need 8 days training or more during the following twelve months. Whether you need 12 one-day courses for 12 people or wish to book 4 people on a 3 day course, this offer is ideal for you.

You simply purchase 12 days in advance but at the price for only 8 days. For only 760 plus VAT, which would normally buy you eight days on our Emergency First Aid at Work courses for example, you will actually receive 12 days training!

You can then use up these days as you require over the following 12 months on any of our public or in-house courses. We will be offering our full range of courses over the next 12 months and, as our course prices will be increasing in January 2015, buying in advance will also help you to avoid this increase.

Although any unused days will expire at the end of the 12 month period, should you renew your arrangement with us, then any unused days will be carried forward to the next 12 months.

This offer will expire on 30th September 2014 so please contact Jane Hoskin on 01235 810619 or at: to save a significant amount on your training costs.

2014 Open Courses
at a glance!
Emergency First Aid at Work for Drivers (Driver CPC)
Emergency First Aid at Work
Paediatric First Aid
Emergency First Aid at Work
Paediatric First Aid
Emergency First Aid at Work

Click here to book.


Hope you're enjoying the unusually pleasant summer weather. However, as soon as we started writing this feature, it began to rain!

In this month's Hints and Tips, we're looking at Heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Heat exhaustion and heatstroke need to be treated quickly.

If you suspect someone has heat exhaustion, follow the advice outlined below.

  • Get them to rest in a cool place ideally a room with air conditioning or, if this is not possible, somewhere in the shade.
  • Get them to drink fluids this should be water or a rehydration drink, such as a sports drink; they should stop taking fluid on board once their symptoms have significantly decreased (usually within 2-3 hours).
  • Avoid alcohol or caffeine because they can increase levels of dehydration.
  • Use cool water (not cold) on their skin if available, use a cool shower or bath to cool them down, otherwise apply a cool, wet flannel or facecloth to their skin.
  • Loosen clothing and ensure the person gets plenty of ventilation.
Dial 999 to request an ambulance if the person doesn't respond to the above treatment within 30 minutes.

For more information, see or contact Jane Hoskin on 01235 810619.


How Kay Embra saved her neighbour's life after receiving training from OCFA.

Click on the picture to listen to Kay's amazing story on BBC Radio Oxford.


Congratulations to Margaret Rolls, HR Manager at CANBERRA UK Ltd based in Harwell, as she won a LARGE CATERING FIRST AID KIT in our last competition for correctly answering that the current Wimbledon Men's Singles Champion was Andy Murray (never mind, Andy, you'll win it back next year)

This month, we have a PAEDIATRIC FIRST AID KIT to give away to one lucky winner...

To win this prize, simply answer the following question:

"What item of summer clothing is produced by Speedo International?"

Email your answer and contact details to Jane at: and we'll draw one winner from the correct answers on Friday 29th August 2014.


Dian Slay, OCFA trainer, talks about a recent delegate, who SAVED TWO LIVES, since attending her OCFA course!

Click on the picture to listen to Dian's experiences on BBC Radio Oxford.

ABOUT Oxford College of First Aid

Oxford College of First Aid is a well-established and highly respected organisation providing a wide range of approved First Aid and Health and Safety related courses to individuals and organisations across the country. The College is an accredited centre of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and employs some of the best trainers in the industry.

In addition to the courses outlined on our website, our trainers also design bespoke courses to meet your specific requirements. Licensed by the Health and Safety Executive, our extensive selection of courses can also be held your own premises.

Our highly qualified trainers, flexible approach and extremely competitive prices make us one of the principal providers of Health and Safety training across the country.

For more information, see or contact Jane Hoskin on 01235 810619.

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Jane Hoskin

Oxford College of First Aid
1 Little Langlands
East Hagbourne
Oxon OX11 9TA

Tel: 01235 810619

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