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March 2015 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


Many of you will have read the tragic story in the national newspapers about a woman who died from food poisoning after eating a Christmas meal in a pub. The pub served over one hundred customers and thirty-three of them suffered food poisoning.

According to the year-long investigation into the incident, the food poisoning was said to have been caused by Clostridium Perfringens bacteria - the turkey meat was either not cooked adequately or not reheated properly.

The chain that owned the pub was fined £1,500,000 (one and a half million pounds) for placing unsafe food on the market and the pub chef and manager, who also falsified documents, were jailed for 12 and 18 months.

This story is a tragedy for all concerned - for the deceased and her family, for the other affected diners, for the pub staff and also for the chain, who lost money and reputation.

The lessons here are to ensure that all of your staff are adequately trained in Food Hygiene, that they really understand the devastating consequences of poor hygiene, and to ensure that staff are following the correct procedures at all times.

We have created an e-learning course that addresses all of these issues. Additionally, passing the final exam entitles the delegate to a certificate confirming that they have reached Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering.

To find out more, please click here or call us on 01235 810619.


Car Rally Across Africa

Hi Jane, Thank you for the fieldworkers first aid course we did with Peter on 8th Feb. Just wanted to say how fantastic and brilliant the day was - Peter was so knowledgeable and accommodating of all our requests, especially with putting us into real life situations with the help of make up!

I hope you don't mind but I have posted a link to your website on our blog with a positive report!

Thanks, Catherine

Catherine Thompson
Ditsy's Disco - Oxford to South Africa


Unfortunately, due to a range of reasons including the gender and age profile of the average golf club member, golf courses are among the most common places for heart attacks to occur. To compound this statistic further, due to the remote location of many courses, cardiac arrests on golf courses are more likely to be fatal.

After former Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher's life was saved by staff correctly using a defibrillator, many more golf clubs have invested in these life-saving machines and have trained their staff in their application.

Sadly throughout the UK, the worlds of commerce, business and public places, are still largely defibrillator-free zones, despite various statistics suggesting that survival rates rise from only about 5% to an average of 38% with the correct use of defibrillators and CPR.

We supply defibrillators with full training - please click here to find out more.

However, cardiac arrest is only one of many health issues that can occur in the workplace...

It is essential that all businesses with staff, dealing with other business people or dealing with the general public are adequately trained in Emergency First Aid At Work, so please book on one of the following courses:

 Emergency First Aid
 At Work

 Upper Heyford


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 Emergency First Aid
 At Work



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We can also tailor this course and present it "in-house" for your organisation so, if this would suit you better, please email us at or call us on 01235 810619.

2015 Open Courses
at a glance!
Emergency First Aid at Work
Emergency First Aid at Work
Emergency First Aid at Work
First Aid at Work Requalification
Paediatric First Aid
Paediatric First Aid
Emergency First Aid at Work

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Alcohol depresses the activity of the central nervous system and the brain. Excessive intake can severely impair all physical and mental functions and the person may sink into deep unconsciousness.

An unconscious casualty may choke on vomit, lose heat and contract hypothermia. There may be another underlying cause of the unconsciousness - such as a head injury, heart-attack or hypoglycaemia.

  1. Cover the casualty with a blanket to protect him from the cold.
  2. Assess the casualty for any injuries especially head injuries or other medical conditions.
  3. Monitor and record vital signs - response, pulse and breathing - until casualty recovers or is placed in the care of responsible person.
If you're in any doubt about the casualty's condition call 999/112 for emergency help.

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 Chris Probert Head Porter of Exeter College, who correctly answered that "Spectre" is the name of the latest James Bond movie. Chris wins a voucher for a meal for two at The Manor Country House Hotel in Weston on the Green.

For this month, we are offering a £50 voucher for an amazing fine dining experience for two at the award-winning Oxford Kitchen restaurant in Summertown, North Oxford.

To win this prize, simply answer the following question:

"Which well-known TV comedy writer has re-written The Ladykillers for the stage?"

Email your answer and contact details to Jane at: and we'll draw one lucky winner from the correct answers on Friday 20th March 2015.


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 at 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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