Stephenson College Bursary Supports Students Achieve First Aid Qualification!

What is this article about?

On Saturday the 15th of April 14 Stevo students completed a first aid at work course in central with St John’s ambulance. Throughout this article I will talk about the valuable skills that we learnt from completing the course and how it will now benefit us.

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What skills did we acquire from the course?

We all met outside central at 8:30a.m to help set up for a 9a.m start. Our trainer was called Vickey and before we began everyone introduced themselves. The first treatment that we learnt was different positions that a patient should be placed in should they be suffering from a heart attack, shock, or chest pains then practiced these moves with our partners.

Next, Vickey showed us what we should do if our patient is either conscious or unconscious showing us how to check which state the patient is in and how we should act appropriately. This included placing the patient into the recovery position and when we practiced this on our partners we discovered that getting someone into the recovery position is actually quite challenging.

We then had a short break for some refreshments and after 15 minutes Vickey showed us how to perform CPR on a patient. We learnt that the methods required for CPR are different for adults, children and babies which was very interesting, and we were all provided with the opportunity to practice on manikins.

After that, Vickey showed us how to treat a patient who was chocking depending on the seriousness of the choking demonstrating the protocol using a manikin. Finally, we learnt and practiced how to put a bandage on someone’s wrist should they think that they have injured it.

Why is a first aid course useful?

First aid training is highly recommended for the safety and prevention of illness or injury. Here are some of the benefits of being first aid trained:

  1. It can save lives

This is, of course, the most obvious reason for first aid. First aid training gives you the confidence and ability to react immediately to an incident, injury or illness. For example, in the USA, where first aid training is taught in schools a lot less people die due to heart attacks.

  1. It gives you confidence and clarity during an emergency

First aid training doesn’t just teach you how to treat patients in need of first aid, it also gives you confidence to effectively manage an emergency.

  1. It can reduce recovery time

Rapid reaction to illness or injury, before further aid such as an ambulance arrives can not only save lives, but also reduce recovery time of the patient.

  1. It can keep you safe

You will have those skills for life, especially if you maintain ongoing refresher courses. This means you can treat yourself, family and friends and the general public effectively in an emergency.

  1. It makes you more employable

This is something to add to your CV which employers might look for and can give you a little extra over other candidates.

  1. It’s a great team-building exercise

When completing the first aid course, it brings you and the other participants closer together through meeting new people and getting to know people better.

Finally, all students who took part in the course really enjoyed the experience and we would like to thank Stephenson College for supporting the experience.


Why do the JCR keep emailing me to ask for data consent?

As I’m sure many of you are aware, the JCR has recently been sending out lots of emails recently asking for your consent to collect data for events such as the Summer Ball or to use your name or photograph in publications. Whilst many people simply send their permissions across without hesitation, a number of people have asked why we have had to start doing this. Therefore, we thought it would be a good idea to give you a very basic 250ish word lowdown from the understanding of this JCR President! (If you’d like a full explanation of the regulation visit:


The EU, of which the UK is still a part, has recently introduced the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and this is the reason we are required to get your affirmative consent for pretty much everything. The regulation is ‘subject’ focused which means it is in favour of the right of the data subject (the person the data relates to). This means that a data controller, such as the JCR, has to have the clear, unambiguous informed consent of the controller to use their data in any way.

Now, above I used the word ‘informed’ and that is key to why you guys have to sign, read before submitting an online form or respond to emails to ensure we can operate as usual. The controller therefore has to be informed of when the processor will destroy data and how the data will be used when the processor requires it.

As I’m sure you’ll agree, the JCR is doing everything it can to ensure that the above is in place to make sure that we can run all of our fantastic events and comply with this new regulation. So, thank you for all of your support and cooperation to date and we hope that we can soon make the process a streamlined one to make everyone’s life easier!