Virtual Live Classroom

Announcing course via Live Virtual Classroom.

So far we have FREC3, FREC4 , Mentorship and CAVA all sorted and planned in the diary

We have many more courses in the pipeline so watch this space for the launch of our whole Live Virtual training suite.

Courses to come will be

QA Level 3 Award in Education and Training

If your interested in joining our courses please contact us ASAP as spaces are limited and filling quickly

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year from everyone at HDP Medical Services.

HDP Medical Services provide high quality First Aid training which is delivered by ex-members of East Midlands Ambulance Services who also have teaching qualifications.

We will tailor sessions to suit your requirements and make them as fun as possible.

Our aim? To help everyone have knowledge and confidence in dealing with life threatening situations.

HDP have our own training centre but we will also happily come to your work place, community hall/centre or home if this makes it easier for you. We are not restricted on working hours, we understand people have jobs and cannot train during the day, we will offer evening and weekend courses for those unable to attend during the day.

If you would like any more information please do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected] or 01530 839115


Many Thanks

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CPR saves a Life

Its great when bystanders help to save a mans life, thanks to their help Bill is alive, well done to everyone.

The family of a 65-year-old man who had to be shocked 25 times to revive him after he collapsed in the street have praised the quick actions of three members of the public who rushed to his aid and saved his life.

Bill Fisher, from Oadby, was walking along Stoughton Road, near his home, last Friday, when he fell to the pavement after a sudden cardiac arrest.

The father-of-two lay unconscious for only a few seconds before BT engineer Mark Woodbridge ran over to help and began chest compressions.

Within minutes, two more men had joined him and were applying CPR while Mark called for an ambulance and received instructions about what to do.
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Here at HDP we are passionate about saving lifes and everyone being able to do CPR, this is a prime example of why its so important. We can provide CPR training for everyone from a simple family group to fully certified training for your work place.



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Online Training Course

We please to annouce we now have a link to online training courses for the following subjects

Abrasive Wheels.

Asbestos awareness


Data protection

DSE (Display Screen Equipment)

DSE (Display Screen Equipment) Refresher Training

Electrical safety in the workplace

Environmental awareness

Equality and diversity in the workplace

Fire awareness

Fire awareness refresher

Fire Warden

Food allergen

Food hygiene and safety level 1

Food hygiene and safety level 2

Hand-arm vibration

Health and safety essentials

Health and safety for managers

Infection prevention and control


Lone working in the workplace

Lone working OUT of the workplace

Manual Handling

Manual handling refresher

Noise awareness

Risk assessment

Safeguarding children

Safeguarding vulnerable adults

Slips, trips and falls

Stress Awareness in the workplace

Working at height

If you require any further information then please give us a call on 01530 839115 or email: [email protected]

Full Demonstration

If you would like a full demonstration of any (or all) of the courses available, please telephone and we can arrange for you to have temporary access to the full suite of courses.

Online training is cost effective and an easy way to ensure that your staff receive training in some of the basic areas of Health and Safety – with minimum disruption to the business.

Each of the courses below are charged at £20.00 + VAT each, for orders of more than 35 courses, please contact us.

On completion of each course a certificate is sent to the individual.

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HDP Campaigning to get defibrillators into schools

Great to see The One Show publishing the issues of sudden cardiac arrest in children and campaigning to get defibrillators into schools

With upcoming changes in legislation now requiring defibrillators to be placed in schools, it is important to get the right defibrillator/AED unit and electrodes suitable for children and adults alike. Although AED’s are designed to be used by lay people, it is vital that staff and pupils alike are confident to use this, therefore our package includes a training session which we can be deliver on site. We can also provide additional training for pupils and staff as the more people who know how to do good quality CPR and use a defibrillator/AED the more life’s that will be saved.

The Physio-Control Lifepak CR Plus semi-Automatic defibrillator school pack is supplied as standard with both adult and child (paediatric) electrode pads (for children below 8 years old) and a responder kit to aid the person helping the victim to easily apply the pads. With training from our professional medical team, your staff will be confident to use this in the emergency situation.

With such a large variation in the types of visitors to schools it is important to have a defibrillator that can be trusted and used by children and adults alike in an emergency.

The Lifepak Semi-Automatic unit is ideal for schools and takes all decision making away from the user and analyses the patient itself and makes the decision on whether a shock is required.

Each year 100,000 people die from sudden cardiac arrest in the UK, causing more deaths than lung cancer, breast cancer and AIDs combined.

Its is estimate that 80 young people a year die due to Sudden Cardia CPR and early defibrillation with an AED (automated external defibrillator) can increase sudden cardiac arrest survival from 5% to over 50%.

There are many stories of how an AED has saved life’s, but there are still far too many were people die because there was no AED available, how much is someone’s life worth?

No AED = 5% chance of survival / AED within first 5 minutes = 75% chance of survival

Unfortunately a host of undetected cardiac problems exist within any sizeable school population and some school activities (especially sports) may exacerbate these difficulties.

  • As many as 1 in 500 children may suffer from cardiac myopathies in which the heart muscle is unusually thick. This often undetected condition can lead to SCA and can be precipitated by exercise.
  • Commotio Cordis is a condition in which the heart suddenly stops beating effectively following a relatively low velocity impact with a blunt object to the chest. The impact can be in the form of a rugby ball, football, hockey ball, knee or shoulder. In the USA it has been documented as being the second most common cause of SCA in school age athletes.

Please contact us for a quote for your school – Our packages start from just £990 for basic defib up to £1200 plus vat for school special

Call 01530 839115

Email [email protected]

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AED saves life’s

In August 2013, former Ryder Cup captain, Bernard Gallacher collapsed during a dinner at a hotel on the outskirts of Aberdeen.

Bernard had suffered a sudden cardiac arrest.  Fortunately, the hotel had a defibrillator.  Thanks to the immediate action of staff with CPR and early live-saving shocks from a defibrillator, he survived.  He then went on to make a full recovery and has had an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) fitted to prevent further cardiac arrests.

In March 2012 footballer Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch suddenly during a televised FA Cup match between Bolton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur.

Fabrice had suffered a sudden cardiac arrest, without any warning signs or symptoms,  which caused his heart to suddenly stop beating.

Fabrice was given medical attention on the pitch, including CPR and defibrillation from an AED(automated external defibrillator) as frantic efforts were made to restart his heart.

Fabrice was rushed to London Chest Hospital, where efforts continued to revive him. By the time he was stabilised his heart had stopped for a total of 78 minutes and his heart had been shocked 15 times.

Fabrice’s recovery was remarkable. Within days his heart was beating without medication and he was sitting up in his hospital bed.

After being fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) he was discharged from hospital, less than a month after his sudden cardiac arrest.

On medical advice Fabrice retired from professional football in August 2012.



Many other less famous lifes have been saved

Johns story

A defibrillator donated to Methwold High School, Norfolk, in memory of Joe Riley who sadly died aged 15 has saved the life of a teacher at the school. A former pupil of Methwold High School Joe Riley tragically dropped dead on holiday with his family aged just 15, the cause of death was SADS. Joe’s mother Annette, who is a member of the cardiac charity SADS UK, raised funds through the charity and the school was presented with the life saving equipment in his memory, so that if cardiac arrest occurred on the premises the prompt use of the defibrillator would save a life. In the event, this was exactly what happened when 36 year old teacher, John Scarisbrick suffered a cardiac arrest last April and collapsed in a classroom. A first aider, trained with help from SADS UK, carried out CPR and administered a therapeutic shock using the donated AED. Of course an ambulance was called immediately, but due to an accident on the A11 all the by-roads were consequently blocked and it took them longer to reach John. The clock is ticking from the moment a person goes into cardiac arrest and the chances of survival diminish with every minute that elapses without administering a therapeutic shock from a defibrillator; ideally this should take place within 3 minutes of the onset of cardiac arrest.

Dave and Robins story

Dave and Robin, who are fitness and leisure assistants at the centre in Telford, used a defibrillator and CPR to help the man after they were alerted by members of the public on Monday. Dave, 26, from Oakengates, immediately ran to the courts and found the man lying motionless on the floor.

He said: “I recognised the man as a regular here, but his lips were blue, his face was a funny colour and there seemed to be no reaction from him at all.

“I started to work through the CPR procedure and when we put the defibrillator on him it indicated there was no heartbeat and we would need to trigger a shock.

“By then Robin was working with me, as he had put in a call to the paramedics as soon as we knew a man had collapsed.

Robin, 29, from Shrewsbury, said: “Once we had delivered the shock the man seemed to come round and we restarted CPR, then the paramedics arrived.

“It was only after we handed over to the paramedics that we thought about what we had done, up to that point we both worked instinctively.

“It was as though we were on autopilot, we didn’t need to even talk to each other, we just did it.

“We train often, we know exactly what to do, we practise for this kind of thing and so when the real thing happened we were ready.

“I was a bit shaken afterwards,” admitted Robin, “but I also felt on a bit of a high, because being able to help someone like that, to save someone’s life, it makes you feel good.



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Save lives with an AED

An Automated External Defibrillator or AED Saves Lives

When the heart is not beating effectively due to chaotic rhythms, a defibrillator will seek to revert the heart to a state where brain impulses can restart the heart in a more normal state.

The Facts of the matter:

Each year 100,000 people die from sudden cardiac arrest in the UK, causing more deaths than lung cancer, breast cancer and AIDs combined.

CPR and early defibrillation with an AED (automated external defibrillator) can increase sudden cardiac arrest survival from 5% to over 50%.

There are many stories of how a AED has saved lifes, but there are still far too many where people have died because there was no AED available.

How much is someone’s life worth?


To support world Heart Day on 29th September 2015, HDP have launched a fantastic deal

For just £1099 we will provide you with a CR Plus Defibrillator and training for up to 12 people anywhere in England.

Call us now on 01530 839115 or email [email protected]

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Paediatric First Aid Update

Did you know that under new government proposals, all new nursery and pre-school staff will be required to undertake paediatric first aid training?
As it stands, the law states that only one person with a current paediatric first aid certificate is required to be on the premises of a nursery or pre-school whilst children are present. However, the new proposals will mean that newly qualified staff with a childcare level 2 or 3 qualification must also hold a qualification in paediatric first aid or emergency paediatric first aid.
This significant change is the result of the hard work of Dan and Joanne Thompson of Millie’s Trust, who have been campaigning for the change since the tragic death of their daughter, Millie Thompson,in 2012. Millie suffered a fatal cardiac arrest after choking on her lunch whilst at nursery. The supervisor who was feeding Millie at the time had an expiredfirst aid certificate and unfortunately, when a qualified paediatric first aider stepped in to help, Millie could not be saved.
Dan & Joanne’s campaign, which called for the government to review the current laws on paediatric first aid training in nurseries and pre-schools, rapidly gained public support and resulted in their e-petition being signed by over 103,000 people!
In response to the announced changes, Joanne told us:
“We are absolutely over the moon that our paediatric first aid campaign was taken notice of within Government. To get to this stage has taken hard work, dedication and determination – but we did it to protect peoples’ children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and loved ones. This is a long lasting legacy in memory of our daughter, to ensure that children are in the best hands should paediatric first aid ever be needed.Qualsafe Awards sets a fantastic standard for paediatric first aid training, which Millie’s Trust will continue to use and support. With the announced changes, we are thrilled that more people will gain the quality paediatric first aid skills needed to save a child’s life”
In addition to the new proposals, which have been given a provisional implementation date of September 2016, a new kitemark style certification is to be introduced called “Millie’s Mark”. This
prestigious certification will be awarded to nurseries and pre-schools who have 100% of their staff trained in paediatric first aid. This means that parents who see Millie’s Mark at their chosen childcare facility can rest assured that those who are looking after their child have received paediatric first aid training and would know what to do in an emergency.
With these potentially life-saving changes set to bring an additional 15,000 newly trained paediatric first aiders into pre-schools and nurseries each and every year, we hope that you will all join us in congratulating the Thompsons for their hard work and for their persistence in raising the standard of paediatric first aid training in childcare facilities!
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FREC The Truth of the Matter

FREC® Suite – The Truth of the Matter

There has been much speculation, anticipation and misinformation about the new suite of Qualifications from Qualsafe.

At the time of writing there are only five centres accredited to run FREC. They are HDP Medical Services, Festival Medical Services, Meditech Global OnTime Medical and North East Rescue and Medical. More will follow, but as yet, you can only get your QA Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care from those centres. Any centre advertising Level 4 HAS NOT GOT IT YET. No one has!

Some centres will only be authorised to deliver the Level 3. Beyond this, the tutor must be a Paramedic, Nurse or Doctor with a 1500 hours of Recorded CPD in the previous two years. There will be a more limited number of Level 4 Centres, namely those with full time venues and staffing levels, and who can meet the equipment and experience requirements of the upper level courses.

Some of the industry “sources” have been heard offering gems like, “It’s not recognised by any Ambulance Service”, and “It’s just another FPOS”. This, unfortunately reflects poorly on their actual understanding of the educational system, and their understanding of the marketplace in which they operate. You will always find experts, generally trying to undermine new standards that they fall short of. I can think of many qualifications which Ambulance Services don’t accept…. especially foreign ones…. The truth of the matter is that they are on the Qualifications Core Framework, unlike the FPOS Suite. We shall wait to see what happens at the end of the year to comment on other pathways. We have all read, I am sure, about other options in the market, many of which have been unsuccessful.


The Qualifications.

The Suite will be comprised of four qualifications. They offer a modular route, much like the IHCD route, undeniably, where we undertook Modules D, E and F at Technician Level, and G, H, I and J at Paramedic Level (Mod J being the extended skills module which was not offered by all Ambulance Services). Whilst it is simple to describe in that fashion, there ends the similarity.

QA Level 3 Certificate in FREC

QA Level 4 Certificate in FREC

QA Level 4 Extended Certificate in FREC

QA Level Diploma in FREC. (Level is still being decided)

Overall, they will build to 750 hours of Course and Portfolio. This is not a short route. It certainly isn’t a “5 Day EMT”, which should only stand , IMHO, for 5 Day Event Medical Technician (loosely, very loosely) or 5 Day course for Emergency Makers of Tea!

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There are a number of points here:

  • You cannot start the Suite anywhere other than Level 3. Other than RPL which will reduce the time which you spend at the FREC Centre for your level 3, there is no other way to jump to upper levels.
  • The qualifications are not designed to be run concurrently with any other course, so dismiss those centres giving you extra skills as a bolt on without extending the course length.
  •  Also, be aware of the FPHC Statement on the training of Invasive Skills, and don’t waste your money on skills that you won’t be able to use other than after the Zombie Apocalypse or when you deploy to a War Zone.
  • They are not designed to be run back to back. Each qualification has a 150 hour timespan from start to finish. You should expect approximately 118 hours of pre and post course reading, research and clinical practice hours on top of your FREC Course. The 118 hours will be audited by your FREC Centre and a CPD Certificate issued. Without this, you will be unable to progress to the next level.

It needed some clarification, and I hope this has explained the Basics of FREC. For those doubters, and “Industry Experts” mentioned, we have consulted with Qualsafe, and are engaged further in the processes of the upper levels. We have been involved in the Design and Delivery of Clinical Courses within the NHS and the Pre-Hospital environment marketplace. We are Qualified in the UK, with a Clinical Lead that has qualified as a Paramedic traditionally via the IHCD, The FdSc in Paramedic Science at Teeside, and the BSc in Professional Practice from the University of Northampton.

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Due Diligence for FREC! – First Response Emergency Care

There are many companies advertising the Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (FREC). We are one of TWO selected Trail Blazer Centres. At the time of writing there are only three authorised and accredited centres for FREC. Do your due diligence before you part with your hard earned ready cash!

FREC Level 3 is the first Certificate of a suite of qualifications leading to a Diploma qualification. The Level 4 certificate, Level 4 extended, and Diploma levels are to be released on a phased basis in 2015. These qualifications exceed the level 2 qualification offered by the FPOS suite, and are more suited to most professional environments. They set a new standard for pre hospital care which have been sorely needed and will be embraced by many sectors.

We are told that we are the best equipped independent provider of pre hospital education in the UK, and are staffed by front line professionals, one a former military and Prison Service officer, with additional experience in secure mental health establishments. There are many “centres” that staff with solely ex military or privately educated individuals with no frontline experience. The higher levels of FREC will require Paramedic, Nurse or Doctor tutor staff.

We have been in consultation with QA for this qualification suite, and are still a part of the development processes. We were given PERMISSION to announce FREC first before the release date, unlike many other centres who announced that they would be running them, and publicly embarrassed themselves by posting the wrong information! If you need answers to your questions, come to the experts.

For the best experience of FREC, ideally placed in the centre of the UK with easy access from the M1, M42, M6 and M69, come to HDP.

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