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Talking Life is able to offer a range of health, safety and first aid courses suitable for those working across both the health and social care and corporate sectors. These include accredited 1st Aid and Mental Health 1st Aid courses, as well as Anaphylaxis, Asthma, Arthritis, Epilepsy, Diabetes Awareness, and Tissue Viability training. We also offer the most mandatory Health and Safety courses.

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Our Health, Safety and First Aid Courses

Lunchtime Learning – Sepsis Awareness

The aim of this course is to understand what sepsis is, recognise early warning signs of sepsis developing and know what to do promptly. To understand how to prevent localised infections developing into systemic life-threatening sepsis. Sepsis affects 245,000 people in the UK every year, 20% of whom will die as a result of sepsis. Sepsis kills more people every year than breast cancer, bowel cancer and prostate cancer combined, yet many people do not know how to recognise early signs of it or what to do when it is spotted. This short course will empower anyone who works with children or adults to better understand sepsis and explain how they could to save a life by acting quickly.

Young Onset Dementia

As scientific and medical knowledge advances, there are increasing numbers of people in midlife being diagnosed with relatively unusual forms of dementia. Numbers will increase as diagnostic accuracy improves, and it is important to recognise the unique care needs of people diagnosed with these less common forms of dementia. This learning intervention will enable those attending to understand young onset dementia, appreciate the impact and implications for their respective client groups and apply learning to their workplace.

Chairing Sensitive Meetings

This course supports members of staff who chair a variety of different types of meetings which all have the same theme in common, they are all sensitive meetings e.g. Adult & Child Protection Meetings, Safeguarding Meetings, HR Meetings, Disciplinary Meetings, Restructuring Consultation etc.

Covid-19 Related Infection Control

In order to encourage and reassure front-facing health & social care staff in their return to work during Covid-19, this 2 hour on-line course, using Zoom (or similar) aims to give individuals a basic understanding of infection prevention and control in practice and a greater understanding of current infections, risk and prevention of communicable diseases and in particular Covid-19.

End of Life Care

This course provides participants with a good understanding of how to care for the dying to ensure they; – Have a clear understanding End of life care – Demonstrate effective communication – State the principles of delivering bad news – Explain palliative care and person centred planning


Through this course, participants will develop an awareness of Schizophrenia how best to support an individual who may be suffering with it.

Medicines Management

The Medicines Management workshop is aimed at all support workers involved in the administration of medication, including those looking after adults/children with disabilities. The session facilitates an overview of the accountabilities and responsibilities of this worker within this context and provides a comprehensive theoretical underpinning to safe medicine administration.

Diabetes Awareness

Diabetes is a chronic condition associated with abnormally high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood. Absence or insufficient production of insulin, or an inability of the body to properly use insulin causes diabetes. This diabetes awareness training course aims to develop knowledge of causes, signs and symptoms of diabetes, how to prevent them, as well as to understand how diabetes impacts a persons daily life and emotional wellbeing.

Sharps Awareness

The aim of this course provide candidates with the knowledge and skills to ensure health and safety regarding the safe use of sharps within a health and social care setting in compliance with relevant legislation, regulations, guidance and good practice. That all staff will be able to identify hazards associated with healthcare practices and take actions to minimise the risks and maximise the safe use of sharps.

Clinical Record Keeing

Clinical record keeping & effective documentation within the social care sector requires a person-centred approach whilst meeting legislative and information governance requirements. Ensuring that records are effectively and accurately kept, appropriately shared and accessed by multi-agencies and within a social care team can be complex with ever increasing demands, yet the integrity of clinical records and best practice for their management is of paramount importance.

Ligature Training

Working with clients or patients at risk of self-harm or attempted suicide by means of hanging or strangulation requires specific skills to enable care workers to respond appropriately. Those ‘first on scene’ need to know how to remove a ligature safely using ligature cutters as well as basic first aid which may be required This Ligature Training course provides these skills, as well as giving an overview of the physiological effects of strangulation by ligature, with an explanation of the possible types of ligature that might be used as well as explaining policies and procedures in the organisation. There is an opportunity for participants to practise techniques.

Tissue Viability

The course has a duration of 3 hours. Learning methods include group work, discussion, video and slide presentation. Students are supplied with a workbook they can fill in as the course progresses

Suicide First Aid – Understanding Suicide Intervention (SFAUSI) (accredited)

The Suicide First Aid course gives delegates the knowledge and tools to understand that suicide is one of the most preventable deaths and some basic skills can help someone with thoughts of suicide stay safe from their thoughts and stay alive. SFA USI is comprised of 4 parts, each 90 minutes duration. The programme teaches and practices the skills and knowledge needed to identify someone who may be thinking about suicide and competently intervene to help create suicide-safety as a first aid approach. The course will enable delegates to build the skills and confidence around suicide, how to support someone who may have suicidal thoughts in seeking the appropriate help. SFA: Suicide First Aid training is underpinned by three core beliefs: Most people thinking about suicide do not want their lives to end, they want the pain to stop. Most people thinking about suicide let others know, consciously or unconsciously. Therefore… Suicide has to be one of the most preventable deaths. We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn. No previous experience or training is necessary. Participants will be asked to self- reflect and empathise with a person having thoughts of suicide. There is no expectation on participants to share personal experiences.

Stroke Awareness

The National Stroke Strategy when discussing raising awareness to improve quality of services states that members of the public and health and care staff are able to recognise and identify the main symptoms of stroke and know it needs to be treated as an emergency.€ This awareness course contributes to this aim in addition to exploring what can be done to improve the quality of life for people who have survived a stroke. It aims to provide participants working with people affected by stroke with a better understanding about stroke and how it affects their lives.

Parkinson’s Awareness

Parkinson’s disease is a complex and debilitating neurological condition that requires care that is tailored to the individual and a good understanding of the illness. This course will outline key clinical conditions, observations and care interventions for Parkinson’s DIsease.

PEG Tube Feeding

This half day course will raise awareness and familiarise staff with the various types of PEG feeding and medication administration techniques, ensuring staff have sufficient knowledge to work safely with them.

Manual Handling

This course informs participants about the legislation and their responsibilities regarding the handling of people/children/inanimate objects. Those attending will also be made aware of how poor handling techniques can lead to injury and what measures are required to prevent an injury occurring.

Personal Safety for Lone Workers

This Personal Safety for Lone Workers Training course aims to reduce the risks of lone working and help develop safer and more confident practice when working with clients in both community and workplace settings.

CQC Standards

The course covers: 1. The fundamental standards - Expectations • Person-centred care • Dignity and respect • Consent • Safety • Safeguarding from abuse • Food and drink • Premises and equipment • Complaints • Good governance • Staffing • Fit and proper staff • Duty of candour • Display of ratings 2. The KLOEs • Safe • Effective • Caring • Responsive • Well-Led 3. Six new evidence categories • People's experience of health and care services • Feedback from staff and leaders • Feedback from partners • Observation • Processes • Outcomes? 4. Implementation & Evidencing

Food Hygiene & Hydration

o comply with Government legislation and raise awareness of issues concerning service users in order to improve the quality of care provided & lower the risk of service users becoming ill due to: – Foodborne illnesses such as food poisoning – Dehydration, due to lack of fluids. Incidents of malnutrition, dehydration and food-borne illnesses in the care sector, particularly among elderly & frail residents, are increasing. There is a need, therefore, for raised awareness of the importance of good food hygiene amongst staff working in this sector. This course can be used as APL towards an NVQ.

Continence Awareness/Stoma Care

The aim of this course is to underpin knowledge of the urinary and faecal systems. Of continence aids, urinary catheters and the care of equipment. To understand pre-pubic catheters, the uses of urostomys, ileostomys and colostomys. And an awareness of abnormalities.

Enteric Feeding

Enteral tube feeding has become a widely used health care technology both in the hospital and community settings, and its increasing use is associated with a range of different routes and systems for delivery of nutrition. But the fact that more patients are being fed Via this method , is not matched by education and training for those providing care This course is designed to enable staff to develop an understanding of Enteral Feeding;

Paediatric First Aid (2 days) Accredited

This course is interactive and practical requiring full participation of each delegate. Delegates will learn basic first aid skills within a friendly, supportive and informal, classroom environment at a pace to suit the group. This course meets the Ofsted requirements for Childminders and childcare workers and exceeds the requirements for Nannies and Au Pairs. Contact time will be12 hours over the course of two days (as a minimum). Certification is for three years and annual refreshers are recommended to maintain skills and provide valuable updates and changes accordingly.

Emergency First Aid: Gun and Knife Wounds

Most often the first person on the scene of a fatal knife/ gun wound is inevitably friends of the victim or/ and teaching professionals, outreach workers. This course is designed specifically to deal with quick response administrating first aid related to the incident. This course involves dealing with the dangers of gun and knife crime and also how to deal with the wounds at the scene. This course has been very successful in training professionals and young people to deal and respond to fatal injuries, and is run by a highly qualified and experienced A/E and Intensive care nurse.

First Aid at Work Annual Refresher

The First Aid at Work refresher course is for anyone who wishes to fulfil the strong recommendations by the HSE (first aid regulations 1981) that all first aiders in a business should annually refresh their first aid skills. This regulation is valid for every sector in and out of the workplace. This course is ideal for many other sectors including Basic Life Support to people who just want to know a little more about first aid. Keeping first aid skills refreshed is an HSE recommendation.

Emergency first Aid

This course provides a good understanding of First Aid. The course is designed to provide cover for the workplace where employers have carried out their risk assessment and decided that this level of training will meet their legal obligations.

Health & Safety in the Workplace (level 1, accredited)

This is an introductory course to give employees a better understanding of work place Hazards and precautions put in place to control them. The course is accredited and is assessed by a multi choice exam at the end of the session The qualification covers; Health & Safety Legislation Workplace Hazards & Risk Workplace conditions Workplace procedures

Medication Administration

The Medicines Management workshop is aimed at all support workers involved in the administration of medication, including those looking after adults/children with disabilities. The course facilitates an overview of the accountabilities and responsibilities of the social care worker within this context and provides a comprehensive theoretical underpinning to safe medicine administration.

Unconscious Bias

Bias is something that affects everyone, and shapes our experience of both the world and the people around us. Making a positive change starts with an acknowledgement that it does exist and the potential business impact of not taking action to rectify it. During this session we will explore how both conscious and unconscious bias’ can affect our decisions regarding recruitment, selection, leadership, motivation and more.

Mindfulness – Bitesize

A short session for participants to understand how and why we think, feel and react to stress and to understand and practise mindful responses to stress. Mindfulness will help develop present moment awareness to see life differently, change unhelpful patterns and experience more choice. The course will enable candidates to apply Mindfulness personally and professionally to reduce stress in everyday lives

Making Every Contact Count

This short course aims to offer workshops for participants to increase knowledge and skills in supporting clients/service users and members of the public to live healthier lifestyles and promote wellbeing The session is designed to increase your confidence in discussing lifestyle issues with others and increase your awareness of services in your local area around health and wellbeing


This course will enable participants to apply Mindfulness personally and professionally to reduce stress in everyday life, to understand how and why we think, feel and react to stress and to understand and practise mindful responses to stress. Mindfulness will help develop present moment awareness to see life differently, change unhelpful patterns and experience more choice.

Infection Control

The aim of this training is to introduce the importance of controlling infections within the workplace through discussions, group activities, practical demonstrations and short film clips. Delegates will look at the impact infections can have on staff and those they care for. They will also learn about the various ways infections can be spread and the practical precautions they can take to help avoid this.

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