First Aid and Water Safety for Schools


August 2018

A Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work course delivered for Yoga Hero, by Senior Associate Helen Hirst, was described by some as the "best course I have attended". Well done Helen!

July 2018

Westcliffe Health Champions were given the opportunity to attend a "short course" first aid skills programme at Westcliffe Medical Practice. 

June 2018

WYMS Director and GP Matt Pickering delivered Basic Lifesupport, Anaphylaxis and AED training to over 40 attendees at Westcliffe Medical Practices' (Affinity Care) Atrial Fibrillation AF Open Day. This was part of the Arrhythmia Alliance Annual awareness programme. Practice staff (from Affinity Care) were on hand to check for abnormal heart rhythms and to check blood pressure. 

May 2018

The Pupils of Primaries 4/5 and 6/7 of Bun-sgoil Shlèite (Sleat Primary) on Skye, all enjoyed a full day workshop, courtesy of West Yorkshire Medical Services,  to develop their skills in First Aid on the 8th and 9th May 2018. These one day courses are specifically designed to fit into the school day.


The pupils were very engaged with activities throughout their day of the course and enjoyed success.  Helen, School liaison Officer for WYMS, engaged well with the pupils and helped them learn very important skills and knowledge, in a fun and interesting way, with the help of “Flat Stan”.  Flat Stan is a bespoke made resuscitation training manikin ideal for Primary school children, adding to the fun the children had.


The Head Teacher, Mrs Hazel Morrison said, “To be equipped and be able to respond in an emergency is a very valuable skill and one that we were delighted to be able to offer to every pupil in primaries 4-7, thanks to Mike and his team and for the support from our Parent Council.


Bun-sgoil Shlèite school staff are set to attend a Paediatric First Aid Course and the Emergency First Aid at Work Course with WYMS in the near future.

A picture is on our Facebook page.

WYMS Highland Division is now able to offer course in the Western Highlands of Scotland

March 2018

Pool Plant Courses

We are pleased to advise that we can now offer the L3 Certificate in Pool Plant Operations and its refresher course.

This course is the equivalent to the former National Pool Plant Operators Certificate.

Courses for Primary School Children

We have extended our offer to Primary Schools, not only can we provide the 3 and 5 hour First Aid Skills Courses for children, we can now provide a Water Safety Awareness and a Water Safety Skills Courses.

The first aid and water safety courses are delivered in the classroom / assembly hall and have key messages about getting help. They fit nicely into the school day and every child gets a certificate.

For more information contact our School Liaison Officer Helen Hirst:

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Lifesaving Skills Put to the Test 23 years after an NPLQ Course!

Letter of Thanks 25/06/2017

Hi Mike
I hope you are well?

I'm messaging you to say 'thank you'.

I was driving to Preston yesterday (24/06/2017) when, on the opposite side of the road, I came across a car accident that had happened only 5 minutes earlier. It involved 2 cars and a motorbike. The rider of the bike was stationary, he was driven into by a Landrover Defender (who was going at 30mph) and he was thrown forwards, off his bike and his head and upper body went through the rear windscreen of the car in front.

Your voice was the first thing I heard. You took the NPLQ I did when I was 16 (1994). I remember you saying "if ever you come across a motor bike accident, treat the rider as if he/she has a spinal injury". I did.

I found out 5 hours later he had cracked a rib and fractured his back in 2 places. If it hadn't been for his leathers, his helmet and the vice grip I put him in, he may never have walked again.

So thankyou for teaching me a skill that has potentially saved a mans life xx

Cara Craven

Great result Cara, well done! It's my pleasure to teach, but full credit to you here. Mike.

RLSS Aquatic Therapy Shallow Pool Rescue Award

WYMS continues to develop its client base and on the 23rd April 2017 Mike delivered one of the latest RLSS awards to be added to the water safety specialist NGB's portfolio - The Aquatic Therapy Shallow Pool Rescue Award.

The award was delivered at North West Specialist Inclusive Learning Centre in Leeds which has a hydrotherapy pool and this course was only the second of these to be delivered in the UK.

With all the candidates having been successful following an assessment by Matt, it was a great days training. Candidates included Mary Pearson, Navi Paul, Sue McKenzie, Carol Turner and Danielle Laver.

L3 Award in Education and Training

WYMS has delivered its first L3 Award in Education and Training for 2016 at High Adventure Outdoor Education Centre 2-3 April 2016, a superb centre in Cowling, North Yorkshire.

Congratulations to
Ryan Cowling, Helen Hirst, Dan Irving, Terry Flannery and Mick Ellerton for completing the course and delivering successful teaching practices.

We look forward to receiving their completed Learner Assessment Portfolios which will lead to certification.

The course was both Externally Verified and Internally Verified with much success.

WYMS Approved by Active IQ to Offer the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training

WYMS has been approved to offer the Active IQ L4CET! This is the minimum qualification required to provide formal education in FE.

This highly recognised award is on the QCF with 36 credits.

WYMS will look to offer the award later in 2016. For more information, please contact us.

September 2015

September has seen the Quality Training Partnership grow once more with new team members joining us from Fresh Fitness in Skegness.
Fresh Fitness adjoins Richmond Holiday Park and Mark Belton, Miles Green and Rebecca Taylor will be joining the QTP.
In addition 7 members of the Fresh Fitness Team passed their First Aid at Work under the guidance of Mike and all 7 are to be congratulated:
  (Left to Right)
  Aziz Rahman
  Callum Barlow
  Shannan Smith
  Mark Belton
  Callum Barlow
                                                 Rebecca Taylor
                                                 Miles Green
 February 2015
WYMS trained first aiders were on hand to provide immediate aid following a road traffic collision in Holmfirth on the 11/02/2015.
Staff from accountancy firm V & A Vigar Group Ltd  completed their EFAW award in November 2012 little knowing that their skills would be called upon for a road accident outside their offices.
WYMS congratulates the team on their quick response and wishes the motorcycle rider a quick recovery.
January 2015
On the 31st January 2015 Director of Training, Mike, delivered a further RLSS AED TA Course in Craigswood, Edinburgh.
With a full compliment of 8 candidates the TA Course was for RLSS Trainer Assessors wishing to deliver the AED Bolt on and Stand Alone Courses.
Iain Hilditch, William Russell, Ronnie Kennedy, Antony Coia, Ronnie Dewar, Ailsa Docherty, Karen Anderson and Michael Tait attending the course and all 8 achieved their AED TA award.
The QTP has delivered its first WYMS Emergency First Aid for New Parents Course in Whitby on the 23rd January 2015.
With 6 new Mums / Dads in attendance and Tim Richardson providing the instruction a good 4 hours of training was delivered.
Attendees were: Simone Lax, Annabel Storr, Clare Keates, Louise Richardson, Lonia Broadley and John Broadley.
See the feedback on our testimonials page.
December 2014
WYMS congratulates 10 members of staff at Cookridge Hall Health and Fitness who have completed their QA Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work.
The course was delivered by Senior Associate Trainer Jeff Benson and the successful members of staff were:
Jason Gledhill, Paul Ellis, Robert Turner, Liam Matthews, Jessica Cunningham, Susan Manojlovic, Gary Day, Alexander Gee, Nathan Field and Graham Bradley.
Jeff received very high scores as feedback from the attendees and WYMS praises Jeff for his continued quality courses!
WYMS congratulates 5 members of hospitality staff that attended the RSPH Foundation Certification in Food Hygiene Level 2.
Three members of staff from The Plockton Hotel - Hayleigh Bloomfield, Mark McCue, Donn MaCleod and two from The Plockton Inn - Debra Gray and Sofia Bergland attended the course held at The plockton Hotel.
WYMS congratulates 4 members of staff from Plockton Hotel who recently attended the HABC Level 2 award in Customer Service on the 1st December 2014. These were:
John Falconer
Adam Coles
Hayleigh Bloomfield
Iain MacRae
There exam paper have been sent away for marking and we look forward to hearing of their success.
15/12/2014 GREAT NEWS! HABC have confirmed that all 4 above have been successful and passed their Customer Service awards. Well Done!
November 2014
WYMS congratulates two attenders of the Emergency First Aid at Work course who passed the award in Plockton. Mags Pearson of Plockton Hotel ( and Gavin Martin who runs the boat trips out of Elgol on the Isle of Skye 
the EFAW on the 30 November and both have achieved the award.
WYMS congratulates 5 members of staff at Cookridge Hall Health and Fitness upon renewing their RLSS Emergency Response - Pool course.
Jez Howarth, Jacinta Barltrop, Tom Waite, Matthew Duke and Lorena Bucci all renewed their award on the 23/11/2014. Good work!
WYMS congratulates members of Fresh Fitness, Skegness who completed the 2 day instruction for the Level 3 Award in Education and Training. The two days included the required teaching Practices which were assessed by Tim Richardson, a highly competent Associate Trainer of the "Quality Training Partnership" (WYMS sister company). 
Mark Belton, Rebecca Taylor, Miles Green and Jack Johnson now need to complete their Learner Assessment Portfolios to complete the full award. 
WYMS congratulates 4 learners from our newest client Woodhouse Primary School in Brighouse who achieved the RLSS National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches on the 7th November 2014.
The 2 day course was delivered by Cathy Sedgwick and assessed by Mike. The school boasts a very nice traditional small learner pool.
Lorraine Cripwell, Tracey Brook, Alex Bale and Sarah Fiddler all passed the award. Well done to these 4; especially Sarah whose acting was admired by all!
Cathy received top scores across all the critique areas for her delivery, well done!
WYMS congratulates 4 members of the Cookridge Hall Health and Fitness team who passed their RLSS National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches on the 2nd November 2014.
Emma Woods took the award for the first time and Liam Mulligan, Simon Bowles and Jane Suggitt renewed their qualifications.
All 4 passed an assessment on an Automated External Defibrillator too. Well done.
Congratulations to Jennifer Hill for completion of her PTLLS Qualification, well done.
October 2014
On the 18th October 2014 WYMS Directors Matt and Mike delivered the very first of the planned twice annual CPD days for its Training Team. This was also the launch of WYMS sister organisation, The Quality Training Partnership (QTP). With its own dedicated website in development ( and members - both Associate and Senior Associate Trainers, WYMS can now separate the Training and Assessment strands of the business as it looks to the future through planned progression and expansion.
The CPD activity was highly successful with attendees completing the RSPH Level 2 Food Safety Award and  renewing their First Aid at Work qualifications.
The Training Team has expanded, profiles will soon appear on the QTP website, but the following are now a part of this planned expansion:
Jeff Benson - Senior Associate Trainer
Mick Bell - Associate Trainer
Kriz Cole - Associate Trainer
Kim Huck - Associate Trainer
Gareth Mitchell - Senior Associate Trainer
Tim Richardson - Associate Trainer
Sue Tipple - Associate Trainer
Sam Wood - Senior Associate Trainer
We look forward to working with these highly competent Trainers.
WYMS CPD and Direction Day
WYMS Directors Mike and Matt are looking forward to seeing all WYMS trainers on the planned CPD training day in October. This will give the opportunity to develop new skills and network with other members of the WYMS group.
WYMS congratulates Jade Smith on the completion of her Level 3 Award in Education and Training.
Jade is the latest achiever of this award having attended the 2 day course in April. Jade is from Sheffield and delivered a very strong teaching practise on first aid at Tenants Hall.
Jade scored a total of 74 from a possible 77 on her Learner Assessment Portfolio! A highly commendable result.
September 2014
Practice Based CPR Course at NHS England, Leeds
Congratulations to the seven participants who completed the Practice Based Resuscitation Course run by WYMS Medical Director, Dr Matt Pickering.
Beach Lifeguard Awards.
Congratulations to WYMS Tutors and Directors, Matt, Mike, Jennifer and Mel who renewed their National Beach Lifeguard qualifications following training at the River Wharfe in Otley and at Cayton Bay on the East Coast.
WYMS Publishes 2015 course Dates
 WYMS has added its provisional course dates for 2015 including:
  • Level 3 Award in Education and Training
  • Level 4 Award in Education and Training (pending)
  • RLSS AED Trainer Assessor Courses
  • RLSS National Water Safety Management Programme Course
  • RSPH Food Hygiene Awards at Levels 1 and 2
  • RSPH Health and Safety Awards at Levels 1 and 2
and New for 2015
  • Active IQ Level 2 Award in Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Young People in Sport and Active Leisure (QCF).
  • HABC Level 2 Award in Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Young People
  • WYMS Manual Handling.
 For details see our Current Course Dates page.
RLSS AED Trainer Assessor Course
WYMS congratulates the attenders at the Royal Lifesaving Society (RLSS) Automated External Defibrillator Trainer Assessor Course 21/09/2014.
 Seven Trainer Assessor from the area attended the course at John Smeaton Leisure Centre to update their CPR and AED skills. The course enables those successful in their attendance to deliver AED training and assess it alongside the RLSS National Pool Lifeguard Qualification or as an RLSS stand alone course.
Attenders included Chris Duncan, Adam Butters, Rebecca Taylor, Jon Bird, Emma Smith, Nanette Davenport and Mark Simmons. All of these successful delegates are pictured above (left to right).
Westcliffe (Innovations)
The Practice Based Resuscitation (PBR) course for Healthcare professionals was successfully completed  by six members of Gastro unit. WYMS congratulates you on your recent achievement.
August 2014
New Product Lines
August has seen WYMS develop is provision to now being able to supply basic first aid and resuscitation products.
Although the range is small at present we are hoping to develop the range of Basic Life support and first aid equipment in the future.
We can now offer:
A face shield and a pair of gloves in a WYMS Key Fob pouch for £2.50 each.

WYMS Pocket Masks £7.50 each

WYMS Hand Sanitizer (as pictured) £2.50 each.

WYMS Training Bandage Pack £2.00 each.

A larger pouch (WYMS AED Ready Kit or WYMS CPR kit) containing a face mask, medicated wipe, clothing shears, gloves, foil blanket and a razor for only £18.50 each. These are ideal to compliment any first aid kit and the AED Ready Kits are great for training (as they are good value, yet very good quality) they are also ideal for putting with AED's themselves or with first aid kits as the AED / CPR kits have a loop on the reverse.
More detail on our new and developing web page "First Aid Training Supplies".
For more information contact
The Beck (Renew Leeds)
September saw the delivery of two QCF award programmes to young learners at The Beck.
Candidates were successful in the both the Level 2 Emergency First Aid at Work Qualification (Qualsafe) and the Royal Society of Public Health's Level 1 Certificare in Health and Safety Awareness.
Cookridge Hall Health and Fitness - Further Rescue Course Achievements
As a long standing client of WYMS Cookridge Hall continues to receive monthly INSET training from WYMS and also RLSS Emergency Response - Pool Courses and AED Awards.
August saw a further ER-P Course with 5 more staff undertaking the training.
Alexander Gee, Arminder Shargill, Adam Smith, Christopher Medlam and Nathan Field attended the two day course from the 30th-31st August 2014. Here they practise the Head Splint technique for managing a Spinal Cord Injury.
As a part of the course learners researched topics from the course manual relating to medical conditions, here Adam feeds back his findings on Wasp and Bee stings. Other topics included Asthma, Diabetes and epilepsy.
After two days of hard work the group received their results from continuous assessment and
with much relief they were successful, passing the RLSS Emergency Response Pool Course as well as passing an assessment on Automated External Defibrillation (AED).
WYMS congratulates the latest 5 achievers at Cookridge Hall Health and Fitness.
July 2014
The Works Skatepark Charity
The 21st July saw WYMS return to The Works Skatepark in Leeds.
Senior Associate Trainer, Jeff Benson, provided quality training for 11 learners on an Emergency First Aid At Work Course.
The Works provides an indoor setting for the adventurous pursuits of climbing, BMX, in-line skating and skateboarding. New additions include Bike Ability and Bike maintenance programmes. The web tells more and the setting can offer a wealth of activity:
WYMS congratulates all 11 who passed their EFAW.
CPR and AED Excellence
WYMS provided an RLSS AED Trainer Assessor Course at John Smeaton Leisure Centre, Leeds on the 20/07/2014.
Delivered by Mike, an RLSS National Trainer Assessor, the course updated current RLSS TA's on CPR skills and also complimented their current skills in Automated External Defibrillation.
The aim was to bring RLSS Trainer Assessor skills and standards up to current requirements and enabled those in  attendance to add the AED module to the NPLQ and also to provide stand alone AED Courses.
Attendees included:
  • Chris Porter
  • Fiona Whittle
  • Liam Banks
  • Kim Huck
  • John Nolan
The above 5 were successful in completing the course and met the course requirements. 
June 2014
Open Water Training
June sees the start of the Open Water season once again and WYMS Directors Matt and Mike and Senior Associate Trainer Jennifer Hill returned to the Otley Sailing Centre to embrace the water. With the need to renew their National Beach Lifeguard Qualifications the training this year has a specific focus and training intensity has increased.
We were very pleased to welcome some new faces to the training this year and it is hoped we can maintain the numbers. We are always able to welcome and accommodate anyone wishing to join in the open water swimming, even those who would like to participate to experience the pleasure of outdoor swimming. If you are interested, please contact
Swim Survive Save open water training for groups can also be arranged.
AET Achievements
WYMS congratulates Kriz Cole in completing her Level 3 Award in Education and Training on the 4th June 2014.
Kriz is a Lieutenant in the Army Cadet Force and serves as the Yorkshire North and West County Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme Officer - encouraging and supporting the award participations. She recently facilitated a Bronze and Silver Expedition weekend in Lepton.
Kriz is also a Special Constable with West Yorkshire Police Force.
May 2014
WYMS congratulates Fiona Kesteven on completing her Level 3 Award in Education and Training. Fiona was on the same course as Sam and Steve in April.
Fiona is a prolific athlete and completed her first duathlon on the 22/04/2014 coming 4th in her age group. Her time was so good she automatically qualified to go to the World Championships in May, but was unable to attend. She remains keen to secure a GB Shirt in the near future, Good Luck Fiona!
Steve Taylor is the second learner to complete his Learner Assessment Portfolio for the Level 3 Award in Education and Training. Steve is a volunteer with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme in Kirklees and hopes to use his award to deliver Outdoor First Aid training to the volunteer network he works with.
WYMS congratulates Sam Sibanda upon completing his Level 3 Award in Education and Training.
Sam attended the course 12-13 April 2014 at Tenants Hall and was the first to finish his Learner Assessment Portfolio (LAP), completing the award in full, in his peer group. His LAP was assessed, and, with high standards his work passed the assessment enabling WYMS to certificate him.
Sam is a Research Professional with a PhD and avid interest in teaching in the UK and abroad. We wish him well.
April 2014
WYMS continues with its programmes of trainer development and provided a further Level 3 Award in Education and Training at Tenants Hall from 12-13 April 2014. This brought interest from learners in Huddersfield, Leeds, Wakefield and Sheffield.
Attendees completing the taught components of the course included:
Kriz Cole
David Gray
Fiona Kesteven
Jade Smith
Steve Taylor
Allison Kennedy
Sam Sibanda
Each of these learners delivered a teaching practice under observation with topics varying from first aid, expedition training to archery.
They will now complete their Learner Assessment Portfolio's to finish their qualification and gain certification.
March 2014
WYMS congratulates Joanne Chadwick in completing her Level 3 Award Education and Training.
Jo completed 4 units and gained 12 Credits at Level 3. 
Jo becomes one of a growing number of competent trainers to qualify with the Award in Education and Training through West Yorkshire Medical Services and with another course planned for the 12-13 April, more learners are sure to succeed.
February 2014
WYMS Provides FREE AED training for a Public Access Defibrillator in the Highlands.
On 23rd February 2014 the village of Plockton, in the Highlands, received its cardiac Science AED G5 defibrillator. This was through Community fundraising and a donation of £1690 to Lucky2BHere.
4 days of training, 6 courses, 44 people trained
Director of Training Mike Shucksmith provided FREE AED and First Aid Courses to the Community. For more information refer to our Community Involvement Page.
WYMS congratulates Will Moore in completing his Level 3 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS).
Will completed 4 units and gained 12 Credits at Level 3. 
Will becomes one of a growing number of competent trainers to qualify with PTLLS or the Award in Education and Training through West Yorkshire Medical Services.
His units were:
  • Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships in lifelong learning.
  • Understanding the principles and practices of assessment.
  • Understanding inclusive learning and teaching.
  • Using inclusive and teaching approaches in lifelong learning.
Well done Will!
January 2014
WYMS extends congratulations to Christine Hunter on completing her Level 3 Award in Education and Training.
Christine is a Theatre Nurse for Spire Hospitals in Hull as well as a decorated Officer in the RAMC having served in Afghanistan twice, Iraq, Bosnia and Kosovo.
WYMS congratulates Paul Shillito on completing his Level 3 Award in Education and Training.
Along with Mick Bell's portfolio,        Paul's work was scrutinised by our External verifier and passed with flying colours. Well Done Paul!
We look forward to more successes in the very near future.
December 2013
Following a highly successful EV Portfolio Sampling Exercise on the 9th December, Mick Bell has now completed his L3 Award in Education and Training.
Active I
Q External verifier Annette Harris requested Mick's Learner Assessment Portfolio as a part of the quality assurance process and provided WYMS with positive feedback and authorised the certificating of Mick for his L3 award.
Further awards are pending and our assessor Gareth Mitchell is working through the portfolios and we look forward to further success!
Well done Mick -  we are currently checking if Mick will be the very first achiever of this new award in the UK!
November 2013
On the 28th Nov and completing on the 3rd Dec Senior Associate Trainers Sam Wood and Jeff Benson delivered an Emergency First Aid at Work course to 24 Teachers and staff at Grange Farm Primary School, Leeds.
This is the second course of this type delivered at the school.
The feedback was excellent and all involved thoroughly enjoyed the course.
These skills could now save lives in emergency situations of staff and pupils alike
All of these achievers will be certified with Ofqual certificates through our Awarding Organisation
Qualsafe. Well done to all these new / re-qualified First Aiders!
November 30th
On the 30th November at Westcliffe Medical Practice Mike delivered a further RLSS AED TA Course.
Mike, an RLSS National Trainer Assessor, updated and refreshed the skills of 6 RLSS Trainer Assessors / Mentors on the new RLSS AED programme and ensured current competency for CPR and AED's skills.
Attenders included Heather Burgin from SIV, Jade Smith for Sport Sheffield, Richard Lunn from Kings College and Liam Vardy Richards.
Oct 2013
15 More Emergency First Aid at Work Achievements at The Beck
Young People continue to gain qualifications at The Beck; this time 15 learners have completed the Emergency First Aid at Work 6 hour course on the 29th October 2013.
This Ofqual award is the first that WYMS has delivered through Qualsafe and many more courses are planned.
WYMS continues to gain approval from a range of Awarding Organisations and will be delivering the Royal Society for Public Health L1 Certificate in Food Hygiene Awareness early November to learners at The Beck too.
Emergency Response - Pool Award, Five more achieve at Cookridge Hall Health and Fitness
The two day RLSS Emergency Response - Pool Award continues to be a success at Cookridge Hall Health and Fitness in Leeds. Mike, WYMS Director of Training and RLSS National Trainer Assessor, delivered the second of these awards for the venue on the 5th then the 13th of October 2013 and 5 more staff complete their awards.
The course is highly interactive and involves formerly taught and highly practical sessions.
The inclusive style of delivery  engages learners in their own progression through the course too. Peer groups are used and feedback from group activity adds to the interest. 
 Above left, Pete provides feed back on his groups research into diabetes, and to the right, Tina discusses her groups findings on Fractures.
 Leaners also qualified as AED Providers. Cookridge Hall Health and Fitness now has many staff qualified with this lifesaving piece of equipment. Mike was pleased to inform all 5 learners of their success. "Six" smiling faces and 5 new award holders!
WYMS Congratulates Dave Lodge in completing his Level 3 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector!
Sept 2013
Save a Baby's Life Event
See Community Involvement page.
22 Brownies Attend CPR Event
See Community Involvement page.
Level 3 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learner Sector (PTLLS)
WYMS congratulates Jo Rawnsley on completing her PTLLS L3 award.
This highly significant training award is national recognised and can lead to Qualified Teacher Status.


28-29 Sept 2013 WYMS Makes a UK First
During the weekend above, WYMS delivered the first ever Active IQ Level 3 Award in Education Training. This PTLLS replacement award is new to the UK and industry alike.
With new and vibrant delivery material Mike Shucksmith, Director of Training,  delivered the two days of training to learners who already hold NGB training awards - converting them to an Ofqual recognised national award - maximising APEL and reducing duplication of delivered material.
Using the fantastic facilities at Tenants Hall, Middleton in Leeds, this new and quality award was a pleasure to deliver and received very well indeed.
The award drew interest from the RLSS Workforce Development Manager, Peter Lewis, who attended on the Saturday to observe the course and Active IQ's EV Annette Harris attended on the Sunday.
 These six learners (Left to Right - Paul, Cathy, Mick, Jo, Chris and Ian) took advantage of the course and it is hoped more will take up this new award as course dates are advertised by WYMS.
All these learners have passed their Teaching Practices during day two of the award delivery and were assessed by Senior Associate Trainer Gareth Mitchell. These learners now only have to complete a series of questions over the next few weeks to complete their award. Well Done to all 6!

Administration and Reception Staff Complete the Emergency First Aid at Work Qualification.
Congratulations to the eleven candidates from Westcliffe Medical Practice, Thronton and Denholme Medical Practices and Shipley Medical Practice who attended the EFAW course on the 25th September. This will ensure that staff will be appropriately trained to deal with emergencies that may arise during routine and extended opening. Well done,
WYMS Congratulates Learners from the Nerve Centre Kirklees
WYMS is pleased to advise that 7 members of staff from the Nerve Centre Kirklees passed their Emergency First Aid at Work Awards on the 18th September 2013.
The Nerve Centre is a registered charity, set up in 2005 to provide support to people living with neurological conditions and those who care for them. 
They are a “User Led” organisation and are governed by a Board of Trustees and have a Staff Team of 6 and over 30 Volunteers.
Well done to these 7!

Army Cadet Force Instructors Achieve First Aid at Work and Automated External Defibrillator Certificates
During the weekend of the 13-15 September 2013 7 Army Cadet Force Instructors attended and passed their HSE First Aid at Work and AED Provider certificates.
Under instruction from Mike Shucksmith and Jeff Benson, both cadet force Captains, these Adult Instructors join an increasing number of Yorkshire North and West Army Cadet Force (YACF) personnel to take advantage of these courses.

YACF has an AED within its Headquarters at Queen Elizabeth Barracks and the increase in trained pe
rsonnel adds to the safe working practices that the organisation enforces.

The Beck Continues to Achieve

Seven more young people at Renew Leeds operating out of The Beck have passed their Emergency First aid at Work awards through WYMS on the 9th September 2013.

Managed by Alison Spaul, learners at The Beck continue to achieve level 2 qualifications through WYMS and its experienced team of trainers. 
The level 1 Food Safety Award is next on their agenda!

More Achievements at Rishworth School
We are pleased to inform you that 7 members of staff from Rishworth School completed their First Aid at Work and Automated External Defibrillation course on the 3/9/2013.
Under the watchful eye of Senior Associate Trainer Jeff Benson and assessed by Sam Wood and Sue Tipple, these staff join the increasing number of first aid qualified personnel at the school.
July 2013:
Basic Life support and AED Excellence
As part of his commitment to CPD and in maintaining his Royal Lifesaving Society (RLSS) National Trainer Assessor (NTA) awards, Mike visited the RLSS HQ, River House, on 26/07/2013 to attend the NTA CPR and AED workshop.
The workshop aimed to develop NTA excellence in CPR and AED skills. These NTA's will then provide training to the Trainer Assessors in their home locality regions. Only 30 NTA's in the UK have attended the workshops which included a formal application process.
Under the scrutiny of Dr Anthony J Handley MD FRCP, RLSS UK Medical Adviser and member of the ERC and ILCOR Mike received formative CPR and AED updates along with assessments.
The RLSS, through these workshops, and the updating of the trainer assessors through its extensive  UK network is currently "top of the class" when it comes to CPR and AED training.
More EFAW Achievements at The Beck
Congratulations to the 14 Learners who completed their Emergency First Aid at Work course on the 24/07/2013 at The Beck.
The Beck provides targeted support to disadvantaged young people aged 13 - 19 living mainly in East Leeds and delivers a range of services including: intensive one-to-one support; group work; off-site education; award winning sports activities; sexual health; counselling; mediation and parent support.

Services are delivered from the centre in Killingbeck  and on an outreach basis in schools and a range of community settings in East Leeds.
WYMS is pleased to be involved in this worthwhile work that The Beck undertakes.
Lifesaving Action

Dr Matt Pickering, Medical Director at WYMS was on hand today (16/07/2013) when a gentleman collapsed from a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).
Immediately taking action, Matt provided Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and started the man breathing, even before the AED arrived!
WYMS sends its best wishes to this gentleman and his family and its best wishes for a continued speedy recovery.
For more information on SCA and AED, refer to:
Well done Matt!

Food Hygiene and Basic Food Hygiene

WYMS is pleased to announce that it has gained the Royal Society of Public Health Approved Training Centre status.
WYMS can now offer Basic Health and Safety at Levels 1 and 2 and the same for Basic Food Hygiene. Our portfolio continues to grow!
For more information, contact:
June 2013
New Senior Associate Warmly Welcomed by Rishworth School
WYMS Senior Associate Trainer Jeff Benson has recently delivered a Skills For Life First Aid Course for 43 learners At Rishworth School!
Rishworth is a co-educational school offering a broad-based education for pupils aged between 3 and 18 years, with boarding from the age of 10.
Jeff is a highly experienced trainer and as well as this Skills For Life Course has also delivered an AED Update for the staff at the school and is to go back and deliver a First Aid at Work Course in September.
 WYMS Trainers Maintain Their Open Water Skills
Directors Mike Shucksmith, Matt Pickering and Senior Associate Trainer Jennifer Hill  maintained their open water rescue skills by undertaking RLSS In Service Training at Otley Sailing Centre each Monday evening from June to the end of September 2013.
Using this venue offers changing facilities as well as open water to maintain Beach Lifeguard, Inland and Open Water rescue skills.
They also supported Ebor Lifesaving Club by training and assessing leaners on the RLSS Swim Survive and Save Open Water awards.
If your club would benefit from Open Water training, contact us.
National Honours

Jennifer Hill, Senior Associate and Matt Pickering, Medical Director, have been awarded the Service Medal and the Bar to Service Medal respectively. This is for their continued voluntary work with the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS).

New Associates

WYMS is please to welcome Gareth Mitchell and Jeff Benson as new Training Associates.
June 2013:

Matt Pickering, WYMS Director of Operations and Local GP, provided a free "drop-in" CPR awareness workshop with other members of staff from the practice. 
This was part of the Arrhythmia Alliance's Heart Rhythm Awareness week. WYMS provided training materials and equipment for the event whilst the practice provided staffing and facilities.  Participants enjoyed the training and felt better prepared to provide CPR should the need arise.

For more information:

Tutoring Opportunities
West Yorkshire Medical Services (WYMS) are in the process of recruiting casual trainers and assessors in the following areas First Aid, AED, Health and Fitness, Facility Management and Child Protection. If you are suitably qualified please send your CV and covering letter to:
April 2013:
WYMS Director of Operations, Matt Pickering, unveiled the new scenario driven Practice Based Resuscitation Course  (CPR, AED and Medical Emergencies) course at Highfields Health Centre, Bradford. Feedback from this course was overwhelmingly positive and delegates felt much better prepared to manage life threatening conditions.

For further information on this course, contact Matt Pickering.

March 2013:

A Warm Welcome to new WYMS clients
WYMS would like to welcome Highfields Health Centre, Thornton and Denholme Medical Practices and Westcliffe Medical Practice to our awards and certification programmes, we look forward to working with you.
 New Qualifications Announced!
WYMS are pleased to announce that they can now offer an increased range of new Health and Safety and First Aid Qualifications. The first of these innovative speciality awards include:
  • Emergency First Aid for Motorcycle Riders
  • First Aid and Motor Car Safety
  • Emergency First Aid For New Parents - Infants and Children
  • An Award in Wellbeing at the Workplace
We can also provide Minibus Driver Training (including accessible vehicle) too!
 More to follow!

WYMS A Quality "One Stop Shop Approach" to Training


February 2013

First Aid at The Beck

WYMS delivers first aid courses at The Beck, Leeds.

A Warm Welcome to new WYMS clients

WYMS would like to extend a warm welcome to its new clients, East Leigh Dental Practice and Highfields Medical Practice. We look forward to working with you
January 2013

New Approved Qualifications in the Pipe line

WYMS are in the process of developing novel first aid qualifications including First Aid for Bikers and First Aid for new mums. As these new qualifications become accredited and approved further details will be posted here.

Mike Shucksmith becomes CIMSPA Chartered Member

Mike is one of only eight members of the sport and physical activity’s professional body, The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), to be awarded the highest accolade in the industry - Chartered Member status.

The CIMSPA announced the first members to gain Chartership status, in their members’ magazine - S&PA Professional. Marc Newey, chair of CIMSPA’s Membership and Disciplinary Committee said: “I am very proud CIMSPA has kick-started 2013 by recognising professional excellence within our industry – awarding the first batch of Chartership awards to professionals in the sector.

November 2012: 

Cookridge Hall - In Service Training
WYMS are proud to be providing new candidate and In Service Training to the staff at Cookridge Hall in Leeds. During the past few months, Training Director Mike Shucksmith along with WYMS associates have delivered a number of courses including the RLSS Emergency Response (Pool) and the RLSS National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches. In addition, an ongoing programme of training has been developed to ensure that all skills and knowledge are maintained.

If you are interested in ongoing or In Service Training for your leisure staff, please contact:   or
New look EFAW course is a success

Staff from accountancy firm V & A Vigar Group Ltd recently completed the new look EFAW course and the trainer received astounding feedback. Course participants were a little nervous and wary of completing the course, but Mike (Course Tutor and Director of WYMS) ensured that all participants enjoyed and completed the course successfully. Well done to all.

Company director Amanda Vigar said: “Having nine members of staff with the EFAW qualification is invaluable for the company. It raises us above the Health and Safety Executive’s minimum standards for the amount of first aiders and brings peace of mind whilst at work".

“The only reason we didn’t achieve a full house for advanced H&S trained staff was due to a staff absence.”

“We had the training take place in our Holmfirth offices, so we could create situations that were as realistic as possible so we are prepared should we be required to use the training.”


August 2012:
Beach Lifeguard Renewals
As part of their on going Continued Professional Development programme, WYMS Directors Mike Shucksmith and Matt Pickering and Senior Associate Jennifer Hill braved the cold waters of Cayton Bay in Scarborough and the River Wharfe in Otley to renew their RLSS National Beach Lifeguard Qualifications.
PTLLS Course
Congratulations to our associates and external candidates who recently attended the Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) course at John Smeaton Sports Centre in Leeds.

External Verification Success

WYMS has recently been EV'd by Active IQ, the awarding body for Training, Fitness and Facility Management Qualifications and recieved an excellent report.
July 2012
The Works Skate Park
WYMS delivers incident based First Aid course for The Works a scate park in Leeds. Senior Associate Hazel Hunter delivered a scenario based training course that ensured that users of the park are in good hands should a first aid incident occur.
For further information:
Phone:(0113) 244 6015.
May 2012:
RLSS National Water Safety Management Programme (NWSMP)
Following successful completion of the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) NWSMP Instructor Course by a number of our associates, WYMS is proud to be able to offer this unique course with immediate effect. For further information about this course or to organise one for your staff or volunteers, please follow the link. National Water Safety Management Programme