Published: Thursday 08 March 2018

We're pleased to welcome a new instructor to the team, Jan. Jan may be new to us, but she's not new to teaching first aid!

Name: Jan Corner

Lives: Chichester

What do you teach? All human first aid

How long have you been an instructor? About 10 years

What made you want to become an instructor? I have always enjoyed being a first aider, and spent many years volunteering with my local St John Ambulance. I was given the opportunity to train as a First Aid Instructor, and jumped at the chance

Have you always been an instructor? My background is Health and Social Care - mainly working with youngsters with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome. When I went into training as an NVQ assessor, I was able to also train to deliver first aid to our apprentices

What’s your favourite part of your job? Knowing that the people that I teach are learning a skill that may save a life one day

How do you keep your skills up to date? I complete a lot of CPD, doing on line courses, reading new research etc.

Do you have any favourite websites that you use? Too many to mention! But it is important to make sure they are reputable sites!

What qualities do you think are important in a first aid instructor? Patience, good interpersonal skills, and the ability to help people relax and not feel too self conscious. Some people do worry over the practical aspect

What’s your top tip for first aid? Take a deep breath and stay calm!

Who would you most like to teach on one of your courses? Probably Paul O'Grady. He makes me laugh so much, and I can imagine he would be a little squeamish!

Thanks Jan! We're pleased to have Jan on board, and she'll be teaching on both our Paediatric First Aid courses and our Baby and Child First Aid course so you may well meet her when you attend your course!


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