News and Notices
Saving Lives in MK Campaign Update
We held another free CPR & defibrillation training session on 24th July 2017 here at our offices.
The winners from our ‘Savings Lives in MK’ Campaign, Eco Design Consultants (and their families) seemed to enjoy the training and left feeling much more confident with how to save a life.
Thanks to our lovely trainer Caroline for delivering the training.
There’s still time to win a FREE training session – just click here to find out more details.
Posted 25th July 2017
Supporting MK Midnight Moo – raising money for Willen Hospice
On Saturday 15th July, team ECG were at the Intu Milton Keynes supporting Willen Hospice for their largest annual event.
With the walkers being entertained by MKFM between 10pm and midnight before setting off, we took along our family of manikins so people could practise their CPR skills and learn how to use a defibrillator. It was well received, with the MKFM and the Police even giving it a go, as well as the Midnight Moo mascot ‘Florence the cow!’
Amazing to hear that all the walkers raised over £100K at this event so a huge well done to everyone! See you next year……
Posted 19th July 2017
Finalists for the Heart Safe Awards 2017
We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted under 3 categories as Finalists for the Heart Safe Awards 2017.
These categories include:
• Educational Establishment of the Year
• SME Business of the Year
• Professional Services of the Year
We will find out on the night on 3rd November if we have won any of the categories – please wish us luck!
For more information about last year’s winners, just click here.
Posted 19th July 2017
Milton Keynes College Student of the Year Awards – 25th May 2017
For the second year running, ECG has sponsored the ‘Community and Employment Programmes’ Award’.
This year our CEO, Jane Lambert, attended their annual ceremony to present the award to the worthy winner, Christina, who has impressed the staff at MK College with her level of drive and commitment to learning.
Jane really enjoyed meeting and hearing more from Christina and wishes her the very best for the future.
Posted 8th June 2017
Mental Health Awareness – Ruby Wax
With huge thanks to Grant Thornton, Victoria (our Business Manager) and Jane (our CEO) enjoyed an entertaining and moving night last week hosted by Ruby Wax.
Focusing on Mental Health awareness, Ruby talked of her own journey, as well as interviewing panel members including two Olympians (Jack Green and Hannah Macleod) and the CEO of MIND Charity.
It was inspiring to hear their stories and to understand the work that is going on nationally, with both the general public but also with raising awareness amongst healthcare professionals.
Please call us to find out more about our half day Mental Health Awareness course for GP surgeries
Posted 19th May 2017
Saving Lives in MK – First winners
Our first winners came for their free CPR & AED training on 16th May and really enjoyed learning their new skills. Some of the things they said:
“really useful training course, hope I never have to use the skills!”
“really useful and excellent training, something everyone should do”
“excellent informative course – would certainly be confident using CPR technique and defib – although hopefully will never need to”
The club are now considering purchasing a defibrillator for their runs.
You can still enter for free training in Milton Keynes – just click here to find out more details.
Posted 17th May 2017
Now providing private flu PGDs
Following popular request, we are pleased to announce that in addition to our face to face and online vaccine training we offer, we can now include private flu PGDs for either groups or independent Pharmacists.
Our training already covers your requirements to provide flu vaccinations via the NHS commissioned services, but the private flu PGD gives you added flexibility within your Pharmacy. Please ask for details when you enquire about training.
We can deliver on site to you, or you could attend one of our open courses run nationwide – click here to find out more details about these courses and book online.
Posted 9th May 2017
Important statement on CPR
The RCN has urged regulatory bodies to consider the circumstances in which CPR should be applied. In a joint statement with the British Medical Association (BMA) and Resuscitation Council, the College was reacting to findings of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC’s) Conduct and Competence Committee (January 2017). For more information, please click here.
Posted 9th May 2017
Business and Industry Today – Training provider of the month
‘ECG has been deservedly selected as our highly regarded Training Provider of the Month; we are pleased to announce here at Business and Industry Today. We are subsequently delighted to present our readers with a dedicated company profile highlighting ECG’s most significant activities and forthcoming movements.’
To read more, please click here. We feature in Issue 313 on page 16.
Posted 9th May 2017
As a medical training company we spend most of our time delivering resuscitation or clinical skills training to healthcare professionals, whether it be nurses, doctors, pharmacists, dentists or their teams. We love the fact that we can influence better patient care and our dynamic nurse and paramedic trainers share plenty of their own clinical experiences.
Our CEO is a nurse and she has always been passionate about CPR training. From a young age she witnessed a family member in cardiac arrest and has always felt she wanted to strive to improve the chance of survival through good resuscitation attempts. To do this she recognises that it is also the ‘bystanders’ who perhaps first witness someone collapsing that need to know what to do.
Many people just ‘don’t get round to’ attending some first aid training, and plenty of people do not have the confidence to start CPR. We want to help train more people in Milton Keynes so ultimately more local people can get involved if they find someone collapsed.
There are so many more public access defibrillators around in villages, communities centres and shopping centres now that the more people who have the confidence to pick one up and use it in an emergency, the better the chance of survival for the victim.
As a company, we want to put something back into our local community and the year where we are celebrating Milton Keynes being 50 seems the ideal time to do it!
Therefore, we have launched our ‘Saving Lives in MK’ campaign – where we will be offering two free CPR sessions every month to non-healthcare organisations, schools, businesses or friend groups to you if you are based in Milton Keynes. Our trainers will either come out to your suitable venue in Milton Keynes or we can invite you to our training venue in Cosgrove. We will cover CPR and how to use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator).
You will also see us at some key MK50 events this year, teaching these skills to the community.
Contact us if you’re interested in being involved and learning essential life skills!
Posted 25th April 2017
New staff joining ECG
We are pleased to welcome some new members to the ECG team.
Victoria Garratt, a Podiatrist by background, has worked within the public, private and charitable sectors in delivering care and managing standards. She has worked with NHS England to implement a new national service and also within Primary Care in in developing their educational strategy and policy in line with national statutory and regulatory standards.
Victoria joins ECG as Business Manager to further support the ECG team and business development.
Nitin Makadia registered as a Pharmacist in 1991 and building on the experience of 15 years in community pharmacy management, is now an established Service Development Pharmacist with cross-functional
experience across governance, operational, commercial and commissioning aspects of Pharmacy Services.
Nitin will work with us as part of our Clinical Governance team to ensure our training is designed and delivered to a high standard for both existing and new courses. As a Freelance Pharmacist Consultant, he is also helping us with looking at some aspects of travel health to add to our service.
Sam Gibbs is a former nurse who now specializes in Quality Standards in the Health sector. She works for Brooklyn Management and will support the team in maintaining the ISO 9001 & 14001 certification.
Posted 31st Mar 2017
New open course dates for 2017
Our open courses for this year are all now available to book online. We offer a range of open courses including:
• Practical Vaccine training for Pharmacists
• BLS, Anaphylaxis and AED
• BLS and AED Instructor
• BLS and AED Instructor Update
• 12 Lead ECG Recording and Interpretation
• Venepuncture (Phlebotomy)
• Fire Safety Awareness
• Fire Marshal
Click here to see our full list of open courses, all will be held at our ECG offices at Cosgrove, near Milton Keynes. Alternatively, you can go straight to our shop by clicking here to find out more details about these courses and book online.
Posted 29th Mar 2017
ECG provide kit for AED Community Training Events
At ECG, we work closely with our trainers to support good causes.
Recently, we provided kit to enable an AED familiarisation session to be run at the Village Hall in Hail Weston, Cambridgeshire. 18 local residents attended, which was a good turnout for quite a small village. Only one attendee had ever done any type of BLS training before, so there were LOTS of questions! They were all keen to learn and know how to make use of the community access AED that they themselves had fundraised for.
Following the session, they are now talking about fundraising for a second AED for the village, so that everyone in the village is never more than 5 mins away from one. We have also agreed to support a 1 hour AED refresher session for some of the staff at an infant school, where another public access AED has been placed in the community by local fundraising.
It is great to see our trainers helping in their local community and we are always happy to help them.
Posted 29th Mar 2017
Successful Sepsis Coffee Morning
We are delighted to announce that our first fundraising event for The UK Sepsis Trust was a great success.
We would like to say a huge thanks to all the local people who supported this event and raised £304.12. We were pleased to see so many people attend and touched to hear how much sepsis has affected so many people locally. Watch this space for more events to come….
For more information on sepsis, do visit The UK Sepsis Trust website by clicking here.
Posted 10th Mar 2017
ECG support Beating Bowel Cancer’s campaign to reduce screening age to 50
ECG attended a Parliamentary Reception at the House of Commons on 25 January to support Beating Bowel Cancer.
The reception was to launch their campaign to reduce the screening age from 60 to 50, in an attempt to save many more lives.
If like us, you would like to support this campaign, please signing the petition by clicking here.
Pictured here with Jane and Sadie from ECG, is David Mowat MP.
Posted 10th Mar 2017
MK Business Achievement Awards Finalists
We are proud and excited to announce that we are finalists in the MK Business Achievement Awards for the Professional Practice Category!
The judges had a long day deciding who would be this year’s finalists, as the quality of the second round entries was extremely high. After much debate and discussion, we were selected and have made it through to the final.
Congratulations to all the other finalists – we’ll see you at the ceremony on Thursday 9th March 2017, which will be held at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Stadium MK.
To find out more about the finalists, take a look at the Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards website here.
Posted 22nd Feb 2017
The Great Big UK Sepsis Trust Coffee Morning 2017 – Friday 3rd March
Every year in the UK there are 150,000 cases of Sepsis, resulting in a staggering 44,000 deaths.
The UK Sepsis Trust are a charity committed to increasing public awareness and supporting those affected by Sepsis. Every penny donated is valuable in helping them achieve their goals and this year we are helping them to do this with a series of events to raise money and awareness of the Trust and Sepsis.
On Friday 3rd March at 11am, we are holding a coffee morning in our offices in Cosgrove and would like to invite you to join us.
We will also be offering a free introduction to Basic Life Support training, including how to use a defibrillator (AED) as we have one in the village.
Please come along, eat cake, drink coffee and learn vital life saving skills – all for a good cause!
Click here for more information.
Posted 6th Feb 2017
We’re always delighted to receive feedback from our clients. Here’s one we’ve just received from Boots UK.
ECG are a fantastic organisation to work with and are always accommodating to our business needs.
The management team attend to our requests without hesitation and are able to respond to any queries we may have within our agreed timescales. The quality of the training that is delivered by the ECG trainers is excellent! They are clear, accurate and very approachable, ensuring that the highest standards of training are delivered.
Quotes from our pharmacists who receive training:
“Excellent manner and very understandable.”
“Put serious information across in a very pleasant and light-hearted manner.”
“Knowledgeable instructor with plenty of real life examples helping to put things into context.”
“Excellent, engaging session. Good refresher.”
“Very good/useful and up to date knowledge provided.”
Meera Joshi, Professional Development Designer, Professional Development Team, Boots UK
Please click here to see some of our other testimonials.
Posted 25th Jan 2017
As we continue to fundraise and support good causes, here’s a summary of some of the things we got up to last year, as well as some news on plans for 2017.
In 2016, we supported Beating Bowel Cancer and raised over £1000. ECG raised £300 by donating a percentage of our profits from a training day in October and almost £700 by taking part in the Smartie Challenge. Jane, our MD is going to further support their cause by attending a Parliamentary Reception at the House of Commons on 25 January!
We work closely with our trainers when supporting charity. ECG part funded one of our paramedic trainers in his charity trip to Ghana. Amazing work! We shared his story on Twitter, so if you’re not already following us, sign up @ECG_MK to follow our news.
In addition, ECG trainers provided FREE training for school children in support of Restartaheart Day in October, which saw organisations across the UK train a total of 150,000 children!
Finally, we are delighted to announce our charity of 2017 is The UK Sepsis Trust. We are currently planning events to raise money and awareness of the Trust and Sepsis. Plus, we’ll be launching a new Sepsis Awareness session this year, so watch this space!
For more information see here.
Posted 19th Jan 2017
New Marketing Coordinator
We would like to introduce Donna, our new Marketing Coordinator, who now joins our team on a permanent basis.
Donna joined last March to work with all team members in supporting the needs of the business.
She will now focus on ECG branding and marketing activities, to ensure consistency, accuracy and to further maintain our quality standards.
Posted 18th Jan 2017
Christmas Opening Hours
Season’s Greetings from ECG, wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year.
We will be closing the office at 1pm on Thursday 22nd December 2016 and will open again at 9am on Tuesday 3rd January 2017. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer technical support for our online courses during this period. Any queries over the Christmas break will be addressed once we are back in the office.
We look forward to helping you meet your training needs in 2017.
Posted 13th Dec 2016
Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards 2017
We are thrilled to have been shortlisted in the Professional Practice category. The judges explained that they ‘had a tough job to select this year’s shortlist, as the quality of entries have again been extremely high’, but we were one of the entries to shine through!
The ceremony on Thursday 9th March 2017 will be held at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Stadium MK and will celebrate businesses of all sizes and sectors; from sole traders and start-ups to large corporations and regional organisations.
You can take a look at the Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards website here
Posted 14th Dec 2016
International Standards Organisation (ISO) update
ECG is delighted to announce that our most recent surveillance audit has shown that we continue to demonstrate all the requirements to meet both our Quality Standard and the Environmental Standard.
We believe it is important to maintain a cycle of continuous improvement which is externally reviewed, so our clients can have confidence that ECG’s products and processes remain compliant with ISO standards.
Posted 13th Dec 2016
Article about flexible working
The link below will open an article called ‘Five cool examples of harmonious work-life balance in action’
By Melissa Jones published on the breathHR website. Jane Lambert has contributed to the article and ECG is referenced as one of the cool examples!
Please click here to read the article
Posted 23rd Nov 2016
ECG has a stand at the Pharmacy Show this weekend
The Pharmacy Show is running on the Sunday 25th and Monday 26th September at the NEC in Birmingham.
The Pharmacy Show is the largest, national conference and exhibition for community pharmacy professionals and their industry.
We will also be offering sign off to pharmacists for practical vaccine skills. Places are limited so please contact us early to book.
Please click here for more information.
Posted 23rd Sept 2016
Additional Open Course Dates for Vaccine training
In response to increased demand, we are offering additional open course dates for Vaccine skills training.
The standard course runs for 3.5 hours and includes: IM, Subcutaneous injection technique, Adult BLS and Anaphylaxis recognition and management. There is also free access to the online theory. This course is £100 + VAT
There is an enhanced training option which includes all elements from the standard course plus Paediatric BLS, Reconstitution and nasal administration. The cost of this course is £135 + VAT
All courses start at 10am, the dates are:
Sunday 9th October 2016 Milton Keynes
Friday 14th October 2016 Milton Keynes
Sunday 16th October 2016 Milton Keynes
Sunday 23rd October 2016 Newcastle
Sunday 16th October 2016 Glasgow
Sunday 30th October 2016 Glasgow
To book, please call the office on 0845 423 8993 or email the office team
Posted 20th September 2016
Jane Lambert: Short listed for the Women Leaders Awards 2016.
Jane ECG’s founder and director has been short listed for this year’s Women Leaders Awards in the category of Public Service.
Jane attended the judging day on 1st September and is looking forward to the ceremony at Stadium MK on 21st October.
She said, “I’m very excited to be nominated for this award. The whole of the office team will be with me at the ceremony, which I’m sure will be a great night.”
Everyone at ECG wishes Jane the best of luck!
Posted 12th September 2016
ECG are proud to be supporting the Beating Bowel Cancer charity for 2016
ECG have already raised £692.90 for Beating Bowel Cancel through the Smartie box challenge, (£346.45 through donations which were then doubled by ECG). We have decided to continue our support of this charity for the rest of the year.
Leanne Sinclair Community Fundraiser with Beating Bowel Cancer said, “Beating Bowel Cancer are thrilled to be ECG’s charity of the year. Bowel Cancer affects 1 in 16 people and is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer. We want a world where bowel cancer is beaten and thanks to ECG’s support, we will be one step closer to achieving this.”
You can take a look at the Beating Bowel Cancer website here
Posted 6th July 2016
World Blood Donor Day 14 June 2016
To meet the demand of hospitals and patients in the UK, over 6,000 people need to give blood every day!
Blood donations are an essential part of our healthcare system. Doctors and surgeons rely on blood donations to carry out life-saving and life-enhancing treatments every day, and if we did not have volunteers giving blood, many medical procedures we take for granted could not take place.
In England, around 8,000 blood transfusions are carried out every day, and although most people between the ages of 17 and 66 can donate blood, only about 4% of the population donate regularly.
Blood can only be safely stored for a relatively short time, therefore hospital blood stocks need to be continuously refreshed. Red blood cells can only be stored for 35 days and platelets (the part of the blood that helps prevent excessive bleeding) can only be stored for seven days.
World blood donor day focuses on thanking blood donors. It aims to highlight stories of people whose lives have been saved through blood donation to motivate regular blood donors to continue to give blood, and encourage people in good health, who have never given blood, to begin doing so, particularly young people.
Giving blood can save a life. You can see some amazing case studies here: https://www.blood.co.uk/why-give-blood/who-you-could-help/
If you are interested in giving blood visit: https://www.blood.co.uk/
Posted 14th June 2016
ECG Attending this year’s Pharmacy Show
The Pharmacy Show is held at the NEC in Birmingham and is running on the 25th and 26th September.
The Pharmacy Show is the largest, national conference and exhibition for community pharmacy professionals and their industry.
ECG has a stand and will also be offering sign off to pharmacists for practical vaccine skills. Places are limited so please contact us early to book.
Please click here for more information.
Posted 13th June 2016
ECG introduces new Mental Health Awareness course
Mental Health is becoming an increasing focus for all healthcare professionals; with statistics now estimating that, by 2030, there will be approximately two million more adults in the UK with mental health problems than in 2013.
With one in four people in the UK experiencing a mental health problem in any given year, patient suicides are becoming considerably more common. Worryingly, as numbers increase, mental health services provided by NHS trusts have fallen by 8.25 per cent, £600 million, from 2010-2015.
ECG’s new course, aiming to improve patient and staff social wellbeing, caters for all staff in the NHS working within a patient-centred environment.
The course content includes information on the definition of ‘mental health’; how to recognise signs of mental health issues; reduce stigma surrounding mental health in the workplace; identify employee responsibilities of wellbeing in the workplace, as well as giving attendees advice on guiding to support and professional help; reducing the risk of mental health issues; and increasing skills and knowledge to support mental health issues.
The enhanced course, aimed at employers and managers, also includes regulatory and legal requirements to support and protect employees, as well as discussing responsibilities and how to implement a wellbeing policy.
Posted 20th May 2016
The ECG team is very proud of Michelle our longest serving member of staff, who has just celebrated her 10th Anniversary working with ECG!
Posted 12th April 2016
ECG Open Evening
The ECG team would like to thank everyone who came along to our Open Evening on 21st January.
It was great to see new faces and have the opportunity to talk about what ECG can offer.
Photos from the evening will be posted here soon.
If anyone would like further information about our new training facilities or range of courses, please contact the office on 0845 423 8993.
Posted 22nd January 2016
ECG Food Bank Donation
ECG would like to thank all staff and trainers who contributed to the extensive donation we are able to provide MK Food Bank this Christmas.
The MK Food Bank provides local families and individuals with essential food supplies at a time they need them the most. As the City continues to grow, the need for support from the Food Bank continues to increase, with the number of food parcels handed out increasing by 72% over the last two years.
ECG’s donation will help feed families and individuals in need this Christmas.
Posted 17th December 2015
The General Practice Awards
ECG is delighted to be a finalist for the second year running at the General Practice Awards for ‘Education Provider of the Year’ 2015.
Held at the Lancaster London on the 26th November, the General Practice Awards is designed to recognise, highlight, and reward the hard work and innovation that gets carried out every day in surgeries up and down the UK.
ECG have now been nominated and selected as finalists of the GP Awards for the last two years, for their contribution to education and training to health practices and professionals. The evening featured speaker Nigel Praities, Medical journalist and editor of Pulse magazine, entertainment and 21 awards covering all areas of the General Practice healthcare sector.
‘We are very honoured and proud to be a finalist of Education Provider of the Year for the second year running. The GP Awards was an enjoyable night and is a great way to celebrate, respect and admire healthcare achievements throughout the year.’ – Jane Lambert, ECG Founder and Director
Posted 8th December 2015
New ECG training room
ECG is delighted to announce the expansion of its new training facilities with the addition of a large training room, located above its current offices in Cosgrove.
Opening in January 2016, the training room will host a wide variety of medical training courses for healthcare professionals, corporate businesses and the public. The open courses on offer include first aid courses, mandatory training, clinical skills sessions and customer skills training.
Close to Milton Keynes and Northampton, the new training room is ideally located for all clients and course attendees, as well as offering plenty of free, accessible parking.
The training room will allow ECG to make the already extensive range of courses more accessible and available, along with continuing to provide external training services. The room will also be available to hire for training or meetings.
To showcase the new facilities and the great range of courses, ECG is hosting an open evening on Thursday, 21st January from 6-8pm. To register for this free event, use this link:
Posted 23rd November 2015
London to Paris Bike ride for ECG Trainer
ECG is proud to sponsor one of our Trainers on a fundraising bike ride from London to Paris.
Charlie joined ECG as a clinical trainer this year and is also a Paramedic with East of England Ambulance Service.
Next summer Charlie is taking part in a bike ride from London to Paris, this would be difficult enough but the real challenge is to complete it in under 24 hours! He is raising money for Scope (a charity supporting disabled people) and the target is £2,000.
Charlie and his team mate, Mike are training hard and aiming to raise as much as they can. Good Luck guys, we know you can do it! More details can be found on their fundraising page… here
Posted 11th November 2015
Online Children’s First Aid for Parents and Carers course
Coming soon! Take a look at the details here
Posted 6th October 2015
ECG are proud to support Community Heartbeat Trust
The Community HeartBeat Trust is a national charity focused on provision of life saving defibrillation services to local communities. We are delighted to be working in partnership with them to provide their training. You can take a look at their website here
Posted 12th May 2015
International Standards Organisation (ISO)
ECG has been accredited with ISO 9001:2008 Quality Standard for the last two years. This means that our business is both internally and externally assessed with the aim of achieving the highest quality in all our products and services and working to continually improve.
In addition to the Quality standard, in April 2015 ECG achieved the ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Standard which demonstrates our commitment to operating in an environmentally sound way throughout all aspects of the business.
Posted 4th May 2015
Finalist for Education Provider of the Year 2014
We are proud to announce this achievement, and Jane Lambert accepted this certificate on behalf of the team at London’s Lancaster hotel on 20th November 2014
Posted 22nd November 2014