Northamptonshire firm helps support ‘life-saving’ work of Norfolk rescue service

A Northamptonshire business development company is supporting the life-saving work of a Norfolk voluntary rescue service.

Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS) has been providing life-saving services to the people of Norfolk for 50 years. Dedicated doctors and paramedics, passionate about pre-hospital care, provide a voluntary on-call emergency service in their spare time.

In a bid to support their emergency response vehicle service, the charity - which receives no government funding - is working with The CPD Accreditation Group to add value to and attract more people to sign up to their educational masterclass courses.

Mick Judge, Accreditation and Quality Manager at The CPD Accreditation Group, which has a base at Rockingham Speedway as well as a head office in London, said: “NARS has been in existence for nearly 50 years, providing life-saving services to the people of Norfolk. Touched by their dedication we are delighted to support them in their quest to build a sustainable organisation, providing excellent critical care, whenever and wherever it’s needed.”

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the term used to describe the learning activities which professionals engage in to develop and enhance their abilities.

NARS provides masterclass courses for those medical professionals wanting to enhance their learning. Accredited courses include, Trauma and Airway Management, Pre-Hospital Resuscitation, Pre-Hospital Emergency Obstetric and Introduction to Pre-Hospital Critical Care.

NARS additionally runs courses that are available for members of the public such as First Aid at Work, Emergency First Aid at Work and Emergency Paediatric First Aid, but these are not currently CPD accredited.

Anyone wanting to progress their career within the NHS can sign-up to a QA Level 3 and 4 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care. Other courses aimed at medical professionals include Primary Care Resuscitation update for GP surgeries and dental practices.

Peter Sefton-Smalley, Chief Operating Officer at NARS, said: “We pride ourselves on providing high quality courses taught by senior clinicians in their field. In order to operate our emergency response vehicle system, we rely on the kind donations from the people of Norfolk and local businesses as well as funds raised through our high-quality training courses.

“All profits from our training courses go straight into our charitable funds allowing us to continue our work providing greater care to accident casualties across Norfolk. To support this work, we are working with The CPD Accreditation Group to offer a range of accredited courses for those clinicians wanting to enhance their specialist knowledge in a specific field.”

Mick Judge added: “Every profession within the UK requires members to complete CPD (Continuing Professional Development) to maintain their professional knowledge through their working life.

“Accompanied by such growth is the acceptance that academic qualifications must offer more vocational and skills-based or ‘practical’ learning. A structured, practical and methodical approach to learning helps employers and organisations across all industries to keep key staff and develop the skills and knowledge in their organisation to maintain a sustainable competitive advantage.

“Having a third-party accreditation on courses offered to the general public such as first aid practices, reassures users they are attending a quality course, encouraging more people to sign up and in doing so support the valuable work of the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service.”


For more information about NARS visit their website: www.nars.org.uk.

Or for more information about training courses or becoming a NARS Volunteer please contact: enquiries@nars.org.uk.