Physical & Psychological First Aid for Freelancers

Date: Wednesday 20th March 2024, 9am-5pm
Venue: The Frontline Club, London

First Aid for Freelancers

This day-long workshop was for journalists working in hostile environments, away from medical infrastructure. Delivered in a small group setting, it offered a practical, hands-on approach to give you the skills and confidence to use first aid in a real-life situation.

Attendees learned about the principles of first aid, airway management, CPR, wound management, tourniquets, ballistic awareness & injuries, blast injuries and more. The workshop also covered psychological wellbeing & resilience, including warning signs of potential mental health issues, how to intervene with a friend or relative, and coping strategies to help support yourself and others.

Thanks to the generous support of CNN, all participants received a professional first aid medical kit from MERE Supplies free of charge.

About the trainer:
Tyrus McQueen spent 22 years in the British army and began working as a High Risk Advisor for the BBC in 2010. He wrote the original Hostile Environment Training Program for Channel 4, ITN, France 2 and the BBC. He became a freelance HRA and has since provided training and frontline services for the NYT, BBC, Tokyo Broadcasting, Australian Broadcasting, ITN and other news outlets.

This workshop (value £250) includes lunch and refreshments and is fully funded for freelance journalists. A deposit of £30 is required to reserve your place but will be fully refunded upon completion of a brief survey at the end of the day.

Please note:

  • This workshop is only open to British freelance journalists or those currently based in the UK.
  • You must have worked as a freelance journalist for at least one year to participate.
  • Places are limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.