About Us

First Aid for Life are first aid experts who provide advice and outstanding first aid training to groups and individuals, uniquely tailored to the needs of those attending.

At First Aid for Life we are passionate about providing top rate first aid training and empowering people with the skills and confidence to help in an emergency. Our trainers are highly experienced medical and emergency services professionals who will teach in a reassuring and engaging manner and tailor the course to your needs.

The feedback from our courses is incredible and has led to us winning numerous awards including the Most Inspirational Trainer Award and the Federation of Small Businesses Best Business for Excellence in Customer Service and Overall Winner Best Business in London.

Emma Hammett established First Aid for Life in 2007, but was initially inspired much earlier, when nursing; as she repeatedly saw the difference prompt and appropriate first aid makes to someone’s prognosis. Her key motivation came when working in the Burns Unit, looking after a little boy so badly burnt he needed skin grafts. Had his mother known basic First Aid skills, he might not even have needed to be admitted. Emma’s sister and nephew both became paraplegics following accidents and it opened her eyes to the importance of accident prevention, management and support following an accident and an overwhelming need to empower more people with the skills and confidence to know how to help in those first vital seconds.

Emma is widely recognised as an authority on first aid matters and regularly writes for online and print publications and features in media. Emma is first aid expert for the NCT, Mothercare, JoJoMaman Bebe, Baby London, Absolutely Mama, The Parent’s Directory,  and frequently called upon as a TV spokesperson on Sky News, BBC, Channel 5 News. Emma featured regularly on the radio show the Rational Health Service.

First Aid for Life - Empowering 10,000 people every year
First Aid for Life Best Business Service Excellence Award

WINNER! Best Business for Service Excellence 2016


Best Use of Technology and Innovation 2016

Best Use of Technology and Innovation 2015 & 2016


Winners! Best Business in London 2015

Winners! Best Business in London 2015

Overall Winner – Best Business in London and Best Business for Customer Service 2015

Overall Winner – Best Business in London and Best Business for Customer Service 2015

Special commendation for Best Customer Service at South London Business Awards 2014

Special commendation for Best Customer Service at South London Business Awards 2014


We care whether you feel confident; you will leave with a thorough understanding as to what to do and why. You will receive an excellent comprehensive First Aid manual and handouts to refer to, as well as ongoing support for any First Aid clarification or concerns. We do not teach by rote, but use varied and practical teaching, illustrated with real-life examples, to ensure you enjoy your training and leave with a full understanding as to what you need to do in an emergency and why.
Like The Red Cross and St John Ambulance, we are regulated to provide the HSE qualifications. First Aid for Life is fully regulated through Ofqual and and Qualsafe Awards to provide accredited qualifications.  As independent providers however, we are able to teach in small groups with varied course content adjusted to be totally relevant to your needs. Our Trainers are highly experienced medical or emergency professionals, who regularly use their First Aid in the real world.

All courses comply with current best Emergency Practice and Resuscitation Council (UK) guidelines

Thank you for the course last night. I have spoken to my fellow cycling instructors and they all really enjoyed the course. Heather said she learnt more from you in 3 hours than the St John Ambulance course she attended over 3 days.
Fred Ellis


Over the past 12 years I have attended numerous different first aid courses . I can honestly say your course stands head and shoulders above the rest and I feel I’ve gained more knowledge and practical experience than ever before.
Justine Crean

Former Owner of Just Yummy cookery classes

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