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About Us

About the ESO

The ESO’s first aid training courses are accredited by QualSafe, the UK’s largest awarding organisation for first aid, and are delivered by qualified trainers.  The European School of Osteopathy (ESO) has been providing higher level education and low cost treatments, through its Maidstone based teaching clinic, since 1978. Our undergraduate degree programme is recognised by the General Osteopathic Council and is validated by the University of Greenwich.

We strongly believe that healthcare services should be available and affordable to all and, as a registered charity, we’re able to keep costs low.  You can download our First Aid leaflet by clicking on the image below.

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First Aid leaflet  Paediatric leaflet cover web

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Why take a first aid course?

At the ESO we believe everyone should learn basic first aid so they have the confidence to help when needed. Correctly applied first aid techniques can, quite simply, save lives. They can also lessen pain and help reduce healing time. Completing a first aid course:-

  • provides you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to act in an emergency;
  • could help you decide whether to pursue a career in healthcare and show commitment when applying for jobs or training;
  • enables you to create a safe working environment and meet your workplace’s safety requirements.

If you are an employer, the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 require you to make arrangements to ensure employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. This includes carrying out a risk assessment, appointing a suitable number of first aiders and providing appropriate first aid training. You can find more information about First Aid regulations on the Health and Safety Executive website.

You can find out what your legal requirements are by using our online calculator

Meet the Team

Our first aid courses are delivered by registered and knowledgeable first aid trainers.

Christopher Moore

Course Leader for Emergency Care Training

I started my career in emergency medicine back in 2002 with Kent ambulance service. Over the years I have worked for a range of different emergency pre-hospital care services, and also as part of the surgical team in hospital operating theatres for orthopaedics and trauma. I’ve been a qualified trainer and assessor since 2006 and look forward to bringing my experience to the training team at the ESO.

Kate Lee

Tutor for Emergency Care Training

Over the past 6 years I have trained students in various courses relating to the airline industry, as part of my career as cabin crew for a UK airline. After 21 years in the sky, I decided to put my feet back on the ground and train full time as I enjoyed it so much. First Aid is a subject I am very passionate about and I enjoy sharing my knowledge and experiences with others. I have dealt with several situations on an aircraft at 35,000 feet, as well as at home bringing up two children, and feel it is a subject everyone should have some level of knowledge of. I am very proud to be delivering courses at the ESO, being part of a professional team in such beautiful surroundings. I look forward to welcoming you to your chosen course.


Joanne Szarek

Tutor/Assessor for Emergency Care Training

I have a wide range of training experience, predominantly in the care industry, working as a care manager and teaching within care homes, and children’s services. As well as being a registered First Aid trainer, I am experienced in providing mandatory care training for health and safety, adult and child protection and I have a vast array of expertise, which I’m pleased to bring to the ESO team.


Tutor for Emergency Care Training

I’ve been a pitch side first aider for New Ash Green Rugby Football Club for over 10 years and am a First Aid Instructor for the Rugby Football Union.  Alongside rugby, my passion is for natural healthcare – I’m a member of the British Acupuncture Council and the Natural Health Care Council and I’ve been teaching at undergraduate and post graduate level for over 18 years; my special interest is in sports injuries, addictions and Microsystems Practice Acupuncture. I also practice Tuina and Qigong (Chinese massage and healthcare).