Neil Kelham

Neil Kelham

“While camping on the beach in Mozambique in the early 90’s I was unfortunate enough to witness a tent fire that resulted in the deaths of a young family. This feeling of helplessness and the desperate need to have been able to do more drove me into emergency medicine.

As an ILS paramedic, I have seen many situations where bystander First Aid has made all the difference to a patient’s survival and conversely seen many situations where the lack of First Aid training has been to the patient’s detriment. Often by the time emergency services arrive, it is too late.  With the application of basic techniques, the bystander can literally make the difference between life and death.

I cannot emphasize enough the need for high quality First Aid training, presented by qualified instructors who are passionate about what they do.

I believe the art of running a successful First Aid, CPR and BLS course is in the details. Students not only need to know how to do something but why they are doing it. It is also essential that students have time to practise the skills they have learnt.

Theory is worthless if the skills cannot be performed when they are needed the most.

I also consider it essential to keep up with the latest research and science in emergency medicine and to make sure this is updated in our teaching and manuals.”

Neil Kelham
Chief operations officer

Dr Jude Griffin

Hi, I’m Dr Jude Griffin, I am an experienced medical doctor and a qualified BLS and ACLS instructor, registered with AHA, RCSA and HPCSA.

I qualified as a medical doctor in the UK in 2013 and then moved to South Africa where I now live with my husband and two children. I have worked across a variety of hospitals, in different specialties and currently work as an emergency medicine/trauma doctor in one of Johannesburg’s busiest Emergency Departments.  

I enjoy using my experience in emergency medicine to help teach and equip others, especially medical professionals, with the skills and confidence to be part of and manage a team resuscitation, from the basic skills of BLS through to the more advanced skills of ACLS.

I am passionate about teaching and empowering people with the skills and knowledge to perform CPR and First Aid in emergency situations. I believe these are vital skills that everyone should know and feel confident in.

I am proud to be an instructor with the Resuscitation Council of Southern Africa and my goal is to train as many people, of all age, from all walks of life, to provide high quality CPR and First Aid. The difference is quite literally life-saving.