Lauren Ferrant, Owner/Instructor at High 5 Children’s Services
Supporting children, families and professionals with high-quality training to give them the confidence to ask for help and respond to an emergency
Although I’ve worked in the NHS for the past 22 years – 18 of them as an HCPC-registered paramedic for the London Ambulance Service – my academic and early business background is in admin and IT.
I discovered that a desk job wasn’t right for me, so I decided to work as a care assistant at a residential home. What began as a summer Saturday job turned into a four-year full-time career that I loved.
I’m the type of person who loves to try new things and learn lots of skills. During my time at the home – because we had lots of ambulances coming in – I became interested in pre-hospital care. I went on to land a job as a healthcare assistant on the A&E ward of a hospital, which is where I got to know ambulance crews. I loved nursing, but started to feel like a caged hen. I went out on a few observational shifts with the ambulances and that’s when I knew I’d found the road I wanted to go down…
I continue to work as a paramedic on a part-time basis and I’ve been running my training company, High 5 Children’s Services, since 2017. My business name was coined by my youngest son (who was obsessed with high-fiving everybody!) and both boys feature in the logo along with their friends.
It was an ambition to work as a children’s practitioner and infant massage instructor which set me off on the self-employment path, but now I provide many types of services – including teaching first aid to adults and children, as well as sharing my knowledge in schools. I’m excited that first aid is being added to the national curriculum in 2020, but also proud to have been promoting its importance for some time now.
As well as winning a Theo Paphitis ‘Small Business Sunday’ accolade in March last year, I added some more strings to the bow during 2019 – namely training as a safeguarding instructor and a youth mental health first aider. With all other elements of the business ticking along nicely, I want to push these two areas out in particular during 2020 – working a lot more with young carers as a result.