About Us

Since forming in 1992, Back to Life has established itself as a leading training provider in the UK, specialising in basic & advanced resuscitation and first aid training.

We have a team of over 30 highly professional trainers, who have a wealth of knowledge and experience in both the subject they teach and their ability to impart their knowledge and skills to others.

We provide a wide range of courses, designed to give our delegates the necessary skills to help recognise and manage emergencies in the workplace or home. Our in-depth training is both stimulating and varied with a strong emphasis on simulations based education (SBE)

Client satisfaction is of primary importance, therefore all of our courses are reviewed regularly to include the latest practices and ensure we meet our client's requirements.  

Each year Back to Life trains over 5000 delegates; the popularity and success of our courses are rooted in the emphasis on practical training, simulation and our investment in the professional development of our trainers.

Back to Life will continue to further develop its reputation as a business that delivers a quality service that helps our clients to deliver safer, better care as well as supporting them in being able to demonstrate that for the care quality commission (CQC).

Who’s Who at Back To Life?

Joanna Lawrence  RN MBA Fellow HEA - Managing Director

Joanna LawrenceJoanna is an educator for the Advanced Life Support Group (ALSG) and Resuscitation Council (UK), for their Generic Instructor's Course (GIC). She has 25 years health service experience, in which she specialised in Intensive Care, Resuscitation and Trauma. As a Master of Business Management since 2002, Joanna is both clinically and managerially well placed as Managing Director of Back to Life Ltd. She is passionate about education and works part time as a Senior Lecturer at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, where she teaches Simulation in Practice faculty and leads the level 7 module in Debriefing and Feedback. In 2016 Joanna was awarded her Higher Education Academy Fellowship and the Brighton University Award for Facilitating and Empowering learners. As a Resuscitation Council (UK) instructor in Adult and Paediatric Resuscitation, she is well known for her principled approach and high standards teaching and learning. She is also known in the Resuscitation world for the part she played as the Project Lead and implementer of CPRO. Her portfolio is completed as a Senior Coach Practitioner graduating from Middlesex University through the I-coach academy.


Helen Briscoe RN MSc - Development and Training Manager

HelenAfter training as a nurse and working in Thoracic Surgery and Accident and Emergency, Helen joined Back to Life in 2000 as a resusicitation trainer, and in 2009 gained her master's degree in Teaching and Learning.  She is an ALS provider and an ILS instructor.  Helen's responsibilities focus on the quality and delivery of the courses Back to Life deliver as well as providing the links and support for  all the Back to Life trainers.  Her  interest in anaphylaxis not only makes her the companies expert, but has also enabled her to develop excellent online packages with Phil.  These e-learning courses allow us to provide flexible learning for our health professionals and teachers at a time and place that suits the individual


Phil Double BA Hons - Operations and E-Learning Support Manager

PhilPhil graduated from Kingston University where he studied Marketing Management.  Since joining Back to Life in 2009, Phil has been dedicated to providing an excellent service for our customers, and developing robust and reliable processes through which Back to Life carries out our day to day activities.  Phil has brought his eye for design and technical abilities to many aspects of the organisation; developing e-learning packages, websites, and social media to keep Back to Life accessible and engaging in a variety of exciting ways.


Christopher Bryan - Non-executive Director

Chris Bryan - non exec directorChris hates to say that he now has 40 years of business experience. Some 25 years of which working with multinational companies such as Johnson Wax, IBM and Johnson & Johnson Ltd in senior roles including sales, information technology, project management, Quality and change implementation both within the UK and Europe. And a further 15 years’ as a coach mentor, having started his own consultancy business in 2002. Since then he has worked with and helped around 500 SME companies to establish themselves and grow, building stakeholder value along the way. Chris is an accredited business coach and Intellectual Property Assessor, having worked on behalf of Connect 2 Innovation Ltd (a SEEDA company), then as a coach with the UK governments business assistance programme Growth Accelerator, and latterly with Woking Borough Council helping to establish their Start-Up / Early Years business scheme. Chris attended Kingston University, was made a Serving Brother of the Order of St John in 1992 for services to the community, is a past co-opted trustee of a local mental health charity and currently a Trustee of the Freewheelers Theatre and Media Company Ltd, a Surrey based charity that helps both able and disabled people develop themselves through participation in theatre, dance, media and music.

Rob Greenhalgh, Medical Advisor

Rob GreenhalghRob is training in Emergency Medicine and Pre-hospital Care. Rob initially completed medical school at the University of Nottingham and is now a Specialist Registrar based across Kent, Surrey and Sussex having completed 6 years across hospitals in the South East. He has interests in Emergency Medicine, Pre-hospital Care and medical education and is an instructor in ALS, APLS, ATLS and PHTLS. Having recently completed a fellowship in London he has moved back to Brighton to continue his specialist training. In addition to this he has previously been a Chair of a Charity Trustee Board and also works as an event doctor for major sporting and mass gathering events. He is passionate about high standards for training within Emergency Medicine and is looking forward to working with Back to Life going forward. He can be followed on Twitter: @GreenhalghRob

Richard Vincent BSc MD FRCP EFESC AKC - Cardiology Advisor

Richard Vincent Medical AdvisorTrained in Medicine and Pharmacology, Richard became an academic consultant cardiologist in Brighton with research interests in resuscitation, heart attack and medical electronics. After establishing research centres at the University of Sussex and the local NHS, he became the founding head of a postgraduate medical school at the University of Brighton. Soon after this he was appointed as Associate Dean to co-lead the design and running of the new Brighton and Sussex Medical School. In parallel with these posts he also worked closely with the Resuscitation Council (UK) and the British Heart Foundation whilst also becoming founding Chair of Trustees for the CPRO. Though retiring early in 2008 he retains a university appointment as Professor Emeritus of Cardiology as well as contributing extensively to the charitable work of PRIME (Partnerships in International Medical Education), an organisation active in over 35 countries. In addition to 120 journal papers, Richard has published 17 book chapters and 6 books and has made over 60 educational videos.

Paul Marlow, BA (Hons) Dip HE, RN. - Specialist Advisor in First Aid

Paul Marlow - First Aid AdvisorSince taking on a role as a firefighter-medic with airport fire services in the late 1990s, Paul has developed a passion for first aid and advanced immediate care. Qualifying as a nurse and holding ALS Instructor, EPALS and PHTLS Provider status, Paul has held many roles across in-hospital and pre-hospital settings. He has worked as Senior Resuscitation Officer for a community mental health NHS Trust, currently clinically working part time as Resuscitation Officer for an acute NHS Trust, and volunteers with his local Lowland Search and Rescue team as Medical Lead, trainer and responding medic. He also provides event first aid and medical cover. As a subject specialist in resuscitation and first aid, Paul teaches and advises in first aid matters for NHS Trusts, pre-hospital medical providers, outdoor pursuit organisations and other corporate bodies. Writing policy and course materials, giving advice and guidance in the field of first aid and pre-hospital emergency care, Paul relishes the challenge of adapting first aid practice to unusual, remote and more regular environments: He is well-placed to provide specialist advice to Back to Life.

Richard Kerslake, BSc MBBA MRCPsych - Mental Health Advisor

Richard Kerslake Back to LifeRichard’s specialism in psychiatry has taken him around the world, including time spent in Australia, Sri Lanka and London, where he has experienced a range of approaches to training medical professionals. He has now settled in Sussex where he has spent a year as the Simulation Fellow at Brighton & Sussex Medical School. He is also heavily invested in developing the mental health simulation faculty in Sussex Partnership NHS Trust where his clinical practise takes place.
Richard has a specialist interest in using simulation training to help clinicians manage patients with personality disorders. He has also delivered a range of training on other topics, including Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Perinatal Mental Health and induction for doctors new to working in psychiatry.
Richard can be followed on Twitter @kss_sim