the efa team…

The Emotional First Aid Team…

Stuart Gemmell, EFA Manager:

Stuart began his career in Social Work in the 1970’s switching later to Nursing and qualified as an RMN (Registered Mental Health Nurse) in 1985. He later gained a BSc (Hons) in Nursing Studies. Stuart has a Cert Ed and is a qualified Group Therapist.

Stuart has worked almost exclusively within the youth mental health service since 1986.Currently Stuart is the Strategic Lead for Primary Mental Health Services for Southampton CAMHS which involves engaging with tier one workers, especially in the Education sector.

Chris Broomfield, Parents’ EFA Coordinator:

I am a parent who after several years of living with a child who suffers from anxiety and depression felt like I was the only person in the world feeling the way I did, therefore I looked for courses and information that would help me help my child. After I came to terms with my feelings and understood a little more I decided I wanted to help other parents, I became involved with The Hampton Trust and was trained as a mentor and embarked on running several parent support groups all over the city for them on a voluntary basis, with their help my confidence grew and I attended as many courses as I could to increase my knowledge and understanding. In 2007 I became a Governor at a l

ocal secondary school which to date is still ongoing. I became involved with the school pastoral team and meet with parents on a one to one basis when required.

In 2009 I was asked if I would like to attend a course to help understand the first signs of emotional distress in young people and that was my first encounter with Emotional First Aid. In 2010 I trained to become a trainer in EFA young people and have delivered several courses for staff at Redbridge and in the wider community.

With my parenting support background, I felt privileged to be asked alongside other parents to help contextualize Emotional First Aid for Parents. Having run several parent

upport groups I could see the need for this course; how it could benefit so many people and in turn help families as a whole, which is really going back to the roots of how I got involved in parent support in the very beginning . I can say honestly I was not disappointed with the commitment and honesty shown by everyone when we set out on this task.

Jill Ross, EFA Administrator:

Jill has worked in the NHS since 2005. Jill joins the EFA Team after leaving a more clinical service (Musculoskeletal/ Physiotherapy) where she was highly skilled at providing a friendly and professional service to NHS Patients accessing the service.
Jill has a wealth of experience in both the private and public sector with a focus on customer service and producing documents for the public and senior colleagues alike. She brings a high level of professionalism to the team honed from her years of experience in the corporate sector and the MoD.
Jill is looking forward to building long lasting relationships with our EFA customers and is keen to take up the

The Emotional First Aid Authors…

Emotional First Aid was initially concieved by Dave Smith with the original material co-written in 2008 with Jacquie Kelly and some major revision and further development by former EFA Coordinator Paul Jetten.  All of whom have now moved on from Solent NHS Trust and EFA.


Dave Smith:
Dave Smith - efa authorDave originally qualified as an RMN (Registered Mental Health Nurse). Since then Dave has trained in Family Therapy, Systemic Practice and Group Therapy. Dave has also been a Senior Manager within Southampton CAMHS.

With a long background of working within CAMHS, Dave is an experienced Practitioner who has worked with both children and young people and brings a wealth of knowledge in both training and creative techniques.

Dave is presently engaged as a Family Therapist with Yellow Door in Southampton.

Dave is the instigator of the Emotional First Aid course, and was instrumental in developing the Primary Emotional First Aid.


Jacquie Kelly:
jacquie kelly efa author
Jacquie is a Humanistic Integrative counsellor, accredited with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and a qualified supervisor. She has worked as a therapist with adolescents for over 20 years, in a range of different settings, including voluntary agencies, further and higher education, youth services and the NHS.

Jacquie has worked at Southampton CAMHS Tier 3 psychiatric clinic for young people aged 14-18 in Southampton.

She has also provided clinical supervision to counsellors from No Limits, Youth Information, Advice and Counselling Service, as part of her role. Having completed a foundation course in Systemic Therapy, she has a particular interest in systemic ways of working, with individuals and in supervision, as well as with families, and in the effect of organisational context and systems on our work.

Jacquie developed an interest in teaching and alongside being one of the authors of the EFA course,  she has taught on the Southampton CAMHS Mental Health Awareness course for a range of professionals working with children and young people; has been part of the CAMHS Medical Student Teaching Team and teaches on Diploma and Degree courses in Counselling at Eastleigh College.

Jacquie is now part of the Academic Teaching Team in the School of Medicine at Southampton University.


Paul Jetten:

Paul was the EFA Coordinator from June 2009 until December 2016.
During his time in the service Paul developed the service from a local Southampton training package to promoting the training on a more national level. Paul has supervised all external EFA Trainers across the UK and was instrumental in revising and developing a number of the EFA Training courses, notably YP EFA and his work with Jacquie Kelly in revising the Attachment session in Primary EFA. Paul has co-created the Train the Trainers teaching material including designing the trainers teaching material for most EFA courses.

Paul was also the author of the Peer EFA programme and saw this through from Pilot & development to the published course that meets OCR Accreditation for the Entry Level 3 Award in Life & Living Skills.
Paul is a Gestalt Counsellor with 6 years experience working in CAMHS and is a qualified teacher (Cert Ed, QTLS). 

As much as Paul loved EFA, having spent more time working with young people over the last few years (Peer EFA and project work in a sixth form; college Barton Peveril Well-being Mentors Barton Peveril Wellbeing Mentors and Primary Schools (Buddy EFA development), Paul decided he wanted to get back into doing more therapeutic practice and has since left the EFA service and is currently working as a full time therapist through CYP-IAPT.

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