The following Policy applies to the whole of the Old Cranleighan Hockey Club (OCHC) and its aim is to ensure each team has appropriate First Aid in place and individuals know their responsibilities.
First Aid Co-ordinator
First Aid Kits
Senior Teams – Each team has a first aid kit which is provided to the Captain at the beginning of the season. The Captain is responsible for ensuring that their team’s first aid kit is fully stocked and pitch side for all matches whether they be home or away. If the first aid kit is used it is the responsibility of the Captain to inform the First Aid Co-ordinator and obtain any items that need to be replaced before the next match.
The Captain is responsible for returning the first aid kit at the end of the season.
For week night training that takes place at Old Cranleighan Hockey Club in Thames Ditton a first aid kit is available on the side of the pitch or in the blue container for all training sessions. The bag is labelled OCHC Pitch Side.
Junior Section – For week night and Sunday junior training that takes place at Old Cranleighan Hockey Club in Thames Ditton a first aid kit is available on the side of the pitch or in the blue container for all training sessions. The bag is labelled OCHC Pitch Side. If the first aid kit is used it is the responsibility of the Coach to inform the First Aid Co-Ordinator any items that need to be replaced before it is next used.
For training sessions at Manor Road or Oaken Lane. The blue training box contains a fully stocked first aid kit. If the first aid kit is used during the session it is the responsibility of the coach to inform the First Aid Co-Ordinator that items need to be replaced.
U10s and above the first aid kits are in the Goalkeeper bags, including those kits owned by the player themselves. This is to ensure that there is a first aid kit at all matches at all times. If the first aid kit is used during a match or training session then it is the responsibility of the parent or guardian of the goalkeeper to inform the First Aid Co-Ordinator that items need to be replaced.
For U8s and below it is the responsibility of the Coach to ensure there is a first aid kit available for any tournaments organised either at home or away. Contact should be made with the First Aid Co-Ordinator to obtain a first aid bag in advance of the tournament.
If any accident / injury occurs, inside each first aid kit is an Accident / Incident reporting form. It is the responsibility of the Captain or Coach to complete this and pass on to First Aid Co-Ordinator within 48hrs of the injury taking place.
For a copy of the Old Cranleighan Accident / Incident Report Form CLICK HERE
Head Injuries / Concussion Guidelines
Senior Teams – It is the policy of OCHC that any player suffers any type of head impact injury (from a ball, stick or player) during a game or training they must not be removed from the field of play until an assessment is made of the injury. Players / coaches / supporters should refer to the Concussion guidelines for Parents and Coaches Hockey before allowing a player back on and it is not for the player to deem their suitability to return. If it was a high impact injury (i.e. hard) then the player must not return at all to the field of play. The Captain must ensure the senior player has informed a partner, friend or family member of their injury before leaving to go home and that someone is at home with them overnight, especially where concussion is suspected. A contact name and number for this person must be obtained before the injured player leaves. We recommend you share England Hockey’s Concussion guidelines for Parents and Coaches Hockey to the person contacted to help support them.
Junior Section – It is the policy of OCHC and England Hockey that any junior player who suffers any type of head impact injury (from a ball, stick or player) during a game or training must not continue to play. The parents or guardians of junior players must be informed immediately by the Lead Coach at the match or training session and the junior player must cease to play. If a parent or guardian is not pitch side they must make arrangements to collect their child immediately or within a reasonable timescale. We recommend you share England Hockey’s Concussion guidelines for Parents and Coaches Hockey with the parent / guardian to help support them.
It is the responsibility of the senior player or junior player’s parents or guardians to decide whether to seek additional medical help other than that provided at the side of the pitch.
OCHC adheres to the guidance set of by England Hockey in relation to concussion and the returning to training and playing post injury. Please CLICK HERE for further details
Post Injury Follow Up
Senior Teams – It is the responsibility of the Captain to follow up with the injured player to understand the extent of their injury and remain in contact until the player is able to return to playing. If the Captain has any concerns these should be raised with the Ladies or Men’s Club Captain.
Junior Section – It is the responsibility of the Lead Coach for the junior player to follow up and remain in contact with the players parents or guardians after the event until such time the player is able to return to playing. If the Lead Coach has any concerns these should be raised with the Club’s Welfare Officer.
Return to Play Guidelines – England Hockey’s Hockey Concussion Policy Nov 2018 v2 (2) provides full details on the Club’s approach to returning to play post concussion.
It is the responsibility of the senior player or in the case of junior players the parent / guardian to inform your Captain or Coach of any medical condition that may impact your ability to play hockey. This includes allergies.
Please CLICK HERE to refer to England Hockey for the latest guidance for pregnancy within hockey.
It is the responsibility of the First Aid Co-Ordinator to complete the Injury Monitoring report form required by England Hockey for any injuries which required a player to attend hospital.
In the interests of transparency, it is important all players have their own health insurance as players are not covered on the club insurance for any injuries they may sustain or accidents.
Volunteer coaches who give up their time for OCHC are covered under the club’s insurance policy.
All self-employed paid Coaches are required to have their own insurance in place.
Please note there is a defibrillator located outside bar doors at the club house at the Old Cranleighan Hockey Club in Thames Ditton. The access code is C159X and written on the inside of all our First Aid bags and known by the emergency services. The defibrillator can be used by anyone and gives step-by-step instructions.
Accident & Emergency Information
Kingston Hospital A&E
Kingston Hospital, Galsworthy Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT2 7QB
Teddington NHS Urgent Treatment Centre
Teddington Memorial Hospital, Hampton Rd, Teddington TW11 0JL
OCHC Executive Committee