National Defibrillator Network – The Circuit | Qualsafe

According to British Heart Foundation, there are over 30,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) every year in the UK and only 1 in 10 people survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

Each time a defibrillator is purchased and registered to The Circuit, it increases the chance of survival for these out-of-hospital emergencies.

What is ‘The Circuit’?

The Circuit is the national defibrillator network, providing NHS ambulance services with vital information about defibrillators within the UK, so they can be located and accessed quickly.

They have currently helped to map over 50,000 defibrillators in the UK and counting, with aims to use this service to also “analyse location data and identify where more defibrillators are needed”.

We encourage those who have purchased a defibrillator from Qualsafe to promptly register your device and help us all make a difference today.

Why should I register my defibrillator?

Whilst there may be many defibrillators within our communities, they cannot be used if people don’t know where they are or how to access them. Please ensure you register your defibrillator as:

  • Early CPR and defibrillation increases the chances of survival if someone has a sudden cardiac arrest
  • Connecting to The Circuit will also help you look after and maintain your defibrillator – added bonus
  • By adding your defibrillators to The Circuit, you are improving its availability and you can, ultimately, help to save a life!

How do I register my defibrillator?

You can register your defibrillator in these simple steps:

Account Setup for Guardians (incl. Shop)

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Location and surroundings of the defibrillator
  2. Brand, model, device serial number
  3. When the defibrillator is accessible
  4. Expiration date of pads / Does the battery display its ready signal

Account Setup for Organisations

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Location and surroundings of the defibrillator
  2. Details of people who may look after individual defibrillators on your behalf
  3. Brand, model, device serial number and accessibility times

If you are a Training Centre, Office, Shopping Centre, Leisure Centre, an individual or a guardian of a defibrillator, you can register your defibrillator on The Circuit here.

Where can I purchase a defibrillator?

Defibrillators are available to purchase on the Qualsafe Shop. If you need further assistance with purchasing or order queries, feel free to get in touch with our Sales Team on 0330 660 0599.

Haven’t used a defibrillator before? Here’s a handy video guide on Basic Life Support (BLS) and how to utilise a defibrillator in case of an emergency:

Useful Links:

Visit The Circuit here –
Register your defibrillator here –
Find your nearest defibrillator here –
Purchase a defibrillator here.

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The Latest on Training During COVID-19

November 2022

For advice on dealing with COVID-19 while delivering first aid training, we strongly recommend our Centres take a look at our updated CPR Manikin Hygiene guide here.

You can also view the following FAQP statement related to training during the pandemic online at the link here.

Contact your Customer Relationship Executive (CRE) if you have any questions.

Qualification Withdrawal – QA Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment (RQF).

As of Friday 9th July 2021, we will cease our awarding of the QA Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment (RQF).

Qualsafe Awards will no longer offer this qualification. Centres wishing to continue delivering this qualification must do so with another Awarding Organisation.

Why are we withdrawing this qualification?

We have been disappointed to discover a high level of fraudulent activity and malpractice related to qualifications which lead to learners gaining a CSCS card. The associated costs of investigating such malpractice and the level of compliance which is required to maintain public confidence and ensure the safety of those holding this qualification has risen significantly. We feel that the resulting increase in costs and quality assurance processes will also become unmanageable for our Centres. For this reason, we are withdrawing this qualification and increasing our focus on providing new, innovative qualifications.

What will happen ahead of Friday 9th July 2021?

As of Monday 28th June 2021, we will raise the price of QA Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment (RQF) learner registrations to £20 per learner to cover the costs of our increased monitoring activities. In addition, we will require Centres to adhere to the following rules:

  • Provide a minimum of 5 working days’ notice for each course.
  • A full list of those who will be attending the course – including all learner names – must be submitted at least 5 days prior to the course.
  • Have a minimum of 3 learners on each course you are delivering.
  • Course cancellations must be communicated with at least 12 hours’ notice or charges (to cover the cost of scheduled EQA monitoring) may be incurred.

Failure to comply with these requirements will result in certificates not being issued for your learners.

What will happen after Friday 9th July 2021?

For any learners currently holding a QA Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment (RQF), their certificates will remain valid and can continue to be used to apply for the Green Labourer CSCS Card. We will continue to verify their certificate to CSCS.

For any Centres who still hold learner registrations for the QA Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment (RQF) after Friday 9th July 2021, you will be refunded.

Teaching Rescue Breaths During the Pandemic

Rescue Breaths Moratorium Update

November 2022

Back in February 2021, Qualsafe informed Centres that in response to the increased prevalence of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases and the increased transmission of new variants, the First Aid Quality Partnership (FAQP), First Aid Awarding Organisation Forum (FAAOF) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) supported the position of Resuscitation Council UK (RCUK) in that practical demonstration of rescue breaths may be omitted from adult based first aid training courses, as a precautionary measure while COVID-19 transmission rates remained high.

Throughout the pandemic, RCUK has regularly reviewed its guidance based on published evidence, seeking to balance the delivery of high-quality treatment to casualties whilst maintaining staff/rescuer safety.

Airway management manoeuvres

In August 2022, the RCUK updated their guidance in relation to CPR and COVID-19. Recently published evidence suggests that COVID-19 is predominantly transmitted via the aerosol route as opposed to direct contact and via fomites.

New evidence has emerged suggesting a low likelihood that airway management manoeuvres are aerosol generating, leading to the removal of airway management manoeuvres from the list of aerosol generating procedures (AGP). The risk associated with COVID-19 has also decreased because the majority of the population have been immunised, and more effective treatments and less virulent strains now predominate.

In supporting the decision of the RCUK, the FAAOF have now agreed to remove the temporary rescue breath moratorium in place since 2021.

This means that any first aid courses starting on or after 1st November 2022 MUST return to teaching and assessing rescue breaths during the delivery of CPR training. Any learner not willing to demonstrate rescue breaths won’t be able to gain the regulated certificate.

We strongly recommend revisiting our existing guidance on manikin hygiene found here:

You can also view the following FAQP statement related to training during the pandemic here:

Given we are moving towards the winter season and the impact of all winter viruses remaining largely unknown, we will keep a close eye on the risk to benefit ratio related to rescue breaths. If necessary, Qualsafe will recommend to the wider first aid industry that further restrictions or omissions be introduced.