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Just Over a Week to Go!

Did you know that members of the Qualsafe Awards team will be attending The Emergency Services Show in Birmingham on 19th – 20th September?

Throughout the event, we will be showcasing our industry leading qualifications, including our progressive suite of vocational Prehospital care qualifications which form part of a HCPC approved programme to become a Paramedic in 2 years. Interested?

Be sure to stop by Stand L55 on the day to find out more.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Qualsafe Awards Shortlisted for 4 FAB Awards!

We are extremely pleased to announce that Qualsafe Awards has been shortlisted for 4 prestigious awards from the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB), which include:

  • Qualification of the Year
  • Collaboration of the Year
  • Innovation of the Year
  • Outstanding Contribution of the Year

With the Federation of Awarding Bodies representing over 125 Awarding Organisations throughout the UK, we are incredibly proud to have been shortlisted for these fantastic awards. We feel that our commitment to understanding what our Centres want and need from an Awarding Organisation has been central to achieving these accolades, and has helped us to develop a wide range of high quality qualifications to help our Centres succeed and Learners achieve.

With winners due to be announced on 18th October 2018, we would like to extend a special thank you to all of our Centres, whose continued support has been a key factor in our shortlisting for these awards.


Come visit us at the Emergency Services Show 2018!

Qualsafe Awards is pleased to announce that we will be attending the Emergency Services Show 2018!

The event will once again be held at the NEC in Birmingham on 19th – 20thSeptember. As the UK’s leading showcase for emergency services personnel, this unmissable event promises to be bigger and better than last year’s, with over 450 exhibitors, live demonstrations and fantastic opportunities to network with fellow industry professionals.

Throughout the event, we will be showcasing our industry leading qualifications, including our progressive suite of vocational prehospital care qualifications which form part of a HCPC approved programme to become a Paramedic in 2 years. So, if you are attending this year’s event be sure to stop by Stand L55 and say Hi!

We look forward to seeing you there!


CPR to be added to the National School Curriculum in England

Did you know that the government has revealed plans to add CPR to the national school curriculum in England?

The draft proposal sees first aid and CPR being added to the curriculum as part of wider Health Education Classes in England from 2020.

With out of hospital cardiac arrest survival rates being up to three times higher in countries where first aid is taught in schools compared to the UK, this landmark move could save thousands of lives each year.

The announcement follows years of tireless campaigning to get first aid and CPR onto the curriculum. A key player in which has been Qualsafe’s Medical Director, Dr. Andrew Lockey, Hon. Secretary to the Resuscitation Council (UK), as well as the British Heart Foundation, St John Ambulance and British Red Cross.

The draft legislation, which was published on 19th July 2018, proposes that teachers talk about the steps that pupils can take to protect and support their own and other’s health and wellbeing, including learning basic first aid. A public consultation on this has now been published, which allows members of the public to comment on the draft legislation. The consultation asks for individual views on the proposed legislation and statutory guidance, as well as whether or not it provides sufficient information and support to schools in teaching the subject. To show your support and to respond to the government’s consultation, simply click here. The full draft legislation can be found here.

After years of campaigning for CPR and basic first aid to be taught in schools, here at Qualsafe, we are thrilled to see this now take a step closer to becoming reality. Paramedic and author of the UK’s No.1 range of first aid training books, Nigel Barraclough had the following to say:

“Norway has been teaching CPR in schools for many years and the increase in bystander CPR is the main reason that they have survival rates as high as 25% compared to the UK’s 10%. We would really encourage supporters to respond to the Government consultation.”


Restart a Heart Day 2018

For the second year running, the Resuscitation Council (UK) is inviting all first aid training providers to take part in Restart a Heart Day 2018!

Developed by the European Resuscitation Council, Restart a Heart Day was created to raise awareness of the importance of teaching members of the public how to help restart the heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest.

In the UK, Restart a Heart Day has fast become a major national event for the mass public training of children within secondary schools, with around 195,000 young people being taught CPR in 2017 alone!

This year, on 16th October 2018 Restart a Heart Day is going global! For the first time, with the oversight of ILCOR, World Restart a Heart Day will be taking place across the globe with support from Resuscitation Councils in America (North, Central and South), Canada, South Africa, Asia, Australia, and more!

By being a part of this global initiative, you can help the UK to reach its goal of training over 200,000 people and further increase the number of people trained in CPR around the world. What’s more, as well as helping to save lives, your participation is a great way to promote your services to the local community.

We hope you can take part in World Restart a Heart Day, as together we can ensure that all citizens of the world can save a life! If you have an event planned, the RCUK ask that you fill in a short survey to keep track of how many people are being trained on the day.

For more information, please visit the Restart a Heart Day 2018 webpage or download your invitation letter from the Resuscitation Council UK here.


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