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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.


The Qualsafe Conference 2018 Highlights

Unable to attend this year’s Qualsafe Conference, or do you just want to relive your Conference experience? We’ve put together a highlights video which helps to showcase what we got up to on the day of the event, so why not take a sneak peek and see if you can spot yourself in the background!

The 27th April 2018 saw the return of the hugely successful Qualsafe Conference to the award-winning Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. Firmly cementing its place as one of the UK’s largest safety Conferences, the event featured 10 thought provoking presentations and workshops from influential industry experts in First Aid, Food Safety, Fire Safety and Prehospital Care. The day also provided the perfect opportunity for hundreds of delegates to network with like-minded professionals, test their skills and meet with several leading exhibitors.

To view the video click here


It’s Official…

Qualsafe Awards is pleased to announce that the Medipro Level 6 Diploma in Paramedic Practice, containing several Qualsafe Awards qualifications, is now listed on the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) register of approved education and training programmes for Paramedics in the UK!

Full details can be found on the HCPC website or alternatively you can click here: https://www.hcpc-uk.org/education/programmes/hei/index.asp?id=264


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