We will make the UK a Nation of Lifesavers by giving people the skills and confidence to act when they witness a heart attack or cardiac arrest. We will also drive national initiatives calling for appropriate availability, visibility, and use of all public access defibrillators.
To meet our aims our strategy will shift to focus on these priorities:
- We will use national awareness campaigns urging everyone to get trained.
- We will start a nationwide surge of skills with a new, quick-and-simple way to learn CPR.
- We will fund more defibrillators and invest in a national database that makes these vital devices easier to find.
Samantha Hobbs, Somerset
"I was 14 when I saved my mum's life. I heard my dad on the phone saying he thought my mum was dead. I'd learnt CPR at Yeovil Lifesaving Club, so when I couldn't find her pulse I went into auto-pilot and started chest compressions. It's horrible to think what could have happened if I'd not known CPR as it helped keep mum alive."
Become a life saver
Read our vision and priorities to 2020