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BHF Heartstart - an Introduction

Simple Skills that Save Lives

Would you know what to do in a life-threatening emergency? Learning Emergency Life Support (ELS) skills can help you keep someone alive until professional help arrives.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) Heartstart initiative teaches people what to do in a life-threatening emergency - simple skills that save lives. It aims to facilitate and support ELS training in the community.  

Emergency life-support skills that include:

  • Man Chest Painassessing an unconscious patient,
  • performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR),
  • dealing with choking,
  • dealing with serious bleeding and
  • helping someone who may be having a heart attack. 

Heartstart Cornwall trains members of the community, teachers and local businesses how to deliver the training and they then roll that teaching programme out across their target audience.  For example, if you are a member of your local bowls club, Scout group or you would like your staff trained in ELS, you can come along and be trained to be an instructor and then teach all of the people in your club/workplace – this then becomes your ‘scheme’.  You will be supported by our Heartstart Cornwall Network Coordinator in affiliating to the BHF Heartstart scheme and this will enable you to access resources, manikins and insurance for your scheme. 

It is vital that members of the public are trained in ELS and you can play an important part in getting those skills out there. 

All of the training and resources are provided FREE of charge due to generous funding from the BHF - they will even pay supply cover for up to four members of staff from schools who attend Heartstart Instructor training.

If you’re interested in setting up a scheme in your local area/community group/workplace/school, or you have any questions about how to do this, please contact us.

Click on the other Heartstart pages to find out more about Heartstart in Cornwall