Community Defibrillator Awareness Course

 (For info on Government Scheme, Low Cost Defibs for Schools, please scroll down) 

(1 Hour Course – For as little as £3 pp)

Community Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for public use are becoming common place, particularly in more rural  areas where it’s often impossible for the Ambulance Service to meet their 8 minute target attendance time for life threatening emergencies. Sadly however, most people are not confident enough to consider using an AED, although it’s actually very easy.

In a Cardiac Arrest situation (the heart has stopped) A casualty’s survival chances dramatically increase by up to 80% if they receive immediate, effective CPR, combined with the use of an AED without delay.  (Ensure Ambulance on route) Without immediate effective CPR and the use of an AED the current out of hospital survival rate for a cardiac arrest is a dismal 8%

The Chain of Survival


This popular, one hour awareness course is designed to give members of the public, School Staff, Parents, young people and business employees confidence to perform effective CPR and access and use an AED safely and with confidence. It’s suitable for anyone aged 8 years and over. During a cardiac arrest, CPR is extremely important to keep the brain oxygenated.  If a casualty does NOT receive effective CPR within around 4 minutes of their heart stopping they are, at best, likely to suffer  irreversible brain damage. That’s why effective CPR is so important!

The course is normally organised by communities for communities or businesses for their employees, in a venue of your choice across Oxfordshire. This could be the local School, Village Hall, Church Room, your business premises etc or for smaller groups, the comfort of your own home. For larger groups we come equipped with a projector.  In your home the presentation in run through your TV with an HDMI lead we bring.
The flat rate fee is £120 for up to 40 learners =  Just £3 pp.
(You don’t have to have 40 people obviously, some clients have just 6 or less)
Course content:
  • Assessment of the situation (DR ABC)graph
  • CPR Adult & Child
  • The Chain of Survival
  • AED Access
  • AED Functions & limitations
  • AED Safety
  • Adult & Paediatric Defibrillation
  • AED Locator app

If you’re struggling for numbers, a lot of our clients find creating an event on Facebook and inviting friends, family, neighbours and colleagues a good way of getting people together.  And/or sending an email to their contacts, with a link to this web page. 

Cost:  Flat rate fee for Oxfordshire of £120 for up to 40 Learners.

That’s only £3 pp (Course duration – 1 hour)  No deposit required.  Cost does not include venue hire if required.  If for any reason a community group or client are not able to keep their booking we just ask that they let us know asap.

For our availability to run this course for your Community/Business/School please contact:  Please include your Oxfordshire location.

We’d be delighted to hear from you.

Low Cost AEDs for Schools:

school-signDid you know – In view of the vital role that AEDs can play in saving the lives of pupils, staff and other users of school premises, (Primary or Secondary) the Department for Education is encouraging ALL Schools to consider purchasing these devices as part of their first aid equipment. Your school could purchase an AED at a significantly reduced rate!!

Campaigners for AEDs in all schools say, every year in the UK, an average of 270 children die at school from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome.(SADS) For more info on SADS please visit SADS UK website: 

Survival rates as high as 80% have been reported where effective CPR and defibrillation are delivered promptly. 

How do I go about getting a better than 1/2 price AED for my Child’s School?

Well first it’s worth noting that the Scheme’s NOT just limited to Schools, it also includes Nurseries, Play Groups, Pre Schools, Colleges, holiday and Out of School Providers!….. So you need to contact NHS Supply Chain (contact info below) and raise the amount required to purchase the AED.  Then once the money’s raised simply forward it to NHS Supply Chain and they will send out the AED.  Getting an AED for the school is very easy but it has to be parent driven as shools simply have too much on their plates already and they do not receive any funds to use for AED purchase.  For most Schools to raise around £600 it requires no more than a couple of wear what you like days for a £1 per pupil.

The below info is taken from the Deprtment of Education website:
For schools and other eligible settings that would like assistance to purchase an AED, the Department for Education, working with the Department of Health, has negotiated an arrangement with NHS Supply Chain for schools to purchase AEDs from them at reduced cost. The devices on offer meet the minimum specification required. AEDs are bought in bulk and the discount achieved from this is passed on to schools. Price and model can vary as each batch is purchased separately.
NHS Supply Chain report that, “In the last 2 yrs since the 1/2 price Defibrillators for Schools Scheme has been running, 3 schools where we have provided AEDs  have had instances of Cardiac Arrests within School.  These emergencies involved:  A caretaker, a 5 year old Child and a 12 year old Child. Use of the in school Defibrillator was successful on ALL 3 occasions!”  This is incredibly news to report!!  Normally, the survival rate of an ‘Out of Hospital’ Cardiac Arrest is a dismal 8%  
The current cost of the AEDs for Schools is around £600 which includes VAT and  delivery costs.
The package includes:
• 1 x Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
• 1 x Carry case
• 1 x Battery
• 1 x Universal pads (Device has Paediatric Switch to change between Adult & Baby/Child)
• User guide (user instruction manual in hard or soft copy format)
• 1 x Laminated AED wall sign.


pos-amazingvalue£600 is amazing value for an AED !!!  

AEDs normally cost between £1,000 – £1,500 upwards plus VAT!

Why not speak to your Child’s School or PTA about them purchasing an AED that can be located outside for use by the local community as well.

To place an order, schools and other educational institutions should contact NHS Supply Chain directly by calling:  01925 692 028 or  emailing:

NHS Supply Chain will ask you to provide: The name & address of your school or other eligible setting.  Your school’s 6 digit URN (where applicable) The name of your local authority.  The type & phase of your school or other setting.  A named contact for further correspondence.  An email address & telephone number.

 For more info please go to this Department of Education website link:

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