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* About the Resuscitation Council

1. Mission statement
2. Background
3. Aims
4. Courses
5. Guidelines

6. Other services
    7. Executive committee
8. Honorary Members
9. Patient Advisory Group
10. Organisational chart  (PDF format)
11. Constitution (PDF format)


Mission statement

The Resuscitation Council (UK) exists to promote high-quality, scientific, resuscitation guidelines that are applicable to everybody, and to contribute to saving life through education, training, research and collaboration.



The Resuscitation Council (UK) was formed in August 1981 by a group of medical practitioners from a variety of specialities who shared an interest in, and concern for, the subject of resuscitation.
The objective of the Council was, and still is, to facilitate education of both lay and healthcare professional members of the population in the most effective methods of resuscitation appropriate to their needs.



To achieve its objective, the Resuscitation Council (UK) has the following aims:


In order to teach theoretical and practical resuscitation skills to healthcare professionals, the Council has developed a variety of advanced courses. These include advanced life support courses in adult, paediatric and newborn resuscitation which are run at centres throughout the UK.
Further details and information leaflets on all our courses are available from the central office.


Working Parties of the Resuscitation Council (UK) review protocols for basic, advanced, paediatric, and newborn resuscitation. These are available in the
Guidelines section of this website and in printed form from the Council; please see our Publications list for more details.

In addition, a Research Committee has available funding to assist new resuscitation initiatives. This is described in our Research section.

Project Teams are set up as required to produce new guidelines and reports on relevant resuscitation topics and these are published periodically by the Council. These are included in our Publications list, and many are also published on this website in the Guidelines, Medical Information and Reports and Important Statements sections.

Other services

The Council is happy to receive enquiries in connection with all aspects of resuscitation from the lay public and healthcare professionals. In the first instance, the central office should be contacted for information.


Page last updated 26 February 2015

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