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* What's New - February 2015


The Resuscitation Council (UK) awarded NICE

The Resuscitation Council (UK) [RC (UK)] has become one of only 19 UK charities to receive NICE accreditation.

In 2012 the National Centre for Clinical Excellence (NICE) awarded the RC (UK) accreditation for the resuscitation Guidelines 2010. Three years on the RC (UK) applied for and has received NICE accreditation for the process used to assemble and produce all its guideline documents.

The RC (UK) works to promote high-quality, scientific resuscitation guidelines that are applicable to everybody, and to contribute to saving life through education, training, research and collaboration. In October 2015 the RC (UK) will publish new resuscitation guidelines.

The NICE accreditation mark will be displayed on guidelines to inform users that they can expect it to be a high quality source of information. The accreditation is valid for five years from March 2015.

Dr Jasmeet Soar, member of the Executive Committee and Lead Author of the process manual said, “I’m pleased that NICE has recognised that RC (UK) has a robust guidelines development process that both healthcare professionals and the public can rely on.”

Since 2009, NICE has accredited 62 guidance development processes on a number of different medical areas. The Resuscitation council (UK) is proud to be part of this number.

Professor Martin Underwood, Chair of the NICE Accreditation Advisory Committee said: “I am delighted to congratulate the Resuscitation Council (UK) who successfully met all 25 criteria on which their processes were assessed. The charity aims to save lives through the education of the public, as well as improving the education of healthcare professionals in relation to resuscitation. Therefore I am particularly pleased to congratulate them on the degree to which lay members are involved in development of their guidance.”

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation
   (2nd edition)

The training manual Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation (2nd edition) is now being sold at a reduced price. We have a limited stock of these and with the implementation of new CPR Guidelines in October 2015 the Resuscitation Council (UK) has no plans to develop a 3rd edition of this publication. 
No of Copies      Price per copy
1 - 249                £3
250 - 500            £2.50
Postage and packaging is included for deliveries in the UK
(If you would like to order more than 500 copies please contact us for prices).

This manual  can be used by any trainer/organisation and is suitable for those who wish to train in CPR and the use of an AED, whether they be healthcare providers, lay community responders or members of the public. The manual is based on Guidelines 2010 and focuses on links 2 and 3 of the Chain of Survival (i.e. early CPR and early defibrillation).  The aim of the manual is to:

  • provide the content of a CPR/AED course;
  • outline the learning outcomes that should be achieved;
  • give advice to resuscitation trainers on the delivery of CPR/AED training and the essential information required during a CPR/AED course;
  • provide a certificate that the candidate attended a CPR/AED course and correctly demonstrated the skills required on a manikin during simulated cardiac arrest;
  • provide a log-book for the candidate to complete as a record of training and re-training.

CPR Guidelines 2015 - ILCOR reviews ready for public comment
Publication of Resuscitation Council (UK) CPR Guidelines 2015
The Resuscitation Council (UK) CPR Guidelines are based on an international process coordinated by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR).

ILCOR has an online public commenting process with the objective of providing transparent and rigorous treatment recommendations based on high-quality systematic evidence reviews. To comment on ILCOR systematic reviews go to

As a stakeholder in resuscitation care, the RC (UK) encourages you or your organisation to participate in the ILCOR public comment process. Further reviews will be added over the next month.

ILCOR’s Consensus on Science with Treatment Recommendations (CoSTR) document is scheduled for online publication in the medical journals Circulation and Resuscitation on 15 October 2015.  The Resuscitation Council (UK) will publish resuscitation guidelines based in part on the CoSTR science review on 15 October 2015.

'The Chokeables' from St John Ambulance
The Resuscitation Council (UK) fully supports the new campaign by St John Ambulance; Dr Andrew Lockey explains why it's so important - 'The Chokeables highlights the potential danger of everyday objects to babies: a pen lid, a marble and even a jelly sweet. As an Emergency Physician I have seen several deaths caused by choking, a number of which could easily have been prevented by using first aid skills. St John's imaginative and engaging advert demonstrates how to help a choking baby in three swift steps. Their research found that 80% of parents wouldn't know how to administer the correct first aid if they found themselves in the situation. Let's help change this by watching and sharing The Chokeables, it is lifesaving information that every parent should watch.'

Membership criteria updated
The Resuscitation Council (UK) has made changes to the criteria for becoming a member and increased the benefits offered to members.

Automated external defibrillators - A guide for maintained schools and

The Resuscitation Council (UK) is delighted to support this strategy, and we are grateful for the opportunity to contribute expertise to the guide. We commend the Department for Education for recognising the importance of swift access to a defibrillator and quality CPR for victims of a cardiac arrest. By cascading teaching and awareness of these vital steps to schools and surrounding communities, many lives will be saved as a result.

Consensus Paper on out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in England
This consensus paper has been developed by the British Heart Foundation, Resuscitation Council (UK) and NHS England to help explain the analysis of data on the incidence and survival rates of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) in England.

British Heart Foundation - Nation of Lifesavers
To coincide with European Restart a Heart day on 16 October the British Heart Foundation has launched its Nation of Lifesavers initiative.

(To support this, the BHF will provide a free Call Push Rescue training kit to any secondary school or non-profit making community group in the UK that applies to the BHF for it).

Decisions relating to CPR
Guidance on decisions relating to CPR from the British Medical Association, the Resuscitation Council (UK), and the Royal College of Nursing (previously known as the "Joint Statement") has been updated.


Page last updated 27 February 2015

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