Life-saving charity supports returning NHS staff with free clinical training

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London, UK – Life-saving charity Resuscitation Council UK (RCUK) is providing free online training to the thousands of former clinicians returning to NHS frontlines at Nightingale Hospitals during the COVID-19 crisis.

RCUK was approached by Nightingale Hospitals to provide a version of its existing course content on resuscitation targeted specifically at clinicians returning as part of the ‘Your NHS Needs You’ campaign at no cost to the Nightingale Hospitals. 

RCUK teamed up with LEO Learning to create a bespoke online learning platform on crucial advanced resuscitation techniques.

RCUK and LEO worked tirelessly throughout a weekend to ensure the package was ready in just 72 hours for the first intake of clinicians in preparation for their induction at the Excel Nightingale Hospital, enabling them to provide skilled care in the event of a cardiac arrest.

The charity normally oversees resuscitation training for around 135,000 people each year. With these courses now largely suspended as staff deal with the COVID-19 crisis, RCUK has taken the decision to transfer some of its key training courses online. The course can be accessed on smartphone, tablet and laptop and offers downloads of key informational charts — including a specific algorithm for COVID-19 life support application — allowing content to be referenced whenever necessary.

Dr James Cant, CEO of Resuscitation Council UK said:

“We are incredibly grateful to the team at LEO who assisted Resuscitation Council UK to setup and deliver our bespoke course, Adult resuscitation e-learning, for the NHS Nightingale Hospitals in under 72 hours. This crucial piece of work will provide training for the vital healthcare professionals who are facing COVID-19 on the frontline and will benefit the patients who are under their care. In uncertain and trying times such as these, work like this will help make a difference.”

Notes to editor

Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops pumping blood around the body, and causes a person to collapse and stop breathing. Survival rates from out of hospital cardiac arrest remain stubbornly low in the UK, with fewer than one in ten people surviving. If CPR were more widely taught, thousands of lives could be saved every year. Source: Resuscitation to Recovery.

About Resuscitation Council UK

Resuscitation Council UK is saving lives by developing guidelines, influencing policy, delivering courses and supporting cutting-edge research. Through education, training and research, we’re working towards the day when everyone in the country has the skills they need to save a life.

Press Contact: Emily Pulham, Communications Manager, Resuscitation Council UK 07506374945 : emily.pulham@resus.org.uk