Restart A Heart Day

It’s time to get hands on for Restart a Heart Day.

On and around 16 October each year, an alliance of partners all over the world (including UK Ambulance Services, Universities, and other charitable and public sector community-based organisations and first aid training organisations) come together to increase public awareness of cardiac arrests and increase the number of people trained in life saving CPR. They do this by organising and facilitating training events and also by providing opportunities for people to learn CPR digitally in the safety and comfort of their own home.

Survival rates from out of hospital cardiac arrest remain stubbornly low in the UK, with fewer than one in ten people surviving.  Whether you're hosting an event or attending one, teaching in person or learning online, you have a key role to play in improving survival rates from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and ensuring that everyone has a chance to learn CPR and that those having a sudden cardiac arrest have their best chance of surviving.  

Whether you’ve learnt CPR before, or this is your first time, this is an opportunity to learn how CPR guidance has changed during COVID-19 and gain the skills and confidence to help if someone collapses and stops breathing normally. First, watch this short video that explains the steps you should take if you see someone in cardiac arrest:

Here’s how you can get involved:

Show your support

Let your friends and family know you’re supporting Restart a Heart by using the hashtag #RestartAHeart on social media.  


Ambulance services across the UK are holding events both in-person and online (including livestreams and training sessions held via video conferencing apps.)

Independent events are welcomed, and a Training Provider Pack for use as a guide to running your event is available to help support your event. If you are planning to hold an event, please register your event through our short survey.

To find out what your local ambulance service is doing for Restart a Heart day, click ‘Ambulance Contacts’ below.

Regional contacts

East Midlands Ambulance Service

Mel Wright,

East of England Ambulance Service

Lorna Hayes,

Guernsey - St John Ambulance Service

Jim Cathcart,

Isle of Wight Ambulance Service

Louise Walker,

Jersey Ambulance Service

Nathan Judge,

London Ambulance Service

Abby Doolan,

Northern Ireland Ambulance Service

Stephanie Leckey,

North East Ambulance Service

Alex Mason,

North West Ambulance Service

David McNally,

Save a Life for Scotland

Lisa MacInnes, | Website

Scottish Ambulance Service

Caroline Young,

South Central Ambulance Service

Nicola Dunbar,

Leonie Latimer,

South East Coast Ambulance Service

Scott Montgomery,

South West Ambulance Service

Amy Sainsbury,

Ollie Zorab,

Welsh Ambulance Service

Fiona Maclean, | Website

West Midlands Ambulance Service

Cliff Medlicott,

Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Jason Carlyon,

Louise Boyes, | Website


Resources for learning and teaching:


How to learn CPR


Resuscitation Council UK’s game-in-a-film puts users at the heart of the action as they learn CPR and defibrillation skills through decision making.

Animation: CPR during COVID-19

RCUK’s animation demonstrates what to do when someone collapses and stops breathing normally at a time of increased risk of infection.

St John Ambulance's First Aid App

Download St John Ambulance’s free mobile phone app to have life-saving knowledge - including how to perform CPR - at your fingertips.


Educational resources and more from Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Yorkshire Ambulance Service have a range of educational materials on their website, including CPR resources in Makaton and a variety of languages.


Learn CPR in 15 minutes with RevivR™ CPR Training from British Heart Foundation. Most of us will witness a cardiac arrest in our lifetime. Be ready for that day with RevivR, BHF's fast, free and easy-to-use CPR training course.

First Aid App

This free first aid app from British Red Cross covers 19 first aid skills. Using a simple and easy to learn approach, the app is suitable for anyone looking to learn first aid to help others in an emergency.

How to teach CPR

Teaching your Secondary School Pupils CPR

Resuscitation Council UK’s lesson plan will help you ensure your students have the confidence and skill to identify a cardiac arrest and attempt to save a life with skills in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and defibrillation.

First Aid Champions

First Aid Champions, from British Red Cross, is a new first aid teaching site for learners aged 5-18. First aid education is now on the RSE and health curriculum in England, and First Aid Champions can be used by all schools in the UK to teach the skills children and young people need to save a life.

Lesson Plans for Schoolchildren

St John Ambulance’s free resources and lesson plans have been developed to support teaching first aid as part of health education. The resources are organised in teaching pathways for Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, and Key Stage 4, and outline a recommended order for teaching the different first aid topics to pupils.

BHF resources to build a Nation of Lifesavers

If you’re planning lifesaving training for your staff, pupils or members of your local community, you’ll find updated advice, training videos and certificates on the BHF website showing you how to teach and learn CPR skills safely using the hands-only approach.

Additional resources

Flier on how to do CPR

Download our flier, which shows the simple steps you need to take to perform CPR. Perfect for printing and sharing with friends, family and your wider community.

CPR language resources

Our language fliers and animation videos demonstrate how to do CPR in a range of languages.

Supporters Pack

Find out how you can support the campaign with guidance around events, messaging, design, and social media.


Why you should learn CPR

  • Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops pumping blood around the body, and causes a person to collapse and stop breathing normally. 
  • 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. (Resuscitation to Recovery
  • Around 80% of cardiac arrests happen in the home. As people are spending more time at home during COVID-19, that statistic may be higher at the moment. Learning CPR guarantees that you have the skills to help those around you, including in the home. 
  • RCUK’s amended COVID-19 bystander CPR guidance is based on the best available evidence and clinical advice and has sought to balance maximising the chances of survival with rescuer safety. To learn more about why we have updated our guidance, please read our statement.

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