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CPR information

How to do CPR

Learn how to perform CPR so you can give someone the chance of survival if they collapse and stop breathing.


Find out more about defibrillators, also known as AEDs or PADs.

CPR in Secondary Schools

At RCUK, we believe that everyone should learn the skills to save a life. Use our lesson plan to help teach your students with confidence.

Ways you can learn CPR skills

Lifesaver learning

With our interactive game in a film Lifesaver, you’ll find yourself at the heart of the emergency. Learn CPR skills at home, in your workplace or in VR mode!

Restart a Heart

Taking place on or around 16 October every year, members of the public learn essential CPR skills as part of Restart a Heart. Will you join us this year?

Basic Life Support Instructor Course (BLSi)

BLSi has been created to empower first aid Instructors and others teaching Basic Life Support (BLS), on how to deliver effective, confidence-inspiring and inclusive teaching to a high standard.

Information on decision-making


The ReSPECT process creates personalised recommendations for a person’s clinical care and treatment in a future emergency in which they are unable to make or express choices.

CPR Decisions and DNACPR

Learn more about why CPR decisions are important, and how you can discuss and record your CPR decisions.

More information


We’ve compiled answers to your frequently asked questions on a variety of topics.

Share your story

If you are a cardiac arrest survivor, you've saved a life with CPR, or you have a story about your CPR or ReSPECT decision, we'd love to hear from you.


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Publications and Resources

CPR language resources

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


RCUK publications which provide information on CPR, AEDS, and decision-making.

ReSPECT resources

Documents to support understanding of and use of the ReSPECT process, including easy-read guides.

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Tick_stroke Case Study: Karl - "Luckily when I had my sudden cardiac arrest, my wife was with me"

Karl had been suffering with a sore chest for a week before seeking medical attention. He was quickly admitted to hospital and informed that he may have had a heart attack - a revelation that left him shocked. 18 hours later, Karl experienced a sudden cardiac arrest.

Case study 16 April 2024

Tick_stroke Case Study: Natalie - "Without really thinking, I knew I had to act"

Natalie Jones, a midwife in the NHS, had completed her Resuscitation Council UK Immediate Life Support training just two weeks before her grandfather suffered a sudden cardiac arrest at her family home.

Case study 15 April 2024

Tick_stroke National Cardiac Arrest Audit (NCAA) publishes ‘Public Report 2022-23’

The National Cardiac Arrest Audit (NCAA) launches its 'Public Report 2022-23'. NCAA, created in 2009, is the national clinical audit of in-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK, and is a collaboration between the RCUK and the Intensive Care National Audit & Research Centre (ICNARC).

News 26 March 2024