Resuscitation Council UK’s core mission is to ensure that everyone who has a cardiac arrest has access to appropriate cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
We have set out four goals that we are determined to achieve by 2030 in partnership with the resuscitation community:
- Everyone should receive appropriate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) treatment in clinical, community and care settings, underpinned by the comprehensive availability of evidence-based clinical guidelines, training and life-long learning.
- Survival rates for out of hospital cardiac arrest match world-leading comparators.
- Everyone affected by involvement in a Cardiac Arrest (CA) and the provision of cardiopulmonary resuscitation receives appropriate, personalised support.
- Cardiopulmonary resuscitation has become a mechanism to reduce social inequalities, not another measure of them.
For us, these goals mean equipping health and social care professionals with cutting-edge, evidence-based resuscitation guidelines and training, as well as ensuring members of the public learn CPR skills, so more people are given a chance of survival in an emergency.
It also means developing support services for all those involved in, or impacted by, resuscitation. We care about ensuring resuscitation preferences are respected, so it means seeing conversations that support CPR decision-making normalised through shared decision-making processes such as ReSPECT.
And as the inequalities in survival rates are unacceptable to us, it means developing greater understanding of why there are differences in attitudes and public access to CPR training, disparities in access to defibrillators, and how we can work with others to change this.
Achieving change on this scale will be a big challenge. It will need to be achieved by working with a wide spectrum of partners, listening to people with their own experience of cardiac arrest or CPR decision making and engaging the entire resuscitation community.
To learn more about our vision to 2030, watch the video below and download the vision document.