Pupils share life­sav­ing lessons with their MP

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

YOUNG pupils tak­ing part in a life­sav­ing skills course met MP David Rut­ley to tell him about their learn­ing.

The young­sters from Win­cle Pri­mary School are com­plet­ing the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion’s ‘Heart­start’ schools pro­gramme.

The ini­tia­tive teaches pupils sim­ple skills that can help them save lives or re­act in a life-threat­en­ing emer­gency.

Pupils from Win­cle met MP David Rut­ley who learned more about the course.

The school was host­ing Phil Jevon, re­sus­ci­ta­tion of­fi­cer at Wal­sall Manor Hospi­tal, which has played a key role in set­ting up the Heart­start pro­gramme in schools across the coun­try. He has trained teach­ers so that they can pass on th­ese life­sav­ing skills to their pupils.

Mr Rut­ley said: “I was very pleased to be able to visit Win­cle Pri­mary School and find out more about the fan­tas­tic work be­ing done by Phil, his col­leagues at Wal­sall Manor Hospi­tal and the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion.

“Heart­start is an im­por- tant ini­tia­tive which is pro­vid­ing life­sav­ing skills to schools on a daily ba­sis, so that young peo­ple have the skills and con­fi­dence to pro­vide the right as­sis­tance in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions from a young age.

“I hope other schools lo­cally will be able to take part in the months ahead.”

The Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion has do­nated ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­ri­als to school for the pro­gramme.

Phil Jevon said: “To be­come af­fil­i­ated to the ‘Heart­start’ schools pro­gramme, the school needs to have a suit­ably qual­i­fied train­ing su­per­vi­sor.

“My role as train­ing su­per­vi­sor is to pro­vide ‘train the trainer’ ses­sions for the teach­ers, so that they can then teach the emer­gency life sup­port skills.”

The Heart­start ELS course can be un­der­taken with­out any spe­cial med­i­cal knowl­edge and teach­ers can in­clude it in a range of sub­jects.

The pro­gramme in­cludes skills such as as­sess­ing an un­con­scious pa­tient, per­form­ing car­diopul­monary re­sus­ci­ta­tion (CPR), deal­ing with chok­ing or se­ri­ous bleed­ing and help­ing some­one who might be hav­ing a heart at­tack.

In­for­ma­tion about the cam­paign can be found at re­sus. org. uk/ pages/ ELSstmt.htm.

●● Am­ber Lea, Me­gan Ed­wards and sci­ence teacher Jonathan Falkner at out­stand­ing All Hal­lows Catholic Col­lege

●● MP David Rut­ley with pupils and staff from Win­cle Pri­mary School

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