Resuscitation Council UK

Resuscitation Council UK

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  • Health and well being / research and care

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National - England


Resuscitation Council UK is committed to ensuring that survival rates for in and out of hospital cardiac arrest improve. We’re doing this by driving CPR education, and encouraging everyone, from healthcare workers to the general public, to learn life-saving resuscitation skills.

We want to make sure more people arrive at a hospital with their best chance of surviving a cardiac arrest, and with an opportunity to receive the care they deserve both during the event and while they recover.

This involves public participation and learning skills in CPR so we can all help the people around us in an emergency. It also involves breaking down health inequalities and making sure our resuscitation community is diverse and representative, to ensure all people have their best chance of survival in the event of a cardiac arrest.


Our commitment to establishing best practice has made RCUK a leader in the resuscitation field. We have built a community of healthcare professionals who share our passion for saving lives with appropriate resuscitation, and who use our guidelines, courses and quality standards as a baseline for their education and action.

With our public training initiatives, including the world-renowned Restart a Heart campaign and our BAFTA-nominated interactive training game Lifesaver, we provide the public with crucial opportunities to learn about CPR and defibrillation. 

We are also committed to improving post-resuscitation care for those who have suffered a cardiac arrest. In our upcoming work on this project, we will be listening to the needs of those who have experienced cardiac arrest and looking at how these people can be better supported, both physically and emotionally. 

We campaign when we think that more could be done to support education and awareness around CPR and resuscitation. We’ve done that already by helping to get CPR on the school curriculum and raising defibrillator awareness in the Scottish Parliament.

For our community of healthcare professionals, we provide funding that allows them to change the way we think about resuscitation. We offer annual Research and Development grants to individuals whose ideas inspire us, and we have also funded two major out of hospital cardiac arrest audits: NCAA and OHCAOA.

We champion the ReSPECT process, which allows people to discuss and document the care they’d prefer to receive in an emergency.

We share stories from people who have performed CPR, survived a cardiac arrest, planned for an emergency or used their professional skills in a clinical environment.

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