The Stephen Carey Fund are probably most recognised for the work they have undertaken to place Community Public Access Defibrillators (cPADs) throughout Northumberland but this is only part of their remit. Other core goals of the charity are to raise the awareness of Cardiac Arrest and to ensure that the number of people who would be willing to and have the necessary skills to perform casualty assessment and if appropriate CPR is increased.

A recent British Heart Foundation survey revealed that 57% of individuals who came across a casualty would look for someone else to take the lead rather than step forward to see if they could help. In the case of cardiac arrest minutes are vital and we feel strongly that this percentage is far too high and that every person should be taught basic life saving skills before they leave school and have the opportunity to refresh those skills on a regular basis.

Community Awareness Session

In conjunction with the installation of each cabinet and provision of a defibrillator we run an initial Community Awareness Session for the community and commit to providing annual refresher sessions, all of this time is provided completely free of charge.

Each of these sessions are organised in conjunction with the local community and utilise the generous offer of locations which are provided free to the charity/local community. The sessions themselves generally last between 1½ to 2 hours and we regularly see between 25 and 50 attendees at each session. These sessions focus primarily on how to deal with a casualty who has collapsed with no obvious injuries, making appropriate assessments and where appropriate how to perform CPR and use a defibrillator.

British Heart Foundation Heart Start Course

In addition to the Community Awareness Sessions we also provide the British Heart Foundation Heart Start courses for communities or organisations, these courses take around 1½ – 2 hours to complete, which are suitable for all ages and covers a range of Emergency Life Support Skills (ELS) including:

  • Dealing with an unconscious casualty
  • Suspected Heart Attacks
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Serious Bleeding
  • Choking

In addition as certified defibrillator operators we are able to provide demonstration on a range of public access defibrillators which is over and above the the standard Heart Start course content. Certificates will be provided to those who complete the session and can demonstrate appropriate understanding of the knowledge and skills demonstrated.

All our sessions are hands on as we would much rather ensure you gain practical experience of the steps and techniques involved in a managed scenario with appropriate guidance and instruction.

To enquire further or arrange your course please contact using the form below: