Campaign shortlisted for national award

A pupil learning CPR on Restart a Heart Day.
A pupil learning CPR on Restart a Heart Day.
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A pioneering health campaign which provides free cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training to thousands of youngsters has been shortlisted for a national award.

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) Restart a Heart Day campaign has made it to the finals of the HSJ Awards in the Improving Outcomes Through Learning and Development category.

The HSJ Awards recognise, celebrate and promote the finest achievements in the NHS and showcase them to the service’s most influential leaders.

Project lead Jason Carlyon, a clinical development manager with YAS, said: “We are so proud to reach the finals of the HSJ Awards which are the largest healthcare awards in the world.

“We know there were over 1,500 entries so to make the shortlist is an exceptional achievement and reflects the hard work we have put into making the project such a success, not just in Yorkshire but nationally and now internationally.”

The shortlisted organisations will now complete presentations and interviews to a judging panel made up of senior and influential figures from the health sector before the winners are announced at a ceremony in London on November 22.

Over the last three years, YAS, in conjunction with the British Heart Foundation, Resuscitation Council (UK) and St John Ambulance, has provided CPR training to 51,000 youngsters at secondary schools across the county on Restart a Heart Day.

Another 25,000 Yorkshire youngsters are about to become potential life-savers on October 16. A total of 136 secondary schools across Yorkshire have signed up to receive the life-saving CPR training. YAS has also influenced the roll-out of the scheme to all ambulance trusts in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

YAS first delivered the mass training event in 2014 to mark the European Resuscitation Council’s Restart a Heart Day.