An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a machine used to give an electric shock to a person in cardiac arrest to restore their normal heart rhythm.
You do not have to have had training to use a defibrillator - just turn it on and follow the audio and visual prompts
After a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces someone's chance of survival by 10%
Getting a defibrillator to a casualty within the first 5 minutes can increase a casualty’s chances of survival by up to 70%
Purchasing an AED for your school
The Department f Education have negotiated an arrangement with NHS Supply Chains to provide AEDs for schools at a discounted cost.
Does your school need a defibrillator?
Schools are not required by law to keep a defibrillator on site, but as a central point in their local communities, they are well-positioned for people to have quick and easy access to them; the first five minutes being the most crucial.
It is also worth considering the size of your school and the role of the AED in ensuring the health and safety of students, staff, visitors and other people on site.
There are many issues a school may wish to consider when installing and AED. It is always worth contacting your local ambulance trust to discuss your schools requirements.
NHS Supply Chains:
Currently and AED costs £617.57 (inc VAT). These are Mediana HeartOn A115 AED and include delivery cost. To place an order, schools and other educational institutions should contact NHS Supply Chain directly by calling 01925 692028 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
British Heart Foundation (BHF):
Do not part fund defibrillators for schools but can provide training resources. The BHF is offering free CPR training packs to all secondary schools. Your school can order their Call, Push, Rescue Pack here
Schools can purchase an AED from other suppliers. Please refer to ANNEX A in Department for Education Resource so it meets the minimum specification.
For more information on Defibrillators in schools go the Department for Education Resource
Ambulance service community team. There are 10 ambulance trusts in England.
Each trust has a Community Resuscitation and Development Team who are responsible for providing support and advice for local communities and schools when purchasing a Community Public Access Defibrillators (cPADs)
Follow the links to your ambulance trust and support from the team to apply for a Public Access Defibrillator in your areas
Charities that support funding for schools
There are many charities and not-for-profit community groups that support schools in helping to raise funds for a defibrillator. Some offer financial support as well as support and ideas in fundraising in your school and getting parents and local communities involved.
DiPPs Defibrillators in Public Places, is a charity that supports schools, community groups and sports centres to install a life-saving defibrillator. VISIT WEBSITE
Hand on Heart is a charity established as a national campaign to raise awareness of cardiac arrest in the young and the need for defibrillators in schools. VISIT WEBSITE
North East Hearts with Goals is a charity based in the North East. They place lifesaving defibrillators into public places such as schools, colleges and sports clubs. VISIT WEBSITE
The Community Heartbeat Trust (CHT) is a charity whose aims are to help and support communities in the correct provision of defibrillators. VISIT WEBSITE