Senior pupils can be of great assistance in delivering the Heartstart UK program to younger pupils.  Many school Instructors have busy timetables and benefit from the support of the Senior Pupil Facilitators, in setting up, manikin hygiene and small group supervision.

The peer tutor role gives senior pupils valuable insight into teaching skills and volunteering and can form part of a personal portfolio.  Several initiatives recognise this training as a contribution to other awards: the Community Sports Leaders Award and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme are two examples.  Pupils may subsequently volunteer in community schemes.

The Training Course
Training takes 4-5 hours and can take place in school, over a two or four week period, at a time suitable to the school.  

The Instructors Handbook covers the course work and will be provided a few weeks prior to the training sessions. The course consists of:

  • Introduction to Heartstart Ayrshire & Arran and Heartstart UK.
  • Basic Emergency Life Support skills.
  • Basic anatomy and physiology of the heart and lungs.
  • Hands on practice on resuscitation manikins.
  • Instruction and practice in the presentation and teaching of the Heartstart program.
  • Maintenance and cleaning of equipment.
  • Manual Handling.
On completion of the training, each Senior Pupil Facilitator is issued with a certificate which requires an annual up-date.

At classes, the trained member of staff will take the lead, allowing the Facilitator to take small groups of pupils.  There may also be an opportunity to take the Heartstart program to the feeder Primary Schools in your area. Pupil Facilitators may also help raise awareness of the need for Emergency Life Support by helping out at promotional events.

Recognition of Achievement Awards are presented annually by the British Heart Foundation and all Senior School Facilitators will be considered for these awards.

 


 

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