Background History


Who are we:

  • Developed by Dr David McCluskey, Head of The Division of Medicine & Therapeutics, Queens University, Belfast in the Autumn of 2004.
  • Current consulant suprvisors are Dr N Cromie and Dr R Plumb, QUB.
  • Initial student co-ordinators and founders were Michael Connolly and Philip Toner, who continue to be invovled with the pogramme as postgraduate doctors.
  • Subsequent student co-ordinators who also sit on the charity committee include:

          Patrice Mc Grath / Leanne Laverty / Claire Anderson / Chris Mohan / Kate Hill / Philip Moore / Nick Greer / Graham Mc Cracken /

          Stephanie Campbell / A Topping / C Mc Cormick / L Smith

  • Currently the 3rd year co-ordinator is Samuel Lockhart (2013-2014)


Our purpose:

  • Designed to teach basic life support skills (BLS) to primary school children in Northern Ireland.

Our vision:

  • <1% of the general population know
    how to respond in an emergency

  • Children are keen to learn and are been
    shown to be effective both in acquiring knowledge and physcomotor skills of BLS
    (see research section)

  • 70% of cardiac arrests occur without
    warning at home, where children are frequently present and could represent a
    target group for delivery of immediate resuscitation support until paramedic
    help arrives

  • Our vision is to make training not just
    a desirable but indeed an essential part of the school curriculum

  • With successive years of training, a
    generation of young people will be capable of performing resuscitation

How does it work?

  • Pyramidal approach

  • Medical students instructed by
    postgraduate doctors over a 6 week training process at Queens University

  • Trained students instruct teachers at a
    90 min training session at an education board location

  • Teachers are provided with a 'Little
    Anne' manikin and a resource pack of CDROM videos / training manuals

  • Teachers instruct their school pupils
    during similar 90 min sessions at a suitable time during their P7 curriculum

Current status:

  • All of the 911 primary schools in
    Northern Ireland were invited to participate

  • 450 schools enrolled

  • 321 schools trained and equipment provided

  • 83 schools refreshed

  • Ongoing training planned March - June

What are pupils taught?

  1. How to assess an unconscious casualty
  2. How to make an emergency call for ambulance
  3. How to give mouth to mouth resuscitation and chest
  4. How to put a casualty into the recovery position

Charitable status:

  • Granted in 2008 - 'ABC for life'

  • Fund raising to provide training and
    resources free of charge