Community Training

There is no legal requirement to have defibrillator training. The UK Resuscitation Council guidelines indicate that community defibrillators (AEDs) should be able to be used by members of the public with or without any formal training. This is because the equipment is very easy to be used, and when you have called 999, the ambulance service operator will normally stay on the telephone to assist you. The modern AED equipment is also designed to talk to you and tell you what to do. You cannot make a mistake when using and AED – just follow the instructions being given. However training is desirable, particularly to create confidence in the community, learn CPR, and to understand the processes, as well as managing best practice, and reducing potential for liability.
CHT works with the ambulance service to provide community awareness sessions, or can                                                                           
offer an inclusive full training programme if required through its training partners. Annual
retraining is advised on formally trained people.
The CHT community awareness ‘Heartbeat’ programme is unique has been recognised as
being ideal for a rural community to create awareness of the issues surrounding treating a
patient in the community. It is not a formal classroom course, but designed to answer
questions, give basic instruction, be interactive and create confidence.


Each 2 hour session covers:
  • What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest 
  • 5 minutes to save a life’
  • Physiology of the heart’
  • How to recognise SCA
  • How to dial 999 :-
  • what to expect - questions you will be asked
  • How to do CPR and why
  • How to use your AED
  • Recovery position/turning a patient
  • Handover to the Paramedics
  • Governance and support programmes
The first awareness session for a community is normally built in to your delivery when the community uses the CHT full cPAD programme. Additional sessions may incur a small charge. Full first aid training sessions are chargeable and can be arranged through CHT.
Since January 2015 alone over 33,000 have attended these sessions. 
If you would like to request an awareness session for your community please contact us here and we can send you further details.


Please make sure you have read and understood this disclaimer - It will be assumed that you have read prior to CHT receiving any request. CHT are not responsible for your fund raising, nor your cPAD operations, but may assist in both. CHTs only aim is to support the installation of a cPAD scheme in the most cost effective way possible adhering to Best Practice, and help save lives in your community. This website, and any downloaded information, is for information only on how to go about obtaining and installing a cPAD, and other relevant information. All copyrights and trademarks are recognised. All support for the cPAD will be undertaken by the village committee responsible and via standard manufacturers warranties. Any training organisation will only be responsible for the initial awareness training and not for the functioning or maintenance of the AED. Please do not send any monies to CHT until you have registered your scheme with us, and have agreement from the local ambulance service for the establishment of a cPAD scheme. All schemes must be registered with the local ambulance service (CHT will also undertake this or you can do via this site, but this does not remove responsibility for you to notify the local ambulance service of your AED location). 999/112 (ambulance) must always be called prior to using a cPAD equipment. VAT may be applicable if your organisation is not an eligible body as defined by HMRC. All current or historical claims for VAT will be met by the local community. All schemes will be asked to sign an agreement taking responsibility for their own fund raising and donations to CHT, and then the operation and maintenance of the cPAD equipment. All CHT provided schemes will need to manage their maintenance through the WebNoS online system as a condition of CHT support. It is your responsibility to maintain the equipment in working order and to make sure the local ambulance service is aware of this. WebNoS makes this possible and also acts as an audit trail for management of the equipment. Sites provided by CHT and not using WebNoS may be disengaged from the ambulance service CAD systems. Any web site showing defibrillator locations is for information only, and should not be used in preference to dialling 999. CHT works in close cooperation with the UK ambulance services. Always dial 999 in an emergency

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