Pupils from Kineton school have spent Valentine’s Day learning how to keep their heart in top condition. One hundred and fifty pupils from the school took part in Warwickshire Heart Shield for the second year running and learned how to prevent cardiovascular disease.
The initiative is delivered by Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service in partnership with Public Health Warwickshire and Jaguar Land Rover volunteers. Secondary school pupils are trained in emergency life support skills such as Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and how to use a defibrillator. They also learn how to put someone into the recovery position and receive advice on a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Through engaging with schools in this way, the Warwickshire Heart Shield initiative aims to increase bystander CPR rates and reduce cardiovascular disease across the county.
Since the project was launched in June 2016 over 3,200 Warwickshire pupils have been taught key life saving skills in 15 of Warwickshire’s secondary schools. Evaluation feedback from Heart Shield has been excellent: 100% of the schools who have taken part have confirmed that they would like us to continue to deliver Heart Shield as part of their PSHE programme.
Every pupil taking part in the initiative completes an evaluation. Data shows that knowledge of CPR and heart health increases in 98% of pupils after a Heart Shield session, with over 85% of pupils feeling confident that they could perform CPR in the event of an emergency.
Portfolio Holder for Community Fire Safety, Councillor Howard Roberts said:
“It’s fantastic to see Warwickshire Heart Shield doing such fantastic work with schools. CPR is vital skill to have and the more pupils who learn it, the safer we will be as a county.”
For more information on the programme, please contact Niky Moultrie, Heart Shield Project Officer on 02476 314376 ext 2133