Healthwatch Lancashire support Cardiac Smart campaign

Today, Healthwatch Lancashire staff and board members took part in CPR and defibrillator training delivered by North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS) to show their support for their Cardiac Smart campaign.

The training, delivered by paramedic and “Chain of Survival” County Leader for Lancashire, Cheryl Pickstock. Provided the Healthwatch Lancashire team with the basic skills and understanding they need to preform CPR and use a defibrillator in life threatening situations.

In January, Healthwatch Lancashire Chief Executive, Gill Brown, attended the North West Ambulance Service “Cardiac Smart” event, hosted at the House of Commons and in March took the opportunity to experience a full day with a team of paramedics in Preston. This resulted in an effort to ensure Healthwatch Lancashire staff recieved a training session to raise their awareness of the importance of being “Cardiac Smart”.

The House of Commons event was organised by NWAS to gain support from parliament on the subject of improving cardiac arrest survival rates outside of hospital within the UK. Cardiac arrest survivors, and those who have saved lives, attended the event and shared their stories and experiences.

Healthwatch Lancashire Chief Executive, Gill Brown, stated “Stories which were shared at the event by the survivors and by those who have saved lives were inspiring. The event really did raise awareness of how important it is for all members of the public to know how to use a defibrillator and to perform CPR. It’s amazing how a small amount of training can save a person’s life.”

“From my experience at the Cardiac Smart event and being able to see the paramedic crew in action, I believe that everyone needs to become more aware of how easy it can be to save a life by learning a few basic skills”.

“The training was extremely beneficial for the Healthwatch Lancashire team and the board members who participated and I would like to thank Cheryl for delivering the session.”



Become a volunteer for NWAS

NWAS is supported by an active and much valued cohort of Community First Responders and Volunteer Car Drivers who operate across the North West.

Community First Responders are all volunteers who live and work in the local community and are trained by the Trust to attend certain types of emergency calls where time can sometimes mean the difference between life and death. The responder provides appropriate care until the emergency ambulance arrives on scene. This type of resource has particular value in the more rural areas of our region.

Volunteer Car Drivers are also volunteers who live and work in the local community and they give up their time to assist the Patient Transport Service, transporting patients to and from hospital appointments.


To find out more about the North West Ambulance Service, and how you can become “Cardiac Smart”, please click here.