Common Good


Save a Life for Scotland

Since October 2016, GCU staff and students have been active supporters and participants in facilitating the national Restart a Heart Day.

Opportunity to develop the following Common Good Attributes
Active and global citizenship
Entrepreneurial mind-set
Responsible leadership
What’s involved?
Restart a Heart Day is a designated yearly day of action across Europe with the aim to teach vital life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills to as many people as possible. Within Scotland we also have our own strategy launched in 2015 for out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), which aims to double survival rates across the country within five years. Save a Life for Scotland is a campaign which aims to reach 500,000 people with CPR skills across the country, and volunteers participating in their activities, will be part of a team teaching simple CPR skills to save lives.
How will participating in this activity/opportunity allow students to make a positive difference to the communities that we serve?
Participating in SALFS’s activities will help us teach more people to save lives. This will mean more members of the public will know how to start CPR. This is critical in increasing survival rates and is the cornerstone of improving outcomes. At the moment only around 1 in 12 people will survive an OHCA but prompt bystander CPR can increase the likelihood of survival after OHCA by 2 or 3 times. Our students could help SALFS reach their target of doubling survival rates, meaning around 300 more lives could be saved every year compared to recent years and a total of 1,000 additional lives saved by 2020.
What are the benefits of taking part in this activity/opportunity for participating students?
Participating students will gain experience in working with experienced CPR providers from a range of disciplines and working within an interprofessional environment. These sessions are run in a variety of settings, thereby presenting an opportunity to engage with a diverse cultural environment, promoting active and global citizenship. As the mission of SALFS is to encourage people who would not have had the confidence previously to help in an OHCA, there is an element of developing the entrepreneurial mind-set in relation to changing culture through education. Initially, students will be supported and supervised, but should the opportunity present itself and be appropriate, students may be leading part sessions to small groups of members of the public, helping them demonstrate leadership qualities. Engaging in these activities develops confidence through developing skills of speaking to small groups in public and learning new skills.
Success stories
Our work so far has supported the campaign and was instrumental in the success with Glasgow City Council become the first City to pledge to train all school pupils in CPR.
Which School or department delivers/ supports this activity?
School of Health and Life Sciences
Which students can participate in this activity?
All students
Name: Liz Simpson
Role: Lecturer
Department/School: Nursing and Community Health / School of Health and Life Sciences
Telephone: 0141 331 3444