Welcome to the Saving Londoners' Lives website
Saving Londoners' Lives (SLL) is a partnership project aiming to increase the number of people in the capital with emergency life support (ELS) skills. ELS is the set of actions needed to keep someone alive until professional help arrives. Whether someone has had a heart attack, is choking or bleeding, the prompt action of a bystander can make the difference between life and death.
It is never too early to start learning ELS and young people in primary and secondary schools are our key focus: we teach them to be ready, willing and able to step in when the need arises. School is an ideal environment in which to learn ELS within the existing curriculum. The ELS programme can be carefully tailored to the individual requirements of each school, and enables schools to establish flexible delivery of ELS skills to their pupils.
Teachers and other school staff receive free instructor training in ELS from St John Ambulance equipping them to deliver the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) Heartstart UK programme to their pupils. They are supported by medical students from the 5 London medical schools who are specially trained by the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust.
A message of support from the Mayor of London
"I am delighted to be a partner in this London wide project that helps prevent death and serious illness, so improving the health of Londoners. Saving Londoners' Lives leads joint work across the NHS in London, St John Ambulance, British Heart Foundation, London Ambulance Service and the five London medical schools to ensure that every school in each London borough can train their pupils with the simple skills that can save lives. I congratulate them on their commitment to increase the number of people in the capital with emergency life support skills, and to equip schools with the necessary training and resources to be ready, willing and able to step in when the need arises. All this is provided at no cost to the school because each of the partners pulls their weight. I look forward to continued involvement in this programme as year on year they increase the number of school pupils who can be trained, and therefore increase Londoners' chance of survival in emergency situations."
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London