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Patient Safety Awards 2010

Patient Safety Awards 2010 Finalist

Saving Londoners' Lives partnership has been shortlisted for the Patient Safety Awards 2010

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Mary Smith, left, and Dr Gillian Schiller, right, being presented the 2009 Communication award by Bupa chairman Lord Leitch on behalf of the SLL partnership

Saving Londoners' Lives partnership receives BUPA Foundation 2009 Communication Award

The SLL partnership received the Bupa Foundation's 2009 Communication Award at a ceremony at Lincoln's Inn in London on the evening of 19 November 2009. Dr Gillian Schiller, Dr Keith Brent and the Saving Londoners' Lives partners were recognised by the Bupa Foundation for developing the Saving Londoners' Lives programme, which teaches primary and secondary school pupils across London emergency life support skills with no cost to the schools. Thanks to the programme the number of people in the capital with emergency life support skills will increase, boosting Londoners' chances of survival in a life threatening situation.

In addition to winning the Bupa Foundation's 2009 Communication Award, Saving Londoners' Lives has also received a £15,000 prize from the Foundation, which will allow the partnership to expand the programme by increasing the number of medical students trained and the number of schools involved in the programme. The Bupa Foundation Awards are made annually to recognise excellence in medical research and healthcare. On average Bupa donates £2.5 million to the Bupa Foundation every year. Please click here to view a short documentary made by the BUPA Foundation to showcase the work SLL does.

This Award recognises the success of a true partnership between the public sector, academe, and the voluntary sector, which is achieving an important change in the health of people in London. It salutes the vision and commitment of people in each organisation, their hard work and their passion for making a real difference. It particularly points up the crucial role of getting the communication right for everyone involved in any part of the scheme. The SLL partnership focuses actively and closely on each link in our communication chain - the school pupils, the school staff, and those in the partnership who are working to make sure that together we get the best results.

Dr Gillian Schiller, programme lead for Saving Londoners' Lives said: "Emergency life support can make the difference between life and death, as immediate CPR given to a cardiac arrest victim can more than double their chance of survival; however, only 21 percent of Londoners have had any CPR training in the last five years.

"That is why Saving Londoners' Lives, which is a partnership programme between St John Ambulance, the British Heart Foundation, the NHS, the London Ambulance Service, London medical schools and the Mayor of London, is so important. It provides teachers free instructor training in emergency life support skills which they can then teach to their pupils with help from medical students. To date, Saving Londoners' Lives is running in 150 London schools, with over 80,000 students on their roll. We hope that one day the programme will become a compulsory part of the school curriculum."

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said: "I congratulate Saving Londoners' Lives for winning the Bupa Foundation Award and on their commitment to increase the number of people in the capital with emergency life support skills so that they are ready, willing and able to step in when the need arises. 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."

Ruth Carnall, Chief Executive of NHS London, added: "On behalf of the NHS in London I would like to commend Saving Londoners' Lives for their continued work. Any child who has been taught these invaluable skills could one day save someone's life, and who knows, go on to become our doctors and nurses of the future."

Bupa's group medical director and deputy chairman of the Bupa Foundation, Dr Andrew Vallance-Owen, said: "Currently in London your chance of surviving a cardiac arrest outside of hospital is 12%. This translates as seven in eight cardiac arrest victims dying before they reach hospital. With 70 percent of cardiac arrests happen in the community setting, including the home, young people trained through the Saving Londoners' Lives programme can confidently step in when the need arises. The Bupa Foundation 2009 Communication Award recognises this project for making a real difference by empowering young people with the skills that may one day help save someone's life."

The Bupa Foundation is an independent charitable organisation that funds medical research into the prevention, relief and cure of sickness and ill health. Since 1979 The Bupa Foundation has awarded grants in excess of £26 million to medical research and healthcare initiatives across a range of disciplines from surgery to occupational health. Further information on the Bupa Foundation is available at www.bupafoundation.co.uk.

Bupa is a leading international healthcare company. Established in 1947, it has over ten million customers in more than 190 countries and employs over 52,000 people around the world. Its main interests are health insurance, care homes for young disabled and older people, workplace health services, health assessments and chronic disease management services, including health coaching and healthcare services in the home.