NWAS plays host to events

The first ever National CFR Conference took place on Friday 31 May at the G-Mex Convention Centre in Manchester and was a great success thanks to members of staff from the Trust's Community Resuscitation Team (CRT), who helped to organise it.

The event, was attended by over 300 people from across the country with an interest in the CFR role. It has received great reviews and the Trust would like to thank everybody who supported the event by attending on the day.

Following the National CFR Conference was the Trust's second CardiacSmart event. The event was held in June, and recognised individuals and organisations who have dedicated time to raising awareness of heart health, basic life support and defibrillators in their local communities.

The CardiacSmart initiative, born from the Chain of Survival Partnership in conjunction with the British Heart Foundation (BHF), aims to extend the coverage of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) within local communities across the North West, as well as training individuals in basic life support skills.

The Trust also took the opportunity to present the very first recipients of its new Life Saver Certificate - which recognises members of the public who have made outstanding efforts to save the life of a person suffering a cardiac arrest.

Guests included Cllr Norman Bailey, Mayor of Grange-over-Sands as well as two cardiac arrest survivors, whose life savers were recognised with the above award. The event was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the achievements of those that work with the Trust in making the North West a safer place.

Safer Care Closer to Home Congress - The Trust hosted an all-day 'Safer Care Closer to Home Congress' on 13 June at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.

The Congress was organised with the ultimate aim of calling to action all key stakeholders and providers of healthcare services throughout the North West of England. It was the first time this event had been held and brought together providers and commissioners, managers, clinicians and stakeholders, to explore more integrated methods of working together in the field of urgent and emergency care. The event was a great success and extremely well attended.