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Central Academy students learn vital lifesaving skills

Year 9 Health and Social Care students with representatives of Cumbria Fire and Rescue.
Year 9 Health and Social Care students with representatives of Cumbria Fire and Rescue.

[Y]ear 9 students at Richard Rose Central Academy have undertaken Heartstart training as part of their first term studying Health and Social Care.

In their first term studying Health and Social Care, students have studied a range of health factors linked to Obesity. Topics covered include healthy eating and food groups, the results of a poor diet, linking to exercise including local provision of sports and leisure facilities, as well as looking at eating disorders and mental health. As part of their introduction to the Health and Social Care setting, the practical skills gained by undertaking the Heartstart training will give students valuable skills which could save someone’s life.

Health and Social Care Teacher Mrs Groves said: “Continuing on from our topic about Obesity I wanted to make the students aware of how illnesses brought on from being obese affects everyone around them. Heart and circulatory disease is the biggest cause of premature death in the UK. There are also around 2.5million people living with it. Which can be brought on from being obese and not eating the correct diet. The aim of this training was to give our students the opportunity to learn a truly valuable lifesaving skill. Not only that, it will also enhance our student’s employability prospects giving them a competitive edge and confidence in specific situations when they leave the academy.”

The training was provided by Cumbria Fire and Rescue Officers Anthony, Jason and Michael from the Green watch Carlisle West, and John, Sean and Liam from the Red watch Carlisle West. The training included:

  • Dealing with an unconscious person and how to place the person into the recovery position
  • Recognising a cardiac arrest and performing CPR, following the D.R.S.A.B.C.
  • Dealing with choking

Health and Social Care student Khadija Begum said: “It is an important skill to have. It means that we know what to do and could save someone’s life. We were also able to develop our team working skills.”

Health and Social Care student Sophie P said: “CPR is a great skill to have. It means that we know how to keep someone alive until an ambulance arrives. The teamwork skills we developed will also help when we are looking for employment. We also developed our communications skill which will be really important when talking to the emergency services.”

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