CPR in Schools

 
 

The Inspiration

Heartbeatz UK is an exciting combination of medical expertise and musical inspiration that fires up the imagination and makes teaching CPR a fun, informative and rewarding experience that might, one day, save a life.

Portsmouth Music Hub composer, Iain Gilmour, has composed catchy and informative songs and a rap that help children remember how to perform CPR.  

HeartBeatz UK composer Iain Gilmour alongside HeartBeatz UK co-founders Dr Clare Morden                   & Sue Beckett

HeartBeatz UK composer Iain Gilmour alongside HeartBeatz UK co-founders Dr Clare Morden                   & Sue Beckett

 

The Training

The process begins with children learning the CPR songs, scientifically and clinically accurate and written at a speed of 100 - 120 beats per minute so that children know the speed to perform CPR.

The local Music Hub visits the school to support the vocal learning and this is followed by a visit from local medical professionals. There is an assembly for all KS2 students at the start of the day, followed by 30 minute workshops for each KS2 class. At the end of the day there is staff meeting which can also be followed by a session for parents.

 

The History

In 2016 a unique collaboration took place between senior medical professionals and the award-winning team of composers and musicians from Portsmouth Music Hub.

Using engaging Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) teaching techniques, specially composed songs and exciting musical activities, children in Years 3 - 6 and their teachers and parents learn about CPR and develop the skills to save a life.

As a result of the pilot programmes run in Portsmouth, HeartBeatz UK has become a charity, working with Music Hubs and their schools to train children across the UK.

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Keeping the beat through singing, music and CPR
is really cool and I might save someone’s life.
— Max, Aged 8
 
Children from Portsmouth with   Dr Clare Morden 

Children from Portsmouth with   Dr Clare Morden