My Week: Jane Palmer hears of BHF skills being put into practice

The community development coordinator at the British Heart Foundation recounts her week

Jane Palmer
Jane Palmer

Monday: My role involves the promotion and development of our prevention and care products and services, including our Heartstart Initiative. This focuses on the provision of emergency life-support skills training in the community and schools. I attend a meeting with the Derbyshire Save a Life team - a joint initiative between St John Ambulance, East Midlands Ambulance and the BHF that offers free emergency life-support skills training across the county. The project was launched in August, so we're going to be extremely busy over the next couple of months.

Tuesday: I travel down to London to work on a training programme that will accompany a chest pain kit. This is an interactive training aid that has been developed with the help of my colleagues who work specifically in the chest pain programme to address the fact that people don't always recognise the signs of a heart attack.

Wednesday: I have a much-needed day in the office to respond to lots of calls and emails. I take a call from a Heartstart coordinator, who reveals that someone from their scheme used their emergency life-support skills out in the community. It's great to get feedback like this - it highlights the importance of our training.

Thursday: I have an early start to head down to Nottingham and help run a training day. The BHF has produced a Healthy Heart Kit, which is an interactive training programme to improve heart health. The training is designed for people who work in a community or health setting to give them the skills to use the kit with their clients. The audience is keen and really gets involved in the day's activities.

Friday: Another training day in Nottingham and it's another great day with a very participative audience. After the training I call in to see the team from East Midlands Ambulance Service. We have a catch-up about community resuscitation activity - and a cup of tea, of course. It's a nice end to a busy but rewarding week.

The British Heart Foundation works to reduce cardiovascular disease in the UK

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