Leicester Heartwize team win top healthcare award

The Leicester Heartwize Schools Programme has won a prestigious BMJ award in the Education Team category at the 9th annual awards ceremony held at the Park Plaza Westminster, London held on Thursday, 4 May.

The event, hosted by actor Stephen Mangan, recognises and celebrates the inspirational work of healthcare teams across the country.

The Heartwize Schools Programme was conceived and initiated in 2014 by Associate Professor in Cardiology, Dr William Toff (pictured second on the left), from our Department of Cardiovascular Sciences and Dr Doug Skehan (pictured on the right), of University Hospitals of Leicester, who wanted to teach as many people as possible how to perform CPR.

The team also places Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) into schools and other community locations where they could be life-saving for victims of cardiac arrest.