DfE Guide to Defibrillators in Schools and NHS Supply Chains

The Department for Education has produced a Guide to Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for Maintained Schools and Academies. Purchasing an AED is voluntary and there is no legal requirement for schools to do so however, the guide may provide a useful source of information.

While schools are not legally obliged to have defibrillators, the DfE is encouraging schools to consider purchasing these devices as part of their first-aid equipment.  The DfE guide is intended to provide schools with an overview of the various issues they may wish to consider when installing and maintaining automated external defibrillators (AEDs) on their premises. 

For schools that would like assistance with purchasing an AED, the Department for Education has negotiated an arrangement with the NHS Supply Chain to enable the purchase of AEDs which meet a certain minimum specification at a discount.  Should schools decide to purchase a defibrillator from another supplier, they may find the minimum specification in the guide helpful when assessing their needs and to ensure that the AED they wish to purchase represents value for money. 

Defibrillators can also be purchased from The Yorkshire Ambulance Service at cost price and includes training.  Their Community Defibrillation Officer, Dave Jones is a useful contact and can provide further information about defibrillators and purchasing from the Ambulance Service, contact dave.jones@yas.nhs.uk

Finally, where schools have defibrillators they should always ensure that the local ambulance service is informed of the make, model and location of the AED in order to assist 999 operators and ambulance crews, and enable the emergency services to support your school in deploying the device in an emergency.


Published: 15/01/2015
Audience: Headteachers, Business Managers, School First Aiders
Contact: Anne Marie Ullyott

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