A consultant with the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, who leads a campaign to ensure all children are trained in CPR, has received an MBE in the King’s New Year’s Honours List.
Alongside his work for the Trust, emergency department consultant Prof Andy Lockey has led the Resuscitation Council UK’s ‘Restart a Heart’ initiative since it was launched in 2016.
The campaign, run in partnership with the British Heart Foundation, St John Ambulance, British Red Cross and the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, resulted in CPR training becoming mandatory for all children in the UK.
Each October, an alliance of partners come together worldwide to increase public awareness of cardiac arrests and increase the number of people trained in life saving CPR.
Prof Lockey, who is also visiting professor in emergency medicine at the University of Huddersfield, said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be receiving this incredible honour.
“This is a reflection of the hard work of lots of different people and organisations who have come together in a campaign that truly puts people at the heart of the matter.
“The Restart a Heart campaign has meant that more than one million children have learned the life-saving skill of CPR. To be part of something that will make such a difference is the greatest honour of all.”
Brendan Brown, chief executive at the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is wonderful news and we couldn’t be prouder of Andy and everything he has achieved.
“Andy is an asset to the Trust and the impact of his work through Restart a Heart to increase the number of people trained in CPR will be felt across the country.”
James Cant, chief executive at Resuscitation Council UK, said: “Andy has been at the forefront of resuscitation across the UK, and internationally, for many years now.
“His clinical work and countless hours devoted to the wider resuscitation community has saved numerous lives, and significantly advanced our approach to public engagement on what is the ultimate medical emergency.”