We’re proud to announce that we have been selected as award winners at the American Heart Association – Resuscitation Science Symposium 2023.
What did we win?
We have won the Ian G. Jacobs Award for International Group Collaboration to Advance Resuscitation, established in 2010 to recognise international collaboration among individuals over an extended period. This has resulted in significant contributions to fundamental or clinical science related to cardiac arrest or traumatic injury.
It is a fantastic honour to win this, as previous winners have all come from the medical establishment, and we are just a group of survivors and co-survivors! We have come a long way since that first meet-up in a pub; we are now a formidable force for change!
“Survivorship has growing importance in resuscitation science and this group has developed important infrastructure to support survivors and families that serves as a role model for global efforts towards improved quality of life after cardiac arrest.”RESS23
The award was accepted by Sudden Cardiac Arrest UK trustees Dr Thomas Keeble and Gareth Cole, followed by a short presentation.
After our first meet-up in February 2015, I realised I was not alone. It was the first time since my cardiac arrest the previous year that I had spoken face-to-face with someone who had experienced what I had. This was also true for my wife, who also happened to be my lifesaver. From that meet-up, the idea of SCA UK was born. Since then, we have achieved a considerable amount, primarily providing information, resources and support to others in a similar situation but also raising the profile of survivorship and the need for better post-discharge care. We are starting to get traction in this, and with the formation of the charity, I genuinely believe we have a bright future ahead and will make a significant difference in the lives of many who join our ranks.