St John Ambulance statistics

 

Key statistics

  • In 2017 we directly trained 379,000 people in first aid, giving them the skills and confidence they need to intervene in a first aid emergency.
  • In 2017 we treated 91,000 people, mostly at events where we were providing first aid over / In 2016 we treated over 91,000 people through our events and ambulance work.
  • Our volunteers gave over 873,000 hours of their time to provide first aid cover at events in 2017.
  • We provided first aid cover at over 22,500 events in 2017 / We provide fully trained and equipped personnel at more than 22,500 events every year.
  • We attended over 22,500 events in 2017, keeping over 62million people safe/ ready to step forward to protect 62 million people attending events last year.
  • In 2017 we reached 1.6 million people with first aid training and education.

About St John
We’ve been saving lives and relieving suffering for 140 years

 

Our volunteers
SJA has around:
Adult volunteers 17,000
Badgers (aged 7-10) 2,600
Cadets (aged 11-18) 8,500

 

What our volunteers gave:

  • Our volunteers give over 2 million hours of their time every year, including providing support, training, demonstrations, and delivering our youth programme.
  • Our volunteers gave over 873,000 hours of their time to provide first aid cover at events in 2017.

Supporting communities

  • Our volunteers gave over 873,000 hours of their time to provide first aid cover at events in 2017
  • We provided first aid cover at over 22,500 events in 2017 / We provide fully trained and equipped personnel at more than 22,500 events every year
  • We attended over 22,500 events in 2017, keeping over 62 million people safe/ ready to step forward to protect 62 million people attending events last year.
  • In 2017, 75% of the events we attended were smaller 'community’ events.
  • In 2017 we treated 91,000 people, mostly at events where we were providing first aid over / In 2016 we treated over 91,000 people through our events and ambulance work.
  • We have hundreds of Community First Responders who respond to 999 calls. In London alone, our Community First Responders attended 5,400 emergencies in 2017 and were first on scene for 2,300 patients.
  • In 2017 around 17,500 adults learned vital skills on one of our community first aid courses.

Young people

  • In November 2017, the Big First Aid Lesson (hosted by young TV star and St John Ambulance Cadet Reece Buttery) equipped over 129,500 young people in schools across the country with vital first aid skills.
  • In 2017, nearly 1,500 schools took part in the Big First Aid Lesson.
  • In 2017, 133,000 young people received first aid training at school.
  • We supported initiatives such as Restart a Heart Day which trained more than 195,000 children in CPR in one day in October. This was in partnership with the Resuscitation Council, British Red Cross, British Heart Foundation and Ambulance Trusts across the country.
  • St John Ambulance has approximately 11,000 young people enrolled in its Cadets and Badgers youth groups.

Reaching people digitally

  • In 2017 there were over half a million views of our first aid videos on YouTube, helping people to learn vital first aid skills.
  • In 2017 there were 3,850,000 (3.8 million) visits to our website
  • In 2017 there were over 91,000 downloads of our first aid advice posters.

Campaigning and education

  • In 2017 we handed out over 420,500 free first aid guides to provide more people with first aid advice at their fingertips
  • In 2017, we had 207,500 downloads our free first aid apps which provides people with first aid advice at their fingertips
  • There have been over 1 million downloads of our first aid and cycling apps since their launch in 2014.

Training

  • In 2017, we trained over 224,000 people in first aid through the workplace.
  • In 2017 around 17,500 adults learned vital skills on one of our community first aid courses.

Our fleet and Ambulance operations

  • St John Ambulance has around 850 vehicles, ranging from our Cycle Response Bicycles to our Mobile Treatment Centres.
  • St John Ambulance has over 400 ambulances.
  • In 2017 our Ambulance Operations teams completed over 82,000 journeys


The cost of our activities:

  • £100 for a trainer to deliver face-to-face training to a class of 32 children
  • £250 to pay for a kit bag, backpack and oxygen for a team of Community First Responders
  • £390 to buy an adult CPR manikin which can be used to teach lifesaving CPR
  • £500 to train and equip a First Aider or Community First Responder
  • £1,000 to provide an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for use by our First Aiders
  • £62,500 to buy a fully fitted mobile Treatment Centre to help us provide first aid in the community
  • £76,000 to buy a fully equipped Ambulance to help us provide treatment in communities
  • £4.50 helps cover the cost of our Community First Responders to respond to a medical emergency in their community
  • £10 helps us to train 10 children vital first aid skills through Interactive Safety Centres
  • £11 buys a single-use Ambulance bedding pack
  • £15 keeps one of our Ambulances on the road and serving the community for a day
  • £36 will help to cover the costs for one of our volunteer Community First Responders for a month

Event/campaign-specific statistics

  • In 2017 around 1,400 of our volunteers attended the Virgin Money London Marathon.
  • Over 40,000 runners took part. St John treated 7,124 people at the event.
  • At the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon, around 1,400 of our volunteers from all over the country were on duty with approximately one volunteer for every 30 metres of the 26.2 mile course.
  • Our homeless services in Brighton and Hastings had contact with clients 2,900 times, including 1,300 in Brighton and 1,600 in Hastings. The St John Ambulance Homeless Service provides accessible and flexible first aid and primary healthcare to the homeless. These services provide valuable support to vulnerable individuals with complex needs who might not otherwise access healthcare services.
  • We supported LIVES and the BBC, campaigning on Saving Lives in Lincolnshire. As part of this, we trained 4,000 people in CPR throughout the community.

What motivates people?

  • A Defibrillator within 3-5 minutes of collapse can increase your chance of survival by up to 70%. (Resuscitation Council 2015)
  • Each minute of delay to defibrillation reduces the probability of survival to hospital discharge by 10%. (Resuscitation Council 2015)
  • There are approximately 30,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests in England each year. (Resuscitation Council 2015)
  • Research in 2015 showed that dealing with a baby who has stopped breathing is the first aid emergency that 74% of parents feared the most. However only one in four knew what to do.
  • 82% of people feel it is important to know first aid. [St John Ambulance Census 2016]
  • 84% believe they have at least basic first aid knowledge [St John Ambulance Census 2016]
  • 80% are interested in learning more first aid [St John Ambulance Census 2016]

People place particular importance on those in responsibility knowing first aid.

  • 88% think teachers should know first aid,
  • 87% think childminders should know first aid,
  • 85% think that coaches and those who work in sport should know first aid,
  • 62% think that the general public should learn first aid.[St John Ambulance Census 2016]
  • Almost a quarter of the public expect an ambulance to arrive within five minutes (the actual target is 8 minutes for life-threatening calls) [St John Ambulance Census 2016]
  • Grandparents are primary care givers, but only 1/3 learnt first aid [St John Ambulance Census 2016]
    80% agree first aid should be a compulsory part of the national curriculum (with 50% of women strongly agreeing) [St John Ambulance Census 2016]
  • 30% have witnessed a first aid emergency at work [St John Ambulance Census 2016]
  • 44% of parents say their child has had a first aid emergency. [St John Ambulance Census 2016]
    When asked what worries them about helping in first aid situations:
  • 40% stated it was a lack of knowledge,
  • 35% said the fear of doing something wrong,
  • 34% said lack of confidence. [St John Ambulance Census 2016]

10% of the population report having advanced knowledge of first aid (more likely to be young (18-34), male, affluent and/or a parent) [St John Ambulance Census 2016]


However, 35% of those don’t know the difference between a cardiac arrest and heart attack and only 48% give the best answer on what to do in event of cardiac arrest [St John Ambulance Census 2016]


At least half give the wrong answer on what to do if someone is choking or having a stroke [St John Ambulance Census 2016]


59% know what a defibrillator is but said they wouldn’t know how to use it [St John Ambulance Census 2016]

 

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