Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in schools

How schools can buy, install and maintain an automated external defibrillator.



This information is for:

  • local-authority-maintained schools
  • academies

It provides details on how to:

  • install, use and maintain an AED in school
  • buy an AED

The guide’s buying arrangements are also open to:

  • independent schools
  • further education colleges
  • local-authority-maintained nursery schools
  • independent nursery schools
  • pre-school establishments
  • private, voluntary and independent nurseries
  • playgroups
  • holiday and out-of-school providers

An AED is a machine you can use to give an electric shock to a person to restore their normal heart rhythm.

Published 26 November 2014
Last updated 31 October 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated to reflect the latest AED purchasing arrangements.

  2. Replaced document with updated version. Page 5 - amendment to the review section to say 'Other sections of the guide will be kept under review and updated as necessary'. Page 11 - updates to the contact phone number and email address.

  3. On page 11 of the guide, the contact number to call to order a defibrillator has been changed.

  4. Updated to reflect the latest AED purchasing arrangements.

  5. Updated document to reflect a reduction in price for defibrillators.

  6. Document updated to reflect a change in the price of defibrillators.

  7. Updates to the document, including revised sections on who the guide is for and purchasing an AED, and a new annex B which lists support arrangements for AEDs.

  8. Updated the list of who this information is for.

  9. NHS Supply contact number updated.

  10. First published.