health & social care

3rd Annual Identifying and Tackling Sepsis in Healthcare Conference

health & social care

08:45 - 15:40

Wednesday 3 April 2019

Central London

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This Forum provides attendees with an excellent opportunity to examine successful methods of identifying and treating sepsis. Attendees will hear from sector leaders on best to educate and train healthcare staff to ensure sepsis is identified at the earliest possible stage. Furthermore, best practice case studies will share successful methods for improving sepsis treatment through screening and effectively using technology, as well as how best to raise awareness around sepsis at a local level.


This Forum is specifically designed for the Health Sector including

  • Sepsis Leads/Consultants
  • Heads of Quality
  • Clinical Research Nurses
  • Critical Care Leads
  • Matrons
  • Outreach and Community Leads
  • Patient Safety Managers
  • Infection and Prevention and Control Nurses
  • Sepsis Nurses
  • Senior Lecturers

This Forum is also open to the Voluntary and Private Sectors to encourage debate and networking.

Key Speakers Confirmed:
  • Dr Ron Daniels, President, Sepsis Trust
  • Dr Andrew Frankel, Postgraduate Dean for South London and Clinical Lead for Sepsis, Health Education England (HEE)
  • Dr Gary Wares, Clinical Lead for Sepsis, Health Education England (HEE)
  • Dr Alison Tavare, GP Clinical Lead, West of England Academic Health Science Network
View the agenda and additional speakers

According to recent research from Harvard Medical School and Imperial College London (ICL), the Sepsis death rate in Britain is five times higher than in the best-performing country in Europe. Furthermore, there were 15,722 sepsis-related deaths in UK hospitals or within a month of discharge in the year ending April 2017. Demonstrating that the UK is clearly failing to keep up with other wealthy nations’ progress on cutting sepsis mortality.

To help tackle the growing issue of sepsis, NHS England released their Second Sepsis Action Plan in September 2017. The plan outlines the areas across the healthcare sector which are in vital need of improvement. These include: ensuring sepsis is identified earlier, high-quality education and training for staff, and embedding safety netting across the system.

In addition, to ensure standards of diagnosis and care remain high and continue to improve, the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) updated their sepsis guidelines and quality standards. The Sepsis: Recognition, Diagnosis, and Early Management report stated that better communication between primary and secondary care is vital to ensure the standardisation in early diagnosis of sepsis.

With sepsis rates continuing to rise across the UK, it is vital that trusts, CCGs and hospitals come together and reduce the number of preventable deaths resulting from sepsis. Therefore, it is crucial that innovative partnerships are established to utilise technology, share knowledge and train staff to ensure that sepsis symptoms are identified early, and treatment is undertaken rapidly and efficiently.


Registration, Refreshments and Networking


Chair's Welcome Address

Professor Mervyn Singer, Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, University College London (invited)


An Interview With the Sepsis Trust: The Future of Sepsis Identification and Treatment

Questions from the chair and attendees, topics to include:

  • What key lessons can the UK learn from aboard and the World Health Organisation in regard to sepsis identification and treatment?
  • How can we best ensure a sector wide approach, which includes general practice, emergency services, and community healthcare organisations, is being taken to tackle sepsis?
  • What are the next steps needed across the UK healthcare sector to ensure sepsis related deaths continue to decline and early identification improves

Dr Ron Daniels, President, Sepsis Trust (CONFIRMED)


Morning Keynote: Promoting Professional Training to Improve Early Sepsis Diagnosis Rates

  • Outlining HEE’s online Think Sepsis package, designed to help clinicians spot the early sign of sepsis in children and infants
  • Highlighting the impact Think Sepsis has had on staff development and sepsis diagnosis rates since its implementation in May 2018
  • Exploring other resources available to support staff training in detecting sepsis early, such as innovative interactive film which outlines the common factors that prevent early diagnosis
  • Sharing guidance on how trusts and hospitals can embed ‘sepsis champions’ into their strategies as a method to identify and tackle sepsis more effectively

Dr Andrew Frankel, Postgraduate Dean for South London and Clinical Lead for Sepsis & Dr Gary Wares, Clinical Lead for Sepsis, Health Education England (HEE) (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Case Studies: Embedding Technology into Healthcare Initiatives to Reduce Sepsis Mortality Rates

  • Outlining how CUH implemented the Trust’s revolutionary eHospital digital transformation as a method to improve patient care outcomes across the hospital
  • Evaluating the success of CUH’s Epic electronic patient record system (EPR) in reducing sepsis mortality rates by 42%, by preventing adverse medication reactions through electronic prescribing and clinical decision support
  • Sharing guidance on building and embedding electronic alerts into hospital staff procedures, including the impact this has on reducing Sepsis related deaths
  • Highlighting the key challenges faced when introducing the hospitals EPR system, such as ensuring a smooth tradition and effective implementation

Dr Jag Ahluwalia, Director of Digital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH) (invited)


Case Study: Improving Recognition Time and Treatment of Sepsis Through Effective Screening

  • Outlining Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s Think Infection, Spot Sepsis project, aimed to reduce the number of sepsis-related deaths by 30% in two years across 52 wards
  • Utilising bespoke infection screening tools to reduce sepsis deaths by 21%, saving 158 lives and 1,339 critical care bed days avoided – equivalent to a saving of £1.65m
  • Examining how Infection Screening Tools (IST) helped create clear intervention pathways for identifying sepsis and escalated patient treatment using Sepsis Six
  • Highlighting the key findings from the project, including how the trust improved treatment rates within the first hour from less than 10% to approximately 60% in just 15 months

Annie Laverty, Director of Patient Experience and Quality, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (invited)


Questions and Answers Session


Lunch and Networking


Afternoon Keynote: Working in Partnership to Ensure More Synchronised Sepsis Care Pathways: A GP's Perspective

  • Outlining how GP’s can embed sepsis identification tools into their care process, including the importance of primary care and secondary care organisations working together to ensure a sector wide approach to tackling sepsis
  • Discussing how GPs and community carers can work more closely with nurses, trusts and first responders, such as the ambulance service to improve sepsis identification and ensure treatment takes place as quickly as possible
  • Sharing guidance on how community care organisations and GPs can create robust plans for treating likely sepsis patients, including involving acute care providers to ensure a more synchronised care pathway for sepsis patients
  • Examining how care and identification of sepsis cases has improved among GPs and community care and the key lessons learnt so far

Dr Alison Tavare, GP Clinical Lead, West of England Academic Health Science Network (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Improving Sepsis Treatment Through Antibiotic Research

  • Outlining the world-first £1.5million study to understand how best to antibiotics more effectively when treating sepsis and tackle the growing issue of antibiotic resistance
  • Sharing the initial findings from the research programme, including whether it is possible to safely reduce the time patients in hospital with suspected sepsis are kept on antibiotics
  • Examining the key challenges faced in conducting the programme and the importance of working collaboratively between Warwick Medical School’s Clinical Trials Unit, NICE and Salford Royal – The University of Manchester
  • Highlighting the next steps of the programme after the pilot phase, including widening the programme to more than 2,700 patients at 30 NHS hospitals across the UK

Professor Paul Dark, Professor of Critical Care Medicine, Salford RoyalThe University of Manchester & Specialty Lead in Critical Care, National Institute for Health Research National (NIHR) (invited)


Case Study: Working in Partnership to Raise Awareness of Sepsis

  • Examining how East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust created easy to read leaflets to help improving parents’ awareness and ability to identify early signs of sepsis
  • Sharing best practice guidance on how trusts can establish partnerships with local stakeholders, including councils and charities, to implement effective health awareness campaigns
  • Evaluating the impact the Sepsis awareness campaign had on diagnoses levels across the trust
  • Outlining how the trust and its partners ensured the campaign was targeted at the necessary audience and examining how this was achieved

Anne Hunt, Lead Sepsis Nurse, East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust & Dr Jane Greaves, Senior Lecturer – Department: Nursing, Midwifery & Health, Northumbria University (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Panel Session: The Next Steps in Overcoming the Challenges in Sepsis Diagnosis, Management and Recovery

  • Assessing the major challenges hospitals and trusts face when tackling sepsis and possible solutions to overcome them
  • Debating potential solutions for adapting and improving sepsis care and identification, including a wider system approach including ambulance services, acute care units and primary care services
  • Examining the importance of technology in tackling sepsis death rates and how it can be further embedded across the health sector, including the use of AI technology
  • Discussing methods of implementing successful sepsis recovery pathways throughout the care system, including the roles played by primary and secondary care organisations

Dr Aldo Faisal, Reader in Neurotechnology, Department of Bioengineering and the Department of Computing, Imperial College London (CONFIRMED)

Anthony Gordon MD, Professor of Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Imperial College London (CONFIRMED)

Tracy Nicholls, Director of Clinical Quality and Improvement, East of England Ambulance Service (invited)

Annie Laverty, Director of Patient Experience and Quality, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (invited)


Chair's Closing Remarks

*programme subject to change

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