Westminster Health Forum

Priorities for improving sepsis outcomes: early diagnosis, treatment and education

Morning, Thursday, 18th January 2018

Central London


This seminar will be an opportunity to discuss the policy priorities for improving sepsis outcomes.

It takes place in light of NHS England’s Sepsis Action Plan, expected in autumn 2017, which will reflect current work on safety netting, standards, reporting, education and training. It also follows the progress made on Improving outcomes for patients with sepsis, which looked at supporting healthcare professionals to recognise and treat sepsis promptly, with the aim of improving patient outcomes and reducing mortality.

Delegates will assess what more can be done to ensure symptoms of sepsis are identified and patients are diagnosed earlier, especially in the context of recent NICE guidance to treat people with life-threatening sepsis symptoms within one hour. They will also consider the potential impact of the 2017 Antimicrobial Resistance and Sepsis CQUIN and NHS England’s proposal to introduce a sepsis specific indicator to the Clinical Commissioning Group Improvement and Assessment Framework in 17/18.

Further sessions will focus on priorities for raising awareness amongst the public and health professionals through education and training; next steps for enabling prompt recognition and treatment; the role of NHS 111 in going online during 2017 and increasing clinical assessments; improving clinical practice and patient safety; promoting a learning culture and further opportunities for cross-system collaboration in order to reduce the number of avoidable deaths from sepsis.

The conference is expected to bring together key policymakers with a range of stakeholders, including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials involved in this area of public policy, together with health and social care professionals, healthcare lawyers, representatives of consumer health organisations, trade unions, local government, as well as representatives of healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, academia, interested and affected charities and user groups, and reporters from the trade and national media.

Guest of Honour

Dr Celia Ingham Clark

Medical Director, Clinical Effectiveness, NHS England and Interim National Patient Safety Director, NHS Improvement

Guest of Honour

Dr Celia Ingham Clark

Medical Director, Clinical Effectiveness, NHS England and Interim National Patient Safety Director, NHS Improvement

Keynote Speaker

Dr Ron Daniels

Chief Executive Officer, UK Sepsis Trust; Chief Executive Officer, Global Sepsis Alliance and Consultant, Critical Care, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust


Christina Rees MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP (subject to parliamentary business)


Professor Derek Bell

Chair, Acute Medicine, Imperial College London; Director of Research and Development, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Melissa Mead

Ambassador, UK Sepsis Trust

Professor Andy Newton

Chair, College of Paramedics

Senior speaker confirmed from Health Education England

Dr Carol Ewing

Vice President, Health Policy, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health