Attendees at this seminar examined the challenges and opportunities for improving sepsis outcomes in England.
It took place in light of the new cross-system sepsis action plan, which focused on key issues for ‘safety netting’, standards, reporting, education and training. It also followed 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 assessed what more can be done to ensure symptoms of sepsis are identified and patients are diagnosed earlier, especially in the context of NICE guidance to treat people with life-threatening sepsis symptoms within one hour.
Further sessions focused 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 brought 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.