Looking back at the Sepsis National Summit

Sepsis Summit Collage

Last November over 100 GPs gathered in Anfield stadium, Liverpool, for the third national summit for the RCGP Clinical Priority for Sepsis. The summit was an opportunity to not only raise awareness of sepsis amongst GPs, but to also highlight work taking place across the country aimed at improving detection and patient outcomes. The day saw the launch of a guidance booklet produced by the Sepsis Clinical Priority team in partnership with Health Education England. 

We started with a rousing keynote speech from the College Chair, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, about the future of our profession, discussing the progress towards the goals set by GP Forward View, and the need for task substitution not role substitution within the future GP team. 

Bristol GP and member of the south west Academic Health Science Network, Dr AlisonTavare, shared her own emotional experience of sepsis, as well as her team’s award-winning work with NEWS2 (National Early Warning Signs). 

We concluded the morning with a presentation from North West Ambulances’ Medical Director, Dr David Ratcliffe. David, also a GP, discussed the challenges that sepsis poses to both GPs and the ambulances services alike, and work being done to ensure patients get the optimum response from ambulance teams. 

The afternoon saw presentations from Out of Hours teams, the Nursing Home sector and Interserve, a provider of in-home care to several hundred patients. The presentations highlighted the challenges that GPs face around sepsis in these environments, and a question and answer session included points about patient autonomy, clinical judgement and the role of physiology in sepsis detection. All present agreed the need for ongoing research in these areas. 

The day ended with the RCGP and Health Education England Clinical Champion for Sepsis, Dr Simon Stockley, giving a presentation on emerging themes in sepsis, such as technological challenges, the role of other GP staff such as receptionists, and human factors in Sepsis cases. 

Each delegate left with a hard copy of the booklet, 'Sepsis: Guidance for GPs' [PDF], written by the RCGP Sepsis Clinical Priority team with support from Health Education England. It gives information on sepsis epidemiology, top tips for sepsis aware consultations and Sepsis leads, and clinical scenarios. The booklet is to be used alongside e-learning and presentations to share sepsis learning across practices.

The guidance booklet will be developed into a Train the Trainer PowerPoint presentation pack, to allow GPs to carry out workshops locally based on the findings and formats of the regional workshops undertaken by the Sepsis Clinical Priority Project over the last four years.

The RCGP Clinical Priority Team have produced a Sepsis Toolkit which provides a collection of tools and current guidance to support health professional to identify and care for patients with sepsis. 

Our final regional workshop will be taking place in Bristol on January 23. For more information and to register, please visit the events section of our website.


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