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Pioneering sepsis nurse hopes to expand network


One of the first sepsis nurse specialists in the UK wants to promote the importance of her lifesaving role through the expansion of a sepsis nurse forum.

Jacqui Jones was appointed by South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2010, following a successful 12-month pilot.

“As a united group, we feel we can achieve much more”

Jacqui Jones

Through her work, the trust now trains more than 500 staff a year on sepsis awareness and its protocol on detecting and treating what is a life-threatening condition.

Ms Jones, who remained the only sepsis specialist nurse in the UK for about three years, said was driven by a determination to raise awareness of the condition.

She said: “It is a huge challenge not only locally, but nationally and internationally. Sepsis needs publicity.

“It needs to be high on the health care agenda and investment is needed to sustain and continue to make improvements,” she warned.

As chair of the recently created UK Sepsis Nurse Forum, she said she was keen to improve partnership working between sepsis nurses to share best practice, improve awareness and ultimately save lives.

“It is vital we support staff with education and resources to enable them to have the skills to recognise and treat sepsis on time, every time,” she said.

Ms Jones developed the forum in 2013 with Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospital NHS Trust sepsis nurse Paul Drew.

The forum now has 66 members, of which 33 attended the forum’s second annual general meeting earlier this year, compared to only 16 in the first year.

However, she said she keen to grow the forum even more and believed a more united group was capable of ensuring more lives were saved from sepsis.

“As a united group, we feel we can achieve much more,” she said. “The work we have done has meant patients with sepsis can be more easily identified so the care and support they need to make a full recovery can be delivered.

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Pioneering sepsis nurse hopes to expand network

Jacqui Jones

“The resources we share are invaluable and support of each other is vital,” she said. “We are able to share experiences and what has worked, what hasn’t and ultimately, how we can improve.”

Ms Jones has set up a regional group for the North East and said she was encouraging the development of other regional groups across the country.

“My plan as chair is to support the regional collaborative across the UK, so it is feasible for sepsis nurses to meet up on a monthly basis within their region and feed into the national forum,” she said.

“One of the compelling qualities of the forum is there is no competitiveness – the ethos of each and every member is to maximise patient safety and transparency from each member is paramount to take our services forward,” she added.

Nurses can follow the forum on the social media site Twitter via @UKsepsisnurses. A website and Facebook page are also in development.



Readers' comments (2)

  • Sepsis. A condition which is not necessarily reported by care home staff to GPs or anyone else and local authorities and NHS supervisory bodies may or may not be attentive to outcome when it is reported. They could well be the ones who do "activity without outcome for the relevant person." Around 37000 people each year die of sepsis.

    Over-enthusiastic cost cutting for care of elderly vulnerable people in homes by NHS management who by experience and training (Doctors, general nurses and accountants - that is "cavalry to the rescue" personalities not continuing care personalities) can result in pressure sores, infection and early, hideously painful death. Note the situations in Brithdir where internal organs could be seen through the pressure sore/sores on one lady with 13 pressure sores and Keldgate Manor Residential Home -see the 24/6/2016 for links to a petition allowing cctv cover for VULNERABLE people who suffer like Mrs Jobson did. Which would you prefer if you were vulnerable? Cameras and loss of privacy of which you have no awareness, or pain that you cannot escape which escalates at night and when urine and faeces get into the wounds.

    Please sign unless you are inhuman and ignorant enough to support systemic abuse like this. It is NOT cheaper all round to deliver this type of "care." No wonder plane fares to import nurses from abroad are needed because of poor nurse retention here. Proper residential and nursing funding and knowledgable care is the cheapest option.

    If you are aware of untreated pressure sores and/or care that does nothing to prevent their occurrence please inform and keep informing the Care Quality Commission in England and the Care Inspectorate in Scotland. It is possible and probably safer to do this anonymously as management that allows this state of affairs is likely to be punitive with false allegations etc to whistleblowers rather than constructive. Anyone, not necessarily nursing or medical staff, can report to the CQC or Care Inspectorate irrespective of what you may be told by authorities mismanaging.

    The government's position on this is to preserve privacy for all at the expense of those who no longer value privacy and cannot be heard.

    If you see the blurred photographs of the pressure sores on the lady (a retired nurse) at Keldgate Manor Care Home I recommend that you do NOT click to see them in detail. That "care" is like something out of Belson concentration camp. And what is the political reason for her being in a residential care home not a nursing home- please tell me Jeremy Hunt?

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