10 September 2019
Powerful patient stories of sepsis – and best practice to tackle the deadly condition – have been shared at a conference for Bedfordshire health and social care professionals.
The collaborative Bedfordshire 2019 Sepsis Symposium was held at Kings House in Bedford on September 9, 2019.


It was organised by the Trust’s Bedfordshire Community Health Services (BCHS) in partnership with Bedford Hospital NHS Trust.


More than 100 health and social care professionals attended for a day of sharing best practice, ideas and experience to drive continuous improvement in how the healthcare system addresses what is commonly known as ‘blood infection’.


The wide-ranging programme covered patient experience, complex patient pathways, a review of sepsis treatment and use of the National Early Warning Score (NEWS2) in primary and secondary care.


A textile artist also created ‘live’ artwork throughout the day and there was a performance of the powerful play Sepsis, Sepsis, Sepsis by Saltmine Productions.


The conference was organised by Ed Phillips, Practice Development Lead Nurse for BCHS, and Emma Hutt, Bedford Hospital’s Lead Nurse for Cardiac Arrest Prevention, sepsis lead and NEWS2 champion.


“The learning and insight from events like these is essential in helping us understand, individually and as part of a healthcare system, how to best identify and treat a condition that kills more people in the UK than breast and bowel cancer combined,” said Ed.


He added: “Myself and Emma would like to thank every speaker and delegate who took the time to attend.”


Conference presentations:


Sepsis_NEWS2 Refresher_Edward Phillips

Sepsis_Patients_Ruth Mullins

Sepsis_Preventing and Treating Infection Using Anti-microbial Dressings_Ella Grunberg

Sepsis_QI Journey_Emma Hutt


Sepsis_Suspected Neutropenic Sepsis Quality Improvement_Sue Collins

Sepsis_Tackling antimicrobial resistance_Alla Williamson