One of the first sepsis nurses in the UK is hoping to increase survival rates from the deadly condition and promote the importance of her lifesaving role through a forum she chairs.
Jacqui Jones, below, was the only sepsis nurse in the UK for about three years following the end of a year-long pilot of the role from 2010.
Now, the trust trains more than 500 staff a year on Sepsis awareness and detecting and treating the life-threatening condition.
“Within my professional role, I am continually exposed to the devastating effects of sepsis,” said Jacqui.
“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.
“I feel extremely proud to work for an organisation which has patient safety as a number one priority and continues to support the fight against sepsis.”
As chair of the UK Sepsis Nurse Forum (UKSNF), she is keen to provide education and awareness around the fact that, if sepsis is recognised and managed promptly, a patient’s chances of survival are vastly increased.
She is also focused on improving 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,” said Jacqui, who developed the UK Sepsis Nurse Forum alongside Paul Drew, of Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospital Trust.
UKSNF now boasts 66 sepsis nurses – and 33 of these attended the forum’s second Annual General Meeting (AGM) earlier this year, compared to only 16 in the first year.
However, Jacqui is keen to grow the forum even more, as she believes a united group is capable of ensuring more lives are saved from deadly sepsis.
“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.”
Jacqui has already set up a regional group for the North-east – and is now encouraging the development of other regional groups across the country.
It is hoped these regional groups will be able to meet up monthly and feed into the national forum.
You can follow the UKSNF on Twitter @UKsepsisnurses