Reducing variability in core skills around recognition of illness

Re-ACT talks

You can access resources on the recognition and urgent response to sepsis on the UK Sepsis Trust website.

Severe sepsis is a clinical emergency. Signs and symptoms of sepsis in children can be subtle and deterioration to shock rapid.

The original Paediatric Acute Illness Management (AIM) Course was developed by the Greater Manchester Critical Care Network in 2003 to address the growing evidence base raising concern about detection of deteriorating illness in patients on general wards and the initiation of appropriate care which was impacting length of stay in hospital and mortality. We are planning to enable some of the resources on this programme to be accessible via this website.

Core competences for nursing children and young people – This document presents a detailed explanation of six areas of competence that are specific to the nursing care of children and young people. It also provides the basis for competence frameworks for specialist areas of children’s and young people’s nursing.

The Advance Life Support Group (ALSG) S.A.F.E. programme – A practical approach to achieving integration using S.A.F.E. clinical standards and shared systems in patient assessment and handover. See the SAFE Factsheet.

Safer care resources for partnership working with families; a national survey

It is clear that patient care can be enhanced by the active involvement of parents and carers. The scope of this inclusion across healthcare providers is however unknown. To evaluate the availability, quality and effectiveness of such tools a questionnaire was circulated to relevant care provider groups via professional networks. A range of questions was compiled to gain insight about the type of resources in place and the willingness of provider organisations to share the tools with a National audience in line with the aims of the ReACT project.   A positive response of 150 was received and encouragingly suggested a wide range of resources in use across many care settings. The desire to share the available resources was also positive and as a result, tools from a number of organisations are available on this site for use as part of the “ReACT Resource”

There is still work to do as a number of organisations described resources in use in their setting which they felt to be beneficial to patients and their carers. These organisations stated that they wanted to share the good work but omitted to provide contact details. We would therefore welcome contact from any organisation with resource to share.

It is hoped that further learning can be shared by the future publication of a full analysis of the data obtained.