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Sepsis Simulation workshop: Detecting and managing sepsis within primary care

Our Sepsis Simulation workshop is designed to assist primary care health professionals to improve their confidence and knowledge about sepsis identification and management in the primary care settings.  Clinical Scenarios are created to provide realistic clinical presentations where sepsis would need to be considered, using this as a safe environment for the clinical teams to test their skills. Typically, these health professionals have prior online and hospital-based sepsis teaching experiences, but the past teaching did not have scenarios that were built with primary care-based ergonomics and potential challenges.

Please read on for further information, booking form links for this course can be found at the bottom of the page.

Primary care based scenarios are chosen as follows:

  1. Adult simulation: Realistic scenario based around possible sepsis case
  2. Child simulation: Unwell child with potential sepsis

The workshop has a capacity for 40 delegates and is held within a general practice setting, with an adult and baby simulation manikin. We encourage doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists and paramedics to attend these multi-professional simulation workshops.  This mixture of professional experience helps to enrichen the debrief discussions as there is a good range of clinical experience available for the facilitators to draw out discussion points.

Key learning aims for Sepsis Simulation Workshop:

  • Understand national guidance relating to sepsis
  • Build confidence in assessing an adult patient with suspected sepsis
  • Build confidence in assessing a child patient with suspected sepsis
  • Build confidence and understanding of the unique challenges in relation to assessing patients’ with suspected sepsis in a primary care setting
  • Allow delegates to consider service improvement ideas to improve safety and quality relating to sepsis care in their work environments
  • Awareness of early warning systems that could assist health professionals in the primary care setting

We evaluate effectiveness of our sepsis teaching and tailor course content to learner need by doing the following:

Pre-course online assessment:

An online learning assessment tool has been designed with a pool of questions that test the delegates prior learning. This allows the course facilitators to adapt the course contents to reflect the groups learning needs. The pre-course online submissions are an essential requirement for the delegates. The overall findings of previous pre-course data confirm that delegates were less confident in their abilities to manage sepsis within a primary care environment, and in particular there was inexperience with identifying sepsis involving children.

Post course online assessment:

After the Sepsis Simulation Workshop the delegates are encouraged to complete a post course online assessment which evaluates the effectiveness of the simulation based learning from the sepsis workshop.

Below you will see examples of outcomes measures that we look at in relation to effectiveness of our sepsis simulation workshops.

Course evaluation from our previous 2019 cohort who attended the Sepsis Simulation Workshop:

After the course the delegates were asked if the Sepsis course was relevant to their educational needs:

  • Very Relevant

  • Relevant

  • Equivocal

  • Slightly irrelevant

  • Irrelevant

100 % of delegates in the post course contents analysis agreed that the course was relevant or very relevant.

Delegates were asked to rate their confidence in managing sepsis within the primary care setting following the course:

  • Very Confident

  • Confident

  • Equivocal

  • Slightly unconfident

  • Unconfident

76% of delegates scored themselves as being confident or very confident in managing sepsis within the primary care setting following the course.

Delegates were asked if the attendance of the Sepsis course will allow them to alter their clinical practice:

  • Extremely Likely

  • Quite Likely

  • Likely

  • Unlikely

  • Very Unlikely

96% of delegates stated that they were Extremely likely or quite likely to alter their clinical practice as a result of the sepsis workshop attendance.

Where is the course?

The course below is commissioned for the Cambridgeshire primary care services clinical personnel:

Huntingdon Sepsis workshop 13th May 2020 – Hemingford Pavillion, Manor Road, Hemingford Grey, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28 9BX



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