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Innovation Fund

The Innovation Fund aims to encourage and support initiatives that will contribute to workforce development through education and training, particularly around behaviour change with evidence of outcomes.

For 2018/19, six contracts were awarded. Three focused on Sepsis (1 - 3 below) and three antimicrobial resistance (AMR) (4 - 6 below).


These four, free podcasts have been developed in partnership with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and designed as educational resources for health and social care professionals.

They explore what sepsis is, the complexities of how to recognise and manage sepsis, what is different about sepsis in children with complex health conditions and much more.

Listen to real-world advice and guidance on how to manage paediatric sepsis. Join Dr Emma Lim, Consultant Paediatrician and Paediatric Sepsis Lead, to discuss all things sepsis together with parents, paediatric specialists and junior doctors.

Episode 1 - Let's talk about sepsis: Emma Lim and junior doctor Monica Parker talk about what sepsis actually is, the importance of early diagnosis and why sepsis is so hard to spot in children.

Episode 2 - Bugs and drugs - Part 1: Paediatric Infectious Disease Consultant Andrew Riordan joins Emma Lim to consider the what, why and when of antibiotic choices, investigation and antibiotic stewardship.

Episode 3 - Bugs and drugs - Part 2: Consultant and Head of Infection Control Lucia Pareja-Cebrian shares what microbiologists really want to hear and how they can help you, from sepsis epidemiology to antibiotic choices and guidelines.

Episode 4 - The child with complex care needs: Caroline Wild, parent and Karen Horridge Neuro-Disability Paediatrician reveal the difficulties experienced by children with complex care needs and their parents when faced with sepsis and how terrifying, and yet intimate, it can be.

In addition to listening to the podcasts, you can download learning points for each episode and the show notes with resources. 

Visit the RCPCH website to listen to the Paediatric Sepsis podcasts 

A training programme has been developed to support receptionists in recognising specific symptoms that may indicate a deteriorating patient, including sepsis, and how they would consider escalating this to a clinician within the service/practice in which they operate. Developed in partnership with Hartlepool & Stockton Health Ltd. 

Access the GP Reception Learning Toolkit on Elearning for Healthcare

Advancing Quality Alliance (AQuA) developed a series of case studies from practice settings on the effective treatment and management of sepsis for educational purposes.

Patient Pathway and Systems Solutions on Sepsis - the interactive pdf 

Access the Advancing Quality Sepsis Case Studies on the AQuA website

E-Learning for Healthcare - The Identification and Management of Sepsis in Adults - AQuA Case Studies

Royal Pharmaceutical Society supported key pharmacists within NHS Trusts/STPs to develop the skills and behaviours to become effective antimicrobial clinicians, leaders and mentors in the form of a pilot training programme in London and South East.

Developed in partnership with the British Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, the Antibiotic Review Kit (ARK) translated research materials into clinical-practice ready training materials.

Access the Antibiotic Review Kit on Elearning for Healthcare

Access the Antibiotic Review Kit on the BSAC Virtual Learning Environment

Public Health England’s Primary Care Unit developed and delivered training for community pharmacists on antimicrobial stewardship.

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