The Deteriorating Patient Summit focuses on recognising and responding to the deteriorating patient through improving the reliability of patient observations and ensuring quality of care to reduce failure to rescue of acutely ill patients. The conference will include National Developments and Case Studies highlighting the effective implementation of NEWS2 – the New National Early Warning Score. “Failure to recognise or act on signs that a patient is deteriorating, for example changes in systolic blood pressure or pulse rate, is a key patient safety issue. In 2017, the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) received 100 reports where deterioration may not have been recognised or acted on and the patient died. Although these patients may not have survived even with prompt action, the care provided did not give them the best possible chance of survival.” NHS England Patient Safety Alert 2018“NHS England’s aim is for all acute hospital trusts and ambulance trusts to fully adopt NEWS2 for adult patients by March 2019… The adoption of NEWS2 is vital to standardise how adult patients who are acutely deteriorating are identified and responded to, and to streamline communication across the NHS.” NHS England Patient Safety Alert 2018“A key component of safety that is a recurrent concern in our reports is the recognition of deteriorating patients and intervention with appropriate treatment before their condition worsens. Hospitals that do this well have very well integrated multidisciplinary teams, often including critical care expertise that supports staff on inpatient wards. Another important tool is the use of an early warning score system. In many hospitals this is not used proactively or effectively, with staff falling back on their own clinical judgement and not recognising or recording change, or not acting appropriately on the early warning scores. Staff in these cases appear to view the early warning score as a burdensome paper exercise, rather than an essential tool to protect patients.” Care Quality Commission“The timely detection and treatment of the deteriorating patient is a complex problem and, despite all the past initiatives, we continue to see significant issues. It appears that the whole system needs to be looked at afresh to address this important patient safety issue” NHS Improvement“This year the Royal College of Physicians has released the second version of the National Early Warning Score – NEWS2. The opportunity that we’ve all seen with this is one of transformational change. Though the first version had established itself in some organisations, others showed little motivation to move away from their local variations.” Dr Ron Daniels Chief Executive UK Sepsis Trust June 2018“For clinicians to appropriately and reliably manage (detect, communicate and escalate) sepsis and all cause deterioration, the NHS should move to using NEWS2 as the single language of sickness across all conditions and settings.” Matt Inada-Kim, National Clinical Advisor, NHS Improvement 2018The conference continues with a practical case study based sessions on identifying patients at risk of deterioration, improving practice in patient observations, responding to the deteriorating patient, and improving the communication of NEWS at the interface of care. There will also be a focus on investigating avoidable deaths where deterioration has not been recognized. Extended sessions will focus on identification of deterioration and improving the response to sepsisThis conference will enable you to:Network with colleagues who are working to improve the recognition and management of deteriorating patientsLearn from outstanding practice in improving care for deteriorating patientsReflect on national developments and learning including latest evidence on NEWS2Develop your skills in identifying deteriorating patientsUnderstand how technology and e-observation systems can improve practiceEnsure effective implementation of NEWS2Understand how you can improve the communication of NEWS at the interface of careDevelop your skills in the investigations of avoidable deaths where deterioration was not recognizedSelf assess, reflect and expand your skills in the management of sepsisGain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence100% of delegates at our previous conference on this subject would recommend it to a colleague