A life changing piece of work

Posted on:April 27, 2018

Author:Clare Holt


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Sepsis blue

One of the real pleasures of working at Nice Tree Films is the diversity of clients and variety of subject matter we get to make films about. One day we’ll be finding out about the latest developments in cancer research, the next we’ll be filming examples of the best way to clean a grumpy toddler’s teeth without it causing a domestic crisis.

The subject matter is frequently fascinating and the films are hopefully useful – but once in a while you get the opportunity to work on something properly – and immediately – life-changing. This week saw the culmination of a year’s worth of work which we know will contribute to saving lives.

Sepsis is a condition that causes infection in the blood – it used to be known as blood poisoning – and it can lie unrecognised and masked by many other common conditions. UK Sepsis Trust estimates it claims the lives of 44 000 people every year in the UK, including around 1000 children, and leaves many survivors with life-altering long-term problems.

Sepsis is notoriously difficult to diagnose, so one of the priorities in sepsis prevention is to improve education of health professionals. This week, at Parliament,  Health Education England unveiled a new suite of learning materials on Sepsis, including a programme on Sepsis in Paediatrics. We have worked in close collaboration with HEE to produce this Paediatric e-learning, basing it around the real stories of three families: Jason Watkins and Clara Francis, who lost their daughter Maude to Sepsis, Melissa Mead, whose son William died from the disease, and Katie Maryon-Wilson, whose daughter Rosie was diagnosed in time and who has made a full recovery.

Sepsis montage

Working with these brave and extraordinary families has been an emotional experience for everyone concerned. They have all been incredibly honest and open about the trauma they have experienced – and now their stories, in combination with expert analysis from Consultant Dr Nelly Ninis, GP Dr Tim Fooks, Professor Andrew Pollard and Dr Jeremy Tong, will be made available to everybody in the NHS via the portal e-Learning for Healthcare.

We are hugely grateful to Clara and Jason, Melissa, and Katie, for agreeing to take part, and to HEE for asking us to be involved in this important piece of work.

One key takeaway is that everyone should know the warning signs – both for themselves and their families – and if you are worried, ask the doctor ‘could it be sepsis?’

You can find out more about the signs and symptoms here:



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