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Martha's Rule: A Practical Guide to Implementation to Improve Patient Safety

News and updates on todays conference, bringing together leading experts at the forefront of Martha’s Rule implementation and offering a comprehensive and practical guide for clinical staff to seamlessly integrate Martha’s Rule into their daily practice.

 Carolyn Cleveland

Caregiver’s Perspective


Speaker & Chair: Carolyn Cleveland

Director, C&C Empathy Training Ltd

Carolyn, has a background in psychology and counselling, specialising in loss, fear and vulnerability, and conceived C&C Empathy Training from her study and personal experiences of adversity within life, trauma, healthcare incidents, and vulnerability.

Carolyn opened the day by sharing her own heartbreaking story of losing her much loved daughter Sophie to sepsis at the age of 15 in 2003.

Carolyn asked "What emotions do you think Martha's parents were feeling whilst she was in hospital? "Scared, overwhelmed, worried, tense",  she said - "When feeling these emotions, this can affect our communication". 

Carolyn said "Marthas rule is so important as there have been countless avoidable deaths, that a second opinion could have avoided".

Recognising and Responding to the Deteriorating Patient: The Intersection between Human Factors and Martha’s RuleDr Ron Daniels BEM

Speaker: Dr Ron Daniels BEM

Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust; Vice President, Global Sepsis Alliance; Executive Director, UK Sepsis; and Senior Lecturer,

Ron Daniels is an NHS Consultant in Intensive Care, based in Birmingham, U.K. He’s also Executive Director of the UK Sepsis Trust and is Vice President of the Global Sepsis Alliance. 

Ron started his talk by explaining sepsis. He said "Sepsis is a life threatening condition that arises when the body responds to infection, it injures its own tissues and organs".

In the case of Martha Mills, Ron said "Professional arrogance resulted in Martha's parents not being listened to". 

Ron said "listening, valuing, respecting other cultures and humility is so important, Marthas rule is not a sticking plaster , its a culture, its about breaking barriers down, its about working together with families". "We have to empower our families and work with them in partnership"


EXTENDED SESSION Practicalities of Martha’s Rule Implementation: Integrating Patient Safety Protocols, changing the culture and improving communication

Professor Rob Galloway

Speaker: Professor Rob Galloway

Emergency Medicine Consultant, University Hospitals Sussex NHS Trust & Honorary Clinical Professor, Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Professor Robert Galloway MOStJ, MBBS, BSc, MFAEM,  MRCP, FRCEM, PGcMedED, MAcMedED, Emergency Medicine Consultant, University Hospitals Sussex NHS Trust & Honorary Clinical Professor, Brighton and Sussex Medical School


On Martha's rule, Rob said "We need to bring in Martha's rule, but if you don't change the culture, nothing will change". 

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