Sepsis is a leading cause of preventable death and disability in children. The Queensland Paediatric Sepsis Program (QPSP) is an innovative, interdisciplinary program to reduce the burden of sepsis on families, clinicians and the health system.
Sustainability is a key focus for all activities of the QPSP. Stakeholder feedback and data provided to QPSP throughout the duration of the program reflect concerns about sustainability, particularly in relation to embedding the use of the pathway into clinical practice, improving sepsis management, family experience and outcomes, and improving health service efficiency and effectiveness.
The QPSP has secured recurrent funding for a multidisciplinary team, however the capacity and authority is lacking to provide continual bespoke and intensive support for each HHS.
The paediatric sepsis 5-year roadmap was co-designed with nursing, medical, allied health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, primary care, research and family representatives from across Queensland (n=43). Digital Storytellers were engaged to facilitate a story-led consultation, engaging participants language, sensory and emotive brains to draw out rich qualitative data.
A virtual listening workshop was hosted with participants stories underpinning the development of actions and recommendations. Post event semi-structured interviews were held with partners unable to attend the workshop. Thematic analysis was conducted using Braun and Clarke’s 6-phase framework to answer the question "what actions are needed to sustainably improve Queensland paediatric sepsis care over five years."