Dr Alison Tavaré
Dr Alison Tavaré is a Bristol GP and the primary care clinical lead with the ‘Deteriorating Patient’ team at the West of England Academic Health Science Network. One of her roles is to raise awareness of sepsis, and in particular the use of NEWS (National Early Warning Scores) to support the identification and management of the sick patient.
This work has been a system wide collaboration between primary care, out-of-hours, the ambulance service, and the acute trusts, and has resulted in a measured reduction from mortality from ‘suspicion of sepsis’. The team have won the BMJ Awards 2018 ‘Patient Safety Team of the Year’ and the HSJ 2018 Patient Safety award for the ‘Deteriorating Patients and Rapid Response Systems’. Dr Tavaré is now co-leading the West of England and NHSE collaboration to see if the use of NEWS2 can help improve outcomes for people with learning disabilities.