Clients and testimonials:
Over the last year, we’ve helped to raise awareness of sepsis, and shared our message of resilience with individuals and organisations, including:
- Corporate Businesses
- University medical and nursing schools
- NHS University Hospital NHS Trusts
- NHS England including the ‘Chief Nursing Officer’s Summit 2018’
- Health Education England
- Members of parliament
- Pharmaceutical companies
- State and Independent Schools
- Disability and carers organisations
- Edinburgh Film Festival
- Galway Film Festival (Ireland)
‘This was a truly fantastic day and I really enjoyed this. I would go as far to say as it's the best study day I've attended in the trust since I joined over 3 years ago.
A roller-coaster of information, inspirational speakers and thought provoking day. I went home talking about what I had learnt, shared my experience with my loved ones, came back into work today and shared the stories of personal journeys- they will resonate for a while. I’m eager to read Starfish
‘This was a truly fantastic day and I really enjoyed this. I would go as far to say as it’s the best study day I’ve attended in the trust since I joined over 3 years ago. There was a really good balance of medical information and patients own experiences. I feel much clearer on what I should be doing should I suspect sepsis.’
‘A wonderfully informative day, excellent speakers and engaging material shared. Patient accounts added a significant impact, in a positive, if emotive way. The resilience of people always amazes me!’ ‘The session really made you think more about sepsis and the complications that may arise.
I found the guest speakers their speeches were very moving and I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house.’
‘Really enjoyable day. Guest speakers were fantastic. Sad the sessions came to an end at 4:30 Fantastic hospitality.’
Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trustclose
Nic and Tom’s discussion was incredible and I think our trainees learnt more from that, than from all prior training sessions combined
Yesterday’s session was inspirational. Thank you all for your involvement. Nic and Tom’s discussion was incredible and I think our trainees learnt more from that, than from all prior training sessions combined – they will always remember this.
As our trainees come from around the East Midlands, we always find that around 10-20 need to leave before the end of the session to get to evening shifts at the hospital. However, in this instance, our trainees felt compelled by the power of the film and the power of your discussion to stay right to the end, and then rush off afterwards to get back. This has never happened before with any teaching event and is a true testament to the impact of your session.
Dr Jonathan Corneclose
Head of East Midlands Postgraduate School of Medicine
Consultant Physician, NHS Nottingham University Hospitals
Your message is imprinted on the heart of the organisation and in the minds of our nurses
This year, at our annual nursing conference, we screened “Starfish” – a film that documents the Rays’ experience of sepsis. After the film, Tom and Nic took the stage. There was silence as they told their story, followed by plenty of questions from the floor, and then standing applause.
That two hours achieved more than any standard operating procedure, pathway or education session could ever achieve – it showed us all, in Florence Nightingale’s words, that:
The most important practical lesson that can be given to nurses is to teach them what to observe – how to observe.
Our nurses will never forget meeting Tom and Nic – I know because they have told me. Thank you for spending the time with us at UHNM. Your message is imprinted on the heart of the organisation and in the minds of our nurses. This has reinvigorated our Sepsis team to continue embedding the skills and knowledge required to ensure we always “think sepsis”.
University Hospital North Midlands
Tom and Nic are outstanding ambassadors for raising awareness about Sepsis and I felt humbled to hear them speak
I had the privilege of meeting Tom and Nic at a screening of Starfish at London South Bank University. This is a powerful and highly moving story of Tom’s experience of Sepsis which led to the amputation of both his legs and arms and part of his face. While Tom was in a coma his wife gave birth to a son Freddy. Their lives were changed forever. Nic became a full time carer for Tom as well as mother to Grace and Freddy. Their story is one of extraordinary resilience, love and determination. Tom and Nic are outstanding ambassadors for raising awareness about Sepsis and I felt humbled to hear them speak to an audience of health professionals. They offer messages about how to cope with a massive change in life’s circumstances and encourage people to develop strong networks of support.
Tom and Nic’s presentations will help to deliver the key messages for everyone in the NHS, promoting all to ask “could it be sepsis?” and personally I will do all I can to support campaigns, education and the development of clinical practice so we prevent deaths and reduce the complications.
Sir Bruce Keoghclose
Medical Director NHS England
Your presence made a profound impact
I am writing to thank you for joining me in Liverpool for my CNO Summit 2018. Your presence made a profound impact, not only on me but to the delegates, many of who have contacted me to say how much they took away from your session.
I think it’s true to say we all felt a range of emotions through your presentation, and found you both truly inspirational. I am sure your story has been at the forefront of all of our minds since we returned to work, both clinically in continuing to raise awareness of sepsis but also the individual and collective resilience that you so eloquently described.
Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer, England