This event took place on 29 June 2021.
Infection is a major cause of childhood illness and death from 0-5 years. In the early stages of illness it is difficult for parents and health professionals to know which children will become seriously ill. During an already challenging time, parents need to be able to recognise more serious symptoms as they face the decision of when to seek further help.
If health professionals (HPs) are to prevent avoidable child deaths, such as from illnesses like pneumonia and meningitis, there must be greater understanding of what influences the decisions parents and professionals make when a child is sick before hospital admission.
Working in collaboration with parents and health professionals, the project team, led by Professor Sarah Neill from the University of Plymouth (formerly of the University of Northampton) aimed to identify all of these influences to inform the development of strategies that ensure children with serious infectious illness (SII) get appropriate timely help.
The national Before Arrival at Hospital (BeArH) Project, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), explored what happens to children under 5 years of age with serious infections before they are admitted to hospital. We wanted to find out what helps children get help quickly and what might slow this process down so that lessons could be learnt for the care of this group of children in the future.
The event brought together parent/carers, researchers, and health professionals to share the findings of the project for the first time, including the role each of these stakeholder groups played in the research and how you could get involved with future initiatives.
Who is this event for?
As well as parent/carers/families and other individuals involved in caring for children, this event was of most interest to those who research, study or work in sectors related to childcare; paediatrics; serious infectious illnesses; urgent and emergency care; primary care, charities associated with illness such as meningitis and sepsis; community nursing; social work; clinical skills training; as well as interested members of the public.