Festival medical services need to recognise meningococcal and sepsis signs

Organisations providing first aid/medical services at festivals should be able to demonstrate that their staff/volunteers are appropriately trained to recognise the signs and symptoms of meningococcal disease and sepsis.

The Care Quality Commission should check this as part of the registration and inspection process. 

This is one of the recommendations  of the Government's Meningococcal Working Group, which met recently. The  Group was established in January 2018 at the request of the Secretary of State for Health & Social Care to assess what more needs to be done to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of meningococcal disease among parents, young people and healthcare professionals with a view to improved assurance of early diagnosis and treatment.

It consisted of experts in the field and representatives from the relevant Royal Colleges, Arms’ Length Bodies, meningitis charities, and families affected bymeningococcal disease, meeting three times during January to April 2018. It was not asked to carry out an evidence-based review but to build on experience and expertise and come up with suggestions to improve things further.

The Group makes 12 recommendations. Four are general recommendations and eight are aimed at different organisations/bodies who have a role to play in improving awareness and early diagnosis of sepsis and meningococcal disease