NHS patient safety initiative: 143 hospitals across England to roll out Martha’s Rule

NHS England has confirmed the initial sites that will test and implement Martha’s Rule in the first phase of the programme.

This follows the announcement in February regarding NHSE funding for the major patient safety initiative for this financial year.

The scheme is named after Martha Mills, who died from sepsis at the age of 13 in 2021. She had been treated at King’s College Hospital, London, where a failure
to escalate her to intensive care and a lack of response to her family’s concerns about her deteriorating condition contributed to her death.

Martha’s Rule aims to provide a consistent and understandable way for patients and families to seek an urgent review if their or their loved one’s condition
deteriorates and they are concerned this is not being responded to.

NHS England on Monday (27 May) announced that the scheme will be implemented at 143 hospital sites across the country by March 2025.