In a nutshell: Sepsis is caused by an abnormal response by your body to infection. It is a life threatening condition where the body injures its own tissues and organs. If detected early it can be treated, if not spotted early enough it can lead to shock, multiple organ failure and ultimately death.

The Challenge

Every year in the UK there are 150,000 cases of Sepsis, resulting in a staggering 44,000 deaths – more than bowel, breast and prostate cancer combined.

There is plenty of evidence showing how to better detect and treat sepsis, the challenge is to ensure both clinical staff and the general public have the skills to recognise it and know how to act quickly.

What we are doing about it

Sepsis is the focus for a great deal of quality improvement work around the region, some of which is being driven by the national Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) focusing on better detection and treatment in Hospital's.

The Patient Safety Collaborative is currently supporting an Acute Trust Sepsis network; this is an informal network consisting of clinical staff and managers involved in Trust's improvement work. The overall aim is to share and discuss and Sepsis practice in acute Trusts, initially focussing on the Sepsis CQUIN but linking to other sepsis improvement work taking place in the region.

If you are interested in joining the network or would like more information contact: Mel Johnson.


Patient Safety Collaborative

The Patient Safety collaborative can help you to improve the safety of your patients by applying latest evidence based tools for improvement.

Further Information

The Sepsis Trust has a wealth of resources for educating healthcare professionals, raising public awareness and providing support for those affected by sepsis

NHS Choices – information for the public re Sepsis care

NICE Guidance on best care for Sepsis

BMJ Best Practice Guidance

CQUIN for Sepsis



Mel Johnson


01274 383932