Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening condition that can affect an estimated 150,000 people per year in the UK.1 Sepsis arises when the body’s response to an infection causes injury to the body’s own organs and tissues, and it can lead to multiple organ failure and death if not recognised early and treated quickly.
As part of a national campaign developed by the UK Sepsis Trust in conjunction with NHS England, Health Education England (HEE) has committed to taking steps to ensure that relevant training and learning resources are available. HEE produced a report, Getting it right – the current state of sepsis education and training for healthcare staff across England, to highlight the numerous examples of good practice in relation to sepsis education and training, and highlight what next steps need to be taken in order to ensure that education and training is provided to all healthcare staff in all sectors of the NHS.
A number of resources have been produced to support healthcare staff to be competent in the recognition of and response to sepsis. In July 2016, the online e-learning module Think sepsis was launched. It was originally aimed at clinical trainers, but it is also useful for other health professionals working across others sectors, including pharmacists. Three e-learning modules were developed to reflect NICE guideline NG51: Sepsis: recognition, diagnosis and early management and you can access Sepsis in primary care, Sepsis in paediatrics and Sepsis leadership in acute care on the e-learning for Healthcare website (eLfH) via the CPPE website.
Other learning resources include the production of a short introductory video to highlight the recognition and management of sepsis in children, specifically in primary care. The video has been developed to use as an awareness teaching aid, and can help healthcare professionals spot and respond to the warning signs and symptoms of sepsis in children.
An interactive film called Project Transform was also produced. Created by the Royal Surrey County Hospital in conjunction with The Health Foundation, the UK Sepsis Trust and Health Education England, this innovative learning resource aims to highlight the common factors that may delay or hinder the diagnosis and treatment of sepsis.