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Why are we focussing on sepsis?

Sepsis is a life threatening condition that arises when  the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. Sepsis leads to shock, multiple organ failure and death especially if not recognised  early and treated promptly. Because sepsis can look  like flu, gastroenteritis or a chest infection, sepsis is often misdiagnosed until the condition escalates and becomes more serious.

How are we going to improve care for patients with sepsis over the next year?

Improve recognition and diagnosis
We are enabling hospital providers to collaborate on achieving national targets to improve screening for and recognition of sepsis, and rapid delivery of the Sepsis Six, a set of basic interventions that can  double a patients chances of survival if delivered  within an hour of diagnosis. Read more >>>

Improve quality of care

We are working with providers to ensure rapid delivery of the Sepsis Six, a set of basic interventions that can  double a patients chances of survival if delivered within an hour of diagnosis. Read more >>>

Improve measurement and reporting

Work is ongoing with NHS trusts to improve coding of sepsis from medical records. This will give us a truer picture of the incidence and outcomes of sepsis regionally, helping raise awareness amongst staff of the scale of the issue and helping trusts to measure the impact of their improvement work. Read more >>>

Improve staff education

Next year we will be working with out of hospital providers, such as NHS 111, out-of-hours services and GP practices to improve early recognition and treatment of sepsis using tools tested by South East Coast Ambulance. Read more >>>

Improve patient and carer education

We are working with patients and carers to improve  the information given on diagnosis, treatment and  ongoing recovery.
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How will we know if we are having an impact?

For patients with sepsis we will see an improvement in them receiving the Sepsis Six within one hour and a reduction in mortality, with the initial focus being in-hospital mortality.

Find out more about how we are improving measurements of patient safety. 

Who is leading the work?

  • Joint Clinical Lead – Michelle Webb, Consultant Nephrologist, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
  • Joint Clinical Lead – Nial Quiney, Consultant Anaesthetist, Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Director – Tony Kelly, KSS PSC
  • Improvement Manager – Jo Wookey, KSS PSC

The project team is supported by a reference group made up of staff and patient representatives from across Kent, Surrey and ​Sussex.  Contact the project team at