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  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • College of Paramedics
  • The Uk Sepsis Trust
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  • Royal College of General Pracitioners
  • The Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecoloists

About the Sepsis programme

THINK SEPSIS” is a Health Education England programme aimed at improving the diagnosis and management of those with sepsis.

123,000 cases of sepsis occur in England each year with approximately 37,000 deaths annually: this is more than breast, bowel and prostate cancers combined. Prompt recognition of sepsis and rapid intervention will help reduce the number of deaths occurring annually.

The learning materials that are available on this website support the early identification and management of sepsis.

This website has a film and a wide range of learning materials for primary care, secondary care and paediatrics.

For more information on HEE’s work on sepsis please visit our website.



THINK SEPSIS: The identification and management of Sepsis in Primary Care

Identifying and managing sepsis in primary care is an important measure in reducing deaths.

70% of sepsis cases develop within primary care. This e-learning module addresses the high risk areas for the early identification and management of sepsis. The introductory overview first session is aimed at all clinical staff that work in primary care. The remaining sessions on diagnosing sepsis in adults, children, elderly and complex issues such as maternity and neutropenia are primarily aimed at General Practitioners.

The e-learning module, consists of the following five sessions:

  • Session 1 – Overview of Sepsis
  • Session 2 – Adult Sepsis
  • Session 3 – Childhood Sepsis
  • Session 4 – Complex Sepsis Issues and Future Development
  • Session 5 – Sepsis, Care Homes and the Frail Elderly

The sessions reflect the latest NICE Guidelines ‘Sepsis: recognition, diagnosis and early management’ published July 2016. The How to access section at the bottom of this page provides more information on how to access the e-learning sessions.

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has developed a sepsis toolkit to support GPs and healthcare professionals to identify and manage the condition in patients. This toolkit has been designed to help GPs and other healthcare professionals in primary care tackle this challenge with a series of educational materials, up-to-date guidance and training resources. This also includes 10 Top Tips for GPs & Primary Healthcare Clinicians to support a sepsis aware consultation.

GP Reception training - learning toolkit

Reception staff are commonly the first point of contact for people with acute health needs. Receptionists are not expected to make clinical decisions but need to be aware of which symptoms or presentations might suggest the patient is acutely unwell and requires specific actions. This programme has been developed to support receptionists in recognising specific symptoms that may indicate a deteriorating patient, including sepsis, and how they would consider escalating this to a clinician within the service/practice in which they operate.

The How to access section at the bottom of this page provides more information on how to access the e-learning sessions.

THINK SEPSIS: The identification and management of Sepsis in adults

Project Transform

An innovative interactive film, Project Transform, which helps all healthcare professionals understand the common factors that may delay or hinder the diagnosis and treatment of sepsis, and therefore spot and treat sepsis earlier is also available. Created by the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in conjunction with The Health Foundation, the UK Sepsis Trust and HEE, the film explores the features that make the diagnosis of sepsis difficult, the use of safety netting and empowering the most junior members of the team. We hope that this film will increase awareness of sepsis and the signs, to help staff diagnose and treat sepsis earlier.

The UK Sepsis Trust has developed learning resources that supports the training and education of all healthcare professionals on how to diagnose and treat sepsis effectively.

HEE in its report ‘Getting it right – the current state of sepsis education and training for healthcare staff across England’ ( Exec Summary and Full Report), highlights numerous examples of good practice in relation to sepsis education and training. This report lists a number of resources that would be beneficial to healthcare workers requiring training on sepsis, and the audience they are most applicable to. Examples of learning sessions that healthcare workers in secondary care will find useful to address their training needs can be found below:

  • Assessment and Differential Diagnosis of Sepsis (03_17_01) E-learning for Doctors and nurses in secondary care
  • Management of the Septic Patient (03_034) E-learning for Doctors in secondary care. Nursing and pharmacy staff in a critical care environment
  • Managing Sepsis (08_09) E-learning for Foundation programme doctors.

The UK Sepsis Trust has developed learning resources that supports the training and education of all healthcare professionals on how to diagnose and treat sepsis effectively.

THINK SEPSIS: Sepsis leadership in Acute Care

Sepsis for management and executive staff in acute care

A learning resource for executive, non-executive and management level staff in trusts on sepsis, incorporating antimicrobial resistance and stewardship.

This training programme gives specific context for boards to understand the clinical priorities within healthcare and how boards and clinical leaders can work together to deliver of high quality safe care.

The training consists of an e-Learning session to be taken independently, to be followed by a facilitated discussion with board members and clinical staff.

It encourages engagement and debate within a trust, to understand locally what appropriate care looks like and what a board should be doing to deal with specific issues within their trust to maintain good standards on the quick recognition, management and treatment of sepsis and in improving standards of antibiotic prescribing.

The How to access section at the bottom of this page provides more information on how to access the e-learning sessions.

THINK SEPSIS: The identification and management of Sepsis in Paediatrics

Sepsis can strike the very old and the very young and as a result children, particularly premature babies and infants, can be more susceptible to developing sepsis.

Everyday somewhere in the UK a child dies from sepsis and cases have shown that a significant number are preventable. Children who survive can be left with debilitating consequences.

Early recognition and intervention can improve outcomes for infants and children with conditions that lead to sepsis. These paediatric resources are designed to ensure that all of us who work with sick children on the front line know how to recognise the clinical features of sepsis at the earlier stages and what to do when we see it.

An introductory resource aimed at all healthcare workers

This film explores the key points to consider in diagnosing and managing sepsis and refers to a patient story, presented by the parents of Maude Watkins who died of sepsis aged three.

Maude’s parents Jason (who is an actor in real life) and Clara share their experience of the traumatic loss of their daughter to sepsis, and provide a useful point of reflection for healthcare professionals on how they can ensure the appropriate and prompt recognition and management of sepsis in children. Their story also provides an important insight and reflection on the impact on families from the death of a family member. The film is an entry point to resources that paediatricians and GPs are recommended to look at relating to sepsis in children. 

An extended resource aimed at all clinical workers

This case based guide is aimed at supporting clinicians in the recognition and treatment of sepsis in children and involves the stories of three children, their assessment, experiences and treatment.

The learning sessions provide important insights in the recognition and management of sepsis in children. The sessions include the general principles for the safe assessment of a sick child, components of the consultation and assessment, specific factors to be considered in primary and secondary care settings and interpretation of investigations amongst others.

The training materials can be used in face to face teaching sessions or independently as e-learning, in bite sized chunks to allow you to go at your own pace. The training is supported by a course summary sheet and a workbook that can contribute to a learner’s continuous professional development (CPD). The How to access section at the bottom of this page provides more information on how to access the e-learning sessions.

Sepsis in Paediatrics learning resources

Health Education England project team

  • Antonio De Gregorio

    Programme Coordinator – National Programmes, Antimicrobial Resistance and Sepsis
  • Mohamed Sadak

    Clinical Lead and Programme Manager, Antimicrobial Resistance and Sepsis
  • janet-flint

    Janet Flint

    Programme Lead, Public Heath National Programmes
  • Dr Gary Wares

    Dr Gary Wares

    Deputy Post Graduate Dean, North Central and East London
  • Neil Ralph

    Dr Neil Ralph

    National Programme Lead

e-Learning team

  • Clair Guy

    Clair Guy

    Project Manager, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare
  • Andi Blackmore

    Project Manager, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare
  • e-LfH staff - Neha Baj

    Neha Baj

    Content Development Lead, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare

Primary Care module author

  • Simon Stockley

    Content Author
  • Alison Tavaré

    Alison Tavaré

    Content Author
  • James Larcombe

    Content Author

Paediatrics module author

  • Dr Nelly Ninis

    Consultant Paediatrician, Imperial College Healthcare, NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Tim Fooks

    BSc MRCGP DCH, Clinical Lead, Children and Young People, South East Coast Strategic Clinical Networks

Sepsis Leadership in Acute Care author

  • Dr Matt Inada-Kim

    Dr Matt Inada-Kim

    Consultant Acute Physician, & Sepsis Lead, Hampshire Hospitals National Clinical Advisor Sepsis (NHS England) & Deterioration (NHS Improvement)

How to access

In order to access any e-LfH programme, you will need an e-LfH account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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If you already have an account with e-LfH, then you can enrol on to the Sepsis programme by logging in to the e-LfH Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My e-Learning section.

Access for NHS healthcare staff in England

The Sepsis programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this e-Learning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.

Care home or hospice staff

To register for the Sepsis programme, select the ‘Register’ button above. Select the option ‘I am a care home or hospice worker’ then enter your care home / hospice name or postcode and select it from the options available in the drop down list. Finally enter your care home / hospice registration code and select ‘Register’. You may need to see your employer to get this code.

If your employer does not have a code, then they need to contact the e-LfH Support Team. The Support Team can either give the employer the registration code or arrange a bulk upload of all staff.

Detailed instructions on how to gain access are available here.

Social care professionals

Access to e-LfH content is available to all social care professionals in England whose employers are registered with the Skills for Care National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC). Every employer providing NMDS-SC workforce information to Skills for Care has been given a user registration code for their staff. This code enables you to self-register for access to the Care Certificate programme. Please contact your employer for more details about the registration code.

For information about registering your organisation with the NMDS-SC your employer should access or contact the Skills for Care Support Service on 0845 8730129.

If you have a registration code, you can register by clicking here

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