Sepsis - e-Learning for Healthcare
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This programme is in partnership with...
  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • College of Paramedics
  • The Uk Sepsis Trust
  • RCPCH
  • 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 Heath 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

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 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.

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.

THINK SEPSIS: The identification and management of sepsis in secondary care

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.

THINK SEPSIS: Identifying and managing sepsis in paediatrics

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 dear 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 loss of a beloved member. The film is an entry point to resources that all paediatricians and GPs are recommended to look at relating to sepsis in children.

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
  • Rachel Alder

    Rachel Alder

    Fellow in Medical Education
  • janet-flint

    Janet Flint

    Programme Lead, Public Heath National Programmes
  • Andrew Frankel

    Andrew Frankel

    Postgraduate Medical Dean, Health Education South London
  • Ged Byrne

    Director of Education and Quality, Health Education North

e-Learning Team

  • Andi Blackmore

    Project Manager, e-LfH
  • e-LfH staff - Neha Baj

    Neha Baj

    Content Development Lead, e-LfH
  • Simon Stockley

    Content Author
  • Alison Tavaré

    Content Author
  • James Larcombe

    Author

Video Production Team

  • 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

Video Contributors

  • Hilary Cass

    Senior National Clinical Lead for Children and Young People's Health, HEE
  • Sanjay Patel

    Paediatric infectious diseases and immunology consultant working at Southampton Children’s Hospital

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.

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