Sepsis is a deadly reaction to infection, occurring when an infection causes the immune system to go into overdrive and cause damage to the body. In England, there is estimated to be 150,000 cases a year, causing 44,000 deaths a year – Research shows that one third of these deaths could be avoided.

Early recognition and treatment of sepsis is vital in saving lives. The infection can develop rapidly, and therefore, it is important that patients, parents and caregivers, as well as medical professionals, are able to recognise its signs and symptoms.

Spotting the Signs of Sepsis (Paediatric Sepsis)

Sepsis Communities of Practice

Background reading & reports

Spotting the Signs of Sepsis (Paediatric Sepsis)

Sepsis in children is fortunately rare, however at least one child each day in the UK still dies from the condition. The presenting signs and symptoms of sepsis in young children are very non-specific, making it challenging to identify – both for parents and medical professionals. This also leads to debate about exact figures regarding infection and mortality.

Health Innovation Network worked in partnership with ASK SNIFF Safety Netting Collaborative and NHS Choices to produce a total of three short films, ‘Spotting the Signs of Sepsis A&E/ED Edition’, ‘Spotting the Signs of Sepsis’ NHS Choices edition, and ‘Caring for Children with Fever at Home’, also hosted on NHS choices. In the first week of the NHS Choices ‘Spotting the Signs of Sepsis’ release, the Facebook video achieved over a million views from across the UK.

The aim of the films is to standardise safety netting for sepsis across England. View the NHS Choices editions of the films below.

If you work in primary care or an emergency department, we have created two ‘digital packs’ for the films.

We will be releasing a report on the films and their impact shortly.

Sepsis in south London: Community of Practices

Health Innovation Network hosts and supports several Communities of Practice across south London. Our aim is to bring together individuals from a range of healthcare backgrounds (the community) with a specific interest (the domain) to share knowledge and learning across organisational boundaries, to make improvements in the way they work (their practice). These groups are bought together by a convenor.

The south London (adult) Sepsis Community of Practice comes together with the help of convenor Dr Narani Sivayoham, Emergency Department Consultant at St.
George’s Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Read more about their work in our Communities of Practice (CoP) brochure.

The paediatric sepsis project, commencing in September 2017, has connected interested clinicians across south London through a Communities of Practice approach. Their work has concentrated on developing teaching and training resources for junior doctors and nurses, improving safety netting processes and working towards a more coordinated approach to early recognition and treatment of sepsis in children across the whole healthcare system of south London.

If you are interested in joining the (adult) sepsis Community of Practice, or the paediatric sepsis project, please email

Sepsis Worldwide

The Global Sepsis Alliance is a non-profit charity organisation which aims to raise awareness of sepsis worldwide, with the ambition of reducing deaths from sepsis by 20% by 2020. They are the initiator of World Sepsis Day, occurring annually on 13 September, and World Sepsis Congress, a series of free online congresses bringing knowledge about sepsis to all parts of the world. Visit their website for more information and resources related to World Sepsis Day, including ideas for events, free toolkits, and infographics.

For World Sepsis Day 2017, they have created the following three-minute video to raise awareness of what sepsis is, who can get it, and how to treat it.

Contact details

For more information about our Sepsis work, please email

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