The UK Sepsis Trust
More than 245,000 people are affected by sepsis with at least 48,000 deaths in the UK each year.
The UK Sepsis Trust was founded in 2012 by NHS consultant, Dr Ron Daniels BEM.
OUR VISION - To end preventable deaths from sepsis and improve outcomes for sepsis survivors. We believe that earlier diagnosis and treatment across the UK would save several thousand lives a year and ultimately end preventable deaths from sepsis.
Our critical expertise is based on the charity’s grassroots origins: our doctors and nurses have front line experience of sepsis and their passion is born of a uniquely comprehensive understanding of what needs to be done.
OUR MISSION - We seek to save lives from sepsis, and improve outcomes for survivors, by instigating political change, educating healthcare professionals, raising public awareness and providing support for those affected by this devastating condition. To further develop our understanding of sepsis, severe infection and use of antimicrobials and robustly examine the effectiveness of systems and clinical practice.
WHAT WE DO - We work to raise awareness of sepsis among the public and health care professionals; encourage early diagnosis; and provide better support for sepsis survivors.
OUR IMPACT - With our supporters’ help, since our foundation in 2012 we’ve put sepsis on the national and global agenda:
Survival rates from sepsis in the UK increased from 70% in 2012 to 80% in 2019 and every year we support thousands of people in their recovery or bereavement.
Our ‘Just ask: could it be sepsis?’ campaign has gained widespread support and media coverage. Public awareness that sepsis is a medical emergency has risen from a baseline of 27% in 2012 to 76% in 2019 (YouGov polls).
We developed the Sepsis Six as a practical tool to help healthcare professionals deliver the basics of care rapidly and reliably. It has been endorsed by NICE and is used in 96% of British hospitals and in 37 other countries worldwide.
In 2017, the World Health Organisation adopted a resolution on sepsis to improve care globally and help reduce the annual death toll of six million people worldwide.