Why are we focusing on sepsis?

Sepsis has been previously known as septicaemia or blood poisoning. Sepsis is one of the leading causes of death in hospital patients worldwide. Each year in the UK, approximately 260,000 people are admitted to hospital with sepsis, of which about 44,000 people will die of the condition.  Additionally, the incidence of sepsis appears to be increasing.  Diagnosing sepsis can be challenging but we know early recognition and prompt treatment are life-saving. 

At Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, we are aiming to raise awareness with both our staff and the public about sepsis so that we can work together to improve how we provide care for patients with sepsis. The information on this page aims to answer common questions you may have and links to useful resources if you would like to find out more about sepsis.

To find out more about what sepsis is and how to recognise signs of sepsis, please refer to the What is Sepsis page.

How are we going to improve care for patients with sepsis?

Living our values every day

The Trust’s shared values and behaviours – to be caring, safe, responsible, and to value each other – are fundamental to how we aim improve the quality and safety of care and better patient experience by ensuring the rapid delivery of the Sepsis Six bundle


  • CaringCaring

We aim to put our patient’s at the heart of everything we do. By working collaboratively with our staff and patients, we aim to improve the quality and safety of care for those presenting with sepsis.  

  • SafeSafe

The safety of our patients is our prime concern. Improving screening for and recognition of sepsis, and the rapid delivery of the Sepsis Six bundle is key to achieving the best possible clinical outcomes for our patients.

  • ResponsibleResponsible

We are ensuring that all our staff receives the education and training they need to equip themselves with the knowledge and skills needed to provide high quality, safe sepsis care. 

  • Value Each OtherValue Each Other

We value the perspectives and contributions that our multi-professional steering group provide to the project and invite additional feedback and suggestions to improve care from our staff, patients and the public.

To find out more about the Sepsis Quality Improvement project, please refer to the Sepsis Quality Improvement Project page.

How will we know if we have made an impact?

To see how we are doing, please visit our audit page.

Who is leading the work?

  • Executive lead for Sepsis – Dr Amira Girgis
  • Clinical lead for Sepsis – Dr Joseph Arthur
  • Clinical lead within ED – Dr Gavin Wilson
  • Sepsis Nurse Specialist – Amy Heptonsall

The project team is supported by the Deteriorating Patient Group, made up of representatives from across the trust, who aim to lead and co-ordinate efforts to improve safety of patients who are vulnerable to unexpected deterioration.

Getting Involved

We invite staff and members of the public to become involved in the Sepsis Quality Improvement project. There are many ways that you could get involved, including (but not limited to):

  • Clinical audit
  • Promoting Sepsis awareness  by becoming a sepsis champion and/or involvement in developing sepsis awareness campaigns
  • Providing feedback and ideas to improve sepsis care delivery
  • Getting involved in sepsis education and training , including delivering and/or developing sepsis training tools and/or packages

If you are interested in getting involved or have any questions about the project please contact us via either:

  • Email:
  • Phone: 020 8546 7711 extension 6144/bleep 537 for the Sepsis Nurse Specialist


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