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Sepsis: Health Education

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 281112, tabled on 23 July 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the recommendations of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sepsis Annual Report 2019, if he will commit to commissioning a public awareness campaign on sepsis to (a) make more people aware of and (b) improve survival rates for people experiencing that condition.

Answered on

29 July 2019

The United Kingdom’s five-year antimicrobial resistance (AMR) strategy, published in January 2019, includes the commitment to develop a real-time patient level data source of a patient’s infection, treatment and resistance history which will be used to inform their treatment and the development of interventions to tackle severe infection, sepsis and AMR. This commitment was reaffirmed in the open consultation ‘Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s’, published by the Department and Cabinet Office on 22 July 2019.

Public Health England continues to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of sepsis by building sepsis messaging into the national Start4life Information Service for Parents email programme which targets parents of zero to five-year olds. Any nationally supported campaigns must be aimed at appropriate audiences and deliver measurable outcomes. The Department looks to NHS England and NHS Improvement’s Cross-System Sepsis Programme Board, which brings together a group of front-line experts from across the health and care system including the UK Sepsis Trust, for advice on the best interventions to improve patient outcomes.

NHS England and NHS Improvement will consider other recommendations of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sepsis Annual Report 2019 in the context of its overall work on infection prevention.