The UK Sepsis Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to supporting patients and relatives affected by sepsis. They also work to raise awareness of the condition among the public, policy makers / parliamentarians and within the NHS.
PB Consulting (PBC) led a campaign to place sepsis at the top of the Government’s priority list. This culminated in an announcement from Jeremy Hunt stating that sepsis was a national priority and he would launch a commissioning lever – as a result of our work a CQuIN on sepsis has been launched.
PBC’s strategy focused on highlighting how reducing the number of deaths from sepsis, and making sepsis a priority, would help the Government and the NHS achieve their goals. We worked with the APPG on Sepsis, which is supported by UKST and PBC, to lobby Minister’s directly, as well as arranging meetings with NHS England, Health Education England and Public Health England.
PBC worked with the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman’s team to help move sepsis up the priority list for the Government. Through a series of submissions to the Health Select Committee the Public Administration Selection Committee met to discuss the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman’s report on sepsis. Representatives from UK Sepsis Trusts appeared at the enquiry.
The APPG and UKST met with the Secretary of State for Health after the release of the APPG Report’s on the State of Sepsis in the NHS 2013/14, and following this awareness raising exercise. With extensive briefing, highlighting support from all the Royal Colleges and building on the Parliamentary Ombudsman’s report around sepsis, Jeremy Hunt made an announcement that sepsis was a national priority for the government and announced a national commissioning lever in the form of a CQuIN.