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UK Sepsis Trust

Summary of work

UK Sepsis Trust

In her video mourning the loss of her 1 year old son, Melissa Mead said, ‘No one mentioned sepsis before William died. The first time I saw the word was on William’s death certificate. I thought it must be rare, but I quickly realised it was not.’

Sepsis is a serious complication of an infection that kills 44,000 people each year in the UK, but has been chronically under-diagnosed and under-reported. Founded in 2012 by Dr Ron Daniels, the UK Sepsis Trust (UKST) is comprised of a core team of medical experts, volunteers and dedicated individuals, who have campaigned to make sepsis a public health priority.

Following the UKST’s formation, mortality rates in the UK have decreased substantially, with an estimated 9,000 more people now surviving sepsis each year. 2016 saw the charity’s objectives become a reality, with significant behavioural changes across all levels. Since 2015, public awareness of sepsis as an emergency condition rose by 15%,hospital case recordings were 4x greater and the UKST’s ‘Just ask’ campaign was adopted and funded by Public Health England (PHE).

These achievements are testimony to the UKST’s ability to unite disparate stakeholders in the continuing fight against sepsis.

Judges' comments

We were really impressed with the way this entry is presented and in particular with its powerful stakeholder testimonies. The level of engagement from HCPs is absolutely fantastic and the team really thought about the use of different channels for their audience to make a genuine impact. Overall an innovative and wonderfully creative organisation.

Category Sponsors

Annabelle Sandeman, Huntsworth Group – Co-chair Communiqué Awards

Key dates

Entry deadline 11 March 2022
Extended entry deadline 18 March 2022
(additional fee applies)
Judging days May 2022
Awards Ceremony 7th July 2022

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