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14 March 2019

An e-learning resource for executive, non-executive and management level staff in trusts on sepsis, incorporating antimicrobial resistance and stewardship has been launched by Health Education England.

The learning resource and training programme is designed specifically for boards and senior leaders. It introduces the NHS clinical priorities on these areas and explains how non-clinical leaders can help to improve how we approach sepsis and antimicrobial resistance.

Professor Ian Cumming, Chief Executive, Health Education England said:

"123,000 cases of sepsis occur in England each year with approximately 37,000 deaths annually - more than breast, bowel and prostate cancers combined.

"Early identification and management is key to reducing deaths from sepsis - but the cornerstone of sepsis treatment is using appropriate antibiotics to manage the infection. Put simply, without adequate antibiotics, we will not be able to treat sepsis effectively.

This is why it’s so important to slow down the development of antimicrobial resistance. As an Antibiotic Guardian, I try to lead by example on the importance of using antibiotics in the right way, at the right dose, and at the right time.

I believe that effective management of sepsis and antimicrobial resistance is everyone’s responsibility. Trust boards and senior management can help ensure that quality standards are met and frontline staff are supported. We at Health Education England play a key role in helping senior leaders to do this."

For further infomation and how to access the e-learning https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/sepsis/