Survivor Support

 Are you struggling to get back to your normal self after sepsis?

Or do you know someone who is struggling to get over having sepsis, even if it was months or years ago when they were ill?

Would it help to speak to someone who understands what you’ve been through or do you have questions about sepsis or what to expect afterwards?

The UK Sepsis Trust has a support team with trained advisors who can help. Just contact us on 0800

389 6255 or email info@sepsistrust.org and ask to be referred to a Sepsis Support Advisor.

The following services are available for anyone who has experienced sepsis themselves or who has a relative or friend who has experienced sepsis:

One to One

We can arrange a one to one chat over the telephone or via email, if preferred, with one of our sepsis support advisors. You can ask questions about sepsis, what may happen during your recovery and discuss any concerns you have. Simply contact our office on 0800 389 6255 or via info@sepsistrust.org and ask to be referred to the support team. We will then arrange a convenient time to talk.

‘IN Touch’ Service

We also run an ‘IN Touch’ service for sepsis survivors. This service enables adults who have been affected by sepsis to communicate on a one to one basis either by email or telephone, like a buddy system.

The ‘IN Touch’ service is designed to help sepsis survivors during their rehabilitation phase. It can be accessed by speaking to our team in the office.

Support Groups

We presently have support groups in the West Midlands, North West England (Manchester) and Bristol. They are held every 3 months and are very informal. Do come along and meet others who’ve been affected by sepsis. Join us for a cup of coffee and biscuits whilst we discuss any concerns you may have or just ask questions about sepsis and what to expect during your recovery. Feel free to bring a relative or friend with you. The support groups dates are advertised on our website, Facebook and Twitter or simply contact our office for details.

NHS Counselling

If you would like to see a professional counsellor, you can ask your GP to refer you to a suitable counsellor or psychologist through the NHS. They can provide help with any emotional or psychological problems you may be experiencing after having sepsis. Generally, there is a waiting time of several weeks before your therapy can begin and you will be restricted to 6 sessions. Please see your GP for details.

 

NHS IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) Service

This is an NHS programme across England offering interventions approved by NICE (National Institute of Health and Care Excellence) to treat people who are experiencing depression and anxiety disorders. You can access this therapy via your GP or in some cases by self-referral via the NHS Choices website www.iapt.nhs.uk/services and clicking on your local area or using the ‘contact us’ link. Alternatively, go on the internet to ‘Find psychological therapy services (IAPT). NHS

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

The BACP have a register of accredited counsellors and psychotherapists nationally that anyone can access. To find a registered counsellor in your area, simply follow the contact details below to their website and click on ‘Find a Counsellor.’ You can then view the counsellors’ profiles who practice in your area to make an informed choice. Alternatively, simply call their customer services.

Website: www.bacp.co.uk

Email: bacp@bacp.co.uk

Customer Services Tel: 01455 883300

Private Counsellor (London)

We have access to a counsellor who is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) who practices in London. Her name is Sue Lacey and she is offering a special rate for anyone who has been affected by sepsis. If you would like to review her profile, please click on the link below.

Website: www.suelaceycounselling.com

Telephone: 07739 916232

LINK

Disclaimer

Please note, the UK Sepsis Trust (UKST) has made every effort to ensure the information regarding the counselling and psychotherapy services mentioned above is correct and accurate at the time of printing. The UKST does not accept any responsibility for the choice of therapist made by any individual. The list of above counselling services is for guidance only. Therefore, neither the UKST nor any individual contributor can accept responsibility for any loss, damage or injury (physical or psychological) incurred by or caused to others by any persons providing these counselling services.

Sepsis Forum

Our Sepsis Forum can be accessed via a link on our website or directly on sepsistrust.invisionconnect.com. It provides 24/7 access to patient stories from sepsis survivors and their friends and relatives, plus information and advice to help individuals through their rehabilitation, from the UK Sepsis Trust team. You can simply read the stories or ask for help and support using your own name or under a pseudonym, whichever you prefer.

Sepsis Website

Our website provides up to date information 24/7 for both healthcare professionals and the public about sepsis, it’s causes and latest treatments, in addition to information about the available support provided by the UK Sepsis Trust. It can be accessed via www.sepsistrust.org You can also message the support team via the contact section.

Facebook

We have a Facebook page where you can find information or advice about sepsis either publically by ‘posting’ a question or privately by leaving a ‘message’ whenever you need to. These messages will be answered by our Sepsis Support Advisors as soon as possible. You can also see forthcoming support groups, events to raise awareness or fundraise advertised. It can be accessed via https://www.facebook.com/TheUksepsisTrust

Twitter

Visit https://twitter.com/SepsisUK for the latest news and discussions on sepsis and future support group dates.

Information Booklets

We have the following booklets and leaflets available to download from our website in the ‘Info for the Public – Recovering from Sepsis’ section or alternatively, you can obtain a free paper copy by contacting our office.

Sepsis: A Guide for Patients and Relatives

Sepsis Survivors Information Guide

Information about Post-Operative Sepsis for Patients and Relatives

Chronic Fatigue Following Sepsis – Information Guide

 

The UK Sepsis Trust is there to help sepsis survivors and their families during their rehabilitation period. Do please contact us if you have any concerns or queries about your condition or recovery.

January, 2016.