Let’s beat sepsis together

Learning about sepsis really can save lives. That’s why – in collaboration with Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation – we’re working with teachers, children and parents to raise awareness.

Inspired by the Coronation Street storyline in which seven-year-old Jack Webster develops sepsis, we have created a lesson plan and related resources to educate Key Stage 2 school children (aged 9-11) about sepsis.

We are piloting the resources during the 2019 summer term prior to launching the campaign across the country in the 2019/20 academic year, and we are looking for schools to join us.

The resources, developed in collaboration with PSHE Association include:

  • Sepsis lesson plan and activities
  • Teacher resources
  • Introduction video by TV’s paediatrician and UKST ambassador Dr Ranj Singh
  • Animated video – Sam’s Monkey (voiced by actor Warwick Davis) that explains what sepsis is and why it’s important to know the signs
  • Sepsis information cards for children to take home.

If you’re interested in learning how your school can get involved, particularly if you are able to test the lesson before the end of the 2018/19 academic year, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact schools@sepsistrust.org or 0800 389 6255.

About sepsis and the UK Sepsis Trust

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition in which the body’s response to an infection causes damage to tissues and organs. It affects more than 250,000 adults and children in the UK every year, claiming 52,000 lives – that’s more than any cancer! Two thirds of survivors suffer life-changing after-effects, yet, despite the shocking statistics, awareness of sepsis is far too low.

The UK Sepsis Trust (UKST) is a charity founded in 2012 by world-leading sepsis expert and NHS consultant Dr Ron Daniels. Its mission is to save lives and improve outcomes for survivors of sepsis.

The key to fighting sepsis is awareness, which is why we’re inviting schools to get involved in Schools Against Sepsis, our latest campaign to educate school children and encourage them to share their learning with friends and family, so we can all protect each other.