Our Clinical Tools


Where senior clinical input is available, experienced clinical judgement should trump any clinical tool. These tools are designed to responsibly empower less experienced health professionals to act when presented with a patient with evidence of physiological derangement in the context of infection. Remember, if your clinical judgement is telling you that the tool is reaching the wrong conclusion, trust your instinct and ask a senior colleague.

We believe that the tools below cover the vast majority of clinical areas of healthcare delivery within and outside the NHS. If you feel that your clinical area is not suitably covered, please let us know using this form.

We strongly advise that, if you choose not to offer contact details, you check back in here frequently to look for updates.

The UK Sepsis Trust’s Clinical Tools have not been produced by NICE and are not maintained by NICE. NICE has not made any judgement about the quality and usability of the resources. In the event of any issues or errors, please contact melissa@sepsistrust.org

This page was last updated: 31st January 2024


Acute Hospital screening and action tools Open


Ambulance Services

Ambulance Services screening and action tools Open


General Practice

General Practice screening and action tools Open


Telephone Triage

Telephone Triage Open


Acute Mental Health Facilities

Acute Mental Health Facilities Open

Community Services

Community Services screening and action tools Open


Primary Care Dental Services

Primary Care Dental Services screening and action tools Open


Marie Curie

Marie Curie Resources Open

These tools for patients in Palliative Care settings in both the community and in hospices have been developed with Marie Curie. Both organisations give permission for them to be used in other context-appropriate settings.

View and download our Marie Curie resources here.


Have you implemented, or are you piloting, the new National Paediatric Early Warning Score or the National Maternal Early Warning Score? Is so, click below to access the tools suitable for use.


PEWS/MEWS Screening and Action Tools Open

Review our terms and conditions
Terms and Conditions prior to use of tool Open

The United Kingdom Sepsis Trust’s tools are available for download and – if required –modification. By downloading and using these tools, you indicate that you understand and agree with these following terms of use:

  • That these tools will sit within and under your local clinical governance processes. Your organisation (and you as their representative) should ensure that these tools are approved for use according to your local governance processes
  • These tools are intended to aid with clinical decision-making and application of appropriate treatments. When they are introduced within an organisation, they should be supported by an appropriate training, education and support package. Implementation should be audited to ensure compliance and safety
  • Users of these tools, if they are modified locally, are strongly recommended to invite local peer review against the UKST tools to confirm that the information contained within them is correct. The authors accept no responsibility for any inaccuracies, information perceived as misleading, or the success or failure of any treatment regimen detailed in the screening tools
  • These tools are updated regularly. Your organisation needs to ensure that they use the latest version of the tool. By submitting your e-mail address we will ensure that you are on our mailing list to be informed whenever our tools are updated
  • In joining our mailing list, you confirm your agreement to amend any locally modified tool to compliance with the latest version of the UKST tools at the earliest opportunity
  • The tools that are NICE accredited cannot be modified (other than adding your organisations logo / IQR / document number). If modification occurs the tool is no longer NICE accredited
  • Some of our tools are NOT NICE accredited. These tools are clearly labelled as such
  • UKST can help with the modification of the tools for local application . Please contact us on  info@sepsistrust.org to begin this discussion. If considering this, please be aware:
  1. Responsibility for pathway contents, clinical governance, audit and delivery of clinical care lies solely with the provider
  2. The provider understands that any modified pathway is not NICE approved
  3. All tools based on any UKST website content, subsequent versions of the UKST tools or utilise the ‘Sepsis Six’ should include appropriate accreditation “Tools based on design and content from the United Kingdom Sepsis Trust”, and feature the UKST logo.