Primary Care Sepsis Collaborative

nurse with patientSepsis is a condition that affects all members of the population: the young and the old, the fit and healthy as well as the frail and vulnerable. It is often difficult to recognise and delays in treatment can have a devastating effect on patients and their families. This work provides the opportunity to develop, test and implement essential elements for prompt and reliable recognition and appropriate response to deteriorating patients in primary care.


Following a national recruitment process, we are working with:

  • NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • NHS Highland
  • NHS Lothian and
  • The Scottish Ambulance Service.


Through their involvement in this work, collaborative teams will improve quality and safety in primary care and out-of-hours services. Harm from sepsis will be reduced by improving the recognition and timely delivery of evidence-based interventions.


By 31 March 2018, 95% patients (>16yo) who are being escalated from primary care with a high index of suspected sepsis will have their NEWS communicated to the 'receiving unit'/SAS (Scottish Ambulance Service). [n.b specific geographical area to be set]



Sepsis Toolkit