Training and education

People have the right to be involved in discussions and make informed decisions about their care, as described in NICE's information on making decisions about your care.

Making decisions using NICE guidelines explains how we use words to show the strength (or certainty) of our recommendations, and has information about prescribing medicines (including off-label use), professional guidelines, standards and laws (including on consent and mental capacity), and safeguarding.

1.24 Healthcare staff involved in assessing clinical condition


Ensure all healthcare staff and students involved in assessing people's clinical condition are given regular, appropriate training in identifying people who might have sepsis. This includes primary, community care and hospital staff including those working in care homes. [2016]

1.25 Healthcare professionals involved in triage or early management


Ensure all healthcare professionals involved in triage or early management are given regular appropriate training in identifying, assessing and managing suspected sepsis. This should include:

  • risk stratification strategies

  • local protocols for early treatments, including antibiotics and intravenous fluids

  • criteria and pathways for escalation, in line with their health care setting. [2016]

  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)