The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee held an inquiry into sepsis.


In January 2021, the Committee considered its work programme for the remainder of this Senedd and agreed that given the limited time remaining, it will continue to focus on its inquiry into the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak, and its management, on health and social care in Wales. Unfortunately, this meant that the Committee was unable to continue its work into sepsis.  The Committee agreed to highlight in its legacy report the work already undertaken, with a strong recommendation that its successor committee recommences this inquiry at the first available opportunity in the Sixth Senedd. The Committee would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to contribute their views to this inquiry.



Sepsis has been described as one of the most common but least recognised illnesses in both the developed and developing world. It is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. If not recognised early and treated promptly, sepsis can lead to multiple organ failure and death.


Terms of reference

The terms of reference for the Committee’s inquiry were:

  • What understanding there is about sepsis incidence, how sepsis is presenting to services, and outcomes from sepsis.
  • Public and professional awareness of sepsis.
  • Identification and management of sepsis in out-of-hospital settings, including use of relevant screening tools/guidance, and the referral process between primary/secondary care.
  • Identification/management of sepsis in acute (hospital) settings.
  • The physical and mental impact on those who have survived sepsis, and their needs for support.


Evidence sessions


Evidence session

Date, Agenda and Minutes



1. UK Sepsis Trust

Terence Canning, Executive Director Wales


6 February 2020

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2. Public Health Wales

Dr John Boulton, Director for NHS Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, Improvement Cymru

Dr Tracey Cooper, Chief Executive

6 February 2020

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3. Royal College of General Practitioners

Dr Peter Saul, Joint-Chair

4 March 2020

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Business type: Committee Inquiry

Status: Complete

First published: 13/09/2019