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Antibiotic Guardian, Leeds: Implementing local action plans to tackle antimicrobial resistance

Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats facing us today!

European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) is part of the UK 5 Year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2013 to 2018, which focuses on antibiotics and sets out actions to slow the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance.

In 2014 as part of UK activities for EAAD; Public Health England established the UK-wide Antibiotic Guardian pledge campaign. It calls on everyone in the UK, the public and healthcare community to become antibiotics guardian by choosing one simple pledge about how they will make better use of these vital medicines.

Why it is relevant to you:

Without effective antibiotics many routine treatments will become increasingly dangerous. Setting broken bones, basic operations, even chemotherapy all rely on access to antibiotics that work.

What we want you to do:

To slow resistance we need to cut the use of unnecessary antibiotics. November 18th is European Antibiotic Awareness Day and 14th to 20th November is World Antibiotic Awareness Week. As part of that we’re asking everyone in the UK, the public and the medical community to become Antibiotic Guardians.

Call to action:

Choose one simple pledge about how you’ll make better use of antibiotics and help save this vital medicine from becoming obsolete.

To ensure that the information and knowledge on Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Prevention and Control is disseminated to those practicing healthcare across the nation, a series of awareness and educational events have been developed. These educational workshop events, to be held in Leeds, London and Bristol, will provide guidance, resources and information for practitioners on topics associated with antibiotic awareness. The events will provide an opportunity to understand how you and your organisation can support combat the global challenge faced by antibiotic resistance whilst gaining advice, support and resources to inform patients and staff.

To register for this event, which is free to non commercial delegates – simply click here.




Antibiotic Guardian Roadshow (Leeds):  tackling antimicrobial resistance locally

21 September 2016


09:30     Registration and networking


10:00     Introduction

Chair: Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope, Pharmacist Lead, AMR Programme, Public Health England & Department of Health Expert Advisory Committee on AMR & HCAI (ARHAI)


10:20     Strengthening infection prevention and control practices

Suzanne Calvert, Health Protection Practitioner, Yorkshire and Humber & PHE AMR Lead, Yorkshire and Humber


10:40     How to use and interpret data available locally to influence AMS.

                Heather Edmonds, Head of Medicines Optimisation, Leeds North CCG


11:00     Tackling AMR: Engaging with Patients and the Public

Aliya Rajah, Professional Training and Public Engagement Coordinator, Antimicrobial Resistance Programme, PHE

11:20     Question and answers from the floor


11:50     Refreshments and networking


12:30     Welcome Back

Chair: Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope, Pharmacist Lead, Public Health England


12:50     Antimicrobial Stewardship – national update on CQUIN and QP

Stuart Brown, Project Lead HAI and AMR NHS Improvement


13:10     Local – how are we doing towards achieving our AMR CQUIN part a and b objectives

Philip Howard, Consultant Antimicrobial Pharmacist, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Project Lead, HAI and AMR NHS Improvement


13:30     Tackling AMR locally – workshop session


14:10     Delivering AMR education and training locally

Dr Bilal Patel, NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Groups


14:30     The role of community pharmacists in tackling AMR

                Gill Hawksworth, Visiting Fellow University of Huddersfield


14:50     Chairs concluding comments

Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope, Pharmacist Lead, AMR Programme, Public Health England


15:00     Event close


Click here to view presentations from the workshop