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Antibiotic Guardian, London: 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.



09:30 Registration and networking

10:00 Chairs opening comments and welcome

10:10 Introduction
Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope, Pharmacist Lead, AMR Programme, Public Health England & Department of Health Expert Advisory Committee on AMR & HCAI (ARHAI) (Confirmed)

10:20 Local Implementation to tackle AMR in the North/Local AMR Action plans/STP

10:45 One Health Initiative – uniting human and veterinary medicine
Professor Peter Borriello, Chief Executive Officer, Veterinary Medicines Directorate (Confirmed)

11:05 Strengthening infection prevention and control practices

11:25 Clostridium Difficile local service evaluation
Dr Simon Goldenberg, Consultant Microbiologist, Guys & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (Confirmed)

11:45 Evaluation of the feasibility of using point-of-care C-reactive protein to optimise primary care prescribing for respiratory tract infections in Scotland
The Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group has developed several initiatives to promote reduction of unnecessary antibiotic use for respiratory tract infections. This study was developed to evaluate the feasibility of using CRP testing, as recommended by NICE, as an additional tool to reduce unnecessary use. Data collected during consultations and GP feedback will be presented to illustrate the practical aspects of how the test was used in Scottish practice and its perceived impact on GP decision making and prescribing of antibiotics.
Dr Jacqueline Sneddon MRPharmS FFRPS, Project Lead for Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group, Chair – Pharmacy Infection Network – UK Clinical Pharmacy Association (Confirmed)

12:15 Question and answers from the floor

12:35 Refreshments, networking and poster viewing

13:35 Welcome Back
Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope, Pharmacist Lead, Public Health England (Confirmed)

13:45 Antimicrobial Stewardship – national update on CQUIN and QP
Stuart Brown, National Project Lead HAI and AMR NHS Improvement (Confirmed)

14:05 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 (Confirmed)

14:25 Tackling AMR: Engaging with Patients and the Public
Aliya Rajah, Professional Training and Public Engagement Coordinator, Antimicrobial Resistance Programme, PHE (Confirmed)

14:45 Local examples of engagement with public/patient

Engaging with students –  Lara-Turiya Seitz, Rotational Clinical Pharmacist, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn & Osenadia Joseph-Ebare, Antibiotic Champion, Student Lead, ‎Public Health England (Confirmed)
BANES – engaging with schools and combining flu campaign and Antibiotic Awareness – Elizabeth Beech, National Project Lead. Healthcare Acquired Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance, NHS Improvement (Confirmed)
• Antibiotic Amnesty at Imperial
• Engaging with community pharmacies – Paula Higginson, BPharm, MClinEd, MRPharmS, Lead Pharmacist, learning development and Programme Director for PG programmes in Community Pharmacy Public Health Services (Confirmed)

15:25 Question and answers from the floor

15:40 Chairs concluding comments
Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope, Pharmacist Lead, Public Health England

16:00 Event close


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