Antimicrobial Expert Advisory Group

What we do

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Our Antimicrobial Expert Advisory Group (AmEAG) are all pharmacy professionals and experts in antimicrobial stewardship. 

They advise on resistance, infection prevention and management, and any other issues that might affect the pharmacy profession and the public.

Working closely with our Boards and other groups, our AmEAG:

  • Provides a central point for requests for advice, expertise, input and comment from government and other organisations
  • Provides expertise and thought leadership aligned with our policy at meetings and in the media
  • Allows pharmacy to input and shape key policies and innovation
  • Shares confidential intelligence amongst those engaged in similar projects
  • Ensures a joined-up approach to antimicrobial stewardship across the profession
  • Persuades pharmacists and pharmacy teams to optimise their use of antimicrobials to contribute to the delivery of the UK 20-year vision and Action Plan 2019-2024 for antimicrobial resistance
  • Supports the development of relevant services and resources to support the membership and the profession, including training programmes, events, webinars, quick reference guides, toolkits
  • Supports pharmacy involvement in research.

Members

Chair: Jacqueline Sneddon

  • Aaron Brady
  • Alison Cockburn
  • Cairine Gormley
  • Ceri Phillips
  • Diane Ashiru Oredope
  • Elizabeth Beech
  • Laura Whitney
  • Mark Gilchrist
  • Nicholas Reid
  • Paul Wade
  • Philip Howard
  • Tracey Thornley
  • Tushar Shah
  • Ysobel Gourlay

Contact AmEAG

[email protected]

Terms of Reference


What we’re working on

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The AmEAG works on many different projects, including:

Antibiotic Amnesty campaign

What should you do with unwanted medicines? Most patients don’t know, so many medicines end up flushed down the toilet. For antibiotics, this is a problem, because they can end up contributing to Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).

The Antibiotic Amnesty campaign, initially led by Imperial College, has expanded nationally and increased the number of antibiotics surrendered each year. 

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AMR training program 

Helping to develop 30 post-Foundation pharmacists in NHS acute trusts and CCGs in London and South East England.

Launched in 2019, this joint initiative between the RPS, the UK Clinical Pharmacy Association and co-funded by the HEE Innovation Fund was advised by our AmEAG. It included self-directed learning, face-to-face training, practice-based feedback and a final portfolio review. 

Program graduates were awarded a certificate of completion. 

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Supporting national and international initiatives

We work with other national groups to optimise the use of antimicrobials and contribute to the global strategy for antimicrobial resistance.

Latest consultations

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We respond to consultations from government departments, regulatory bodies and other healthcare and professional bodies, and also provide support and recognition for important work from other healthcare organisations through our endorsement service.

As a trusted source of expertise, our AmEAG comments on antimicrobial stewardship, resistance, infection prevention and management and other related issues. The latest consultations include:

Other work

RPS Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship Campaign

With support from the AmEAG, in 2017 we hosted a national campaign to safeguard antibiotics and minimise AMR. Our Antimicrobial Stewardship Policy had six key recommendations on how pharmacy could minimise AMR, and we produced a Quick Reference Guide to AMS for community pharmacy, an AMS Portal and an essential guide to handwashing.

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Research and innovation in AMR led by pharmacy and our AmEAG

Pharmacy teams play an essential role in AMS, increasingly leading research and innovation which are essential to the global fight against AMR in the UK and across the globe. This list of publications from members of our AmEAG is a small snapshot of the available evidence.

Webinars