What we’re working on
The AmEAG works on many different projects, including:
RPS-PHE Antibiotic Guardian Schools' Ambassadors Pilot
As part of this year's World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW 18-22 November 2019), we are working with Public Health England to encourage pharmacy colleagues to educate young people on important public health topics (microbes, hygiene, infection prevention and antibiotics) . This is also be a great opportunity to promote the essential role of Pharmacy in tackling antimicrobial resistance.
As part of this pilot, a number of Antibiotic Ambassadors across GB are participating through one or more of the following options:
- Delivering an education lesson to one class, or a session during assembly at their local primary or secondary school.
- Delivering a short activity or a whole education session to children in their local community.
- Encouraging their local school to include a newsletter item on antibiotic resistance during WAAW.
The results of the pilot will be available later this year. If you'd like to find out more about the RPS-PHE Antibiotic Guardian Schools' Ambassadors pilot please contact [email protected].
RPS 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 RPS-led initiative was advised by our AmEAG, and supported by the HEE Innovation Fund and the UK Clinical Pharmacy Association. 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. Find out more
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.
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:
- TARGET leaflet for adults with suspected Urinary Tract Infection (Public Health England, November 2019)
- Vaccine Strategy (Department of Health, October 2019)
- Impetigo: antimicrobial prescribing (NICE consultation, September 2019)
- Vaccine uptake in the general population (NICE consultation, July 2019)
- Leg ulcer infection: antimicrobial prescribing (NICE consultation, July 2019)
- Antimicrobial prescribing for diabetic foot infection (NICE consultation, May 2019)
- Antimicrobial prescribing for cellulitis and erysipelas (NICE consultation, May 2019)
- Choosing Wisely: AMR recommendations for the wider (non-medical) workforce (April 2019)
- AMR Nursing essentials pocket-sized guide (Advice on RPS endorsement request: April 2019)
- Antimicrobial prescribing for community-acquired pneumonia (NICE consultation, March 2019)
- Antimicrobial prescribing for hospital-acquired pneumonia (NICE consultation, March 2019)
- UTI diagnostic flowchart (Advice on RPS endorsement request, November 2018)
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.