Antimicrobial Expert Advisory Group

Experts in antimicrobial stewardship

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Pharmacy professionals and experts in antimicrobial stewardship, our Antimicrobial Expert Advisory Group (AmEAG) 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.

Meet the AmEAG...

 

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Members

Chair: Jacqueline Sneddon

  • Aaron Brady
  • Alison Cockburn
  • Cairine Gormley
  • Ceri Phillips
  • Diane Ashiru Oredope
  • Elizabeth Beech
  • Fiona Castle
  • Laura Whitney
  • Louise Dunsmure
  • Mark Gilchrist
  • Nicholas Reid
  • Paul Wade
  • Philip Howard
  • Stephen Hughes
  • Tracey Thornley
  • Tushar Shah

Pharmacy technician representatives: Amy John and Sarah Thomson

Contact AmEAG

[email protected]

Terms of Reference

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:

  1. Delivering an education lesson to one class, or a session during assembly at their local primary or secondary school.
  2. Delivering a short activity or a whole education session to children in their local community.
  3. 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 Cpd

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.

 

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.

Find out more

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