Antimicrobial Stewardship Showcase

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World Antimicrobial Awareness Week

18-24 of November 2021

18-24 of November is World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, which aims to increase awareness of antimicrobial resistance and encourage best practice amongst healthcare professionals and the public.

Pharmacists are a part of the UK National Action Plan against Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) working with colleagues and communities to make a difference.

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Pharmacists AMS training programme

Pharmacists are key players in the fight against Antimicrobial Resistance

We would like to show our support by highlighting what pharmacists achieved in tackling antimicrobial resistance by undertaking the RPS Antimicrobial Training (which included Behavioural change, Big Data, Leadership, Management and much more) and completing a Quality Improvement Project. 

This was delivered in collaboration with UKCPA and PHE (now known as UKHSA) with funding from HEE.

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About the training programme

AMS Training Infographic

Download a copy of Outcomes of a National, Cross-Sector Antimicrobial Stewardship Training Initiative for Pharmacists in England (click on the report cover to download the PDF).

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What learners say about the programme

How has the training programme affected pharmacist' quality improvement projects, impacted on their practice and changed perspectives on the role of education?

Natalie Holman, previous attendee of the AMS training, explains how the course has helped with her practice and enabled her to support junior pharmacists with AMS projects.

Karim Guirguis is a Clinical Pharmacist at Walton Medical Centre - watch his review of Co-amoxiclav prescribing in a general practice.

What tutors say about the programme

Claire Brandish

Claire Brandish is Lead Anti-Infectives Pharmacist at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, and was an AMS Tutor from November 2020 until March 2021.

I participated as a tutor for the RPS AMS Training Programme from November 2020-March 2021, which was a particularly challenging time with the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It affected everyone who participated in our discussion groups, and I wrote after one session to the organisers, I've got to be honest and say that I was not looking forward to doing the evening meetings after the madness at work, but I actually really enjoyed listening to the projects and focussing on things that were not COVID!

I certainly felt motivated and energised by the diversity of the quality improvement projects from both NHS Trusts and Private Hospitals. There is a lot to learn and share from different Pharmacy sectors, but often a lack of opportunities to do this. 

Having a forum to discuss your ideas, project plans and undertakings certainly inspired me to tackle old and new problems to address inappropriate antimicrobial prescribing. The introductory material and support from the RPS was fantastic, and I will undoubtedly be using this in future. 

I would highly recommend this training programme to anyone interested in improving antimicrobial stewardship and driving change in your organisation.

Diane Ashiru-Oredope
Read about our expert Lead

Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope, is the Lead Pharmacist for the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and Healthcare-Associated Infections, UK Health Security and Global AMR lead for the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association.

Over the last decade, she has contributed significantly to or led several multi-country and international projects and workshops on tackling antimicrobial resistance including assessing knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours of healthcare workers as well as developing relevant training.

She has been our lead expert for the AMS programme since its inception and ensures that our training is up-to-date, of high quality and aligned to national AMR priorities.

She brings a wealth of experience and leadership to the programme.

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