Raising Awareness of AMR: Tools for Healthcare Professionals

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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) requires action and training from both professionals and the general public. This blog brings together resources and materials developed by UKHSA, health education in England and partners to raise awareness.

Handle antibiotics responsibly, guidance, training, toolshe TARGET toolkit

The TARGET Antibiotics Toolkit, produced by UKHSA in collaboration with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), includes a range of resources that can be used to support prescribers and patients in the responsible use of antibiotics to help meet CPD and medical re-validation requirements.

TARGET is designed to be used by the entire primary care team at the GP surgery, outside office hours or in the pharmacy, and resources can be used flexibly either as stand-alone materials or as part of an integrated package.

Resources for antimicrobial awareness

UKHSA has released a resource toolkit to help the NHS, local authorities and others support European Antibiotic Awareness (EAAD), World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2021 (WAAW) and the Antibiotic Guardian campaign to encourage responsible use of antibiotics. Our guidelines describe national resources developed to promote antimicrobial treatment and suggestions on how they can be used to support local awareness-raising initiatives. .

e-Bug

e-Bug (maintained by UKHSA) is a free educational resource designed to improve young people’s knowledge and understanding of microbes, infection prevention and control, and the judicious use of antibiotics to help them take care of their own health.

Resources include a variety of fun and interactive activities that complement learning, including games, quizzes, and discussion series. All activities and Lesson Plans follow the Ministry of Education’s high school and high school education standards (Early Year, Key Stage 1, 2, 3, and 4).

Other resources of the e-Bug toolkit include

Beat the Bugs: a six-week community hygiene course aimed at raising awareness of antibiotic use and changing behavior

Educator training courses: for educators and community members who teach children and young people

  • Trainer resources
  • Community funds
  • Training resources

Read more on the e-Bug website and subscribe to the e-Bug newsletter now! You will receive quarterly updates on e-Bugs and learn more about how you can get involved.

Ambassadors of Antibiotic Guard Schools

The Antibiotic Guardian Schools Ambassadors program aims to connect public health, health care workers and scientists to local schools to share their learning about infection prevention, hygiene and AMR.

In its first year (2019), AG Schools Ambassadors were able to hold live sessions in schools during World Antimicrobial Awareness Week. This was not possible in 2020, so ambassadors were asked to advertise a short article to schools for inclusion in school newsletters.

An updated newsletter has been delivered to local schools this year, and a toolkit for teaching materials based on eBug resources has been delivered. This allows ambassadors to either hold the lesson in person, online, or promote the toolkit to schools so they can plan the lesson themselves.

You can access the resources by registering as an AG School Ambassador here. Be sure to encourage your school to register with this short online form.

Dental Antimicrobial Stewardship Toolkit

The AMS Dental Toolkit includes resources to help primary care professionals promote the proper use of antibiotics in dental care. The toolkit has been developed in collaboration with the English Public Health Subdivision (ESPAUR), the Faculty of General Dentistry (FGDP) and the British Dental Association (BDA).

AMR and Infections Program – e-learning

The Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and Infection Program is designed to support healthcare and nursing staff – both clinical and non-clinical – in a variety of settings to understand the threats posed by antimicrobial resistance and the ways in which they can help combat this significant problem. health problem. This program has been developed by Health Education England (HEE) in collaboration with UKHSA, NHS England and NHS Improvement, the Care Quality Commission and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

Antibiotic resistance is a major threat to everyday life and modern medicine, where lives can be lost if antibiotics do not work as they should. All health and care professionals and the general public have a very important role to play in maintaining the power of antibiotics and in controlling and preventing the spread of infections. Approaches to reduce this threat include: adequate infection prevention and control practices, good antimicrobial therapy and use of diagnostics.

Visit the HEE website for more information on our AMR work.

Read our blog about the scale of the problem with AMR.

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