Antibiotic Prescribing Quality Premium 2016/17

The 2016/17 antimicrobial resistance Quality Premium indicator builds on the 2015/16 Quality Premium which nationally, between April and December 2015, contributed towards 2 million fewer antibiotic prescriptions dispensed, compared to the same period the previous year, a 7.9% reduction.

Antimicrobial prescribing is worth 10% of the total Quality Premium for 2016/17[1]. The Quality Premium measure consists of two parts (each worth 50% of the payment available for this indicator):
Part a) reduction in the number of antibiotics prescribed in primary care
Part b) reduction in the proportion of broad spectrum antibiotics prescribed in primary care

Why Asthma Still Kills – National Review of Asthma Deaths (NRAD)

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NICE guidance briefings

The following document is designed to give an executive summary of the key points in relation to medicines optimisation arising from NICE guidance.  It […]

NICE Guideline: Antimicrobial stewardship: systems and processes for effective antimicrobial medicine use

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The main recommendations are designed to promote and monitor sensible antimicrobial use through stewardship teams to review prescribing and resistance data and to provide feedback, education, and training to prescribers. Specific guidance is given on clinical assessment and documentation of diagnosis, obtaining microbiological samples, delayed prescribing, and taking time to discuss with patients the likely cause of their symptoms.

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Local prescribing guidelines

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Briefing documents

High Strength, Fixed Combination and Biosimilar Insulin Products: Minimising the Risk of Medication Error NECS MO summary document for State […]