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Antimicrobial Stewardship Event 19th November 2015

Antimicrobial Stewardship: practical solutions for implementation in primary care

Thursday 19th November, Village Urban Resort, Newcastle, 9.30am – 4.00pm

In support of European Antibiotic Awareness Day (18th November) and World Antibiotic Awareness Week (16th – 22nd November), the NECS Medicines Optimisation Team are hosting an exciting and informative day of discussion and interactive debate led by national and local experts and key opinion leaders.

Content of the day:

  • Key note speakers from NHS England and Public Health England
    • Dr Cliodna McNulty, Head of Public Health England Primary Care Unit, Consultant Microbiologist and Honorary Visiting Professor Cardiff University
    • Dr Tim Chadborn, Behavioural Insight Lead Researcher, Public Health England
    • Stuart Brown, NHS England HCAI and AMR Project Lead and Antibiotic Pharmacist, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
  • Choice of interactive workshops led by national and local experts, including:
    • RCGP TARGET toolkit
    • Behaviour change and antibiotic prescribing
    • Management of UTIs in care homes and the elderly
    • Management of C.difficile infection in primary care
  • Expert panel discussion of key themes and questions arising from the day

Who should attend?

Anyone in primary care with an interest in antibiotics and antimicrobial stewardship, including GPs, HCAI leads and antibiotic champions, non-medical prescribers, commissioning leads, and pharmacists.

To book your place

Email necsu.medicinescdd@nhs.net with your name, job title and organisation.  Numbers are limited, so please contact us as soon as possible to book your place.

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

‘Antimicrobial stewardship: systems and processes for effective antimicrobial use’ (NG15) provides good practice recommendations on systems and processes for the effective use of antimicrobials.  The guideline is aimed at all health and social care practitioners (including GPs, dentists, pharmacists and community nurses), commissioning and provider organisations, and aims to reduce inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics.

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.

NICE Bites (September 2015) provides a summary of recommendations from the NICE guidance.

NECS Briefing for Commissioners (September 2015) provides an executive summary of the key points arising from NG15 in relation to medicines optimisation.