The Reducing Antimicrobial Resistance programme has been designed to support all health and social care staff – both clinical and non-clinical - in a variety of settings to understand the threats posed by antimicrobial resistance, and ways they can help to tackle this major health issue. This programme has been developed by Health Education England in collaboration with Public Health England and NHS England.
Antibiotic (antimicrobial) resistance poses a major threat to everyday life and modern day medicine where lives could be lost as a result of antibiotics not working as they should. All health and social care staff, as well as the public, have a very important role in preserving the power of antibiotics and in controlling and preventing the spread of infections.
This programme consists of a single e-learning session entitled ‘Reducing Antimicrobial Resistance: An Introduction’. It provides an overview of how to tackle antimicrobial (antibiotic) resistance, key facts about antimicrobial resistance and describes the important role everyone working in a health and social care environment has in tackling it. By the end of this session, health and social care staff will be able to:
Discuss why there is such a concern about misuse of antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance
List the key risks for development of antimicrobial resistance
Identify their role in tackling antimicrobial resistance
This Level 1 e-learning programme provides an introduction for all clinical and non-clinical staff. It will also be of benefit to board-level executives and non-executives, lay members, receptionists, administrative staff, caterers, domestics, transport, porters, community pharmacy counter staff and maintenance staff, including those non-clinical staff working for independent contractors within the NHS, as well as volunteers across health and social care settings and service provision.
This resource provides an educational tool that can be used by organisations to improve infection prevention and control practices and antimicrobial stewardship programmes, which in turn can reduce healthcare-associated infection and antimicrobial resistance. More information can be found on the Antibiotic Guardian website: http://antibioticguardian.com/.
Clinical staff who have an active interest and prior experience in the prevention, diagnosis and management of infectious disease should consider taking the free interactive six-week online course on Antimicrobial Stewardship by the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, University of Dundee and Future Learn. For more information, please visit Future Learn.