Antimicrobial Resistance - e-Learning for Healthcare
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About the Antimicrobial Resistance programme

The 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.

The e-learning session

This programme consists of an e-learning session entitled ‘Reducing Antimicrobial Resistance: An Introduction’ aimed at all health and social care staff, and a myriad of resources to support awareness and education of clinical staff on antimicrobial resistance in different care settings.

The aims of these resources are to help health and social care staff:

  • 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.


Resources for all staff working in health and social care:

The free e-learning session, ‘Reducing Antimicrobial Resistance: An Introduction’, supports all health and social care staff to understand the threats posed by antimicrobial resistance and the ways they can help to tackle it.

It provides an overview 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 short animation is aimed at the public and has been produced in partnership with Public Health England, intended to be used by all health and social care staff in a variety of settings with the aim of helping prescribers respond appropriately to patients requesting antibiotics without medical need. The creation of the animation was influenced by the work of the Wellcome Trust in understanding how the public responds to information about antimicrobial resistance.

Further resources for all primary care staff, including GPs:

This film is aimed at GPs and primary care staff to provide an introduction into the risks associated with the over-use of antibiotics, and to encourage appropriate dispersion. It supports a range of educational materials for GPs and other primary care prescribers called the TARGET toolkit.

Antimicrobial Stewardship

All resources provide 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.

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.

Further information

For more information on HEE’s work on antimicrobial resistance, for example our survey of higher education institutions on the embedding of the antimicrobial prescribing and stewardship competencies within undergraduate and postgraduate curricula, please visit our website.


  • Diane Ashiru Oredope

    Clinical Lead - Antimicrobial Resistance, Health Education England; Pharmacist Lead, Antimicrobial Resistance Programme, Public Health England


  • Elizabeth Beech

    Elizabeth Beech

    Project Lead - Healthcare Acquired Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance, NHS England
  • Carole Fry

    Carole Fry

    Infection Prevention and Control Lead, Public Health England
  • Mohamed Sadak

    Mohamed Sadak

    Clinical Lead and Programme Manager, Antimicrobial Resistance and Sepsis, Health Education England
  • Julie Screaton

    Julie Screaton

    Director, London and South East, Health Education England


  • Prajwala Anthapurusha
  • Emma Budd
  • Janet Flint
  • Susan Hopkins
  • Elizabeth Manero
  • Caroline Purslow
  • Jane Binyon
  • Antonio De Gregorio
  • Paula Higginson
  • Fran Husson
  • Rebecca Owens
  • James Vaudrey

Open access session

Please note that if you access the content below your progress and completion will not be recorded and you will not be able to generate a record of completion. If you are a health or social care professional and require evidence of learning, please register for access and then log in to access this programme on the e-LfH Hub.

  • Antimicrobial Resistance

    This session provides key facts about antimicrobial resistance and describes the important role everyone working in a health and care environment has in tackling it. It also discusses relevant aspects of the antimicrobial prescribing and stewardship competences.

How to access

In order to access any e-LfH programme, you will need an e-LfH account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

Register >

If you already have an account with e-LfH, then you can enrol on to the Antimicrobial Resistance programme by logging in to the e-LfH Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My e-Learning section.

Access for care home or hospice staff

To register for the Antimicrobial Resistance programme, select the ‘Register’ button above. Select the option ‘I am a care home or hospice worker’ then enter your care home / hospice name or postcode and select it from the options available in the drop down list. Finally enter your care home / hospice registration code and select ‘Register’. You may need to see your employer to get this code.

If your employer does not have a code, then they need to contact the e-LfH Support Team. The Support Team can either give the employer the Registration Code or arrange a bulk upload of all staff.

Access for social care professionals

Access to e-LfH content is available to all social care professionals in England whose employers are registered with the Skills for Care National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC). Every employer providing NMDS-SC workforce information to Skills for Care has been given a user registration code for their staff. This code enables you to self-register for access to the Antimicrobial Resistance programme. Please contact your employer for more details about the registration code. For information about registering your organisation with the NMDS-SC your employer should access or contact the Skills for Care Support Service on 0845 8730129.
If you have a registration code select the ‘register’ button above

Access for NHS healthcare staff in England

The Antimicrobial Resistance programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this e-Learning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.
Further details are available here.

Available to all

The Antimicrobial Resistance e-learning programme is available to access using the Open access session. If you access the content using this link, you will not have to log in but your activity will not be tracked and you will not be able to generate a record of completion.

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