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New AMS (antimicrobial stewardship) out of hours e-learning programme available

Posted on: March 29th, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) in partnership with the University of Southampton, the University of Oxford, the University of Bristol and University College London are delighted to launch a new AMS (antimicrobial stewardship) out of hours elearning programme.

The AMS (Antimicrobial Stewardship) Out of Hours programme resulted from the NIHR School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) Out of Hours Prescribing: Enhancing Communication Project (OPEN, a study about the management of common infections out of hours, on the telephone, in primary care treatment centres and in patients’ homes.

About the elearning

Developed with the inclusion of real consultations, the elearning includes resources designed for, but not limited to, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and GPs, prescribing antibiotics in community settings, out of hours, during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

The elearning sessions focus on out of hours primary care and cover the following topics:

  • session 1: managing patient expectations
  • session 2: providing self-care advice
  • session 3: delayed antibiotic prescribing
  • session 4: giving safety netting advice

The elearning sessions take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Key learning points and self-assessments are included in each session, to help learners reflect on their knowledge and a certificate is available to download on completion of each session.


After completing the elearning sessions, we would appreciate your feedback. Each session has a dedicated survey:

Accessing the elearning

You can visit the (AMS) antimicrobial stewardship out of hours programme page to learn more about the elearning.

The elearning programme is also available to the NHS health and care workforce via AICC and the Electronic Staff Record (ESR).

elfh is a NHS England programme in partnership with the NHS and professional bodies