The NICE guidance on antimicrobial stewardship (August 2015) and Public Health England’s ‘Start smart – then focus’ antimicrobial stewardship toolkit (updated March 2015) encourage prudent use of antimicrobials.
Public Health England, NHS England and Health Education England are also addressing the situation through the implementation of an antimicrobial resistance (AMR) programme.
Pharmacists have an integral role to play in promoting appropriate antimicrobial use in the community by:
Patients can also be made aware of the durations of these common winter ailments. The ‘Treat yourself better without antibiotics’ public health campaign can assist pharmacists with this
If you would like to develop your knowledge on antimicrobial stewardship, there is a free online course run in conjunction with the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, University of Dundee and Future Learn. The six-week course, comprising three hours per week, is aimed at all healthcare professionals (click here for more information).