Public Health England updates antimicrobial guidance resources for healthcare professionals

  • Public Health England and Health Education England
  • Public Health England
  • 17 Jun 2019

  • curated by Priscilla Lynch
  • Medical News
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Public Health England (PHE) has updated its antimicrobial resistance (AMR) guidance resources for healthcare professionals.

The guidance is part of ‘All Our Health’, a resource which helps health professionals prevent ill health and promote well-being as part of their everyday practice. The All Our Health AMR information aims to help front-line health and care staff use their trusted relationships with patients, families, and communities to promote the benefits of preventing AMR.

An interactive e-learning version of this topic is now available for healthcare professionals to use. It is a ‘bite-sized’ session that gives an overview of AMR - including key evidence, data, and signposts to trusted resources to help prevent illness, protect health, and promote wellbeing, through the use of short knowledge tests to enhance learning. Examples given in the session enable healthcare professionals to promote antimicrobial stewardship and good infection, prevention, and control practices.

PHE and Health Education England’s ‘e-Learning for Healthcare’ developed this content to increase the confidence and skills of health and care professionals to embed AMR prevention in their day-to-day practice. Like other topics in the All Our Health series, it is underpinned by the latest evidence and designed to build on professionals’ existing knowledge, said PHE.

PHE data shows that antibiotic-resistant bloodstream infections rose by an estimated 35% between 2013 and 2017. Despite the risks of antibiotic resistance, research shows 38% of people still expect an antibiotic from a doctor’s surgery, NHS walk-in centre or ‘GP out-of-hours’ service when they visited with a cough, flu or a throat, ear, sinus, or chest infection (2017 data).