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19 April 2017
Health Education England (HEE) is calling on employers and healthcare providers to do more to make sure their staff are well-trained in how to combat antimicrobial resistance, in a report launched today.
The Health and Social Care Act (2008) states that employers should ensure that all their staff who prescribe medicines should be given induction and training in responsible antimicrobial use and are familiar with the antimicrobial resistance and stewardship competencies. However, according to the survey, Combating antimicrobial resistance: educational approaches for the responsible prescribing of antimicrobials, published today, not all employers and providers are currently delivering on this.
A survey conducted by Health Education England found that:
In response, Health Education England has asked all employers and providers to ensure that mandatory training in prudent antibiotic use is provided to all prescribers as part of their induction and on-going continuing personal development, as outlined in the national guidance.
Employers and healthcare providers are also encouraged to implement mandatory staff training policies for combating antimicrobial resistance in areas, where there is poor compliance with local antibiotic policies and national guidance.
The report, 'Combating antimicrobial resistance: educational approaches for the responsible prescribing of antimicrobials', also sets out a number of recommendations for both Health Education England as a body and for others across the system, including:
The recommendations directed at Health Education England will be taken forward over the coming months. These include the creation of an educational package for management and executive teams and improving information sharing about existing educational resources. We will also work with practice educators and others to better understand what types of educational interventions are likely to lead to changes in behaviour in relation to the prescribing of antibiotics.
Commenting, Ged Byrne, Director of Education and Quality, Health Education England working across the North, said
“Although antimicrobial resistance cannot be eliminated, we can work together to limit its risk to the public and minimise its impact. As part of this, it is crucial that prescribers have the right knowledge and skills, to ensure that prescribing interventions are safe and that they deliver the best outcomes for their patients.
We ask employers to take note of this report and take forward actions to place more training to ensure their staff are well-trained in how to combat antimicrobial resistance. This report is an important milestone in achieving this goal, and we look forward to taking the recommendations forward, to help manage and reduce the risks of antimicrobial resistance.”
You can view the report and executive summary on our website.