Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)
When the organisms that cause infection evolve ways to survive treatments, such as antibiotics, it is called antimicrobial resistance. Resistance is increased and accelerated by various factors such as misuse of medicines, poor infection control practices and global trade and travel.
Health Education England are a key stakeholder in the implementation of the Government’s 20-year vision and 5-year action plan on AMR.
The UK will contribute to the global effort through a lower burden of infection, optimal use of antimicrobials and new diagnostics, therapies, vaccines and interventions.
As part of 5-year action plan 2019-24, HEE will continue to support system-wide improvement, surveillance, infection prevention and control practice, and antimicrobial stewardship, ensuring resources are available for clinical expertise and senior leadership at all levels.
Sepsis is a common and potentially life-threatening condition triggered by an infection which causes the body’s immune system to go into overdrive. If not treated quickly, it can lead to multiple organ failure and death. It claims more lives than lung cancer and is the second biggest killer after cardiovascular disease. There are an estimated 123,000 cases of sepsis per year in England, and around 36,800 associated deaths. In many cases however, sepsis is avoidable and treatable and early identification is key to successfully treating sepsis.
The cross-system Sepsis Board, led by NHS England and chaired by Celia Ingham-Clark, have published a Sepsis Action Plan 2017 and take forward the recommendations.
Health Education England support the 2020 goal that all healthcare staff are competent in the recognition of, and response to, sepsis.