TARGET Antibiotics toolkit

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What is TARGET?

Treat Antibiotics Responsibly, Guidance, Education, Tools

This TARGET Antibiotics toolkit is a central resource for clinicians, their patients and commissioners to promote  safe, effective, appropriate and responsible antibiotic prescribing, helping to fulfil CPD and revalidation requirements.

 

Who is it for, and how can it be used?

The TARGET Antibiotics presentation and toolkit are designed to be introduced to the whole primary care team as a one hour workshop within the GP practice or out of hours setting. The workshop may be given by GPs, microbiologists or medicine managers and comes with explanatory notes. The tools can be used by all primary care staff.

 

Leaflets to share with patients

A selection of leaflets, along with useful links to websites containing other patient resources

Go to Leaflets to share with patients

Resources for clinical and waiting areas

Posters and videos which you can use in clinical areas to raise awareness of the importance of prescribing antibiotics appropriately

Go to Resources for clinical and waiting areas

National antibiotic guidance

Quick reference guide on the management of common infections, plus explanatory notes; produced by Public Health England and adaptable locally

Go to National antibiotic guidance

Training resources

CPD training resources to help fulfil CPD and revalidation requirements, including group training presentations and e-learning modules

Go to Training resources

Audit templates

Templates for accurate and easy auditing, including read codes current guidance and action plan

Go to Audit templates

Self assessment checklist

Checklist to measure your current antibiotic prescribing practice against others in your region and nationally

Go to Self assessment checklist

Resources for commissioners

Guidance and resources to help you implement the TARGET antibiotics toolkit in your area

Go to Resources for commissioners

Useful links

Relevant news articles, publications and other useful resources

Go to Useful links

Background information

No action today means no cure tomorrow’ - Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director General, 2011

'Antimicrobial resistance poses a catastrophic threat. If we don't act now, any one of us could go into hospital in 20 years for minor surgery and die because of an ordinary infection that can't be treated by antibiotics.' - Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer, March 2013

In the UK, 80% of antibiotic prescribing occurs in primary care, with over half for respiratory tract infections. The inappropriate use of antibiotics is related to bacterial resistance, so using antimicrobials responsibly should help control it

The Antimicrobial Stewardship in Primary Care (ASPIC) collaboration was established in 2009 and includes:
• Public Health England PHE
• Royal College of General Practitioners RCGP
• Department of Health DoH
• British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy BSAC
• Care Quality Commission CQC
• British Infection Association BIA
• National Prescribing Centre NPC
• Infection Prevention Society IPS and British Paediatric Allergy, Immunology and Infectious Diseases Group BPAIIG
• Royal College of Nursing RCN
• Health Protection Scotland
• Public Health Wales and Northern Ireland
• NHS Information Centre
• interested GPs, pharmacists and microbiologists

 

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