TARGET Antibiotics toolkit
What is in the TARGET (Treat Antibiotics Responsibly, Guidance, Education, Tools) antibiotics toolkit?
- Guidance to help clinicians decide when and what antibiotics to prescribe
- Education for groups of primary care staff or individual clinicians
- Tools such as patient leaflets to share in the consultation and posters and videos to display in the waiting areas
Who is the TARGET Antibiotics Toolkit 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.
The toolkit aims to help decrease barriers to appropriate antibiotic prescribing, change social norms around prescribing, and influence clinicians’ and patients’ personal attitudes to antibiotic resistance and use.
The short 'Treating your infection leaflet' for use with adults and parents, and the 'When Should I Worry?' booklet for carers of children with respiratory tract infections and the 'Get well soon without antibiotics' leaflets, and links to useful websites containing other patient resources.
Posters and videos which you can use as a 'hook' in consultations to raise awareness of the importance of prescribing antibiotics appropriately.
Quick reference guide on the management of common infections, plus explanatory notes; produced by Public Health England and adaptable locally.
CPD training resources, including the 'TARGET antibiotics' group training presentation with presentation notes, personal training resources on Managing Acute Respiratory Tract Infections (MARTI), Urinary Tract Infections (MUTs), and the Stemming the Tide of Antimicrobial Resistance (STAR) training materials.
Audit templates on sore throats and UTI
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 the
- 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