TARGET Antibiotics toolkit

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This Toolkit has been developed by the RCGP, PHE and The Antimicrobial Stewardship in Primary Care (ASPIC) in collaboration with professional societies including GPs, pharmacists, microbiologists, clinicians, guidance developers and other stakeholders.

We aim for this toolkit to become a central resource for clinicians and commissioners about safe, effective, appropriate and responsible antibiotic prescribing, and helping to fulfil CPD and revalidation requirements.

Our Aim

We aim to provide you with one central resource incorporating a wealth of information about antibiotic prescribing, including


‘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. 


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