External clinical resources

For further information, here are a series of links for related websites and e-learning resources. 

Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC)

The remit of the SMC is to provide advice to NHS Boards and their Area Drug and Therapeutics Committees (ADTCs) across Scotland about the clinical and cost-effectiveness of all newly licensed medicines, all new formulations of existing medicines and new indications for established products (licensed from January 2002).  

Scottish Medicines Consortium news updates

E-learning resources

E-learning: introduction to management of common infections: recorded

This learning resource from the National Prescribing Centre is designed to deliver useful information in an easy to use way. It consists of PowerPoint slides with an audio commentary, in sections of 10–20 minutes each, covering the public health issues relating to antibiotic usage, especially MRSA and C. difficile infections; trends in antibiotic usage, and how appropriate use of antibiotics can be adopted and encouraged

E-learning: introduction to management of common infections: quiz

This online quiz from the National Prescribing Centre will help you test your knowledge on a broad range of issues relating to common infections and antibiotic use. Suggested answers are given after each question with some additional information and references.

E-learning: management of common respiratory tract infections: recorded session

This learning resource from the National Prescribing Centre is designed to deliver useful information in an easy to use way. It consists of PowerPoint slides with an audio commentary, in sections of about 10 minutes each, covering the management of the common cold, sore throat, acute otitis media, sinusitis and bronchitis.

E-learning: management of common respiratory tract infections: quiz

This online quiz from the National Prescribing Centre will help you test your knowledge on a broad range of issues relating to the management of common respiratory tract infections and antibiotic use. Suggested answers are given after each question with some additional information and references.

E-learning: management of common respiratory tract infections: case studies

These online case studies from the National Prescribing Centre will help you test your knowledge on a broad range of issues relating to the management of common respiratory tract infections and antibiotic use. Topics include sore throat, sinusitis, otitis media and cough. Questions for review are given with suggested answers, some additional information and references.

E-learning: management of simple urinary tract infections: recorded session

This learning resource from the National Prescribing Centre is designed to deliver useful information in an easy to use way. It consists of PowerPoint slides with an audio commentary, in sections of about 15–20 minutes each, covering the management of simple urinary tract infections including the use of urine testing strips.

E-learning: management of simple urinary tract infections: quiz 

This online quiz from the National Prescribing Centre will help you test your knowledge on a broad range of issues relating to the management of management of simple urinary tract infections and antibiotic use, including the use of urine testing strips. Suggested answers are given after each question with some additional information and references.

E-learning: management of simple urinary tract infections: case study

This online case study from the National Prescribing Centre will help you test your knowledge on a broad range of issues relating to the management of simple urinary tract infections and antibiotic use, including the use of urine testing strips. Questions for review are given with suggested answers, some additional information and references.

Useful websites

BJGP

The July issue of the BJGP has a focus on Antibiotic Prescribing.

The British Infection Association (BIA)

The British Infection Association was formed when the British Infection Society formally merged with the Association of Medical Microbiologists in 2009. Now with over 1400 members, the BIA exists to promote the science and practice of medicine in relation to infection, to support all infection specialists and trainees, and to further research into infection.

Patient.co.uk

This website has useful patient information leaflets about all minor illnesses and self management options.

Treat yourself better

The treat yourself better website has a symptom checker for cold and flu as well as the message that antibiotics do not work these symptoms.

Medicines for Children

The Medicines for Children website provides information for parents and carers about giving medicines to children, written and reviewed by doctors, pharmacists, parents and carers.

The website contains Medicines' information leaflets and the option to read or watch short films about giving different medicines forms.

Medicines for Children is a partnership programme by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacists (NPPG) and WellChild. Read about what they do.

e-Bug

e-Bug is a free microbiology, hygiene and antibiotic educational resource for junior (9-11 years) and senior (12-15 years) school students across Europe. Designed by health professionals, with input from schools and young people, and endorsed by the Department of Education, the e-Bug resource comprises of a teacher pack containing detailed lesson plans and an accompanying fun interactive website for students.

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

A number of initiatives are taking place across Europe to spread the messages on the risks associated with inappropriate use of antibiotics and how to take antibiotics responsibly.

European Antibiotic Awareness Day

European Antibiotic Awareness Day aims to increase awareness of resistance and appropriate antibiotic use amongst health professionals and the public and is held on 18 November each year.

Pledge to become an antibiotic guardian and preserve antibiotics for the future. Access the 2014 resources and see how you can get involved at the antibiotic guardian website.

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