Useful Links

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

Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing group (SAPG)

SAPG is a national clinical multi-disciplinary forum formed in March 2008 at the request of the Scottish Government Health Department (SGHD) with representation from key stakeholders including all mainland Health Boards. The forum is hosted by the Scottish Medicines Consortium and its primary objective is to co-ordinate and deliver a national framework for antimicrobial stewardship to enhance the quality of antimicrobial prescribing and management in Scotland. Antimicrobial stewardship means ’making the best use of antimicrobials to manage infection so as to ensure optimal outcomes and minimal harm to patients and the wider society’.

SAPG works closely with clinical staff in NHS Boards and with public partners to promote the safe and effective use of antibiotics both in hospital and primary care.

Visit the SAPG website

The British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

Founded in 1971, and with 700 members worldwide, the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy exists to facilitate the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in the field of antimicrobial chemotherapy.

At the forefront of the antimicrobial chemotherapy field, the Society meets its aims by setting standards for antimicrobial susceptibility testing and use, both within the UK and overseas, supporting microbiologists in their practice, and the promotion and provision of channels through which its Members can ensure their continuing professional development.

The BSAC publishes the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (JAC), which is one of the leading journals in the field and is internationally renowned for its scientific excellence.
The Society collaborates with relevant bodies, both nationally and internationally, and currently leads national programmes of surveillance and susceptibility testing to determine the effectiveness of antimicrobial and chemotherapeutic agents.

Through a series of educational and other initiatives, the Society offers advice to government, its membership, the wider medical profession and the public on issues relating to antimicrobial agents, the appropriate and prudent use of antibiotics, and the management of community and hospital-acquired infection(s). In addition, scientific excellence is promoted through the awarding of grants for research.

Visit the BSAC website

Elearning resources

Elearning: 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

Elearning: 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.

Elearning: 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.

Elearning: 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.

Elearning: 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.

Elearning: 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.

Elearning: 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.

Elearning: 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

Antibiotic Guardian

The Antibiotic Guardian campaign aims to increase public awareness of resistance and appropriate antibiotic use. The general public and health professionals are being asked to pledge to use antibiotics more responsibly.

Bristol University resources on caring for children with coughs

This website was created by a collaboration of researchers and parents who talked to lots of parents about what information they wanted to know when their child had a cough.

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.

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.

Health Education England Antimicrobial Resistance

The Health Education England antimicrobial resistance animation intends to assist prescribers when they are faced with somebody who incorrectly feels they should be prescribed an antibiotic. The purpose of the film is to educate a very broad spectrum of people speedily about the risks associated with the over-use of antibiotics, and to encourage them to take personal responsibility for using them appropriately and as prescribed.

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.

Patient.info

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.

World Antibiotic Awareness Week and European Antibiotic Awareness Day

World Antibiotic Awareness Week takes place during November each year and aims to increase awareness of global antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance.

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.

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