TARGET Antibiotic Toolkit

TARGET-logoWhat is TARGET?

TARGET stands for: Treat Antibiotics Responsibly, Guidance, Education, Tools. The toolkit helps influence prescribers’ and patients’ personal attitudes, social norms and perceived barriers to optimal antibiotic prescribing. It includes a range of resources that can each be used to support prescribers’ and patients’ responsible antibiotic use, helping to fulfil CPD and revalidation requirements.

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

The toolkit is designed to be used by the whole primary care team within the GP practice or out of hours setting. These resources can be used flexibly, either as standalone materials or as part of an integrated package. We do recommend that ALL resources are used if this is feasible. Using the TARGET Antibiotics Toolkit resources will enable primary care organisations to demonstrate compliance with the Health and Social Care Act 2008: Code of Practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance. 

TARGET toolkit updates and news

Updates

All TARGET resources are reviewed every two to four years, depending on the specific resource, or more frequently if there are significant developments in the field. Any resource changes will be highlighted here

News

We publish four TARGETantibiotics newsletters a year (February, May, September, November) highlighting resource updates, new developments, publications and any planned future work that you may wish to be involved in.  If you would like to be mailed the newsletter please sign up here..

Treating your infection - UTI for older adults leaflet

We are delighted to announce that we have finalised the development of a UTI information leaflet for older adults who have urinary symptoms or may be at risk of future UTIs. The leaflet may also be used during primary care consultations to facilitate dialogue between a patient and their GP on specific topics like treatment or safety netting. It is important that the leaflet is used as a tool to interact with patients, rather than as a ‘parting gift’.  The UTI for older adults information leaflet can be found in the “leaflets to share with patients” section of the TARGET website.

We are happy to receive feedback about how you have used or implemented this leaflet and any constructive comments on how it can be improved. Please contact the TARGET team via email at TARGETantibiotics@phe.gov.uk.

UTI Resource Suite

This section of the TARGET website has been designed to support the Government’s ambition to halve inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics by 2020 and to help facilitate the newly launched 2017-19 Quality Premium targets related to reducing gram-negative bloodstream infections (GNBSIs) and inappropriate antibiotic prescribing in at risk groups.
 
We have grouped all of the TARGET resources focussing on Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) in one place to make it easier for you to find them all. 

Patient Facing Materials

Treating your infection - URINARY TRACT INFECTION (TYI-UTI) leaflet

The TYI-UTI patient Information leaflet has been designed to be used with women who are experiencing urinary symptoms suggesting non complicated UTIs.

This leaflet supports implementation of recommendations in the NICE guidelines on processes for antimicrobial stewardship and behaviour change for antimicrobial stewardship

For leaflet translation into various languages please visit the leaflets to share with patient’s section of the TARGET website. 

Treating Your Infection UTI leaflet FOR OLDER ADULTS and those who care for them 

The leaflet can be used to either to provide information on UTIs to those at risk or care staff may wish to share this leaflet with older adults in their care and/or their relatives. The leaflet may also be used during primary care consultations to facilitate dialogue between a patient and their GP on specific topics like treatment or safety netting. It is important that the leaflet is used as a tool to interact with patients, rather than as a ‘parting gift’. 

Diagnostic Tools

A series of quick reference tools for diagnosis of UTIs including knowing when to use the microbiology laboratory and how to understand results. UTI quick reference tools are available for: 

  • Women (under 65 years) with suspected UTI
  • Older person (over 65 years) with suspected UTI
  • Children (under 16 years) with suspected UTI

Audit templates

Templates for accurate and easy auditing, including Read codes, current guidance and action plans. Use the UTI audit template to assess your management of UTIs against current local and/or national guidelines. 

Training resources

  • Managing UTI eModule explains the importance and appropriateness of diagnostics and offers advice on how to assess and treat patients with a range of urinary symptoms. 

  • TARGET webinar on UTIs highlights simple key actions to help improve your antibiotic prescribing whilst improving the patient experience and their self-care, therefore freeing up your time

  • The TARGET antibiotic presentation core slides lasts 60 minutes and includes a clinical scenario on UTIs, slide notes and references.

Other UTI Resources

  • I-Hydrate: Staff in two care homes in London and researchers from the University of West London have created a free, downloadable resource park to share best practice to ensure care home residents are properly hydrated.

Leaflets to share with patients

TARGET treating your infection (TYI) leaflets

The TYI patient information leaflets are designed to be shared with patients during the consultation and aim to facilitate communication between prescriber and patient, and increase patient’s confidence to self care. The leaflets include information on illness duration, self-care advice, prevention advice and advice on when to re-consult. For any leaflet queries please contact us: TARGETantibiotics@phe.gov.uk 

Treating your infection - URINARY TRACT INFECTION (TYI-UTI) leaflet

 

The TYI-UTI patient Information leaflet has been designed to be used with women who are experiencing urinary symptoms suggesting non complicated UTIs.

This leaflet supports implementation of recommendations in the NICE guidelines on processes for antimicrobial stewardship and behaviour change for antimicrobial stewardship.

TYI-UTI leaflet translations

Treating your infection – URINARY TRACT INFECTION FOR OLDER ADULTS leaflet