Antimicrobial Stewardship

Antimicrobial stewardship was a clinical priority from 2012 – 2015, working with Public Health England as a key stakeholder to raise awareness of the importance of improving antimicrobial use to slow the relentless rise in resistance in all antimicrobial classes.

These resources are designed to provide GPs with the learning and confidence to prescribe antibiotics responsibly.

Impact of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Priority [PDF]

A presentation showing the approach of the antimicrobial stewardship clinical priority


Joint statement on Antimicrobial Resistance [PDF]

  • The UK Faculty of Public Health (FPH)
  • The Royal College of Physicians (RCP)
  • The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)
  • The Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
  • The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)


The UK Five Year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2013-2018

A cross-government UK strategy to slow the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance, highlighting seven key areas for action around three strategic aims:

  • improve the knowledge and understanding of antimicrobial resistance
  • conserve and steward the effectiveness of existing treatments
  • stimulate the development of new antibiotics, diagnostics and novel therapies

The English Surveillance Programme for Antimicrobial Utilisation and Resistance (ESPAUR)

This programme, led by PHE, is developing and improving surveillance systems to measure antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance as well as measuring the impact of resistance of the safety of patients and the general public.

Resources for clinicians

TARGET is a central resource for clinicians and commissioners about safe, effective, appropriate and responsible antibiotic prescribing, helping to fulfil CPD and revalidation requirements.

The TARGET Antibiotics presentation and toolkit have been designed to be introduced to the whole primary care team as a one hour workshop within the GP practice or out of hours setting.

This course will assist you in identifying the need for optimised antibiotic prescribing, as well as equipping you with tools for improving your antibiotic prescribing.

The European Antibiotic Awareness Day, held on 18 November each year, is a day to encourage responsible use of antibiotics. It is part of the UK Five Year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2013-2018.

This handbook identifies current national policy, guidance and supporting materials in relation to the infection prevention and control of healthcare associated infections (HCAI) and antimicrobial stewardship in order to aid in the reduction of antimicrobial resistance. It is designed to assist local health and social care professionals in quickly retrieving relevant information provided by Public Health England, the Department of Health and a wide variety of key stakeholders.

In 2014, Public Health England established the Antibiotic Guardian pledge campaign. It calls on everyone in the UK, the public and medical community, to become antibiotics guardians by choosing one simple pledge about how they will make better use of these vital medicines. Click here to become an antibiotic guardian.

Resources produced by Public Health England, for use and local adaption aimed at the public, can be found here

Antimicrobial Resistance Summit - 'Meeting the Challenge'

The symposium was held on 6 November 2014 and ran in partnership between:

  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Department of Health
  • Public Health England
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Faculty of Public Health
  • Royal College of Physicians

This summit called for binding national “rollback” targets on antibiotic prescribing to halt the relentless rise in antibiotic resistance.


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