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Local NHS working to safeguard antibiotics

In preparation for World Antibiotics Awareness Week (18-24 November 2019), NHS colleagues will be talking at the National Student Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Conference on 16 November, hosted by Public Health England in collaboration with Aston University.

The conference aims to promote collaboration amongst health professionals, and to help create a positive focus on the importance of keeping antibiotics working with students from the beginning of their careers, to reduce AMR for current and future generations.

Nationally, the number of antibiotic prescriptions in primary care have reduced by 15% since 2015 – that’s 5.6 million less prescriptions. However, there is still more that can be done.

Professor Mark DasGupta, Clinical Director of Medicines Management and Optimisation at NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG, said: “It is a huge honour to have NHS colleagues from Birmingham and Solihull CCG talking at the National Student AMR Conference ahead of World Antibiotics Awareness Week.

“The conference is a great opportunity to help pass on knowledge to future prescribers, and to create a culture which will keep AMR at the forefront of their minds, not just when it becomes a threat.”

The current NHS workforce is also receiving support from the Birmingham Antibiotic Advisory Group (BAAG) to promote the appropriate use of antibiotics, by monitoring and evaluating the prescribing levels, and how they are linked to AMR. BAAG also provides local prescribers in Birmingham and Solihull with specialist knowledge, which keeps the Primary Care Antimicrobial Guidelines localised and up to date.

NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG is also encouraging healthcare professionals and local residents to do their bit in the fight against AMR by pledging to be an Antibiotic Guardian, to help keep antibiotics working.

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