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This page contains a range of resources designed to support the implementation of an antimicrobial stewardship programme. Scroll down to access materials and video content detailing the considerations and experience of Healthcare Professionals involved in antimicrobial stewardship programmes.
Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) is an important element in the fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR), aiming to improve the safety and quality of patient care and contributing to reductions in the emergence and spread of AMR.
An effective implementation of an AMS programme within the hospital setting relies on the collective involvement of a range of healthcare professionals to make AMS part of what we do every day. This means having the right people onboard: a core team of professionals who can promote the appropriate use of antimicrobials.
So, whether you are extending your existing AMS programme or embarking on your first programme, effective communication, engagement and support for everyone involved is pre-requisite for success. With this in mind, the enclosed AMS “We all have our part to play” resource pack is designed to provide suggestions and ideas to help AMS leads to engage with teams and implement a well-coordinated AMS programme.
In the resource pack you will find a Lead Guide that details the key steps in implementing an AMS programme, and guidance to help you provide practical direction and support to your programme Champions. The resource also includes fifteen AMS Champions packs explaining the role of an AMS Champion and offers advice, suggestions and tips to help support engagement with colleagues in their teams.
We have been using this toolkit as part of our AMS programme at St George’s. The resources have proven invaluable when engaging staff from board to ward, involving the right members of the team and promoting the message of tackling antimicrobial resistance ‘We all have our part to play’.
Dr Matthew Laundy
Consultant Microbiologist, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
The below materials are available to download, please click on each item to access these:
Leading an AMS programme requires a coordinated reponse. The items in this pack are designed to help you and your AMS Champions deliver excellent and consistent patient care through collaboration.
As an AMS champion you play a key role in engaging with colleagues and supporting their active involvement with Antimicrobial Stewardship. Use the pack to help you develop excellent and consistent patient care.
A guide for a clinical lead to implement an AMS programme in their clinical setting. Leading an AMS programme requires a coordinated response that engages colleagues and supports their active involvement.
A guide for AMS Champions to implement an antimicrobial stewardship programme in their local clinical setting as directed by the programme lead. Please note this content is suggestive and not directive.
Educational poster/leaflet for nurses to support them in their role in antimicrobial stewardship.
Access resources for implementation of an Antimicrobial Stewardship Programme
Guidance for the AMS team role
AMS guidance summaries from PEH and NICE
Posters to help raise awareness in your trust
AMR, antimicrobial resistance; AMS antimicrobial stewardship.
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