Antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

“An increasingly serious issue is the development and spread of AMR, which occurs when drugs are no longer effective in treating infections caused by micro-organisms. Without effective antibiotics, even minor surgery and routine operations could become high-risk procedures, leading to increased duration of illness and ultimately premature mortality. Much of modern medicine (for example, organ transplantation, bowel surgery and some cancer treatments) may become unsafe due to the risk of infection. In addition, influenza pandemics would become more serious without effective treatments.”

UK Government
National Risk Register of Civil Emergencies

NHS England launches national programme to combat antibiotic overusage

“Antibiotic resistance is one of the most significant threats to patients’ safety worldwide and is driven by overusing antibiotics and prescribing them inappropriately. Infections with antibiotic-resistant bacteria increase levels of disease and death, as well as the length of time people stay in hospitals. As resistance in bacteria grows, it will become more difficult to treat infection, and this affects patient care.”

NHS England
March 2016

Reducing Antimicrobial Resistance

“The Antimicrobial Resistance programme has been designed to support all health and social care staff – both clinical and non-clinical – in a variety of settings to understand the threats posed by antimicrobial resistance, and ways they can help to tackle this major health issue. This programme has been developed by Health Education England in collaboration with Public Health England and NHS England.

Antibiotic (antimicrobial) resistance poses a major threat to everyday life and modern day medicine where lives could be lost as a result of antibiotics not working as they should. All health and social care staff, as well as the public, have a very important role in preserving the power of antibiotics and in controlling and preventing the spread of infections.”

Health Education England
e-Learning support

Antimicrobial Resistance information & resources

Public Health England | October 2018
English Surveillance Programme for Antimicrobial Utilisation and Resistance (ESPAUR) Report

Public Health England | October 2018
Keep Antibiotics Working

House of Commons | September 2018
Health & Social Care Committee enquiry on AMR – Part 1 (PDF) | Part 2 (PDF)

NICE | July 2017 |
medtech innovation briefing (MIB) – FebriDx for C-reactive protein and Myxovirus resistance protein A testing in primary care.

UK Government | May 2016
Tackling Drug-Resistant Infections Globally: Final Report And Recommendations The Review On Antimicrobial Resistance Chaired By Jim O’Neill.

Wellcome Trust | July 2015
Antibiotic resistance poorly communicated and widely misunderstood by UK public

Public Health England | 2014
Antibiotic Guardian Campaign

Longitude Prize | November 2014

UK Government – Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) | July 2014
Information and resources on the government’s plans to slow the growth of antimicrobial resistance

UK Government | October 2013
Antibiotic awareness resources

Department of Health | September 2013
UK 5 Year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2013 to 2018

Public Health England
Antimicrobial prescribing and stewardship competencies (PDF)

FebriDx: viral/bacterial differentiation test
FebriDx UK supplier

Prospect Diagnostics/RPS Detectors
Immune response and biomarkers (video)

Target Antibiotics Toolkit
Royal College of General Practitioners

NHS Choices
The Antibiotic Awareness Campaign

National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE)
Antimicrobial stewardship overview