NHS priorities

Whether it’s to prepare for the next Quality Payments Scheme deadline, or to increase your confidence in helping people with a learning disability, this section provides topic-specific pages that link to current NHS priorities. This section will support you in keeping your knowledge and skills up to date in order to provide high-quality pharmacy services and be service-ready.

Clinical pharmacy

Our clinical portfolio is expanding on a frequent basis, helping you to advance your knowledge and skills and deliver medicines optimisation in practice for all sectors of pharmacy. From two new focal points a year to our small group learning for hospital pharmacists – Optimise – this section focuses on clinical pharmacy, diseases and therapeutics.

Public health

The public health agenda is embedded in pharmacy, yet topics such as emergency contraception or stop smoking support are as prevalent as ever. As well as our public health workshops, use this section to access a wide range of resources to assure and maintain your competence, all underpinned by the Declaration of Competence system.

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World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 18 – 24 November

European Antibiotic Awareness Day 18 November

In the UK, there are at least 12,000 deaths per year due to antimicrobial-resistant infections, equivalent to the number of deaths from breast cancer. According to the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), this figure is set to rise to 10 million deaths per year by 2050 at the current rate.

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) aims to increase awareness of global AMR and to encourage best practices for using antimicrobials responsibly among the general public, health workers, and policy makers to avoid the further emergence and spread of drug-resistant infections.

Now, more than ever, we need to continue working together to prevent serious infections while reducing inappropriate antimicrobial use.

In the video on the right, Matthew Shaw, Director at CPPE, shares a message about the important role pharmacy professionals play in antimicrobial stewardship.

How can you support effective antimicrobial stewardship?

Explore your role in promoting antimicrobial stewardship and reducing antimicrobial resistance by following Gwendolyn’s story below.

This will support you to consider how some of the actions you can take (or already take) in your practice can increase patients’ awareness of the problems associated with antimicrobial resistance. It also demonstrates the importance of working together with patients and other healthcare professionals to reduce inappropriate antimicrobial use. Although set in community pharmacy, the same principles apply to other sectors of practice.

Making antimicrobial stewardship a routine part of practice

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Pledge to become an Antibiotic Guardian. Select the simple action you can take to protect our antibiotics.

Visit the Antibiotic Guardian website to make or renew your pledge today

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Follow CPPE on social media and get involved in the national and global conversation, including the global Twitter storm on 18 November.

Find us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram

Use hashtags:
#Antibiotic Guardian
#KeepAntibiotics Working
#WAAW

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Add antimicrobial stewardship to your personal development plan.

Visit our Antimicrobial resistance gateway page to discover the learning and resources we have available to support you.

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Talk to patients, carers, and other healthcare professionals about the steps we can all take to reduce inappropriate antimicrobial use and avoid further AMR.

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Additional resources

Here are some additional resources you may find useful: