Antimicrobial resistance – how you can make the difference

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By Neal Patel, Head of Corporate Communications, RPS

This week the Royal Pharmaceutical Society hosted a national Antimicrobial Summit in partnership with the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal College of Nursing, and in collaboration with Public Health England and the Department of Health.

This event recognised the fact that antimicrobial resistance is everyone’s problem and will require collective as well as individual action to meet the public health challenge resistance poses.

As pharmacists we recognise the value antibiotics bring when used appropriately but also the harm that can be caused both to individuals and the population if antibiotics are used when they are not necessary.

Working with our colleagues in medicine and nursing we have set out our commitment to action on optimal use of antibiotics and hope the event acts as a stimulus for local as well as national action. If you want to get involved there are actions you can take right now.

Update your knowledge through CPPE

All of us can play our part in tackling antimicrobial resistance. Support to enable pharmacy professionals to update their knowledge is available from our friends at CPPE. A new distance learning programme called Antibacterial resistance – a global threat to public health: the role of the pharmacy team has been posted to all registered pharmacy professionals in England and will be with you by 7 November 2014.

To find out more about the campaign, take a look at the Use antibacterials wisely campaign leaflet.

Make your pledge and become an “Antibiotic Guardian”

Public Health England would like everyone in the UK, the public and members the healthcare community including pharmacists to become Antibiotic Guardians. Using the drop down list you can choose one simple pledge about how you’ll make better use of antibiotics and help save this vital medicine from becoming obsolete.

Why not join the discussion today on twitter using #AMRsummit