You are invited to express an interest to join a pilot project: Antimicrobial stewardship and self-care advice in pharmacies
Tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a key public health priority. Inappropriate use and overuse of antimicrobials such as antibiotics is a major driver of antimicrobial resistance. Community Pharmacy teams have a key role in contributing to tackling AMR, public health and promoting healthy living with the public.
It is hoped that this project will generate evidence on the vital role played by Community Pharmacy Teams within public health. This project will also help provide evidence and contributes to Healthy Living Pharmacies, Making Every Contact Count and improving quality. Pharmacies can use the data collection as evidence of audit.
What is the research about?
This research aims to collect data on self-care advice for people with common infections and consider materials that could facilitate this advice.
What do pharmacies need to do?
- Collect data on all conversations about self-care advice for a two week period during January 2018 using the PharmaOutcomes portal.
- Complete questionnaires about your experience of giving self-care advice to people with common infections.
- You may be asked to watch a webinar and use a free resource with patients presenting with common infections for a two week period during January 2018.
Who needs to do it?
- All pharmacies in Avon, Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Southwalk are invited to take part.
- All pharmacy staff talking to patients about common infections.
All pharmacies who complete data submission will receive a £50 nominal fee upon study completion.
Will the information obtained in the study be confidential?
The data will be kept confidential as follows: Data will be collected via questionnaires and data entry forms. Data will be stored on PharmOutcomes and PHE secure servers. The faxed data will be faxed to a secure fax within the Acute Response Centre for the South West Health Protection Team. The faxes will be stored in a locked cupboard until data entry is complete. The faxed sheets will then be shredded as per other confidential waste. No identifiable data will be collected.
What will happen to the results of the study?
Summary of findings will be included in the 2018 national English Surveillance Programme for Antimicrobial Utilisation and Resistance (ESPAUR) report. Full findings will be submitted for peer review publication.
Do I have to take part?
Taking part is entirely voluntary.
Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope and Dr Chaam Klinger
Lead Pharmacist, AMR Programme and Consultant in Public Health, South West, Public Health England Email: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org