The aims of the group are to:
- Promote excellence in antimicrobial stewardship across the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Health System, including across the Primary – Secondary Care interface.
- Develop and regularly update a system wide antimicrobial resistance strategy.
- Oversee and monitor the system delivery of indicators set through the national programme and local programmes to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing.
- Monitor and evaluate antimicrobial prescribing and how this relates to local resistance patterns where appropriate.
- Provide regular feedback to individual prescribers in all care settings, including privately commissioned services, about:
- their antimicrobial prescribing, for example, by using professional regulatory numbers for prescribing as well as prescriber (cost centre) codes.
- patient safety incidents related to antimicrobial use, including hospital admissions for potentially avoidable life‑threatening infections, including Clostridium difficile/MRSA or adverse drug reactions such as anaphylaxis.
- Provide education and training to health and social care practitioners about antimicrobial stewardship and antimicrobial resistance.
- Integrate audit into existing quality improvement programmes.
- Support facilitation of the European Antibiotic Awareness Day/World Antibiotic Awareness Week.
- Review additions to the system wide net Formulary prior to submission to JPG.
- To ensure continual learning and good practice locally through linking with regional and national networks (e.g. Regional Antimicrobial Pharmacists Network for the East of England).
Area Lead Pharmacist, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group