North West Antibiotic Pharmacists’ Group (NWAPG)

Coordinators Emma Hughes, Lead Pharmacist Antimicrobials and Infection Control, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Gillian Damant, North West Antibiotic Pharmacists - co-chair, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, Andrew Brush, North West Antibiotic Pharmacists - Secretary, St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Andrew Lewis, North West Antibiotic Pharmacists - co-chair, St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

To support the philosophy of antimicrobial stewardship within the North West region.

Antimicrobial stewardship is defined as:
“an organisational or healthcare-system-wide approach to promoting and monitoring judicious use of antimicrobials to preserve their future effectiveness”

To support the antimicrobial pharmacists to deliver the antimicrobial strategy by sharing key components:

1. Antibiotic guidelines
2. Education and training – CPD for members and resources for delivery of antimicrobial training to pharmacists and other healthcare professionals
3. Monitoring and surveillance: to co-ordinate region wide surveillance and audit e.g. IV to oral switch

To provide a network to share ideas, foster best practice and support antimicrobial pharmacists in delivering services, providing mentorship as required.
To offer an opinion where needed on topical issues e.g. de-regulation of antimicrobials POM to P.
To liaise with other regional groups with an interest in antimicrobial prescribing e.g. northwest microbiologists group, PHE.

Network leads

Emma Hughes

Lead Pharmacist Antimicrobials and Infection Control, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Gillian Damant

North West Antibiotic Pharmacists - co-chair, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

Andrew Brush

North West Antibiotic Pharmacists - Secretary, St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Andrew Lewis

North West Antibiotic Pharmacists - co-chair, St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Members

Name Role Organisation
Jacqui Ward Pharmacist in any patient facing role WARRINGTON AND HALTON TEACHING HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
Joseph Williams Specialist Pharmacist THE CHRISTIE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
Sue Wei Chong Specialist Pharmacist SALFORD ROYAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
John Gwilliam Specialist Pharmacist WRIGHTINGTON, WIGAN AND LEIGH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
Andrew Brush Specialist Pharmacist ST HELENS AND KNOWSLEY TEACHING HOSPITALS NHS TRUST
Fran Garraghan Specialist Pharmacist MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
Emma Battersby Specialist Pharmacist MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
Lauren Williams Specialist Pharmacist THE CLATTERBRIDGE CANCER CENTRE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
Andrew Taylor Specialist Pharmacist ALDER HEY CHILDREN'S NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
Sarah Roden Prescribing Advisor COUNTESS OF CHESTER HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
Rima Singh Specialist Pharmacist GREATER MANCHESTER MENTAL HEALTH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
Caroline Templeton Specialist Pharmacist MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
Bhavik Ruparelia Prescribing Advisor
Carla Escudero Pharmacist in any patient facing role LIVERPOOL UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
Gill Damant Specialist Pharmacist STOCKPORT NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
Andrew.lewis Specialist Pharmacist ST HELENS AND KNOWSLEY TEACHING HOSPITALS NHS TRUST

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