Cooper, T. Journal of Infection Prevention. 2016, Vol. 17(3) pp. 105–106
The threat of antimicrobial resistance has been recognised globally and at a national level in the UK for a number of years. In 1998 The Path of Least Resistance was published (UK Standing Medical Advisory Committee, 1998), and this was closely followed in 2000 by the first UK antimicrobial resistance strategy (Department of Health, 2000). The UK focus on this issue was re-invigorated in 2013, with the publication of the UK 5-year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2013–2018 (Department of Health & Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, 2013).
This document sets out clearly seven key areas for action across the UK, including improving infection prevention and control practices in human and animal health. Each country of the UK is now in the process of implementing programmes of work to deliver this strategy by 2018. For my own practice, the ‘Antimicrobial Resistance Delivery Plan’ has been launched in Wales, and that will frame our professional actions in relation to antimicrobial prescribing across the Health Board where I work. There are also powerful and persuasive social media campaigns which add to this work, such as the #Antibioticguardian twitter campaign, and these are easy to get involved in.
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