27th March 2024

The BSAC – KAW Programme is dedicated to addressing the critical issue of antimicrobial resistance by stressing the significance of stewardship education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels across all healthcare disciplines and instilling a profound understanding among future guardians of antimicrobials.

The program compiles and provides links to easily accessible, evidence-based antimicrobial stewardship educational materials for medical, dentistry, nursing and pharmacy students and educators through the KAW website.

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) were identified as a priority subject by the NHS England (NHSE) workforce training and education team and the Pharmacy Schools Council for the development of pharmacy undergraduate curricula. The NHSE AMS/AMR curriculum and supportive documents were co-produced with the National Antimicrobial Pharmacists Education Group (NAPEG) and BSAC – KAW pharmacy AMS/AMR resource group, which together ensure a wide representation of AMS/AMR educators for undergraduate and foundation pharmacists from across the UK.

The recommended AMS/AMR indicative curriculum for pharmacy undergraduates, together with separate competency and assessment frameworks to support pharmacy educators, have now been published with a strong recommendation that these become embedded in curricula for pharmacists.

The BSAC – KAW pharmacy AMS/AMR resource repository has been developed to align with this curriculum, categorising material across the following 6 domains, to ensure a consistent approach to teaching and learning for undergraduates and foundation pharmacists:

  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Antimicrobials and antimicrobial resistance
  • Antimicrobial prescribing and stewardship
  • Vaccine uptake
  • Person-centred care
  • Interprofessional collaborative practice

NHSE and NAPEG are encouraging all pharmacy schools and educators of foundation year pharmacists to use these resources to develop and update their teaching on AMS and AMR.

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