Steering group launch
The Cheshire & Merseyside Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) steering group held a launch event on the 5th June 2014 and the event was attended by professionals from a wide range of backgrounds. The event included presentations from key national speakers and a development session for the newly formed sub-groups.
Melanie Sirotkin (Public Health England Centre Director) introduced the event by speaking about the national impetus to reduce antimicrobial resistance. Merav Kliner (Acting Consultant in Health Protection, PHE) outlined plans for a 3-year AMR prevention programme involving development and implementation of a Cheshire & Merseyside AMR strategy.
Sue Smith from the PHE Real-time Syndromic Surveillance Team presented findings of a successful pilot surveillance programme of antibiotic prescribing in primary care. This showed it is possible to link GP prescribing data to diagnosis, providing data on numbers of patients receiving antibiotics for certain conditions, e.g. over 60% of patients received antibiotics for a sore throat, with 30% of these not being prescribed according to guidance. There is significant variation of prescribing by practice and surveillance data can help to target practices that require more support to prescribe in accordance with guidance.