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Welcome to the course

This video shows Professor Dilip Nathwani OBE introducing the course.

Welcome to this course on setting up an antimicrobial stewardship programme. In this video Professor Dilip Nathwani, OBE, lead educator, welcomes you to the course.

Over the next three weeks, we will introduce the key components of setting up an antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) programme – including the goals and core elements of AMS, how to build an effective team for your setting, and how to appropriately evaluate the success of the programme. We will look at the importance of AMS on a local, regional, and global scale.

In the first week, we will cover key concepts of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and antimicrobial stewardship. We will also examine governance and leadership roles when referring to AMS programmes.

We recognise that AMS is supported by a broad array of interventions, and this focus on those discussed in the WHO LMIC toolkit, which we will reference throughout. In addition, please note that this course will briefly mention COVID-19. For further information and critical analysis of the evolving link between COVID-19 and its impact on AMR, we suggest the following links to the CDC and SHEA.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Investigate the drivers of antimicrobial resistance and understand the need for antimicrobial stewardship.
  • Identify the structures and set-up required for an AMS programme.
  • Explore the importance of assessing and monitoring AMS programmes and interventions.
  • Explore the behaviour change challenge behind improving antibiotic usage.
  • Demonstrate the process of planning and performing AMS interventions.

A glossary of key terms for this course can be found in the downloads section below.

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Please note that there will be no educator facilitation on this course; however, it will still be monitored by our course administrators.

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We hope you find this course useful and enjoy learning about setting up an AMS programme! We value your input and encourage you to let us know your opinions in the comments as you go along.

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