Keeping people and communities with long-term health needs healthy through a focus on antimicrobial resistance
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the greatest threats to global health, through antibiotics becoming less effective due to overuse, which leads to untreatable infections. The AMR National Action Plan (NAP) is a cross government programme to reduce both the use of antibiotics and the number of bacterial infections which lead to them being used. The communities which experience the greatest health inequalities are also the ones at risk of serious illness from infections. People with overall poor health are much more likely to develop an infection, including people with a long tern condition such as diabetes. Implementation of the Human Health elements of the NAP is a Long Term Plan priority.
Session will Include
• A strategic overview of the aims of the AMR National Action Plan and the work that NHSEI is leading in support of it.
• The role ICSs have in addressing AMR by taking a pathway approach to preventing infections, ensuring timely diagnosis and appropriate use of antibiotics and other treatment
• How focussing upon AMR reduces NHS demands and length of stay, and so supports wider NHS recovery
• How focussing upon communities and groups that experience health inequalities both helps address AMR alongside wider improved health outcomes.