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The British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

TARGET Antibiotics – Prescribing in Primary Care

The British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy via FutureLearn


Discover ideas about how to optimise prescribing in Primary Care

Antimicrobial resistance is a growing problem and everyone can play a part in tackling this issue.

This course will look at many aspects of antibiotic prescribing in Primary Care from prescribing for urinary tract infections through to managing patient expectations.

By the end of the course you will have an understanding of how to apply practical antimicrobial stewardship strategies in your practice.

This course is aimed at primary care healthcare professionals who are involved in the treatment of common infections.


  • Welcome and Introduction
    • Introduction to Week 1
    • Data Sources for Primary Care
    • Using Local Data
    • Practical Steps in Primary Care
    • Test Your Knowledge
  • Prescribing in UTIs
    • Introduction to Week 2
    • Current Situation in Primary Care
    • Diagnosis and Treatment of UTI
    • Higher Risk Patients with UTI and Antibiotic Resistance
    • Practice Resources and Audit
    • Summary of Week 2 and Action Plan
    • Test Your Knowledge
  • Assessing the Need for Antibiotics
    • Introduction to Week 3
    • The Resistance Crisis and why GP Prescribing Matters
    • Why Prescribe Antibiotics for Respiratory Tract Infections
    • Management of Sore Throat and the Development of the FeverPAIN Score
    • Summary of Week 3 and Action Plan
    • Test Your Knowledge
  • Managing Patient Expectations and Back up/Delayed Prescriptions
    • Introduction to Week 4
    • Ways of Talking to Patients and Addressing Their Needs
    • Ways of Discussing Diagnosis and Treatment
    • Back up/Delayed Prescribing - Introduction and how to do it
    • Back up/Delayed Prescribing - Effectiveness and Concerns
    • Summary of Week 4 and Action Plan
    • Test Your Knowledge
  • Antibiotics for Children
    • Introduction to Week 5
    • Antibiotic Stewardship in Children
    • What Patients Want From a Cinician
    • Development of the STARWAVe Tool & Use in General Practice
    • Summary of Week 5 and Action Plan
    • Test Your Knowledge
  • Common Practice Approach
    • Introduction to Week 6
    • Introduction to a Common Practice Approach
    • A Practice Nurse and Practice Manager's Perspective on the Common Practice Approach
    • Summary of Week 6 and Action Plan
    • TARGET Evaluations and Conclusion
    • Test Your Knowledge

Taught by

Debbie Cockayne


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  • I have learn so much from this course. I had an amazing educational adventure experience of various topics such as; inappropriate prescribing, prescribing tools which includes the PHE Fingertips website and it contains six different domains; Supporting NHS England Initiatives, Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), Antibiotic Prescribing, Healthcare- Associated Infections (HCAI) Infection Prevention and control (IPC) Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS).I also gain knowledge on GP and patient consultation which involved utilizing information tools like; the when should I worry booklet, a cough leaflet, target treating your infections leaflet and a good antibiotic working resources. The Starwave tool and the 6 R's were also utilized in Hospital setting.

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