The RCGP has launched a toolkit containing new guidance for GPs and their patients on the appropriate prescription of antibiotics.Â The guidance provides a simple, effective, and cost-effective approach to the treatment of common infections to minimise the emergence of bacterial resistance in the community.
It is launched as part of a TARGET toolkit (Treat Antibiotics Responsibly, Guidance and Education Tool) available on the RCGP websiteÂ at www.RCGP.org.uk\TARGETantibiotics\Â and has been produced in partnership with the Health Protection Agency (HPA) and the Antimicrobial Stewardship in Primary Care Group (ASPIC).
Its launch coincides with European Antibiotic Awareness Day taking place on 18 November 2012.Â Â
The work is part of the RCGPâ€™s Antimicrobial Stewardship clinical priority programme and the partnership working has helped to ensure a variety of health professionals have contributed toÂ the resource including, microbiologists, clinicians, GPs, pharmacists, guidance developers and other stakeholders.
As well as antibiotics management guidance, the TARGET toolkit also comprises:
- Clinical resources - including posters and links to useful web pages
- Patient resources - including leaflets and a self-management form
- Parent resources â€“ a set of information leaflets for parents including the â€˜When should I worryâ€™ booklet
- Audit report template for throat infection
Dr Michael Moore, RCGP Clinical Champion for Antimicrobial Stewardship, said: â€œThe toolkit is aimed at working GPs to give them the means to assess their current practice and to focus on ways to reduce antibiotic prescribing in situations where the evidence shows they are of little or no benefit. We will be adding to the toolkit over time as more evidence comes available.
For more information on RCGP CIRCs Clinical Priority programme please visit www.rcgp.org.uk/circ