Antimicrobial resistance is one of the major challenges facing modern healthcare.
Education has a fundamental role to play in combating antimicrobial resistance.
AWARE is an interprofessional community committed to education and engagement in antimicrobial resistance and stewardship in Wales.
Click here to see a map showing where in Wales members are located. If you'd like to be part of AWARE and your site is not represented, e-mail AWARE.
The aims of the AWARE project are:
1. To be a supportive community of practice where ideas, good practice and resources can be shared.
2. To build up an accurate, comprehensive picture of the AMR/AMS education and public engagement currently taking place across Wales, relating to particular professional groups, levels of training or geographical areas.
The eventual goals are a Welsh health workforce in which all staff are educated appropriately in AMR and AMS, and an engaged and informed Welsh public.
The group is interprofessional and Wales-wide. AWARE is open to all members of the Welsh healthcare workforce or students who are involved in training or educating staff, students or the public about antimicrobial stewardship and resistance, E-mail AWARE if you want to be involved.
You can also find some information about the Clinical Infection Therapy CPD course which runs annually at Swansea University Medical School here.
If you are a member of the public, you can find patient information pages on Antibiotic Research UK's website here: www.antibioticresearch.org.uk/patient-support/
The Bugs crib-sheet has information about common pathogens and when they are important. Familiarise yourself with this before going to the Drugs crib-sheet
The Drugs crib-sheet is a basic introduction to antibiotic spectra for students, designed to be read after the Bugs crib-sheet.
Please note information has been simplified to student level, and it is not suitable for experienced practitioners or as a clinical decision-making guide
Print out to create a Trumps game. AWARE has secured funding from the Microbiology Society to produce this game professionally, and sets can be distributed to AWARE members when available.
Can you solve these?!
Some useful external resources
The 'caller' has the question sheet, everyone else has the bingo grid. Shout 'penicillin' when you complete a row!
You can also adapt the difficulty level using this as a template
AWARE survey 2021
Number of hours AMR/AMS education by members of AWARE
All Wales data
Number of individuals educated by members of AWARE
All Wales data
If you are an AWARE member and would like a breakdown of provision to staff groups and the public reported from your own individual Health Board please contact AWARE.
This data was compiled from the responses to the AWARE 2021 end-of-year survey. Not all sites submitted responses, so it is an underestimate of the total activity.
Please see the News page for information about AMS education in Wales during the COVID19 pandemic.
Clinical Infection Therapy - Intensive Interprofessional Course
This highly-regarded course has been running successfully since 2015. Staff from all the Health Boards in Wales have attended. It covers many aspects of clinical infection and microbiology, antimicrobial resistance and stewardship. It is suitable for all healthcare professionals interested in infection and antibiotics. Please get in touch if you or a colleague are interested.